This week’s picks can be served to guests or relished on one’s own.
Nothing requires cooking; at best, two of the three are heat-and-eat. In alphabetical order, try:
Chevoo is a new, high-end marinated goat cheese treat from northern California.
Cubes of goat cheese are marinated in infused extra virgin olive oil: an “ultra-gourmet life hack for busy epicureans” says the brand, and we agree.
The olive oil marinades are infused with crushed botanicals: chiles, herbs, pollens and spices. Flavors include:
The flavor combinations are irresistable, and there’s a bonus: After you’ve consumed the cheese, use the delicious EVOO for salads, as a bread dipper, a pasta dressing or a finishing oil.
You can use the cubes in any traditional goat cheese fashion (eggs, salads, pizza, etc.), but at $6 for a jar of seven cubes, these are delicacies. We use them:
The company recommends adding to burgers, pasta, pizza, grilled vegetables. Each substantial rectangle of cheese can be sliced in half or thirds, or crumbled to make one jar go further.
We like giving two or three jars to fellow foodies when we’re invited to visit.
DISCOVER MORE AT CHEVOO.COM, which includes a store locator on the home page.
Les Trois Petits Cochons, long revered for its pates and charcuterie, has launched a new line of products: Sous-Vide Egg Bites (photos #2 and #3).
The sous-vide (soo-veed) method of cooking, which has become more prominent in the U.S. over the past 10 years, allows not just for foolproof cooking with no pots to scrub, but yields a tender texture and refined flavor elements.
The 2.5-ounce Bites, made with cage-free eggs are sold individually, ready to heat and eat (or, eat them chilled or at at room temperature). Each Bite has 10g protein, 1g total carbs, 0 sugar.
At just $1.99 each, the Bites are available in four varieties:
You can enjoy them for a quick, healthy, breakfast, lunch or snack; but we particularly enjoy them in gourmet mode:
DISCOVER MORE AT 3PIGS.COM. (That’s a lot shorter URL than TroisPetitsCochons.com, which means three little pigs in French.)
Upton’s Naturals focuses on meat alternatives made with real, recognizable ingredients. Their latest line of Meal Kits is our favorite: pasta-based mains with Thai-inspired flavors.
|Ready after just one minute in the microwave, the new Meal Kits are made from whole-food ingredients like pre-cooked noodles, fresh (never freeze-dried) vegetables and flavorful spices. Each is low in calories and free of cholesterol, GMOs, trans fats and preservatives. Varieties include:
The products are not dehydrated, and are packaged in a retort pouch to maintain freshness (photo #4).
Upton’s Naturals’ Meal Kits are available at select Whole Foods Market locations, independent stores and natural food chains across the country for an SRP of $4.99 each.
DISCOVER MORE AT UPTONSNATURALS.COM.