Arriving at Natural Products Expo West each year combines the anticipation of Christmas, the eagerness of Adult Trick or Treat and the exhaustion of a three day marathon.
Each year, I’m careful to pack light, bring at least three pairs of one size bigger than usual shoes, lots of business cards and my eager camera.
I search for whole foods, real flavors, organic or non gmo products that will enhance my food development and recipe creation work and ease my day to day cooking. The sheer size of the show makes finding these gems like searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack.
The Anaheim Convention Center is over a MILLION square feet of display, and this year there was an additional floor of display space in the Hilton hotel as well.
Luckily, this year I had a great time working with the #KitchenPLAY bloggers, tracking down some amazing food and supplement items to review.
I love to see the newest products launched by many brands.
I’ve wanted an olive oil based dressing for so long, but the idea of a dressing that solidifies in the fridge, then needs to warmed to be used has made me frustrated. Even my favorite homemade vinegarette turns into a brick in the fridge. And I’ve wanted to figure out the magic of not having that solid oil.
Green Garden by Litehouse Foods makes the magic happen.
They’ve created a liquid at refrigerator temperature ORGANIC, non GMO, and certified Gluten-free collection of 5 great dressing and marinade flavors.
Sweet Onion, Balsamic Herb, Pomegranate Hibiscus, Orange Miso and Lime Cumin are amazing!
Well seasoned, bright flavors and a smooth consistency, these are my new favorite dressings and marinades.
Waiting till summer for these to get to my local market, the anticipation will be extreme.
I want to marinate a tender piece of fish in the Orange Miso dressing to grill.
Want to make a quick Strawberry and spinach salad with Pomegranate Hibiscus that will make my summertime dinners so easy.
Creating the perfect vinegarette potato salad with the Balsamic Herb dressing.
Fish Tacos will be incredibly easy with a simple coleslaw with Lime Cumin dressing.
and finally, the Sweet Onion Dressing will marinate zucchini and tomatoes for the grill and become a quick ratatouille.
I can’t wait to share these simple recipes, so check on back in early June.
Yes, I was provided an opportunity to work with Litehouse foods for this post. The opinions are all mine.