Saturday, February 16, 2013

New Year, New Food

Although trying new foods wasn't something I set out to do with my "do more" resolutions this year, it has worked its way onto the list. Now that I'm no longer a meat eater I've been exploring many new foods. Between learning about fruits & veggies that I haven't yet had, and exploring different vegetarian protein options I've tried a plethora of new foods in the past year.

When I got around to thinking about it I've already tried four new foods this year, and I was pretty proud of myself for that!

Banana Peppers
These have always scared me. I thought they were either super spicy, or super pickly and have always thought people are crazy for putting them on their sandwiches and pizza. At happy hour a month ago someone ordered a veggie plate that included these yellow peppers and I went for it. I was pleasantly surprised and would definitely eat them again.

Had these in a salad when I was out to lunch and they were OK. I didn't hate them but I leave gushing "OH MY GOODNESS BEETS, I CAN'T WAIT TO EAT YOU AGAIN!" I know they can be prepared in different ways so I'd be interested to see how they can be different. Honestly I didn't think they had much flavor.

I went to Kentico Cuban Grill with my friend Liz for dinner last month and one of the desserts was "Guava Shells & Cream Cheese". We wanted to go with something fruity to get our sweets without a mound of calories and braved it by ordering these. Guava is really sweet and almost had a mango-ish texture but different. I loved it and would definitely have it again!

This week I went a food demo that Lauren from Vegology put on at Ellwood Thompson's on Cooking Vegetarian Proteins. Sometimes I feel like a bad vegetarian because I don't eat a lot of cool things out there for protein. Mainly, I eat a lotttt of beans. I've had tofu before I'm still debating my stance on it. However, I was excited to finally try Tempeh (pronounced tem-pay) and learn more about it. Like tofu, it's also a soy product  but is completely different with a meaty texture and earthy, nutty taste.

She made us her Chili Maple Glazed Tempeh and it was out of this world! I'm thinking I might try and whip it up this week and also roast some brussel sprouts (another new food!).

The tempeh and Lauren's Engagement Tofu
Thanks again for the great demo Lauren!
I've been loving all of these new foods and can't wait to keep trying them. There are always so many cool things I see in the produce section of the store so I'm going to be more adventurous with picking out new things every one in a while.

Have you tried any of these foods, what are your thoughts on them?

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