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The Latest Exotic Spices and Ancient Grains From Pereg Natural Foods

One of our favorite things about attending the Summer Fancy Food Show is the introduction of new foods, food trends, and seeing what’s new from our favorite food brands. One of our favorite brands, Pereg Natural Foods, a brand we’ve previously written about, has added lots to their lineup. Along with new flavor additions to old favorites, like their exotic spices and ancient grains, they’ve introduced new products to make your meal even more healthy and delicious. Let’s get to know them……..

Fine Breadcrumbs & Seasoned Panko

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Pereg’s seasoned breadcrumb collection just got even bigger with the introduction of three delicious new flavors: Thai Sweet Chili Panko Crumbs, Whole Wheat Panko, and Golden Crisp Bread Crumbs. They join a crunchy family that includes Classic, American, Viennese, Mexican, and Italian Fine Bread Crumbs and their Japanese cousins Spicy Panko, Coarse Panko, and Fine Panko. Grab the 9 oz re-sealable bags for $4.85 each.

Pereg’s Whole Wheat Panko Crumbs are baked to an airy, lightly textured goodness to enhance your favorite recipe. They add a distinctive crunch to vegetables, baked macaroni & cheese, meatloaf, seafood, or chicken dishes. You can use it as a coating on sliced potatoes and bake as an alternative to frying.

Pereg’s Thai Sweet Chili Panko Crumbs are also baked to an airy, lightly textured goodness to enhance your favorite recipe. They add a deliciously flavorful crunch to chicken wings, seafood, and pasta dishes. Boasting a delightful balance of sweet and spicy, your taste buds will love the kick of flavor. Try it as a coating on sliced potatoes and bake as an alternative to frying.

Flavor Infused Quinoa

Pereg Natural Foods Flavored Quinoa

In addition, Pereg features new flavors of Quinoa side dishes, including ginger sesame, quinoa with lentils (pictured above), quinoa with nuts and berries, and quinoa with roasted garlic in 6 oz boxes retailing for $3.99. Quinoa, the “mother of all grains”, is a healthy and easy food to prepare. It holds a pleasantly light, fluffy texture when cooked, with a mild and slightly nutty flavor. We love the flavor varieties and how they paired perfectly with things like Freshé ready-to-eat superfood; a meal in a tin (see them pictured together above).

Freekeh Grain 

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If you’re tired of rice or just looking to cut it out of your diet. We have a great alternative for you. Freekeh is a young, green wheat that is roasted over an open flame for a rich smoky flavor and cracked to reduce the cooking time. This grain makes a great alternative to rice or couscous for a delicious and healthy side dish. Grab a 5 oz bag for only $3.99.

Gluten-Free Flours

Pereg Natural Foods Gluten-Free Flours

Gone are the day when only one type of flour existed. Thanks to Pereg Natural Foods, you now have six flour varieties to bake with, including Almond, Banana, Buckwheat, Chickpea, Quinoa, and Coconut.  Available in 16 oz. re-sealable stay-fresh bags, the flours are the perfect healthy alternative when you want to create sweet treats and savory dishes. Imagine Buckwheat, Quinoa, or Chickpea dumplings or homemade pasta. How about flavorful cookies made with banana, almond or coconut flour. With these Gluten-Free Flours, the possibilities are endless. Get them all for $4.99 each.

Are you up to trying out these specialty flours, exotic spices and ancient grains from Pereg?

Explore the Tastes of the World with Pereg’s Mixed Spice Blends

We always say the best way to experience a country’s culture is to dive right into their local cuisines. Sadly not all of us can afford to travel around the world indulging in international foodie fantasies. However, there is a way you can enjoy these culinary delights, especially if you’re not blessed enough to have access to international chefs and restaurants. What do we mean? Cooking with international spices and seasonings of course. Pereg Natural Foods & Spices, the people who brought you fiery Harissa from Tunisia, exotic Moroccan Ras Al Hanout, and the bold flavors of Cajun country, has launched two new international spices, Chinese 5-Spice Seasoning, and Latin Adobo Blend. Let’s get to know Pereg’s Mixed Spice Blends.

Pereg’s ever-growing selection of international ingredients now includes 5-Spice Seasoning, an aromatic anchor of Chinese cuisine, and Adobo Blend, a zippy mainstay in kitchens from Spain and Peru to Mexico and the Philippines. These two spices join the wide range of Pereg’s Mixed Spice Blends.  Pereg’s Chinese 5-Spice mix, a happy marriage of sweet, salty, pungent, sour, and bitter has the power to elevate dishes of all kinds.  With its balanced blend of cinnamon, anise, fennel, black pepper, and cloves, it delivers an intriguing, pan-Asian complexity to braises, soups, stir-fries, and sauces. It pairs beautifully with lamb, chicken, and duck. You can even use it in cocktails!

Adobo, which originated in Spain and Portugal, wears many hats. Latin adobo usually refers to a sauce or marinade typically made from paprika and stewed chipotle chilies. However, some Latin and Caribbean countries think of adobo as a seasoning mix, either wet or dry, to rub on meat before cooking. And in the Philippines, where adobo is the national dish, it’s a style of cooking in which meat, fish, or vegetables are marinated in vinegar, salt, and spices, browned in oil and then simmered in the marinade. Adobo seasoning is endlessly versatile. It adds a rich dimension to chicken, turkey, burgers, and your favorite chili. Use it as a dry rub for steaks and whole fish. Mix it with quinoa, add it to fish tacos, spice up your guacamole, or sprinkle it on popcorn.

Are your ready to bring international cuisine to your life and kitchen? What are your thoughts on Pereg’s Mixed Spice Blends? Will you start cooking more international dishes?

Pereg Natural Foods Debuts New Super Foods and Ancient Grains

Attending the Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC has always been an amazing and informative experience. We’re always introduced to new, innovative foods and food products, or rediscover healthy ingredients that have been around for centuries. Take for example the recent launches from Pereg Natural Foods, producers of all-natural products that includes ancient grains and ancient grain blends, gluten free pasta, couscous, rice, gluten-free cereal and much more. Responding to the ongoing demand for natural, farm-to-table and healthy foods, Pereg Natural Foods introduces a new range of new super foods and ancient grains.

The new launches include a new line of Kaňiwa (baby quinoa), as well as new blends and flavor-infused varieties of Freekeh, Teff, Farro, Basmati Rice and Quinoa, as well as other all-natural, and kosher certified products. Some of the new launches are pictured.

Baby Quinoa


Dark reddish-brown in color and about half the size of a tiny quinoa seed, kañiwa cooks up quickly to resemble a smaller version of red quinoa. Unlike regular quinoa, kañiwa doesn’t have saponins, the coating that gives quinoa a somewhat soapy, slightly bitter flavor if not rinsed properly. Kañiwa is actually easier to process due to the absence of saponins. (Note that all quinoa from Pereg is pre-rinsed and ready to cook from the package.) Another advantage kañiwa has over quinoa is that it’s an even better source of iron. Kañiwa is also an excellent source of complete protein and amino acids and is gluten-free. This grain cooks up with a crunchy texture and offers a nutrient rich food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Retail: 5 oz. boxes ($3.57); Re-sealable 16 oz. bags ($5.50).

Freekeh Grain


Pereg’s Freekeh is available in green roasted, ginger sesame and vegetable flavor blends. Freekeh is young, green wheat that is roasted over an open flame to give this grain a delicious slightly smoky flavor and chewy texture similar to bulgur. Freekeh is lower in fat than brown rice, higher in fiber than quinoa or brown rice, also a great source of calcium. It can be used in soups, casseroles or enjoyed seasoned up as a side dish; freekeh makes a great alternative to rice or couscous. Retail: $3.99

Teff Porridges


Pereg’s Teff porridges are available in brown or ivory varieties as well as mixed with nuts and berries or with chocolate. In addition to being gluten-free, Teff is higher in protein than wheat, is a great source of iron, calcium and amino acids. This ancient whole grain has a pleasantly sweet nutty flavor, and the small size makes it easy to digest. Whole brown and white teff can be toasted and used to add a little crunch to salads and muffins; boiled teff can be prepared with milk or water for a sweet porridge or spiced up as a side dish; raw teff can be ground into flour and baked into injera bread, a traditional Ethiopian dish. Pre-seasoned, flavored teff porridge makes a delicious breakfast, side dish, or even a healthy dessert. Just add water and boil this easy to prepare any time of day meal. Retail: $3.99

Farro Side Dishes


Farro side dishes from Pereg are offered in plain, or blended with mushrooms or new roasted garlic flavor. Farro is a hardy ancient grain and is a variety of wheat savored for its rich texture and mild flavor.It is a healthful grain that’s an excellent source of fiber, protein, magnesium, and iron. Farro is deliciously seasoned up as a side dish as an alternative to rice or quinoa, tossed with some protein and vegetables in a hot or cold salad, in soups or stews. For an extra boost of flavor try boiling farro in vegetable broth instead of water. Retail: 5 oz boxes, $3.99; Roasted garlic 12 oz canister, $5.99

Basmati Rice
In addition, Pereg will feature new flavors of Quinoa side dishes, including ginger sesame, quinoa with lentils, quinoa with nuts and berries, and quinoa with roasted garlic in 6 oz boxes retailing at $3.99. New re-sealable 16 oz bags of grain from Pereg will include buckwheat, black lentils, baby quinoa, brown and ivory teff.

Pereg products are available at select retailers throughout the US and Canada, and directly to you on www.pereg-gourmet.com.

Meatless Monday: Delicious Vegetarian Meal Options for Fall

When most people think of fall comfort food, they tend to think of hearty meat soups and stews, cuts of steak or chicken bathing in gravy, and so on. But there’s nothing that says vegetarian meals can’t be hearty or fall under the comfort food category.  Today, for meatless Monday we sharing two vegetarian meal options from CedarLane Natural Foods and Pereg Natural Foods to show you just how delicious and hearty vegetarian foods can be during the cooler season.

CEDARLANE NATURAL FOODS

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As the weather gets colder, we sometimes tend to hibernate in the warmth of our homes and binge of meat-filled meals. Why not warm up with a full meal that contains less than 400 calories and is made from natural ingredients.  This way you can feel good about what you’re eating without missing out on enjoying a delicious meal. CedarLane Natural Foods offers ten delicious vegetarian entrees, five of which are gluten-free, that are perfect for the colder fall and winter seasons. With amazing meal options like Eggplant Parmesan, Three Layer Enchilada Pie, Burrito Grande with Salsa Roja, Burrito Grande with Chili Verde Sauce, and Roasted Chile Relleno, there are enough delicious varieties to keep you satisfied every night of the week for lunch and dinner. Each entree is ready in about 5 minutes, the amount of time it takes us to decide what to eat. We got the chance to try a few of the meals and as meat eaters, we were blown away. There were so many favorites but we admit when it came to the Quinoa and Vegetable Enchiladas, we were in foodie heaven. Gone are the days of bland tasting vegan food options, get ready for an abundance of taste and flavor with every bite.

PEREG NATURAL FOODS COUSCOUS

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We continue our meatless Monday post with something a little bit lighter. Pereg Natural Foods introduced four new couscous flavors to their lineup. Couscous with Mushrooms (not pictured), Couscous Pearl Pasta Pumpkin Seeds, Couscous with Cranberries, and Couscous Pearl Pasta with Vegetables, join the range of already popular Pereg Food couscous offerings. Did you know Couscous is amongst the healthiest of the grain based products in the world? Mixed with Pereg spices and herbs, these light and fluffy vegetarian meals create an amazing combination of texture and flavor. We love these flavors because they can be enjoyed as a healthy snack, a side dish or a full meal. The couscous mixes are easy to prepare, taking only 10-20 minutes for prep, depending on variety. The above flavors, and much more, are available now.

we hope you’ve enjoyed learning about these wonderful vegetarian food options, and hope your meatless Monday is a delicious one.

PEREG Natural Foods Launches Six New Gluten-free Flour Varieties

Calling all bakers, celiac suffers, foodies, and fans of all things gluten-free, have we got some cool culinary news for you. PEREG Natural Foods, makers of gourmet spices, herbs and seasonings, launched a range of alternative, gluten-free flours for your baking pleasure. Six alternative gluten-free flours to be exact! Get ready to bake up a storm with the following varieties: Almond Flour, Banana Flour, Buckwheat Flour, Chickpea Flour, Coconut Flour, and Quinoa Flour.

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All of the PEREG Natural Foods flours are gluten-free, 100% natural, non-dairy, GMO-Free, Vegan and certified kosher. They are packaged in 16 oz. resealable stay-fresh bags which retails for $4.99 each. The 100% blanched Almond Flour is made from multi-purpose flour made from Almonds. It’s wonderful for use in pizza crusts, shortbread cookies, and as a coating for chicken nuggets. The Banana Flour, which mimics wheat flour, is made from ripe, peeled bananas. It boasts a light and fluffy texture, is a great addition to your morning smoothie, and as you can imagine, makes great banana bread. The Buckwheat Flour is made from whole ground buckwheat (the seed of a plant that is related to rhubarb) and makes great crepes, pancakes, English muffins, cookies and buns, and to thicken soups, stews, and sauces. We’ve actually enjoyed a Buckwheat pasta at Ornella Trattoria Italiana in Queens, so if you make your own pasta at home, we highly recommend using this. The high in protein, iron, and fiber Chickpea Flour is made from ground chickpeas and great for making delicious falafels, pancakes, cookies, and fritters. We all know the benefits of drinking coconut water, get ready to create healthy recipes with the PEREG Coconut Flour. Think cupcakes, cookies, pancakes, bread, etc. The possibilities are endless. The high in protein and fiber Quinoa Flour is one very versatile, gluten-free flour. It has a very slight sour flavor, especially after toasting, that adds a wonderful flavor to bread, tortillas, and English muffins.

“According to industry statistics, sales of gluten-free products will exceed fifteen billion dollars by 2016, twice the amount of five years earlier. PEREG is pleased to introduce an extended choice of gluten-free and ancient grain flour types, which offer health-conscious consumers more variety for delicious cooking and baking,” says Gill Schneider, PEREG Natural Foods president.

The PEREG Natural Foods Gluten-free Flours are available at select retailers throughout the US, Canada, and on www.pereg-gourmet.com.