Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ready To Eat: Gourmet Meals/Treats

Fast(er) Food Trends-Fancy Food Show 2017

Part One

Meal delivery kits get IPOs... buzz and buyers -but we think practically ready to eat and easy to prepare food kits-are just as appealing and faster
Gourmet takes on this food trend -are now crowding brick and mortar grocery aisles...and include shelf stable and refrigerated offerings that elevate what can be had in a New York minute. 
Bonus-can pass off as homemade deliciousness!!!!!


source jlrreyes.com 


Smoothie kits+mixes
Farmersland Frozen Smoothies-seven flavors -frozen cubes-thaw and serve...healthy blends of fruits, veggies, and protein -and nutrient loaded superfood ingredients like flax seed.

GourmetNut-just add water...mixes-plant protein, gluten-free+non+GMO
Smart Harvest-USDA organic, non-GMO, no added sugar, non-dairy, gluten-free-packaged in re-sealable keep in the freezer packs....



Smart Harvest-distinct chunks of goodness...


International Eats
Maruyanagi Foods' Eat More Beans-edamame mix of chickpeas, soybeans, kidney beans, green peas and black beans...USDA Organic, Non-GMO, no preservatives and vegan. Steamed, not boiled---textured and tasty. Japanese company fyi...


Ramen Noodle Slayers...

CUCINA & AMORE aka Kitchen &Love plant based-supergrain (and filling)Farro quick meals...vegan sophisticated meals 'just stir and go' in grilled vegetables+herbs, artichoke, lemon, & roasted garlic...and roasted pepper+artichoke. Preservative, gluten free in a microwavable container w/ mix-in sauce. There's also Quinoa meals-four flavors available now too. EASY!

-we see the yam based shirataki konjac not flavorable but texture satisfying super low cal noodles everywhere now-fairly inexpensive too...Miracle Noodle Kitchen now sells big flavored ready to eat (heat) flavorings including pictured Spaghetti Marinara, Green Curry and Pad Thai...gluten, grain FREE, vegan, non-GMO and Paleo friendly. 

TastyBite had em' packed at their booth-with products for customer's increasingly palate preferences for hot+spicy bold flavors.  The new Indian Coconut Vegetables -non-GMO, vegetarian-a just heat and eat ready made meals in a pouch. Sophisticate blends of aromatic spices (garlic, ginger, turmeric),sweet  coconut hints and hunks of sweet potatoes plus peas, broccoli, peppers-faster than takeout deliveries...and arguably better tasting. There are many offerings ranging from mild-to hot Indian (16 varieties) and Thai offerings. Shelf stable too-for 6 months. 

SOFI winner-these shelf ready sauce/marinades-require a tad more effort-and clean-up but allows for customization-basically pick a protein or vegetable combo to sit in the marinade for 20 minutes or so, heat oil in a skillet pan, add spice blend, then add the marinaded foods in the spice blend...then add the simmer sauce and a ¼-½ cup water. Total time around 30 minutes including marinade part.  

Poke is a hit in NYC-where food trucks and 'it' restaurants have been serving up this ceviche/sashimi Hawaiian style alternative. From Brooklyn based ACME smoked salmon purveyor Blue Hill Bay-a new category for them...Poke Bowls in Smoked Ahi Tuna and Smoked Salmon flavors...with jasmine rice, Poke sauce (including soy sauce+sriracha hot chili sauce, chili pepper and vinegar, garlic, sugar) and Poke seasoning black+white sesame seeds, ginger, seaweed) 
wow this is great-Blue Hill Bay Poke Bowl---we expect this product to hit the market soon. 20-21 grams of protein, 1400 Omega-3 Fatty Acids,,,-calorie count 340-360 per....