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Well and Good: Culinary Adventure

Here at FRESH, we take our passion for food seriously. From hand-pulled mozzarella to chef-prepared entrees to artisan bread baked in-house, we’re always finding something new for you to love! We’re also passionate about the nutritional benefits great food can provide. Here’s a look at a few rising stars in the culinary world – each a powerhouse of nutrition!

Chia. We’ve talked about chia before, but it’s gone to a whole new level! Chia is now being used for much more than just a sprinkle on oatmeal or smoothie stir-in. Chia’s rise to culinary fame has placed the humble seed on the savory side of the plate. From roasted zucchini to salad dressing to stir-fry, the options are endless. Want to know a great plus? Chia seeds are a good source of calcium, protein, essential fatty acids, fiber, protein and much more. Nutritionally, they add a huge boost to any food! FRESH tip: Try chia a little at a time from the spice section in our Bulk Department!

Carrots. This humble root vegetable has finally made it to the spotlight! Chefs all over the country are using carrots in unconventional ways. From carrot tartare to roasted carrot bisque, carrots have never been this delicious. The nutritional plus? One one-half cup serving of carrots contains twice the vitamin A your body needs all day. More vitamin A means sharper vision. Sharper vision means reading more recipes! It looks like it might be time to try a new carrot recipe!

Cauliflower. Cruciferous vegetables are making a comeback! Broccoli’s often-snubbed white cousin is largely misunderstood, but that will change in 2013! Cauliflower is being used in many unconventional applications – from pizza crust to creamy soup, to a mashed potato stand-in. Believe it or not, cauliflower can be delicious. The nutritional plus? Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower have powerful cancer-fighting properties. We’ve even included a great cauliflower recipe the whole family will love. Let us know how it turns out!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust
(Gluten free, Vegetarian)

1 cup raw, grated (or chopped in food processor) cauliflower
1 egg
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp parsley
(may add other italian spices as desired-such as dried or fresh basil)
Pizza toppings of choice

Preheat oven to 450° F.

Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, combine cauliflower, egg, mozzarella and all desired spices. Press evenly on baking pan or pizza stone. 

Bake at 450° F for 12 to 15 minutes (up to 20 minutes if you double the recipe). You may turn over once if desired (this requires a wide spatula and good coordination!).

Remove the pan from the oven. To the crust add toppings of your choice (sauce, meat, vegetables, cheese, etc).

Place under broiler, on high heat until cheese is melted. Let rest approximately 5 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!

Makes 4, 1-slice servings