|Fave Thrive Market Staples & Italian Roasted Zucchini Fries|
Today's recipe is one that I created for my subscriber-only Lazy Veggie Series, but I'm honored to say that I now have quite a bit more subscribers, and I want y'all to be able to enjoy the recipes as well! So for those who have been there from early on, I hope you don't mind my sharing some of those Lazy Veggie recipes :).
"Breading" zucchini in seasoned almond flour and baking it at high-heat recreates the satisfying experience of a fried food....seriously! My husband will easily consume two whole zucchinis when I make them this way. Dipped in ketchup, of course! It's a little tedious to dredge and coat each one, but it's a mindless task that pairs beautifully with a glass of wine and a great podcast.
By using almond flour, you also add protein and healthy fat to the dish, which makes them more satisfying and nutritious. So the next time you're looking to squeeze more veggies into a veggie-dubious spouse, partner, or yourself, definitely give these Italian Roasted Zucchini Fries a try!
Fave Thrive Market STAPLES
Whenever you're buying olive oil, you want to look for a label that says 'first cold pressed'. This ensures that your olive oil wasn't extracted through industrial high-heat processes that can damage this delicate oil. The "first" just notes that the pressing took place immediately, which doesn't allow time for oxidation. Bragg's covers these bases, and they use a dark opaque bottle, which also protects against oxidation. Plus, it's a great deal (obvi) AND I think it has the perfect flavor for cooking: mild, with floral and nutty undertones.
Wild Planet Non-GMO Albacore Tuna & Wild Sockeye Salmon
I make tuna salad for my husband at least every other Sunday, and we also make my Asian Salmon Cakes on the reg. So I always order at least 6 cans of each whenever I order on Thrive. Hands-down the best price I've seen on wild canned seafood, and I think wild is super important in this case! It ensures that the fish are eating exactly what they should be, which means that they're full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids that we don't get nearly enough of. And everything Wild Planet does is delicious!
Tamari, how do I love thee? Let me count the...recipes! I use this tamari in easily half of my recipes! It is my favorite way to add salt to dish, because it also provides a savory umami richness as well. It's one of those ingredients that leads to the question, "what's IN there?". I prefer this over soy sauce, as the flavor is better and it's wheat free for all my wheat-intolerance readers out there! If you're ever making a soup, stew, crockpot dish or stir-fry kinda thing and you want to "kick it up" a bit, I suggest a splash of tamari!
Good golly. I've eaten a LOT of almond butter in my day, but Thrive Market is doing something else! Not only does this almond butter have the creamiest, most unctuous texture (besides the crunchy bits of course), it also reminds me of cake batter. And all it contains is almonds. I mean, what is this wonderful sorcery?! I'll be honest; it is a touch more expensive than the Trader Joe's and Whole Foods 365 brands, but I vastly prefer the texture, taste and stir-ability. P.S. their peanut butter is great too!
I cheated and smooshed another pair into one slot because they're basically siblings! The main issue I have with traditional mayo is that is contains damaging, inflammatory vegetable oils like corn, sunflower, safflower, canola and soy. It just so happens that these are also the cooking oils that never had a healthy neutral-tasting replacement...until NOW. Avocado oil can withstand high-heat cooking, and it has a very neutral flavor, so it is a perfect sub for those nasty oils. The Primal Kitchen products are the highest quality, and I think the mayo tastes fab as well...in fact I always use it in the aforementioned tuna salad!