If Snazzy Gourmet were a local store I'm sure it would be on my list of rounds often. It would be quite the sight to see shelves and shelves stocked with their selection of almost 500 natural and organic foods — olive oils, vinegars, pastas, sauces, soups, grains, spices and seasonings, jams, snacks, and all kinds of other products. Like the name implies, all their items are top-quality gourmet products from high-end food companies, and usually with a pretty snazzy design too. Unable to browse the aisles filled with glamourous bottles, jars and packages of goodness, I miss out on that sensuous experience cooks always enjoy when physically surrounded by objects of culinary inspiration, but it's an online store and all of those tempting foods are just a click away.
The complimentary samples I received were a package of Gluten Free Santa Fe Pilaf, a jar of Urban Accents Mesa Rosa Chipotle - Southwestern Smoky Blend and a bottle of B.R Cohn Organic California Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I was quite satisfied with all three of the products and incorporated each one into the dish that I created.
The Santa Fe Pilaf is a mixture of seasoned quinoa, millet, black beans and dehydrated vegetables. I always cook with dried legumes and I was pleasantly surprised how delicious the pilaf mixture that included the dehydrated ingredients turned out. The seasoning was well-balanced and in 25 minutes you have a balanced pot of protein and starches.
The Mesa Rosa Chipotle Southwestern Smoky blend was particularly appealing to my spicy palate. I used it even before incorporating it into my dish. It adds a nice spicy kick to sauces, marinades, salad dressings, eggs, soups and any other types of foods or dishes that benefit from the unique smoky kick of chipotle.
The B.R Cohn olive oil has a light refreshing flavour that makes it especially suited for salads, vegetables, dips and sauces or even as a dipping oil for your favorite crusty breads.
Now for my recipe where I really got a chance to evaluate the goods. As you can imagine, the selection of products that I used for my dish are perfectly suited to Mexican cuisine though all three products could be used to inspire a multitude of culinary creations.
|Chipotle Black Bean, Millet and Quinoa Burritos|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on September 11, 2012
Spicy and filling burritos stuffed with a seasoned black bean, quinoa and millet pilaf and covered with a chipotle sour cream sauce
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Chipotle sour cream sauce:
Notes: The measures presented here are approximate and easily adjusted to suit your preferences and serving needs. You can halve the recipe for a more manageable portion or double it if you are serving a crowd. Tone down the heat or turn it up a notch or two. Include other ingredients in your wraps, such as fresh lettuce, corn, cucumber or whatever else strikes your fancy. The dried chipotle peppers, dried mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes may be considered optional.
Warm the tortillas before filling if desired. And finally, a word of caution: be VERY careful with dried chipotle peppers if you are using them. They are HOT, so you want to be sparing with them, especially when you are including other spices, as I did for this recipe.
GIVEAWAY: And now a treat for my readers. Snazzy gourmet is willing to send all three of the products I used in my dish to a random winner. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post, perhaps with a suggestion of what you might make with some or all of the products I received. If you enjoy my blog, please do visit and like my facebook page. Please note the contest is only open to residents of the US and Canada. If you do not have a blog, please leave your email address along with your comment so I can contact you should you be the lucky winner. The contest will run until September 30th and I will choose a random winner the day after the contest ends.
UPDATE: Congratulations to Val of More than Burnt Toast. She is the lucky random winner of the draw!
I received complimentary samples from Snazzy Gourmet for review. The opinions and recipe published here are my own.