Food trends: Understanding what's healthy

January 23, 2008 6:04:16 PM PST
Be in control of what you eat! Know and understand the healthy foods that in the supermarket.

So what food is hot, and what is not in 2008? Here are six healthy foods you may not have in your pantry, but will want to look for, during your next trip to the grocery store. Food developer, Jim White was here with us to talk more about food trends for this year.

Grilled Vegetable and 4-Cheese Naan Pizza
Serves 2 - 4

    1 package Fabulous Flats Tandoori Naan, Original variety
    ¼ cup homemade or commercial basil pesto
    2- 3 cups coarsely chopped, vegetables (zucchini, eggplant, colorful bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, etc.), lightly coated, or sprayed, with vegetable oil, grilled over open flame or roasted in oven.
    1/2 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
    1/2 cup mixture of grated Fontina, Parmesan and Pecorino cheeses
    Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Lightly sprinkle a single naan on both sides with water (a small spray bottle works well). Using metal tongs, place naan over stove flame on high and move naan continuously, heating through both sides. Spread basil pesto over bubbly side of flatbread. Top with layer of grilled vegetables; sprinkle with Mozzarella and grated cheese mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Place on baking tray on middle rack of oven and bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until cheese melts and crust has turned golden.
  4. Cut and serve warm.

Chicken Mango Chutney Naanwich
Serves 1 - 2

    1 package Fabulous Flats Tandoori Naan, Original variety
    ¼ cup commercial mango chutney
    1 cup fresh arugula
    1/2 grilled chicken breast, sliced lengthwise into thin strips
    ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, preserved in oil
    Salt and Pepper to taste
    Yogurt, or Tzatziki sauce to taste

Method:

  1. Lightly sprinkle a single naan on both sides with water (a small spray bottle works well). Using metal tongs, place naan over stove flame on high and move naan continuously, heating through both sides. Spread mango chutney over bubbly side of flatbread. Top with arugula, chicken breast strips placed horizontally across the naan (assumes you have placed the pointed end at the top and the bulge at the other end at the bottom); dot with sun-dried tomato pieces, and occasional dollops of yogurt. Salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Roll naan from pointed top downward; secure, if necessary with toothpicks. Cut in half on the diagonal. Enjoy!

What's hot for 2008:
Premium chocolate, made without lecithin (an emulsifier) and vanilla, is made by Askinosie, in Springfield MO. While there are retailers in the Bay Area who sell this stunning chocolate, it can also be purchased from the chocolate maker's website.
www.askinosie.com.

White and Green Chinese teas are from Tillerman Tea, a new, Napa-based tea company specializing in premium teas.
www.tillermantea.com

O.N.E. Coconut Water and O.N.E. Amazon Acai drinks.
www.onenaturalexperience.com

The recipe for Black Bean Soup with Lime Cream comes from Diane Rossen Worthington's cookbook, The New California Cook.
www.amazon.com

To learn more about the versatility of Fabulous Flats Tandoori Naan:
www.fgfbrands.com

About Jim White:
Learn more about Jim White, his winemaking project, and enjoy his writing and food commentary on his Napa Valley-based website at www.napaman.com.

In his career, Jim has been responsible for inventing, developing, branding, or marketing more than 8,000 grocery products. Many bear the names of the chains for which they were produced - Wal-Mart, Safeway, Stop 'N Shop, Vons, Wegmans. As a respected food editor, food writer and restaurant critic, with 30 years of experience, Jim was twice named "Best Food Writer" for metro newspapers with circulation over 500,000.


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