Our family loves trying ethnic food. Before the children were diagnosed with food allergies, Sundays usually meant food adventure. We would go to church early at 8 in the morning so that we can drive around and look for an usual restaurant. The kids grew up trying new cuisine — Indian, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Afgan, Greek, Italian, Polish etc. As long as the food tastes good, they are happy.
After we found out that food allergies are to blame for their constant coughing, asthma attacks, eczema and stomach problems, our food trips almost stopped. Yes, we still get to eat out. However, it became very limited. Often times, just once a month and each restaurant must be carefully scrutinized before we go.
Since most of our meals are now home cooked, I try my best to make it more exciting by preparing international themed dishes. I confess, I now have an tremendous obsession with spices, herbs and even flours that my kids now call our kitchen, The Lab.
Anyway, cooking from scratch has become a way of life for me. I admit, it is a tedious process but it leaves me no choice because it is quite difficult to find packaged seasonings or sauces that would be go with my family’s multiple food allergies. Then recently, as a Moms Meet
Ambassador, I was asked to try WorldFoods
Sauces and Marinades.
When I first heard about WorldFoods products, I can’t help but go their website and check. I mean, it is too good to be true. Their FREE from Range
of sauces and marinades were carefully made with 100 percent, fresh natural ingredients and authentic herbs and spices. It is also free of added oil, trans fat, artificial ingredients, preservatives, coloring or food flavor enhancers. There are no GMOs and the best part, no hidden allergens like peanuts, nuts (except coconut), dairy, gluten, egg, soy, fish and shellfish. Yes, it is Top 8 safe.
After trying the 4 types of sauces they sent me to try, I have to say, these Asian style sauces are a blessing! Not only are they allergy friendly, it makes regional food really easy and convenient. The flavors are very accurate too. (I’m an Asian remember?) My kids love that the sauces and marinades are delicious and not too spicy like most restaurants have. For those who like it on the hotter side like me, a pinch of cayenne pepper should do the trick. They are nice to have on hand especially on days I need to whip up something fast.
That’s me photobombing the Indonesian Fried Rice paste. Just to let you know, I don’t work for World Foods. More so, there’s no endorsement contract between us. 🙂 Anyway, here’s a quick recipe inspired by my children’s current DVD obsession – Disney’s Ratatouille. This simple and easy dish is made with just summer vegetables and World Foods Thai Coconut Galangal Stir Fry Sauce.
(Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of MOMS Meet Program, May Media Group, LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a MOMS Meets blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.)
2 Tbs. oil (avocado or canola)
1 Tbs. minced garlic
1/3 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
3 cups chopped zucchini
3 cups chopped yellow squash
2 cups chopped eggplant
1 12 oz. bottle World Foods Thai Coconut Galangal Stir Fry Sauce
1 tsp. sea salt
1 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
1. In a big skillet, heat oil.
2. Saute the onions, garlic and tomatoes for 4 minutes.
3. Add the red bell pepper, yellow squash, zucchini and eggplant. Saute for 4 minutes.
4. Pour the Thai Coconut Galangal Sauce over the vegetables. Mix well. Bring to a boil.
5. Season with 1/2 a tsp. of salt. Taste to make sure you have enough salt. Depending on how much water the vegetables have, you might need to add the remaining 1/2 tsp of salt.
6. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the texture of the vegetables is to your liking.
7. Turn of heat and add the chopped parsley.
8. Serve hot with steamed rice or quinoa.