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One of my favorite things to do when I have a moment of spare time is to find local grocers with imported foods and dive in. I have found some tiny grocers in my town hidden in small strip plazas and off the beaten path. One of my favorites is a small Asian grocer. I’ve discovered vegetable and fruits I’ve never seen, foods that aren’t normally available here and more importantly some inspiration to look at food a little differently. A few weeks ago we tried Forbidden Rice which has a heavier feel to it and is black in color. This time I found black rice pasta. It looks jet black before it’s cooked and then it takes on a purplish hue once it’s cooked. It’s gluten free, allergy friendly and makes the same old dishes more interesting.
Miss G has black rice pasta mixed with a bit of Earth Balance coconut spread. I sauteed some Field Grain vegetable sausages to go with the pasta and made a face of it. The “hair” is vegan parmesan, eyes and nose are roma and grape tomatoes and the sausage pieces are the mouth. In the top left compartment are dried cherries and cashews and at the top right are black seedless grapes packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.
In her Happy Tiffin stainless bento are purple sweet potato chips, pear slices, clementine orange sections and sliced kiwi for her preschool snack.
And my little Miss 2 year old has a LunchBots Quad. From the top left are black seedless grapes, black rice pasta and Field Grain sausage, pear and clementine pieces and raspberries for lunch.