Monday, November 30, 2009

Gluten Freedom: December 2009

Gluten Free Holidays
Turkey with Gluten Free Stuffing
Broccoli with Mock Hollandaise
Tempt Hemp Ice Cream

Prepare to roast your turkey as you normally would
Gluten Free Rice Stuffing:
This recipe is courtesy of Ener-G Foods and is really yummy
1 Cup diced Onion
1 Cup Celery, chopped
1 Cup Celery Leaves, chopped
1 4oz can sliced mushrooms, drained OR 4 oz of sliced mushrooms of your choice (I always love Porcini mushrooms for the deep, hearty flavor)1 Cup Rice, uncooked
3 Tbsp Gluten-Free Margarine ( I prefer Earth Balance Organic)
2 Cups GF Vegetable Broth1 Tsp (or to taste)
Sea/Mineral Salt
3/4 Tsp Poultry Seasoning
1/2 Cup Chopped Toasted Almonds
Cook the rice in the vegetable broth until tender, about 1 hour. Saute the remaining ingredients in a skillet until the celery and onion are tender.
Add the rice and toasted almonds, stir to blend.
Stuff & Roast Turkey as you normally would

Organic Yams
Roast in 375 oven approximately 1 hour for every 4 yams
Serve with GF Margarine

Organic Broccoli Steamed
Mock Hollandaise
1 Cup GF Margarine
Juice of 2 Lemons
6 Egg Whites only
Melt butter in small sauce pan
Crack 6 eggs for the whites into bowl
Add juice of both lemons to egg-white mixture and whisk.
Add to melted butter on low heat and stir until all three are blended and eggs are coagulated into butter and lemon juice.You can play with this recipe for desired tang.
It will not look like a smooth hollandaise, but will taste as good if not better.
Spoon over Broccoli

Tempt Hemp Ice Cream
Favorite Tempt Flavor
Quiet Room
Sneak into the freezer, grab your flavah, find the darkest quietest room you can, open the top & sink your spoon into the creamiest ice cream you will nevah want to share!!!

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Top 8 Reasons to Love Mana Foods

By Stephanie Nelson
So, we know we don’t love the parking, or the lack thereof. (Or those mean stares you get from the Charley’s lot parking attendants as they assess whether they can catch you heading up Baldwin to Mana despite the No Parking for Mana Foods signs. I feel like I’m on a covert operation, stashing my shopping bags and heading into other stores first as a diversion.) But there are plenty of reasons to love Mana Foods. You likely have your own reasons. These are a few of mine.

1. Personally, I love the small, narrow aisles; they remind me of big city corner delis. Plus, I’m not as overwhelmed by all the choices. (The cereal aisle in those super-sized supermarkets can be downright intimidating.) Nor do I get lost, which I find quite comforting.

2.Gluten-free products galore at excellent prices, including Pamela’s Pancake Mix (a must-try no matter your gluten intake preferences).

3.Vosges Haut-Chocolat: While it’s an expensive candy bar for sure, it costs less than a massage (or therapy!) and comes in interesting flavors like milk chocolate with almonds and sea salt, and dark chocolate with chilies. There’s even one with bacon. Aren’t you just a little bit curious? The candy bars make a lovely, little gift…and won’t break your gift budget.

4. Freshly baked croissants, flakey on the outside, light and sweet on the inside.

5. The vitamin room with its many naturopathic remedies, plus yummy soaps and Dr. Hauschka’s face products. (Careful, though. You go in thinking you’ll just look and you come out with incense sticks, peppermint foot lotion and American Apparel shorts.)

6. Lots of local goods from produce to grass-fed beef.

7. Princess Cake. I grew up on this quintessential Swedish cake, being half-Swedish and visiting family there many a summer. A yellow cake filled with jam and whipped cream, and covered in chewy, green (yes, green) marzipan is a very hard cake to find. So imagine my surprise when I found it in a small, Hawaiian surf town. Home sweet home.

8. When I’m in Costco., I could be anywhere in America. But in Mana Foods, with its sandy surfers, sun burnt tourists, yogis, and barefoot locals, I know exactly where I am. And that’s pretty nice.

Original article
Stephanie Nelson is a writer who spent decades stalking Manhattan's restaurants and keeping silent about her opinions. Now living full time on Maui, she finds it hard to keep quiet about food. Stephanie is always on the lookout for the next delectable treat.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Mana Foods Celebrates 25 years

The Maui News, October 29, 2009

Mana Foods
Celebrates 25 years with giveaways, demos, prizes, lots of Halloween fun

It started out 25 years ago in Paia as a tiny hole in the wall that sold only fresh-squeezed juices. Now, Mana Foods is the most powerful health food store on island with over 100 employees.
These days, Mana Foods features more than vegetarian options. There is a department packed with natural gourmet meat and seafood, a deli headed by Thai Chef Suphan Ann Gale, a bakery, a vitamin room, the famous wall of chocolate, and household and pet items.
"We always try hard to have our food be affordable. We are just doing the customer appreciation week to thank the community," says partner Sunette Fenn, who runs the store with founder Ed Thielk and his sister, Theresa Thielk, along with partner Chris Ozee.
"Our event this week includes customer giveaways, prizes, nutritional education, product sampling and Dr. Hauschka facials and more."
From 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Mana Foods will host a barbecue fundraiser with 100 percent of the profits going to the Paia Youth & Cultural Center. Just look for the grills going out by the cart cage to the side of the store.
"We're going to have some really good food," says Fenn. "We'll have healthy plate-lunch options, including locally caught fish; grass-fed, antibiotic-and-hormone-free steak and vegetarian selections."
Over 300 local vendors, "just about everyone on island," says Ed, sell their products to Mana Foods. Saturday, you may come shop at the store and get an up-close look at some of them.
"Saturday features Meet the Farmer with Anuhea Farms and their asparagus, and Green Leaf and their yacon," says produce manager Ryan Earehart. "Yacon is a Peruvian root like jicama. Saturday we'll also have a cheese demonstration on the bamboo bar.
Since Saturday is Halloween, and Paia is celebrating in a big way, Mana Foods will provide all-natural treats for the keiki from 5 to 7 p.m. outdoors along with a magic show and bagpipers.
In addition, from now through Saturday, if you buy $250 worth of products, you'll get "a free bag of schwag," or a free bag of store items (while supplies last).
This year, Mana Foods was nominated for the Mayor's Small Business Award. It was also named "Best Health Food Store" on the island in The Maui News.