Saturday, August 27, 2011

Did you know?

Saffron, made from the dried stamens of cultivated crocus flowers, is the most expensive cooking spice.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Okra Recipe: Marie's Spicy Okra Poppers

Marie's Spicy Okra Poppers
3 big handfuls of fresh Okra
6-8 jalapeno peppers
2 Tbs coconut oil, enough to coat the pan

Wash & thoroughly dry okra
Thinly slice okra & peppers into rings.
You can de-seed peppers if you want less heat.
Heat coconut oil in cast iron skillet on medium high heat.
Place rings in single layer, cut side down.
When browned, carefully turn over each ring.
Chopsticks or small tongs are great for this.
Cook until brown & crispy.
Cool & drain on a paper towel. Sprinkle with chunky sea salt.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Okra recipe: Bindi Masala

Wiki Wiki Bindi Masala
Arora Creations Organic Bhindi Masala spice blend
I lb fresh Okra, halved lengthwise
1/2 C coconut or vegetable oil
1 small onion, sliced
optional diced tomatoes and fresh cilantro to garnish

Wash and dry okra. Trim edges and slice in half lengthwise.
Heat oil over medium heat for 1 minute.
Add Orka and cook for 5 minutes, while stirring.
Add Arora Creations Bhindi Masala Blend, lower heat & cook for 6 more minutes.
Remover Okra from the pan, leaving spiced oil.
Add onions & saute over medium heat for 3 minutes.
Return the okra to the pan and stir in with onion mixture, cooking for 1 more minute.
Remove from heat, garnish with optional tomato & cilantro.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Did you know?

Per capita, the Irish eat more chocolate than Americans, Swedes, Danes, French, and Italians.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Did you know?

Each American eats an average of 51 pounds of chocolate per year.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Did you know?

The mango is native to India from where it spread all over the world and is the most cultivated fruit of the tropical world.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mana Foods in Glow magazine

Our produce manager, Ryan Earehart, is featured in the August 2011 issue of GLOW, a Japanese magazine. I wish I could read Japanese, anyone want to translate?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tropical Beauty

You can buy fresh tropical flowers & leis right here at Mana Foods!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Kids Nutrition

A healthy child is a happy child! Check out the new Kid's Kit from Garden of Life, which contains 1 chewable multi and 1 chewable DHA at a super good price!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Green Lunchbox

Lunchopolis: the garbage-free lunchbox, now available at Mana Foods
Help eliminate the 3.5 Billion + pounds of lunch box garbage is generated every year: juice boxes, water bottles, aluminum foil, and plastic bags.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Kerplunk: Kids water botles

Kids just can’t get enough of the bright, colorful designs Kerplunk Kidz™ bottles and sippy cups. They’re fun, durable and most importantly, chemical free so you don’t have to worry about toxic chemicals.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Plate lunch benefit for the Paia Youth & Cultural Center

Friday, August 26th from 5pm - 8pm
at Mana Foods, 49 Baldwin Avenue, Paia

Stop by for dinner and support the Paia Youth and Cultural Center. This plate lunch benefit features our award winning Thai Beef salad made from grass fed Molokai Beef, generously donated by Molokai Livestock Cooperative. We will also be serving Tofu Pad Thai, venison chili, rice and a beverage.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Did you Know?

The peach is a member of the rose family and will have a sweet rosy fragrance when ripe.

Monday, August 8, 2011


Marie likes to put truffle oil on her popcorn! Another office favorite is with a sprinkle of Maui Preserved Hot, Hot sauce.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Did you know?

Americans today consume 17.3 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year! The average American eats about 68 quarts!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

We've been imortalized!

"No one cared about your resume in Paia, or that you hadn't brushed your hair all the way through, or that your truck had seen better days. In the town's hub, a ramshackle grocery store called Mana Foods, yoga instructors shopped alongside heavily pierced drifters, and pot farmers mingled with supermodels, and Brazilian kite surfers lined up at the deli counter behind Buddhist priests, and three-hundred-pound Samoan construction workers jostled in the aisles with movie stars, and everyone got along perfectly well."

Excerpt from Sunsan Casey's book, The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean.
pg. 95

Friday, August 5, 2011

Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire. ~William Butler Yeats

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Gluten Freedom: Lunchbox snacks

Fruit: bananas, oranges and apples come conveniently in their own easy to open package!
Also try sliced apple & peanut butter or almond butter
Chips (check labels carefully)
Safe Chips are:
Eden Brown Rice Chips
Mary’s Gone Crackers Sticks & Twigs
Late July Organic chips
You get the picture, but READ labels!
baby carrots & ranch dressing
Hummus with cucumber slices to dip
Celery & cream cheese
Ants on a log (celery, peanut butter, raisins)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Gluten Freedom: Sandwich ideas

Gluten Free lunch box ideas. Udi’s bread: my new favorite sandwich bread, it doesn’t crumble in your hands at first bite! I always toast it and let it cool completely, so that it holds up better in the cooler.
Deli slices (Turkey, ham, roast beef, pastrami, etc)
Cucumber & cream cheese
Classic BLT
Tuna salad: with celery
Cheese with avocado & tomato
PB & J (can mix it up with almond butter)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Gluten Freedon: August 2011

Back To School: It’s that exciting time of year, when we send our keiki off the school. You now have the daunting task of having to come up with something creative on a daily basis for your child’s lunchbox.

If you’re smart, and they’re old enough, you will designate an area of your fridge that will hold all of your pre-approved lunch items. This way, you let your child make his/her own lunch, with the goal of empowering them to make healthy choices. If your child isn’t old enough to do this, let’s look at some gluten free options!