As you shop in our store, you may notice that we use some ingredients in multiple recipes. Let's review these special ingredients and why we selected them.
Coconut and Red Palm Oils
Fats are an under-appreciated part of our diets. Many people rely too much on vegetable oils like soybean, sunflower and safflower oils.
We prefer to use 2 tropical oils -- coconut oil and red palm oil -- on our popcorn, in 2 of our 3 Meal Essential sauces, and in our cornbread. These tropical oils have a long history of nourishing many cultures throughout the world. They are definitely our favorites and offer huge health benefits.
We also use olive oil in our Jambalaya sauce, to offer some variety. The fish oils that occur naturally in our seafood stocks (Jambalaya and Thai Red Curry) provide substantial health benefits and great flavor.
Ginger is great for digestion and flavor. It can put you on a good path to regaining or retaining your health. It has played this important role for centuries in many cultures.
We use a lot of herbs and spices, but ginger is our favorite. We prefer fresh (not dried) ginger because it provides the best flavor.
Look for plenty of ginger in our Carrot Ginger sauce/soup, which is a classic recipe enhanced by the tropical oils and a wide variety of vegetables. Ginger also has a “walk-on” role in our cornbread recipe. It provides a subtle, but important, flavor.
The foundation of each of our Meal Essential sauce recipes is a customized stock. Stock has been an important component of culinary traditions around the world throughout human history. That’s why we use stock generously as a way to impart flavor and help you reclaim your health. What gives value to stock is the use of fish bones and clam shells in our seafood stock, and chicken bones in our chicken stock. The gelatin and minerals in the stock provide the healthy values.
For example, our Thai Red Curry sauce includes a seafood stock featuring clams, Atlantic herring, and salt in filtered water.
We use miso (fermented soy paste) and red curry paste (herb, spices, chili peppers, and ginger) as the base of our Carrot Ginger soup/sauce.
Our Jambalaya sauce features a stock made of chicken, clam and shrimp.
Sometimes we go for the heat of the chili pepper, but mostly we use this vegetable for its ability to jumpstart flavor. A good example is our popcorn.
Just a touch of chili makes all the ingredients in our popcorn come to life so they can catch your attention and add a spicy note to the nation’s favorite snack.
Its nutritional value comes from making food taste delicious, so we'll have a good appetite and consume all the nutrition we need. Plus chili peppers provide important anti-inflammatory values to our diet.
We use greens in several Meal Essential products to offer flavor and valuable nutrients:
We generally avoid dried herbs if we can, because the drying process can reduce their flavor and their value to human health.
You can supplement your diet with fresh salad greens by joining our salad project.
Adding seeds to your diet will give you many different micronutrients -- plus protein and fat in various forms. For example, 50% of every hemp seed is composed of valuable fat and is high in Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA). Check out this article to find out why that’s so important.
We use sunflower and pumpkin seeds in our nut mix, and hemp, flax, and chia seeds in our cornbread. We also offer a three-seed seed mix in our Supplement department of our store to help you add even more seedy goodness to your diet.