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Fall is a season for enjoying vibrant foliage, backyard bonfires, and delicious flavors of the season. Vegetable Juices’ chefs and food scientists have created a few on-trend menu ideas to share with manufacturers. The company takes its inspiration from cuisine native to Mesoamerica, home of the original chili peppers. Here's a sample of Vegetable Juices’ menu and offerings the company will showcase at fall trade events.
Harvest Tamales - A traditional Mesoamerican dish made of masa (a corn-based dough) that is filled with either a meat, fruit, or cheese and is steamed in a leaf wrapper like a corn husk. Dating back to before the Ancient Maya and Aztec people, tamales have evolved by region with varying savory and sweet ingredients. In many cultures, tamales are eaten during celebrations and festivities. During colder months, many enjoy this warm and mildly spicy dish to fill them up with something hot.
Vegetable Juices’ Harvest Tamales feature shredded chicken, butternut squash, chipotle, garlic, onion, and jalapeno for a savory and spicy blend of fall’s bountiful flavors. The tamales are topped with an Aztec Chipotle Sauce that's a delicious combination of fire roasted red bell pepper, chipotle pepper, ancho pepper, roasted garlic, and sweet potato. Vegetable Juices’ purees, concentrates, and dices deliver the authentic flavors and homemade taste of this traditional dish.
Spicy Chipotle Chocolate Cookies - The history of chocolate begins in Mesoamerica where the first cacao beans were revered and even used as currency. The early Mayans blended their chocolate with water and chile peppers, creating a delicious drink. These Chipolte Chocolate cookies celebrate the fusion of these two ingredients, creating an addictive and tantalizing treat that is sure to please.
Cucumber Watermelon Hibiscus Agua Fresca - Popular in Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, and US, agua frescas are combinations of fruits, cereals, seeds and flowers blended with sugar and water. Light and refreshing, these quenchers are perfect any time of year. Vegetable Juices’ Cucumber Watermelon Hibiscus Agua Fresca is a refreshing blend of cucumber, purple sweet potato and watermelon with a hint of hibiscus. On-trend yet unique, this beverage delivers 1.3 servings of vegetables and 0.7 servings of fruit per an 8oz. serving and amazingly is only 40 calories.
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