What’s a “Juicy Favorite”, you ask? Well…let me tell you! A Juicy Favorite is something that I love and use often. Could be a kitchen gadget that I can’t live without, a product I love, a food item I adore, or a seasonal item that I look forward to every year. I often use something and think, I need to include this in a Juicy Bites’ post! So…I thought why not have a regular post where I just tell you about something I love?? That is what a Juicy Favorite is!
Rao’s Marinara Sauce
My first fave share is Rao’s brand jarred marinara sauce. I have tried many quality jarred marinara sauces over the years (I’m not talking Ragu or Prego!) and this one is by far my favorite. It is as close to my home made sauce as I can get. It is priced higher than most sauces, but that’s because the quality of the ingredients. The list is really simple…only what you want in a sauce and nothing extra. The same as I would put in my own! Rao’s makes a few different varieties of sauce but the Marinara is my basic favorite. It’s perfect for a weeknight meal when you don’t have the time to simmer a sauce on the stove. I use it for stuffed shells, simple lasagnas, or even as a base for a quick tomato soup! Heck… if you add a little fresh chopped basil, people will think you made it yourself! It is sold at most supermarkets or you can buy directly from Rao’s Specialty Foods.
Frontera Seasoning Sauces
Another pantry staple I want to share with you is the fabulous seasoning sauces from Frontera. Rick Bayless is the chef behind Frontera. He is a rock star when it comes to Mexican Cuisine and has many successful restaurants. I started seeing Frontera brand foods at specialty stores a couple years ago and now they are readily available at most super markets. The sauces come in these great little pouches – no BPA can lining to worry about! The ingredients are top quality and the flavors are unbelievable! I use the Red Chili Enchilada sauce in my chicken enchilada soup for a punch of flavor and a little heat. I love the Taco Skillet Sauce with ground beef for taco night or mixed with shredded chicken for burritos. I have tried most of them and I keep coming up with new ways to use them all. There is a lot of work that goes into making sauces like this from scratch so I love having the convenience of these without having to worry about any ingredients that don’t belong or that I can’t even pronounce! If you can’t find these at your local market, you can order them from Amazon.
Seasonal Produce: Spaghetti Squash!
I LOVE spaghetti squash! I love the taste, the texture, and I love that it is such a satisfying substitute for pasta. I also LOVE pasta, so the fact that this is just as delicious to me is a pretty big deal. It is delicious served as you would serve pasta – with sauce and parmesan cheese, or just as a side dish with olive oil, salt & pepper. Once you get past the hard part of cutting these bad boys in half, the rest is easy. I will share my trick in my next post for baked spaghetti squash…it was SOOO good!