With dozens of different store-bought dips and spreads, I decided to give myself plenty of time to taste test for Super Bowl Sunday. I’ve tried five kinds of hummus, including zesty lemon and chipotle, black bean dip, babaganoush (eggplant dip), and guacamole. The Whole Foods Guac is definitely your best choice. The recipe– a creamy blend of avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeño, and a bit of salt– looks like it could be served tableside in their produce section. No garlic– so this version is safe for lots of cheering and yelling, game day! The rating goes 1 to 10 (10 being the best).
Whole Foods Brand Guacamole
Appearance: This guac maintains its iconic green color because it’s packaged in an air-tight plastic container. Make sure it stays that way. You don’t want to serve brackish brown guac to your guests!
Texture: Buttery and thick texture, with nice chunks of fresh tomato
Flavor: Rich, fresh flavor. Packs some heat, so be prepared with extra dippers and water.
Cost: $ 5.59 for a pound, at Whole Foods Market stores
Health: Great source of potassium and vitamins E, A and C. Guacamole is a tasty, healthy snack. It’s really the fried chips and sour cream that pack on the pounds. For a more healthful Super Bowl party, serve the dip alongside red bell pepper slices and whole-wheat pita chips.
Recommendation: For a snack or appetizer, try a guacamole tostada. Spread the guac over mini toasts with fresh salsa, sliced tomato and a sharp cheese. Also, an ideal match for the classic chips and salsa. Definitely buy the guacamole the day of the game, because even with the acidity of the lime juice, the dip will eventually turn.
Resolution Stats: 23 new food stuffs tried, 82 more to go
Final Verdict: Everybody loves guacamole, so just make sure you have enough in the dip bowl!
With so many different kinds of freshly made raviolis in the market, why spend hours making the dough and the filling from scratch? I’d rather spend my time eating the pasta. And there are so many varieties– everything from pumpkin to three cheese raviolis. One of the things I like about ravioli with butternut squash filling is that it’s simple, sweet, nutritious, and flavorful enough that it doesn’t need sauce. See the verdict for this variety of stuffed pasta from WFM. The rating goes 1 to 10 (10 being the best).
365 Everyday Value Organic Butternut Squash Ravioli
Appearance: simple square pockets stuffed with a light yellow butternut squash filling
Texture: soft, creamy filling, actually quite similar to ricotta cheese
Flavor: Delicious, with its hint of sweetness from the butternut squash filling, and flavorful enough that it doesn’t need sauce. Available in other varieties, such as three cheese.
Cost: $3.39 for an 8-ounce package (about 20 raviolis)
Health: Uses all organic ingredients. Better source of fiber and nutrients than most pastas since it uses whole wheat flour and a vegetable filling. Virtually fat-free with only .5 grams of fat for 1/2 of the 8- ounce package.
Recommendation: Top simply with grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan and extra virgin olive oil. The sweetness of the squash plays off the savory, nutty cheese nicely. You really don’t want a heavy sauce to interfere with the delicate filling.
Resolution Stats: 19 new food stuffs tried, 86 more to go
Final Verdict: Easy to prepare and makes you feel like you’re cooking. Delicious way to to enjoy the health benefits and sweet taste of butternut squash. Finally, an excellent choice if you don’t like cheese, but you love pasta.