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Jenn’s Top Picks: November 2019

Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD

Here are November’s picks for you!  I really hope you get something out of these monthly features.  I’m planning a gift guide as well, probably out next week. That is going to be a little different in that I will feature things I found around the internet, in addition to items that I’ve used myself.  

Some of the links below may be affiliate links, meaning I may make a small commission if you click on a link and buy something. This is at no cost to you!

It’s Jerky Y’all

I love all 3 flavors, but our favorite is the prickly pear teriyaki flavor. I generally love anything with prickly pears, so the prickly pear chipotle is my next fave. The sea salt and pepper flavor is the one that most people say is most similar to beef jerky.

I can’t wait to see what new products this company comes out with!

KOVOT Tilted Wine Glass

This is a large glass, so be careful not to overpour!

The design is simple, except for a bend in the stem. Everyone comments on this glass when they see it!  They’re unexpected enough to be noticed but aren’t gaudy at all. 

Just be careful when you put it in the dishwasher. My husband put it on the top rack and closed it quickly, snapping the stem in half! It’s taller than it looks!

And now I only have one…

Urban Accents Seasoning Blends

Makes seasoning tofu for searing or vegetables for roasting super simple. There are several blends, allowing you to eat a different meal each time!

Just throw your chopped veggies in a bowl, add some olive oil and a pack of Urban Accent Seasoning, then pop in the oven! I have 3 in my pantry right now: Parmesan Mediterranean, Balsamic & Roasted Onion, and Manchego & Roasted Garlic. They’re all good, but the Parmesan Mediterranean is my favorite. I haven’t tried the Asian Curry & Honey one yet, but I will soon.

They also carry popcorn seasoning, chili starters, a turkey brine and rub kit (Hello Thanksgiving!), and various seasonings meant for meat.

This would make a super easy side dish for Thanksgiving dinner!

Banza Pasta

This is a pasta made from chickpeas, making it much higher in protein than regular pasta, even the whole-grain varieties.

It has a similar texture and taste to whole-grain pasta and cooks in about the same amount of time.

I pretty much use this pasta instead of wheat unless I want a shape that is not available.  I’m waiting for spaghetti!

Their current lineup includes macaroni, rigatoni, ziti, penne, shells, wheels, and cavatappi. It seems like they are constantly adding more!

Right Rice

This is rice made from chickpeas, lentils, and green peas similar to the Banza pasta.  All you have to do is boil water, add the rice, turn off the heat, and let it sit for ~12 minutes. 

There are several flavors to try. My favorite is the garlic and herb, and the cilantro lime flavor is perfect for Taco Tuesday.  Other flavors include the original (unseasoned), lemon pepper, Spanish, and Thai Curry.

Because this “rice” is made from chickpeas, it is higher in protein and easier to cook than regular rice. The texture is really good, too. Because it also includes lentils and green peas, this product features a “complete” protein!

The company also donates 1% of its profits to No Kid Hungry.

So What do you Think?

Do any of these products pique your interest? Do you know of a product you love that I should try? Let me know in the comments.

If you missed October’s list, check it out here.

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