Monday, February 11, 2013

Review: La' Pans Food Corp

Something you may, or may not know about me is that I am a gal that loves sauces!  I always look forward to trying new varieties to add zing to the dishes I am eating, and the right type of sauces are great for adding flavor and turning mundane food into something special. 

Recently, I was fortunate enough to be sent a selection of samples to try from La Pan’s Food Corp; a So. Cal based company that has created a line of gourmet products ranging from bloody mary mix, hot sauce, traditional and spicy BBQ sauces all made using all natural ingredients.   

BBQ Blessings Spice Rubbed Steak Burrito Bowl

First off, I wanted to try the rub, and decided to use it on steak I planned to use with dinner.  Being that I strive to eat leaner cuts of meat, anything I can do to add flare is welcomed with open arms so, I coated the steaks I used on each side before grilling.  The result was a fantastically flavorful steak that accompanied the grilled veggies in my burrito bowl perfectly!

Serves four

Two 4 oz sirloin steaks
Three ears fresh corn
Three zucchini, sliced length wise
1 cup cherry tomatoes
One red bell pepper, seeds removed and quartered
15 oz low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup quinoa, rinsed
La Pan’s BBQ Blessings Spice Rub
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 limes
Salsa (optional)

A benefit of the BBQ Blessing Spice Rub is that it is so flavorful it cuts the need to marinate; I allowed my steak to sit with the rub for about four hours due to preparing them during my lunch hour at work.  I have made this recipe again using the same steak without allowing it to sit and the flavor was just as amazing.

Preheat your grill to medium high heat for about 8 to 10 minutes.  As a side note; I primarily use an indoor grill due to being unable to have an outdoor grill at the apartment I rent.  I know I am already in search of a new rental come the end of my lease!

Start by grilling the corn, this can be done one of two ways; dry – placed directly onto the grill, or by rubbing with a small amount of grapeseed oil; and cook until just charred on all sides.  Next, grill the zucchini slices, and bell pepper until achieving the same lovely char as you did the corn.  Last, cut the limes in two and place them cut side down on the grilled for a few minutes to loosen the juices.

In a large bowl; carefully cut the corn kernels from the cob using a sharp knife, halve the cherry tomatoes, roughly chop the zucchini and bell pepper, and then toss everything together with the juice of the limes and chopped fresh cilantro.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside.  As far as seasoning goes; I prefer the natural flavors of the grilled vegetables without adding any additional seasoning however, feel free to season with salt and pepper if you desire.  

If you are unfamiliar with how to prepare quinoa; simply rinse the desired amount before covering with water, bringing to a boil and allow it to simmer 15 minutes, and then drain off any excess water.  You can also take the ratio approach as you would cook rice but, this tried and true method works for me every time.

Next, grill the rubbed steaks to your desired taste; I prefer medium so about 2 minutes per side works perfect.  Once cooked, allow the steaks to rest (an essential step in cooking lean protein) at least 10 minutes before slicing thin.

Assembling the burrito bowls simply layer the ingredients starting with a bed of quinoa, followed by the grilled vegetables, then the steak and top with your favorite salsa.  Blue corn tortilla chips make a great accompaniment to this dish as well.

For the next recipe, I wanted to keep things classic so, I put together an easy dish of grilled chicken topped with the Foundation Gourmet BBQ Sauce.  I love sweet and spicy BBQ sauces and this one packs a rich flavor with the perfect amount of spice that goes on and on. 

Foundation BBQ Chicken

Something else that stood about La Pan's, is the entire ingredient list is comprised of easily recognizable ingredients (and easily pronounced) providing confidence that you are using products of high quality.  This is not something you see in comparison to other BBQ products on the market. 

My best advice is to check out La Pan's Food Corp to try the delicious product range for yourself.  You won't be disappointed!

Stay tuned another recipe using the Foundation Gourmet BBQ and La Pan’s Fire in the Hole! Hot Sauce; Spicy BBQ Baked Black Beans!


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