August 19, 2012

National Hot and Spicy Food Day

"My favorite time of day is to get up and eat leftovers from dinner, especially spicy food." - David Byrne

It's National Hot and Spicy Food Day!

Sponsored byDr.Praeger's

Since Dr.Praeger's allowed me to get whatever one product I wanted to help with my attempt to eat the year, I knew I wanted to try something that I had never tried before and wouldn't otherwise have tried without this opportunity.

Enter: spinach pancakes.

I like spinach... and I like pancakes. But together? I'm not so sure. Pancakes are meant to be fluffy, sweet, melt in your mouth wonderful. Spinach is much more serious - it says, "I want to make you big and strong! Not weak and weighed down like the very seductive morning carbo-treat that is Mr. Pancake."

And what does one do with spinach pancakes? I didn't know if I was supposed to drown them in maple syrup or swallow them in one gulp if I needed to be extra strong all of a sudden in order to rid the world of bad guys.

In the end, I ended up making a sandwich out of them... a very, very tasty sandwich with hot cherry pepper bread and a homemade spicy cream cheese spread. Dr.Praeger's Spinach Pancakes are much lighter than they might appear to be. They have a mildly earthy flavor, and hold up texturally perfect as a sandwich filler.

Dr.Praeger's was started by cardiac surgeon Peter Praeger and his medical aprtner Dr. Eric Somberg. They bought Ungar’s Gefilte Fish – a popular food company within the Jewish and Yiddish communities. The doctors set out on a simple mission – to help people see nutritious food in a new light. They expanded the company to include all-natural products that would appeal to a wider consumer base. They kept the Ungar’s brand, which includes the original gefilte fish and other traditional Jewish foods, and developed Dr.Praeger's "Sensible Foods," which now includes dozens of all-natural, kosher frozen foods. According to their website, they're "proud to offer a line of products that don't only provide health benefits, but taste great." Their products are low in cholesterol and sodium, have no preservatives or artificial flavorings, no trans fats and no or low saturated fats.

Happy National Hot and Spicy Food Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.