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        SPICY PB&J And 5 Other Unexpected Hatch Chile Recipes

        SPICY PB&J And 5 Other Unexpected Hatch Chile Recipes-CA LIMITED

        We’re all feeling the heat this summer, and thanks to our friends at Melissa’s Produce, it’s about to get even hotter - in the best way possible.

        Melissa’s challenged us to create some of the hottest recipes we can think of using their fresh hatch chiles.

        In the latest Foodbeast Recipe Challenge, Foodbeast family members from across the board were tasked to use Hatch Chile Peppers in the most remarkable ways. These include a sweet and spicy Hatch Chile Jam, artisanal hatch chile cheese slices, and whatever fire usually comes out of Costa’s Kitchen.

        Chefs whipping up these fire Melissa’s Hatch Chile Recipes include Kai’s beautiful Roasted Hatch Chile White Cheddar Biscuits, Lynja’s refreshing Guacamole and Pico de Gallo, Elie’s smoked Hatch Chile Jam served PB&J style, Alyssa’s mouthwatering Honey Hatch Chile Chicken Sandwich, Chris’ rustic Homemade Hatch Chile American Cheese Slices melted into a smash patty, and Costa’s innovative Hatch Chicken Parm.

        You can check out exactly how they pulled off these stunning recipes by clicking on the video above!

        For any Foodbeasts out there who think they have a really dope Hatch recipe that can stand up to these culinary giants, here’s how you join in.  All you have to do is post a photo of it on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #HatchAtHome between 8/21 to 8/31.

        One creative individual will win a Pitboss Grill, like the one Elie used to smoke his hatch chiles and a bunch of other prizes like an Air Fryer! The winners will be announced on 9/1.

        In the meantime, I’m gonna see if I can rustle up some Melissa’s Hatch Chile Peppers and win that smoker. It’s BBQ season.

        Created in partnership with Melissa's Produce.

        The Meal Prep Service Behind Zac Efron’s Fit Physique

        The Meal Prep Service Behind Zac Efron’s Fit Physique-CA LIMITED

        Meal prepping always seems like such a good idea, since eating healthy and saving time is invaluable to most. Putting the plan into action, however, is where the wheels fall off. Besides the challenge that is cooking healthy en masse, the idea of eating the same meal everyday is quite a dreary prospect. However, a Los Angeles company, Z.E.N. Foods, is looking to solve this issue for people, with their personalized, fresh meal plans.

        Z.E.N., which stands for Zero Effort Nutrition, provides their customers with a healthy meal plan of three meals a day. What separates them from the pack of diet planning companies, though, is that these meals aren’t some pre-packaged, TV dinner-style meals that coagulate and become homogeneous once microwaved.

        What Z.E.N. Foods provides are restaurant quality meals which are sourced from local food vendors, crafted by hand in their LA-based commercial kitchen, dropped off at their customer’s door every morning, and tailor made for each customer’s dietary needs. The budding company offers five different genres of meal plans, each of which can be further customized.

        “From the very beginning, those with health problems, such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease, were very grateful to have an effortless way to change their lives through healthy, nutritious meals. We can customize just about everything. With nutritionists on staff and R&D chefs creating new products every day, the variety is amazing and it’s impossible to get bored,” says CEO and founder Mariana Rossano.

        They currently do this for over 2000 people, including A-listers like Zac Efron and Chris Bauer, who have turned to the service to get their bodies in shape for various roles.

        This budding success is leading to projected growth this year for the brand.

        “We have expanded on the existing program from Z.E.N. Foods… It has just started in May and it’s called “Z.E.N. Classics.” The Classics is basically pure convenience, offering everything in an al a carte fashion from breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, healthy desserts, kid’s meals, to protein shakes and cold pressed juices. The menu will be constantly expanding and we will be adding meals from all cultures,” detailed Rossano of this expansion.

        Z.E.N. Foods has also partnered with Southern California’s own Melissa’s Produce to guarantee the freshness in their meals that one would expect from a company that is a top choice for high profile clientele.

        With an ever expanding menu, and a multitude of clean eating options, Z.E.N. Foods is poised to make a splash in the fresh meal delivery sector in the coming year. Or, as Rossano succinctly put it:

        “Sky’s the limit in 2020.”

        Check out www.zenfoods.com to peruse through and purchase one of the various meal plans. Or if you're looking for pure convenience, check out zenclassics.com for their a la cart meal plan.


        Created in partnership with Melissa's Produce.

        Taco Bell Launches A Creamy Pineapple Whip Freeze

        Taco Bell Launches A Creamy Pineapple Whip Freeze-CA LIMITED

        As the summer heat begins to lay a sweltering blanket over a spring spent inside doing home activities, Taco Bell is looking to inject some cool air and color into our lives with the release of the Pineapple Whip Freeze.

        The newest flavor of their iconic freeze, releasing nationwide on May 21, blends the flavors of tropical pineapple and a vanilla cream to create a smooth, sweet whipped treat that lives up to the delicious reputation of their freezes.

        But, if choosing just one flavor isn’t in the cards, Taco Bell is letting fans combine the flavors for a limited time with their secret menu item: the Tie Dye Freeze. For now, you can get a freeze with a blended swirl of the newest flavor and one of their two standby freeze flavors, Baja Blast and Wild Strawberry.

        The Pineapple Whip Freeze will be available in two sizes, as per any Taco bell freeze: a regular runs for $2.39, and a large for $2.59. But (and this is the key caveat here, deal-seeking reader) during their Happier Hour, which runs daily from 2-5 PM, a regular can be acquired on the low for just $1.

        I don’t know about you, but the prospect of getting anything for a single dollar nowadays is more than enough to reel me in.

        Now, a Taco Bell freeze for a dollar, though? I’ll be first in line.


        Created in partnership with Taco Bell. 

        Taco Bell’s Newest Secret Menu Hack Is a Tie Dye Freeze

        Taco Bell’s Newest Secret Menu Hack Is a Tie Dye Freeze-CA LIMITED

         

         

        In terms of secret menus, not many hold a candle to Taco Bell. The chain is famous for encouraging people to customize their menu items in any which way, occasionally creating an entirely new menu item, the newest of which is called the Tie-Dye Freeze.

        The restaurant recently introduced the Pineapple Whip freeze, adding onto the line up with their current flavors of Baja Blast and Wild Strawberry. It was only a matter of time before someone got the impulse to mix them.

        Luckily, we’re talking about one of the few restaurants that takes no issue with that idea. This hack is confirmed to be a go. Just ask for the Tie-Dye Freeze at the drive-thru, and pick your flavors.

        The result will be a colorful, layered slush drink that hits all the marks: sweet, tangy, cool — all while sporting an IG-worthy aesthetic.

        The new freeze will be available for purchase when the Pineapple Whip flavor gets put in nationwide rotation, on May 21, just in time for summer. And, let’s be honest, there’s no time for a Taco Bell freeze like a hot summer afternoon.

        So stay sharp, and make sure to remember this secret menu hack the next time you pull up to Taco Bell.


        Created in partnership with Taco Bell. 

        CHEESE-STUFFED HASHBROWNS: An All-American Breakfast Of Red, White, and Blue Potatoes

        CHEESE-STUFFED HASHBROWNS: An All-American Breakfast Of Red, White, and Blue Potatoes-CA LIMITED


        For some, Memorial Day weekend means a backyard barbeque. For others, it means heading to the nearest beach for a sunsoaked day of play with eighteen of their closest friends. Now, for Foodbeast and our close friends at Melissa’s Produce? It means giving a bag of red, white, and blue potatoes to five contestants and letting them go to town to see who can create the most mouthwatering dish in the newest, Memorial Day-themed episode of Foodbeast’s weekly recipe challenge.

        Since the weekly recipe challenge brings out the best in the participants, the competition was fierce. But, at the end of the day, a colorful hashbrown brimming with melty cheese took the crown.

        The guests for the week weren’t playing games: Twae (@twaydabae) served up a red, white, and blue pesto gnocchi, and Camly (@camly.me) brought a spicy vegan Hasselback potato to the mix.

        Foodbeast’s very own made some intriguing dishes as well, with our resident food scientist Costa (@constantine_spy) making a not-so-Spanish Spanish omelet, king of meats Chris (@wefeedourfriends) forking over a Blue Potato Bun Burger with red and white waffle fries, and head of video Marc (@marckharrat) throwing down a cheese-stuffed hashbrown that leads off the video.

        To do this, Marc compressed two scoops of a batter of shredded potatoes, green onions, garlic, egg, flour, and pepper, placed them on top of each other, and sandwiched some mozzarella in between before frying. Needless to say, this’ll make you want to have breakfast even if you’ve already had it for the day.

        No one was really caught lacking, though. Regardless of the shape, form, or iteration of the proposed dish, each chef came through with something palatable, and easily made at home, which is certainly something to be said considering the ambitions of each dish.

        Check out the video above to see each dish and its creation process, and show us the creation process to your own red, white, and blue dishes by using the #RedWhiteAndBluePotatoChallenge. The most creative recipe will have the chance to win a free produce box of their choice from Melissa’s!


        Created in partnership with Melissa's Produce.

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