There are 19 Whole Foods stores across the state of Florida one of which calls Tampa home.
Why do you need to know that? You don’t. In fact after you finish this post feel free to purge it from your brain. Its clutter.
I will also tell you the primary issue here; The Tampa store is about a 40 minute drive from home. Granted offspring store #20 will be opening soon and will be about half the distance. Even still, in Florida weather it only takes about 5 minutes in a car for things like ice cream to start melting. In 12 minutes you have a sticky, sugar laden cream oozing all over the floor and I personally, am deciding which of the two is the greater tragedy. The thought of wasted ice cream invokes an intense need to stick my head in a paper bag stuffed between my knees.
You don’t want to know what it does to Mr. Sweet Butter. Trust me. You just don’t.
As for “Trader Joe’s” well here’s a math problem for you, have your pencils? I live in the fourth most populous state in the Union and you know how many “Trader Joe’s” we have here? Oh sure you’re probably thinking ten, 15, maybe even 20. Oh would you be wrong and if this was the Price is Right, You would have gone waaaayyyyy over your showcase.
No at this current date and time, this particular point in the universe there are exactly and no more than TWO Trader Joe’s in the Sunshine State and neither of them is even open yet.
TWO, 2, Deux, Dos!!! Seriously? Come on, there are 18 near Chicago alone and Pennsylvania has like 12. There are even two in Nebraska. NEBRASKA!
Granted one of the TWO openings in Florida is slated to occur next week, but is it close to me? Noooooooo, it’s in Sarasota, 75 minutes from me. REALLY SARASOTA!?
Ok so the good thing is, I’ve learned you CAN really find good, all natural food in stores close to home even in Wal-mart, which for me is like the mushroom of stores. You may recall I loath mushrooms, detest is a better word. I will avoid eating mushrooms at all costs unless absolutely unavoidably can’t pick them off my plate and then I will force myself to eat them, as fast as possible. Yes Wal-mart is like this for me. Unless its shiitake mushrooms and that’s like McDonalds, yeah, uh no we are not going there…Ever!
Target’ (Tar, zhay) on the other hand is another story. I like Target and the more time I spend there the more treasures I tend to find. I don’t always have time to cook something fancy or totally from scratch but sometimes the day calls for a dash to the kitchen wave a wand, click my heels, turn in circles and really just start throwing things on the counter. In fact most days have been this way lately.
One day I was strolling through the isles of my Super-ginormous Target and stumbled into these amazing southwest sauces. No really, I tripped on my shoe, the cart wheel, a kid, I dunno and I nearly fell face first into the whole row of ethnic foods. Just as visions of knocking all of the shopping isles rows over in succession like a sick disasterous game of dominos flashed through my brain, my ADD kicked in, I looked at these and it was like “Ooo what’s this?” Dominos forgotten.
They are created by Chef extraordinaire Rick Bayless and O.M.G they are incredible!! Of course the first thing I did was check the ingredients. Nothing suspect except that Xanthun gum, which I don’t care for but can live with. Other than that, win me over and take you home.
I used to, and still do on occasion, make my own enchilada, taco sauce etc but now it’s rare. I stock up on the multiple varieties of this stuff and the people at Target probably think I’m some weird mexican sauce hoarder because I tend to buy them all at once, in mass quantities and of every kind (yes there are eleven different sauces) The store used to carry only two or three but you know that whole process of supply and demand we learned about in middle school economics? Well I think I demanded so much and depleted their supplies so often it’s very possibly I singlehandedly forced their grocery-stock-order-taker-person to increase their quantities because there are now six or seven to choose from; which I don’t do, I buy them all.
They’re nothing like the canned brand. They’re thick enough you could have an awesome food slinging fight with this stuff and do some serious damage to whatever was within path of the projectile. The fun part is mixing and matching them like that “Unit’s” clothing line from the late 80’s. (Yes I had Unit’s and wore them proud with my banana hair clips, leg warmers and twenty million cheap plastic wrist bands).
It’s hard to pick my favorite combinations so far but the taco seasoning and green chile enchilada sauce is right up there. The taco sauce is cooked into the ground beef and the green chile sauce is poured over the top.
It literally takes 35 minutes to put dinner together now when absolutely necessary and I look like I’ve slaved over a hot stove for hours. Granted, these sauces run a bit more on the pricier side, about $3.80 a piece (yes this is one reason why my grocery bill borders on the obscene), but I only need half of the taco sauce.
The brilliant thing about a meal like this is instead of baking, it freezes super mad easy and dinner gets even easier. Yes I am one of thise girls who would rather have a stand up freezer than jewelry or pretty things. I have my dream freezer all picked out and visions of frozen everything fill my dreams at night.
If green chiles arent your thang, no problemo the red enchilada sauce will rock your world like Sk8ter Boi.
Im curious to see if “Trader Florida-Hater Joes’s” or “Whole Frellin-Far-Away Foods” carry Chef Bayless sauces. Im sure they do but in my area my “Super Awesome Target” is the only place that carries them. As well as Applegate bacon, which is the butter of bacons in my world. Dont get me started.
If you shop at one of the big natural super foods marts, let me know. You can always buy these online or just demand your local grocer supply them. Economics 101 people.
By the way, one of the finished photos in this post has a little Easter egg that will tell you something about me. Can you discover it?
Until next time
- 6 large tortillas
- 1 pound ground chuck
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1 can Goya black beans
- 1 small can green chilis
- 1½ cup cooked rice
- 1 cup taco seasoning sauce ( or prepackaged or homemade)
- 2 cups prepared green chili enchilada sauce (Frontera all natural preferred)
- 2 cups colby jack cheese, shredded
- Heat oven to 350
- In a medium skillet, cook meat with half of taco sauce until medium well done.
- Add pepper, onion, beans, and green chiles. Stir in remaining taco sauce and cook 5-7 minutes.
- Stir in rice.
- Spoon mixture into tortillas lengthwise and roll.
- Place in 9x9 inch baking pan.
- Pour enchilada sauce over everything and top with cheese.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Serve.