No beef with these burgers
You won't have a beef with these two flavors, Asian and Thai, joining the line of veggie patties from Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods. In addition to vegetables (onions, carrots, etc.), they have a few veggie burger basics (oat bran, wheat gluten, soy protein concentrate). The Asian version (140 calories per patty) also has water chestnuts and brown rice. The Thai (150 calories) includes coconut milk, lemon grass and jalapeno that give it a slight spice kick we enjoyed. Suggested retail price: $3.99 for the four-patty, 10-ounce box. For a store locator or to buy, go to drpraegers.com.
Tortilla chips crunch with style
When it's your turn to bring chips to a party, get the conversation going with these two corn tortilla flavors, Kimchi and Olive, from the flavor-makers at Food Should Taste Good. The Olive (think black, green and kalamata) is subtle. The Kimchi is spicy, slightly tangy (think cabbage and vinegar) and our favorite. For those keeping score, a serving of each (six chips) weighs in at 140 calories. Suggested retail price: $3.49 for 5.5-ounce bag. At grocers nationwide or at foodshouldtastegood.com.
Oh honey, how sweet it is
Honey lovers who favor artisan varieties might consider trying Mieli Thun's seasonal monofloral honeys collected by beekeeper Andrea Paternoster as he travels across Italy with the bees. Imagine honeys from bees that have collected nectar from thyme or heather or linden blossoms. We loved the flavors of the apple blossom and wild carrot honeys, with fruit and floral notes in the apple, and carrot and herbal aromas in the wild carrot (sometimes called Queen Anne's lace). Prices start at $13.99 for an 8.8-ounce jar. At igourmet.com.