Whole Foods {Long Beach} Mystery Box Challenge

I have some fun and exciting news to share! I am participating in a mystery box challenge or shall we say, a’la master chef..with my favorite store…Whole Foods in Long Beach!

A few weeks ago I attended Whole Foods annual Parmageddon event where across the US, Canada and UK 400 wheels of Parmesan cheese were cracked open at the same exact time! Pretty neat huh?

Here is a video of the fun event that I took!

I am so glad I took this video because then I met up with the marketing director of the local Long Beach Whole Foods market, Alina. After chatting for a bit and a few e-mails, Alina thought it would be so fun to do a Mystery Box Challenge! Fun, right?

So…The Mission: Create a full dinner, including appetizer, entree and dessert with these items:

And here are all the amazing ingredients that was in my mystery box:

Basil, golden beets, eggplant, sweet potato, watercress, onion, garlic, bell peppers, orange, fresh horseradish, parsley, tomatoes, and lemons.

Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, goat cheese, butter, eggs, tilapia, black quinoa, fresh whole grain linguini, panko bread crumbs, vegetable broth and heavy cream.

Is that the most gorgeous mystery box you have ever seen? I was so overwhelmed but I quickly got into recipe action and jotted down a few ideas.

I can’t say enough about how much I really love Whole Foods, especially the one here in Long Beach.  I am lucky to say they are just a few minutes away from me and a part of our weekly shopping trips. Whole Foods was America’s 1st National Certified Organic Grocery and they have a huge selection of organic items. Some of the organic treats I received was the goat cheese, golden beets, parsley, quinoa, spring garlic, basil, yam, white onion and vegetable broth.

Why I love organic:

  • Organic foods are protected from genetically modified ingredients (GMO’s) and synthetic preservatives.
  • They go through intense certification to ensure no toxic chemicals are inputted.
  • Organic food teastes better! Organic soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals.

As far as my mission goes, I will post an appetizer, entree and dessert throughout the next week!

How exciting does that sound?

So..my question for you is…..what would YOU make with these ingredients?





  1. says

    There’s ratatouille there, and I might be inclined to make a tabbouleh like dish with the quinoa & tossed with the goat cheese. Balsamic roasted root vegetables, linguini with garlic cream and poached egg…

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