I’m a big fan of sun dried tomatoes. I mean very big fan. I like them in pasta, in salads, in my eggs and just about anywhere else… well, except maybe my ice cream. So when Tomoson provided me with an opportunity to review Bella Sun Luca products, I was all over it like a kid on Christmas.
About Mooney Farms
Mooney Farms began in 1987 as a family owned kiwi farming operation. Products were sold at the farmer’s markets in Northern California by the family members. With the addition of sun dried tomatoes, their first sale to Price Club South San Francisco changed everything. The family’s Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil & Herbs sold out in a record 4 hours! Sun dried tomatoes had become mainstream and the Mooney Family had the winning recipe!
In 1994, Mooney Farms moved to a larger facility located in Chico, California to meet the growing demand for their products. Recently remodeled and expanded, the 100,000 square foot facility reflects their family’s rich history of the Mediterranean with 200 year old olive trees planted among the rows of lavender and rosemary.
I’m also from Northern California so I guess these were made just for me, right?
For my first simple recipe, I put together a Greek style tossed salad. I was invited to a pot luck girls night at my friend Rhonda’s. She was baking up some delicious saucy chicken so this side went well with it. It’s actually fairly simple. Start with lettuce then take your Bella Sun Luca julienne sliced sun dried tomatoes and other ingredients and toss together a delicious colorful salad to compliment just about any dish.
Simple Weeknight Greek Style Tossed Salad
|Prep time||10 minutes|
- 5 cups Spring Mix Lettuce
- 1/4 cup julienne cut sun dried tomatoes (drained of all excess oil)
- 2 heaped tablespoons kalamata olives (sliced)
- 1 1/2 heaped tablespoon capers
- 2oz feta cheese (crumbled)
- 1 Medium cucumber (sliced,then cut again into half moon shapes)
- 1/4 Medium red onion (roughly chopped)
- 5 Large marinated artichoke hearts (cut in half length wise)
Add shrimp, chicken or even marinated stake for a salad entree.
|Rinse the lettuce and drain well. Even if it's prepackaged, I always rinse it off.|
|Place the lettuce in a bowl and add all the other ingredients. Toss together and serve.|
This was a multi flavor, multi texture salad that the whole group enjoyed.
For my second recipe, it was pork chop night at my house and as you know I like to stuff chops and chicken with whatever is in the fridge or pantry. This meal was no exception. This time, I used the Sun Dried Tomato Pesto sauce. I mixed 2 Tablespoons pesto with some goat cheese and that was it. To slit the chops, use a small knife (I used a paring knife) and slice through the side, but not all the way through. You want to make a pocket for your pesto mix to sit in. Then, tie it up with some kitchen cooking string and bake. Very simple, yet very delicious.
To find out more about Bella Sun Luci, visit their website and take a look around. They have lots of delicious recipes to try on their recipe page and there is bound to be something there to make your taste buds do the happy dance. Bella Sun Luci also runs an annual recipe contest and you can enter via their website and the deadline is July 2014, so you have lots of time to create something delicious. I looked at the winners from this year and boy do those recipes look good!!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.