Proverbs 31 and Mi Pueblo Supermercado

I don’t know about you, but one of the parts of being a Proverbs 31 woman that I struggle with besides, well ALL OF IT, is found in verse 14, “She is like a merchant ship, bringing food from afar.” I think the modern application of this verse is that she is a creative cook, coming up with new foods to feed her family instead of the same boring meals day after day. I’m guessing that if I struggle with that part, you probably do as well. It’s the main reason that I try to share so many cooking ideas with you here, so that we can inspire each other in carrying out the Proverbs 31 commission.

Allow me to let you in on a little secret: as much as I love to cook, I get really tired of coming up with new ideas on WHAT to cook. Sure, I have burst of creativity sometimes that makes it easier, but some days it’s a real challenge for me to come up with foods that are healthy, delicious, and something everybody will eat. Any help I can get from Pinterest, foodie blogs, magazines, or anywhere else is so appreciated!

Outside

My husband actually introduced me to the Mexican grocery store in town. He took the girls and me on a field trip to Mi Pueblo Supermercado one day to gather ingredients for enchiladas. I didn’t really have a recipe I was working from, but he was convinced that if I could just see what the Mexican grocery had to offer, I could come up with something delicious.

Y’all, I had no idea what to expect, but I was very pleasantly surprised by our little supermercado. The first stop is at the fresh fruit bar.

fruit

They have a beautiful selection of watermelon, mango, papaya, pineapple, and more. It’s already peeled and cut. You can either have it made into a smoothie or eat it as is. And let me tell you, they are cranking out some cups of fruit, and people are gobbling it up as fast as they can put it out.

The produce section is where we found most of the inspiration for our meal. We already knew we were using chicken and beef, which we had at home. And we knew we wanted something a little spicy, so we stopped off at the pepper selection. Even the best American grocery stores don’t have the selection of peppers they have here. There must have been thirty different types, sizes, and colors of peppers, along with a chart that told how spicy they were. These little babies are tiny but potent. I was too chicken to try them. We went with poblano, jalapeño, and serrano peppers.

peppers

I wanted something a little different for a side dish, and I thought fried plantains might be fun. The selection of bananas and plantains was a bit mind-boggling. I’m not sure exactly what we ended up with, but they were delicious fried and salted. But then again, what isn’t good fried and salted?

bananas

By the way, my little monkey doesn’t like bananas, but she fell in love with the baby bananas. They are about 5 inches long, and Jonathan says they are sweeter than a regular banana. Apparently they must taste different, because little Pitter Patter has eaten two in the last two days. That’s unheard of!

monkey

Just around the corner is the fresh tortilla maker. That’s right, folks! You can buy fresh flour or corn tortillas right out of the… well, whatever you call this thing.

Tortillas

If you’ve never had fresh tortillas, you’l have to take my word for it that they are completely unlike packaged tortillas that have been shipped from across country and sitting on grocery store shelves. But I’m warning you, if you try them you will be spoiled and you’ll never be content with regular tortillas again.

If it’s hot sauce you need, it’s hot sauce they have! There must have been 100 different brands and flavors of hot sauce. You almost need a guide to navigate the hot sauce aisle.

Hot Sauce

Our trip to the Mexican grocery turned into some really great enchiladas. It was a fun learning experience. I got to practice my high school Spanish. (Senora Cook, aren’t you proud?) We got to sample foods from another culture.

I felt like a real Proverbs 31 woman, bringing my food from afar.

Comments

  1. SALVADOR FLORES says:

    BUENOS DIAS MI NOMBRE ES SALVADOR FLORES SOY UNA EMPRESA QUE NOS DEDICAMOS ALA SIEMBRA DE PAPAYA MEXICANA ACTUAL MENTE ESTAMOS EXPORTANDO A LOS MERCADOS DE LOS ANGELES Y SAN FRANCISCO Y ME INTERESARIA PODER COMERCIALIZARLA EN SUS NEGOCIOS

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