An Italian Dinner in Brooklyn with Victoria & Pereg

It is always fun to find a bit about the history of some of your favorite products. I loved learning about Victoria ! This is a sauce we use quite often….

In 1929, the founding family arrived in Brooklyn from Italy and started a business using a handful of fresh, premium ingredients, and a slow cooking process. Over 85 years later, they maintain their authentic approach and, inspired by the energy of Brooklyn.  Apart from its old world Italian charm, the gondola embodies elegance, romance, and a deliberate slowness.

Victoria combines a slow kettle-cooking process and uses only the finest ingredients, never adding preservatives, water, paste, or sugar to our sauces… because your family is worth it.   Victoria premium pasta sauces using 100% Italian tomatoes, 100% imported olive oil and handpicked fresh onion, garlic, and herbs which are slow kettle-cooked to deliver a homemade taste.


Italian Tomatoes

All great movies, novels, and romances begin with something. Directly with farmers in Italy – Cooked tomatoes release larger amounts of lycopene, an antioxidant shown to help prevent illnesses like cancer and heart disease.

Fresh Basil & Onions

They use fresh garlic, onion, and basil. Their basil is sourced locally right here in their backyard: Brooklyn, New York. They visit the Brooklyn Terminal Market to find the freshest basil plants. The leaves are then hand-selected and chopped. Expect nothing less.


Garlic –  Not only that, but it’s so beneficial to the human body, it’s been used as a natural medicinal ingredient for centuries. Research shows that garlic, full of antioxidants and antibacterial properties, is great for internal health—it can aid the immune system by fighting against infections and cancer, as well as the circulatory system by helping to prevent high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease.

Olive Oil

Only fresh olive oil, which contains vitamins A, D, E and K. It’s a diet staple in the Mediterranean region, known for extremely low rates of heart disease and the highest adult life expectancies. Olive oil is also an Omega-3 polyunsaturated fat: a “good fat” said to help lower “bad”cholesterol, promote mental acuity, and enhance brain development.

I just tried this amazing amazingness – Their flagship, slow-cooked marinara gets an updated twist. For our Avocado Oil Marinara, they sauté our fresh onions and garlic in antioxidant rich avocado oil. Now you can have all the benefits of avocado oil with the traditional Italian flavor you already love. A delicious indulgence you can feel good about eating.




 FOR THE VEGANS or just more deliciousness – the vegan artichoke alfredo is incredible!

Vegan Artichoke Alfredo Sauce

Vegan Arugula Pesto Alfredo Sauce

Vegan Original Alfredo Sauce

Vegan Alfredo Red Pepper Sauce

Vegan Original Vodka Sauce

Vegan White Bean Marinara Sauce

Get this –

#ReadYourLabel is a movement led by Victoria to encourage you to be more aware of the ingredients in your food. It’s about simplicity. It’s about transparency. It’s about being informed. What’s in your food, and by whom and where it’s made. It’s the way you feed your family. Victoria has been committed to ingredients come first since day one, which is why they put them on the front of their label.

So I had the @seniorsontherun over for dinner and they were my testers of my yummy pasta and my meatballs with Pereg breadcrumbs along with the Avocado marinara sauce from Victoria — here we go :

Victoria is a brand that I knew for a bit now and love and then I just became familiar with Pereg which has a huge selection of items from quinoa to breadcrumbs to seasonings…. I recently tried their breadcrumbs to make meatballs & meatloaf with – it had a bit of “kick” my dad likes to say –  called Spicy breadcrumbs that did do just that add a little spice to our meatloaf …. Spicy Panko breadcrumbs are a little spicy and savory which add that extra kick to any meal.

I should know Pereg because they are so rich in their history  Family owned since 1906, Pereg Natural Foods strives to provide the best spices and grains the world has to offer. Love this they began as a small cart of spices at the open air market and to this day they have spices in our blood. Producing more than 60 varieties of spices, spice blends and herbs, along with flavored ancient grain mixes, gluten-free quinoa pastas, couscous, basmati rice, spreads, and breakfast cereals. All of the brand’s offerings are 100% pure, fresh and natural and never include any additives, preservatives, fillers, MSG, or food coloring. In addition, every product is OU Kosher certified, and many are Non-GMO Project verified, gluten-free certified, Whole Grain Council approved, and vegan.

Pereg Natural Foods encompasses over a century of history, expertise, professionalism and know-how that have been passed on through the generations. What started as a small spice cart run by a father with an entrepreneurial spirit, is today a successful wholesale brand with spice-inspired products sold in specialty and mainstream markets across the world. The Pereg family believes food should provide comfort and connect people to family, culture, community and the planet.

Spicy Panko

Bread Crumbs

They have a lot of different choices – 6-Pack Bread Crumbs Combo

I also loved the taste of their Quinoa pasta – as you know I am a fan of the Q word … I love this 100% made from quinoa – which makes it 100% gluten free – all natural.



I am sent a ton of bars but I have to say these are OUTSTANDING – they tasted so natural and I am seriously addicted – for $7.99 for 6 of these that are RAW – it is so awesome I can’t even express the value here – look at the ingredients – Organic Shredded Coconut, Organic Dates, Amarna Cherry, Da Amarna Cherry syrup, Cranberries, Raw Sugar

Coconut & Cherry

Also they have beautiful flours for cooking I used some of the coconut flour for blueberry – chia – walnut muffins and they were fantastic and fluffy!

Gluten Free Flour Combo, 6-Pack

Pereg’s wide selection of exotic whole grains, pastas, and seasonings perks up your table as well as your health. Fresh and all-natural, they are verified non-GMO and certified kosher; many products are vegan and gluten-free. Pereg never uses MSG or food coloring.

Also they just reminded me how good KALE CHIPS are check this out ….

Kale Chips instead of fat-laden potato chips.

Pereg – Kale Chips with Flax Seeds (Gluten-Free)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2-4


  • 2 tablespoons Flax Seeds
  • 1 bunch dinosaur kale (about 5 packed cups), removed from stems
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Pereg’s Burger Spice Mix


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Process flax seeds in a spice grinder to get a fine ground.

Using your fingers, massage to kale leaves with oil to help break down the chewiness. Then sprinkle with flax and Pereg Burger Spice Mix. Roast in a single layer on 1-2 foil lined cookie sheets for 30 minutes or until slightly browned and crispy.

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