Tags: asparagus

29 Jan 2011, Comments (2)

Trader Joe’s ‘Spearean Risotto

Author: Healthnuttxo

I never really had risotto until this year. It was always one of those things I saw on TV or in magazines, but was too lazy to cook it myself. Then, I tasted it made it from scratch one day and fell in love! This stuff is GOOD!

So, I went to Trader Joe’s the other day and saw this ‘Spearean Risotto. It said it was a “Creamy risotto with a generous amount of savory and crisp cut asparagus spears”, according to the package. The package also said Trader Giotto’s, which I thought was cute instead of Trader Joe’s : )

I opened up the package and saw risotto, pieces of asparagus, and rather large green squares. I thought the squares were a bit bizarre, but I assumed it would melt down to make the sauce.

I prepared it in a frying pan on the stove. One thing I noticed was that there was NOT a “generous amount” of asparagus. There was maybe 10-15 pieces, not whole pieces, in the whole thing. I kind of expected that- I feel like what is depicted on the package rarely lives up to what is actually on the inside.

Anyway- after cooking, it turned into a creamy dish that was a pale yellow-green in color. I took a bite, and was certainly pleased. It was sort of like a combination of macaroni and cheese and chicken noodle soup for flavor. That rich, buttery taste with a cheese undertone and that chicken stock flavor as well. Really tasty! The risotto was a bit chewy, certainly not mushy, and really quite good. I wish it was a bit more tender, so if I buy this again I’lll probably cook it for a bit longer. The asparagus, one of my least favorite vegetables, was actually quite good. It was surprisingly tender! I feel like everytime I eat asparagus I am disappointed by the overly chewiness it has, and just bland flavor. The asparagus in this dish was actually quite good.

Overal, I liked this! I would buy it again. I had it with steamed broccoli and a vegetarian style chicken patty and called it dinner. One thing I didn’t like was that the sodium was kind of high, 650 mg for one cup, and it didn’t even really taste that salty. 4 stars

1 cup (140 grams) is 170 calories, 4 grams of fat, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.

Do you eat risotto? What’s your favorite way to make/eat it?

8 May 2010, Comments (2)

Amazing Grass Kidz Super Food Wild Berry

Author: Healthnuttxo

Keeping up with my berry and fruity theme this week, I thought it would be appropriate to review a product sent to me by Amazing Grass, the Kidz Super Food Wild Berry .

One serving of this mix combines 32 fruits and vegetables that provides that antioxidant level of THREE servings of fruits & veggies. You simply mix it in water, juice, or a smoothie (it also comes in a chocolate flavor, that you can mix with milk!)

Seeing as the amazing nutrition punch this product packs, I decided to try it on a day I was feeling sluggish and just blah. I’m not one who likes to take medications , so I prefer more natural ways of helping or healing my body. I decided to just mix it with water, since I wasn’t home at the time and didn’t have access to juice (or a smoothie, for that matter). I put it in my water bottle and gave it a shake. It was green and dusty on top, and then the rest of the water was purple. I had a very curious glances my way like, “what on earth is she drinking?!?!” I’m not one to judge on color, so I took a sip. It was very, very mildly sweet- just a hint of berry flavor. It didn’t mix together perfectly, as it was still a bit piecy in the water.

I definitely reccommend using it in juice or a smoothie instead of just water, or maybe adding some stevia/sweetener if you want to use it in water. It wasn’t bad, though, taken for what it was. It’s an excellent way to boost your nutrition and fit in some powerful antioxidants. With water, I give it 3 1/2 stars based on taste, 5 for nutrition, for a total of 4 stars. It did make me feel SOO much better after- Really! My headache was gone, and I had more energy throughout the day. I think I might buy some in the future and try it in a smoothie or juice- if I do, I’ll let you know how it is!

1 packet (6 grams) is 21 calories, 0 grams of fat, 4 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

you GOTTA love the ingredients—> GREENS-organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, organic alfalfa, asparagus, lima beans, green peas, kale, kiwi, organic spinach, organic broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans, zucchini ORANGES/YELLOWS-apricots, organic carrots, mangos, pineapple, sweet potatoes, tangerines, yellow squash REDS-organic yumberry, pomegranates, raspberries, guavas, cranberries, red cabbage, cherries, tomatoes, BLUES/PURPLES-beets, plums, purple grapes, blueberries, organic evaporated cane juice, organic inulin, organic oat fiber, natural flavors, organic guar gum, stevia, probiotics (L. Acidophilus) and vegetable juice for coloring (from carrots and hibiscus).

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