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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?

9 Jan 2011, Comments (0)

Meals to Live White Chicken Burrito

Author: Healthnuttxo

Following my last Meals to Live review, last night I tried the White Chicken Burrito. It sounded delicious, and good for me too! It had 15 grams of fiber, 17 grams of protein, and only 5 grams of fat (and only 480 mg of sodium, which I don’t think is that bad!)

I opened the box, cooked it for about 5 minutes in the microwave, and took off the plastic. I saw a rather large brownish square with some green color on it as well from the green sauce. I then transferred it to a plate, and noticed that the “green sauce” as stated on the front of the box was more like a green paste or gel. It certainly didn’t have a lot of fluidity, and was just kind of like a spicy green jelly.

Anyway, I opened up the burrito to show you what it looks like. Here’s what I saw…

*apologies for the blurriness! I'm a horrible picture-taker 🙂 *

As you can see, it took up the majority of my plate, and was rather large. The inside had quinoa, black beans, corn and more. I decided to try the tortilla first.It was actually pretty good- chewy, slightly crispy on the edges, and quite yummy. The green sauce didn’t really add much to it, aside from a little bit of spiciness.

Next, I tried the inside of the burrito. It was rather dry, and kind of pasty. There were also pieces of chicken on the inside which were chewy, but good, and not overly salty tasting. There wasn’t a lot of unique flavor going on because it was SO SPICY! Honestly, I couldn’t really distinguish flavors of anything because it was so overly spicy. Perhaps if you like the heat in foods, you would like this, but so not for me. All I could taste was the spice!

Overall, it wasn’t exactly my favorite dish, but perhaps I would have liked it more if it wasn’t so SPICY!  And, it did have pretty impressive nutritional stats, leaving this dish at 2 1/2 stars.

1 package (255 grams) is 5 grams of fat, 58 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, and 17 grams of protein.

If you could make the perfect burrito, what foods would  you put in it?

I was provided this meal to try for free from Meals to Live.

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