Saturday, October 21, 2006

Product Review Time

Yesterday I was looking for something different for a side dish, but somethign convenient. I will confess that on occassion I like to peruse the noodle and rice convenience items. Things like Lipton's noodles and Rice-A-Roni occasionally do make it to my table. As I was walking through the grocery store yesterday I was thinking along the lines of possibly picking up one of Zatarain's products. But then I saw an entirely new package that totally caught my eye. It was a Rice-A-Roni package, but it featured WHOLE GRAINS. I was intrigued and picked up the box for further investigation. "A blend of whole grain brown rice, pearled barley, and pearled wheat." I read the back of the box for ingredients, and other that "natural flavors" there wasn't really anything that I considered mysterious or unnecessary (MSG for example). So two boxes came home with me and I prepared them to go with our dinner. All in all, it was pretty good. I liked the texture of all the grains together- slightly chewy, with a bit of texture. The flavor I chose was chicken and herb, and I didn't really taste the herb part, but for a convenience food, there could be far worse things. Both kids ate some of it too, so that is always a bonus.
To accompany, I made a Cider-Pecan Pork Tenderloin which is easy and fantastic every time I make it.
On tap for today... Happy Birthday to my dear hubby! Tonight we dine on Michael Chiarello's roasted chicken and raspberyy-cherry pie.


Tammy said...

I also tried one of the Whole Grain Rice-a-Roni products(I think it was italian something)and we really liked it. Better than most things like that!
Happy birthday to your hubby...enjoy your meal tonight!

Erika said...

Thanks Tammy! He had a great day, nice and lazy, and really just enjoyed spending time with the kids.

I really was surprised with the whole grains, I'm going to have to try the other flavors now.