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.