I’ve discovered Cucina & Amore, a company with Ready to Eat Farro With Quinoa Meals. Each of the Cucina & Amore meals has a different “sauce cup” that you add to the cup of cooked grains to flavor them: Roasted Peppers & Artichoke; Artichoke, Lemon & Roasted Garlic and Grilled Vegetables & Herbs (a medley of eggplant, zucchini, & artichoke).
Farro is another grain, composed of the grains of certain wheat species. Farro offers about 3.5 grams of protein and fiber.
It’s easy to see why healthy grains are already tempting to those who like healthy foods. For those who want to eat better, even if they’re snack food junkies, these meal cups offer a fast food fix that satisfies — anytime you want a tasty, super-quick lunch or snack.
Grains by themselves can be bland. Plain Farro, for example, reminds me of eating chewy wheat berries. When you have cooked Quinoa and Farro you can flavor and transform them while getting the benefits of their fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.
My husband, definitely not a health food fan, didn’t want to eat try quinoa (which he mockingly called “queen oh a”) until we attended a chefs table. Quinoa seasoned with butter and turmeric (another current food trend) changed his mind. Now, he’s an enthusiast.!
What you add is what makes these grains so delectable. Of the three flavors, my favorite is the Roasted Pepper & Artichoke is my favorite, as it has a tiny bit of a spicy kick to it. The other two are also full of flavor. The grilled veggie version is just 250 calories and will fill you up for hours.
Even though the products are vegan, non-GMO, nut-free, and contain no sugar or artificial preservatives, the sodium is on the high side. In the roasted pepper & artichoke version, it’s 850 mg of sodium, 780 in the artichoke, lemon & roasted garlic, and 640 in the grilled veggies and herbs.
The meals come in a microwaveable BPA-free cup with its own, foldable spork. You can just pop them open, mix in the sauce cup and just eat them cold. I prefer to microwave them for about 20 seconds to warm them up and bring out the flavors though.
All of the Amore & Cucina products are around $6 per meal, depending on where you get them in what quantity. To find a store carrying Cucina & Amore products, visit: the Cucina & Amore store locator Cucina & Amore Store Locator
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The quick version: Cucina & Amore is a family owned company that started with Italian products and now also produces these innovative ready-to-eat Quinoa Meals. For more information visit http://www.cucinaandamore.com