Which food vendor at the recent press event called Snack Attack wowed me the most? It was none other than Cucina & Amore’s quinoa meals on the go. Quinoa has gotten a rep for being boring but trust me that these mix and eat meals are anything but! The quinoa is cooked to perfection and placed in a sealed plastic container that is about a 3/4 cup portion. There is a half cup of sauce filled with different types of chopped veggies and spices on top. Just peel off the plastic on top of both containers, stir together and eat. They taste great at room temperature but the containers are microwaveable. One portion is 240 to 260 calories.
The flavors I have “taste tested” include the Basil Pesto Quinoa Meal which was one big green delicious “WOW” for me. The sauce is a delicious blend of basil and pinenuts. I find it a great alternative to eating caloric pasta with traditionally oily pesto sauce.
Just today at lunch, I devoured the Spicy Jalapeno and Roasted Peppers Quinoa Meal like a hungry tiger; I loved this one because I am a big fan of “heat” although this is not overly spicy. We are not talking any level of pain here, LOL!
I also enjoyed the Mango & Jalapeno Quinoa Meal which really hit the spot as I was in the mood for something spicy and sweet at the same time.
I think that my favorite Quinoa Meal tried so far is the Artichoke And Red Pepper. It is kind of like having a vegetarian antipasto in a cup. The veggies are pickled after being fresh-picked and the quality is simply first class. I think that I could eat one of these everyday for the rest of my life! It is highly satisfying and vitamin laden!
The Cucina & Amore people have farro meals coming out for fall, so please keep an eye out for them. They will be available at Target, jet.com and Amazon and they are priced at about four dollars each. There are packages of six meals that you can get for $22 to $24 each in case you want to stock up or try every flavor. Each meal comes with a miniature foldable plastic fork that you assemble in two steps.
The Cucina & Amore people laid out all the basic facts about their wonderful and easy to pack meals for me at Snack Attack. There are many wonderful features including the fact that all meals are Non-GMO and gluten free.
It feels great when you know that you are eating something that not only tastes good but is good for you!
For more info and to see more flavors of these meals, go to www.cucinaandamore.com.