EVERY now and then an advertising campaign comes along that’s really creative and captures the imagination. Everyone’s favourite foodie uncle has managed it with the release of Rice & Grains. It takes a well-known classic musical hit from Grease and gives it a very clever spin by introducing the world to quinoa. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth watching:
So as you can see, Uncle Ben has released five new rice and grain infused pouches all designed to be the bones of a healthy meal. The only problem with writing a review about rice and pasta is that it is a meal base and ultimately pretty tasteless. Although this is a problem to write about, it is potentially the best thing about this type of food because it can go with virtually anything; from an oriental dish like sweet and sour chicken to a sausage and bacon feast with rice smothered in Philadelphia and grated cheese. It is the most versatile food there is.
This means that this article might be more about the goodness and the ingredients of these pouches rather than their taste. The five infusions are: Wholemeal & Quinoa with Tomato & Basil, Pearl Wheat & Quinoa, Rice Medley, 5 Whole Grains and Wholegrain & Quinoa.
For those who are being introduced to quinoa for the first time, you’re not alone. It’s pronounced key-nu-wah rather than kin-noa as hopefully there are others out there who were just as stumped. Quinoa is billed as a pseudocereal as opposed to a real cereal and is a grain crop which is high in magnesium, iron and vitamin B-6. It contains no cholesterol and 100g of it contains just 3% of your daily allowance of saturated fat. This is probably no wonder why quinoa is becoming a super food in its own right.
According to the internet, Pear Wheat is also known as Pear Barley which is supposed to be similar in its caloric, protein, vitamin and mineral content so having this mixed in with the Quinoa and Wholegrain Rice must make it a doubly super food pouch. The Rice Medley contains a combination of Wholegrain Rice, Red Rice and Wild Rice whilst the 5 Whole Grains consists of Red Quinoa, Millet and Pearl Barley.
If you are rice and grains connoisseur then you’ll appreciate the different ingredients more and have a better understanding of which one is the best for you. If you’re not overly familiar with this style of food but are looking for a healthier option, this is certainly it and as it only takes two minutes to cook in the microwave, the possibilities of quick and easy meals and endless with a rice base.
It could have been the consistency of the meal but the Wholegrain & Quinoa Rice had the texture of shop bought grated cheese, obviously without the dairy taste and a bit more of a starchy feel. That kind of texture can put some people off as it feels slightly rubbery but if it doesn’t bother you then it doesn’t matter, it could also have just been the ingredients that were used in the meal but cover it in enough sauce you won’t even notice it. The Rice Medley didn’t have the same texture so it could be a guess of trial and error in determining which one you like the most. Overall though these could easily help you become a rice convert, these infusions are full of good things and a most certainly a quick and healthy option which can go with practically anything.
Wholemeal & Quinoa with Tomato & Basil: 354 per 220g pouch
Pearl Wheat & Quinoa: 338 per 220g pouch
Rice Medley: 342 per 220g pouch
5 Whole Grains: 336 per 220g pouch
Wholegrain & Quinoa: 346 per 220g pouch
Wholemeal & Quinoa with Tomato & Basil: £1 (Tesco)
Pearl Wheat & Quinoa: £1 (Tesco)
Rice Medley: £1.99 (Tesco, Ocado, ASDA, Morrisons)
5 Whole Grains: £1 (Tesco)
Wholegrain & Quinoa: £1 (Tesco)