We’ve been busy trying new products in our grocery stores to review for you. Tinkyada’s brown rice pasta, Blue Diamond’s baked almond nut chips, Trader Joe’s margherita puff pastry pizza and garlic naan, and lastly, Oat Revolution’s organic, raw oatmeal.
We can’t seem to get enough of these…we think you won’t either, so stock up your pantries!
Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta. Don’t be fooled. Brown rice pasta is nothing like whole wheat varieties that are on the shelves these days in abundance. What we love about this style of pasta is that it is low in sugar, gluten free and best mimics the consistency, taste and texture of dried semolina pasta. Brown rice pasta is mild in flavor and aptly soaks up your sauces. Once cooked, it looks virtually identical to our favorite white pasta brands. We have tried other Brown rice pasta brands (Trader Joe’s) and they were fine enough, but Tinkyada was our favorite. Find it in the gluten free aisle of your favorite, Long Island grocery store for approximately $3.49 for 1lb. of pasta. Tinkyada is kosher certified.
Blue Diamond Baked Almond Nut Chips, Sour Cream and Chive variety: We love these chips because they are super crispy, gluten free and are “healthier” for you than normal, fried tortillas. The sour cream and chive was perfectly balanced with just the right amount of tang from the chive and creaminess from the sour cream. They are firm enough to stand up to any dip, and surprisingly there was not 1 broken chip in the bag! We found these for $2.00 in Stop & Shop in Woodbury, New York in the natural aisle. Blue Diamond Nut Chip Sour Cream & Chives contain 4.5 grams of fat per 14 chip serving. For the complete nutritional profile, check out here. Here is a great list of dips that will go great with BD’s nut chips.
Trader Joe’s Puff Pastry Margherita Pizza: We love this individual pie because it marries a delicious croissant with the flavor of a gourmet pizza. We love to make this in our toaster oven’s convection setting where the pie “puffs up” in buttery goodness. Real slices of tomato and bright green, chopped basil are flecked amongst the smattering of fresh mozzarella cheese. Each pie will feed and satisfy one person for 380 calories (They say a serving size is 1/2 pie. TJ’s… get real!). For $1.99 we think it is a bargain, both even with the amount of calories and money. Check out the rest of the nutrition facts here.
Better Oats Raw Revolution Pure and Simple Oatmeal-Bare variety: We picked up a “6-pouch” box of these for $1.00 at Stop & Shop on Long Island. It was the perfect morning-sized breakfast. The pouches are portable and we love that oatmeal is full of fiber. Better Oats makes a ton of varieties, but we are purists. We love that it is Organic too!
Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan: $3.99 (for a package of 4) of warm, doughy, garlicky goodness. Little flecks of parsley, with just the right amount of salt have us drooling every time we heat one of these babies up! We love to smear a touch of butter on top to add that little bit of extra something. It’s not a must… but if we are going to go for the goods, we like to do the slather! For a nutritional lowdown on TJ’s Garlic Naan, check this out.
Looking for something specific on Long Island? Please Visit:
1. Long Island Grocery Stores, including specialty shops and those that deliver
2. Where to purchase farm raised poultry on Long Island
3. Grocery 101: Holiday Essentials
4. Where to purchase Prime Dry Age Meats on Long Island
5. Where and how to purchase a lobster ( and other seafood) on Long Island
6. Grocery 101: Basic Staples Lists
7. Long Island Farmer’s Markets: Locations and Dates
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