Thursday, March 17, 2016
Trader Joe's Organic Black Bean Rotini
Every few weeks, Trader Joe's likes to introduce new products by putting them on an end cap. That also makes me nervous because when they bring new stuff in is when they yank old favorites. As I was perusing the latest adds, I saw this.
What really intrigued me was when I read the nutritional information.
That is 14g of protein and 15g of fiber per serving! This is a no grain pasta so I'm thinkin' you paleo peeps could use this? The only thing that scared me was the email I got from TJ's the next day describing this as "a great tasting pasta with terrifically toothy texture." Toothy eh? That's like when people describe something as "earthy." It gets my Spidey senses spiked to be suspicious.
So I cooked it for 9 minutes (they recommend 8-10 minutes) and put it in a bowl.
I didn't care for the gummy texture so I put it back in a strainer and ran it under cold water to rinse that off and it was acceptable.
Now I had to throw together some stuff that we had on hand that I thought would compliment it. I rarely have this but was glad I did.
I boiled up 8 ounces of chicken and sprinkled with ground chipotle pepper.
In addition to that, I added 2 tablespoons of poblano salsa.
I gave it all a goodly toss and put it in a dish to warm up after our workout.
I warmed it up covered at 400 for about 20 minutes. The Mr dug in and I thought he was going to rocket to the ceiling. His eyes lit up and he started raving at how much he loved it. Well, I guess I don't need to ask if he wants to buy it again!
It does taste exactly like black beans because well, it is black beans. I think it really lends itself to Mexican cuisine. They try to pair it up with marinara sauce but after having tried it, I think that would be kind of gross. Just ask yourself if you'd pour pasta sauce over black beans because that's what it would taste like. Anything that pairs well with black beans would do well with this pasta.
So let your creativity come forward and get some extra protein with a nice "toothy" pasta!
Have you tried TJ's black bean rotini?
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