The pros: Trader Joe's Organic Quinoa and Rice Hot Cereal is a new item that is mixed in with all the other decadent flavors of the holiday season. This was ready in about 2 minutes.
The cons: You'll want to add your own mix ins to this. It's extremely bland on its own.
The verdict: There are a handful of items I don't love reviewing. Yogurt is the one thing you won't see much of this blog. The other item I tend to not go for is cereal. I know it's a bit odd to avoid two common breakfast food items, but it's the food items that I am not enthused about to writing about. I did bite the bullet and try this one since I was so fond of Trader Joe's White Corn Grits.
For $3.69 you are getting a gluten free, kosher cereal item that only takes under 3 minutes to prepare. Everything takes place in your microwave. Now, normally I am not a fan of adding just water to anything. It doesn't add flavor. So I made myself a second bowl using almond milk.
Well, the one made with water came out just fine. The one with almond milk wasn't that great because the ratio way off. I did not experiment with that route further, but if you do, please let me know how it goes.
I liked and have repurchased Trader Joe's White Corn Grits multiple times which is pretty much a blank canvas for flavor. This product too is a blank canvas because while the quinoa and brown rice add a slight nuttiness, there isn't much in the way of flavor to even discuss here. The most descriptive word I can come up with is slightly nutty and a bit bitter. Brown rice and quinoa will lend a slight nuttiness, however I like quinoa, but I never like it with just water. It needs flavor. If you are going to eat this, then you'll have to load up on the toppings.
The texture did not do much for me either. It was smooth for the most part, but nothing that made me want to come back to it time and time again. For some people who are more health conscious than myself, they might end up liking this. However, I had to add way too much stuff to enjoy eating it. So for me, this is a no. Perhaps some people in the gluten free crowd might like this more than I. But if I'm going to reach for something gluten free. I'm still reaching for those grits.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe's Organic Quinoa and Rice Hot Cereal:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? No, I would not buy Trader Joe's Organic Quinoa and Rice Hot Cereal again. My package was promptly disposed of after the writing of this post.
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