Chimichurri sauce for the uninitiated is a South American condiment that contains garlic, cilantro, oil, vinegar, parsley and some form of heat courtesy of either a jalapeno or red pepper flakes. It adds a nice acid to a dish as well as fresh herbs. How is it in Trader Joe's Peruvian Style Chimichurri Rice? I thought it was quite nice. For $2.99 it wasn't a bad deal.
The Pros: Super flavorful rice with a slight heat to it. A nice break from fried or plain rice. It does taste like chimichurri is mixed right in. It was easy peasy from the microwave. It makes a pretty darn good side for dinner or for lunch. It's also nicely loaded with veggies so you have no guilt about eating this.
The Cons: If you don't like the taste of cilantro, you're going to want to pass on this.
The Verdict: I'll buy this again. It's a great side or if you add a protein to this it can pass as a meal.
The bag of Trader Joe's Peruvian Style Chimichurri Rice:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
How Trader Joe's describes this product:
After giving it a stir after coming out of the microwave:
And if you are into meal prepping ahead of time here is a recent lunch of mine. With some of Trader Joe's Just Chicken Strips and Butter Lettuce it makes for an easy lunch. It's basically a taco bowl without the taco:
I'll be buying this one again. It was flavorful without being overly salty. It was a different way of incorporating veggies into rice that gave me a break from fried rice or just plain rice.
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