Some time ago, I received a pack of Cadia Brown Rice Fettuccine and a bottle of Lucini Rustic Tomato Vodka Sauce from Healthy Options.
Having been on brown rice since late 2009, my family knows the benefits of this healthy grain over white rice. Brown rice is rich in fiber, minerals (such as iron), and potassium. It’s also a low glycemic index (GI) carbohydrate, which means you don’t get a glucose spike (sugar high, baby!) in the blood, therefore lesser hunger pangs and cravings. For those who cannot live without white rice, consuming healthy grains in other forms will definitely benefit their diets.
Cadia Brown Rice Fettuccine is all-natural, gluten-free, and made from whole grain brown rice, rice bran and water. No preservatives!
The tomato vodka sauce definitely sounded appealing to my adult tastebuds. I know alcohol evaporates during the cooking process, but I just had to ask Healthy Options if it was safe to feed to kids. They said yes, the tomato vodka sauce is safe for kiddie consumption.
This bottled Lucini pasta sauce has all-natural ingredients – chunks of tomatoes are visible in the photo below. It practically has everything in it, including herbs, spices and parmesan cheese. All I had to do was heat the sauce and let it bubble over low fire. I had some fresh basil leaves in the ref, so I threw several of those into the sauce. Remember to let it bubble sufficiently. The taste of vodka was quite strong at the start of cooking! So unless you’re consuming it for yourself (I wouldn’t mind getting woozy with a yummy pasta meal hehe), make sure to let it boil over low fire for several, say 8 to 10, minutes.
I cooked the brown rice pasta the way I would normally cook regular pasta – in boiling water with a bit of salt and some cooking oil. Cooking time did not take longer than it would with regular pasta. After the pasta became al dente, I tossed it into the pot of bubbling sauce.
Voila! A healthy, yummy, and filling pasta meal in less than 20 minutes!
Cadia and Lucini brands are available at all Healthy Options stores nationwide.
DISCLOSURE: Healthy Options sent me the items for review. As always, opinions are my own and are not influenced by Healthy Options.