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Lundberg Spinach & Mushroom Risotto Florentine

June 10, 2011

What’s for dinner tonight? Lundberg Risotto Florentine Spinach & Mushroom. Lundberg, from what I understand, is a family owned and operated organic rice company with a pretty decent reputation. Organic, gluten free, vegan? At $2.79, this eco-farmed little box of food is already on my good side.  Also, to this day I get giddy seeing “VEGAN” physically printed on the products I buy. If you got it, flaunt it. Nabisco can learn a thing or two there, but hey, that’s just me.

Unboxing revealed its very straight forward contents. Organic arborio short-grain rice and the spinach & mushroom flavor packet, nothing out of the ordinary here.

Spinach & mushroom (though clearly visible) were almost immediately forgotten about when the dominant aroma of Italian herbs were released. Basil and oregano hold a stronger fragrance so, again, no surprise. The box came with instructions for both stove top and microwave. We decided to go with stove top considering we don’t own a microwave. That and the thought of preparing anything claiming to be risotto in a microwave felt like bad Italian karma. We even went with the optional white wine addition to be extra fancy.

The smell? It smelled nice. Familiar, like…well, like pizza. A lot like pizza, actually. After 20 minutes of simmering and occasional stirring I was left with something that looked pretty good.

So how was it? Tasty, but a bit on the salty side. The first bite definitely delivered good flavor and the rice was cooked nicely. I might even toot my own horn a bit and say the rice was close to perfect doneness, at least as far as 20 minute stove top risotto goes. Not a lot of mushrooms, or even mushroom flavor. The spinach came through a little louder but, like my interest in this dish, seemed to fade more with each bite.

On a positive note, almost all Lundberg products are organic, gluten free, and eco-farmed. Thinking about it now, their Spinach & Mushroom Risotto Florentine would actually make a decent side dish. On its own? The risotto didn’t deliver a satisfying amount of spinach or mushroom flavor and came out more salty than I would have preferred.

Would I use it as a side? Sure, it’s organic and reasonably priced.
Would I eat a bowl of this on it’s own? Definitely not.

Price: $2.79
Place: Jimbo’s…Naturally!
Score: 2.5/5

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