Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

ALDI – Roasted Nut Bar – Almond Crunch – Food Review

05/20/2017

ALDI, Roasted Nut Bar, Nutrition, Review, Calories, Price, SnackMay 20, 2017

In a seemingly endless number of nutty snack bars, here’s one more.  To the possible delight of many readers, if this one becomes a permanent resident on the ALDI shelves, this bar seems to be a variation of the very popular but short-lived Simple Nut Bar.

Without having a Simple Nut Bar present for a side-by-side comparison, this Roasted Nut Bar seems very similar.  From memory, my preference would be the Simple Nut Bar.  But I could easily live with this one.  Like the Simple Nut Bar, this one is mostly nuts.  Comparing the back of the boxes (see Simple Nut Bar box here), the ingredients are very similar.  Both are products of Canada.  That leads me to believe these are produced by the same company and are just variations of the product formula.

ALDI, Roasted Nut Bar, Nutrition, Review, Calories, Price, SnackThere’s a minimal amount of sticky binder to hold all the nuts together (almonds, peanuts and sunflower seeds).   If you’re looking for sweet, or chocolate, this is not for you.  As the bar is mostly nuts, it is hard and crunchy.  For a snack food, this has a reasonably good nutrition mix.  Of course, being mostly nuts, a high percent of the calories come from fat (most likely the nut oils).  Carbohydrates are lower than many other snack bars.  While not a high power protein bar, these do have an okay 6 g of protein.  Calories  180 per bar    Price $2.79 per box (6 bars in a box)

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ALDI – Bremer – Gravy & Salisbury Steaks – Food Review

05/12/2017

ALDI, Bremer Gravy and Salisbury Steaks, Nutrition, Review, Calories, PriceMay 12, 2017

This isn’t a well-aged prime New York strip steak to be dabbled with ketchup.  And really that wasn’t expected.

This is something for the person who worries about food wastage or worries more about being able to eat this evening.  With the primary ingredients of the steak being; mechanically separated chicken, beef, pork and soy protein concentrate, this product seems very old school.  By old school, I mean, don’t waste any ingredient or any part of any ingredient.  While we don’t exactly know which parts of what went into the grinder, we can evaluate what came out.

What came out of the grinder are six Salisbury steak patties and a whole bunch of gravy.  The steaks are bland.  The gravy has a touch of beef flavor to it.  The texture of the steaks is somewhere between chewable and gumable.  There’s nothing especially bad about the taste, and there’s nothing especially good about the taste.  For hungry people on a budget none of this is going to matter because it’s also warm and filling.

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Trader Joe’s – Dutch Smoked Cheese – Food Review

05/08/2017

Trader Joe, Dutch smoked Gouda cheese, review, price, nutritionMay 8, 2017

The aroma and flavor are pleasantly smokey, reminiscent of a barbecue.  The cheese is semi-soft to cut and creamy in the mouth.  The smoke flavor is a nice contrast to the texture of the cheese.  For $4.99 a pound this is a nicely flavored smoked cheese from Holland. If you’re in need of a smoked cheese and in or nearby a Trader Joe’s, this is a good and surprisingly economical choice.

Price $4.99 per pound   Calories  90  per ounce (28g)

ALDI – Priano Four Cheese Alfredo Sauce – Food Review

05/08/2017

ALDI, priano, four cheese alfredo sauce, nutrition, price, calories, reviewMay 8, 2017

The second ingredient is cream.  That’s a good sign as that’s what an Alfredo sauce is all about.  From the jar the sauce is a little watery, as water is the first ingredient.  However it thickens some when added to warm pasta.  Even better is heating the sauce either before the pasta is added or after the pasta is added.  To save a pot, and some cleaning, I added sauce straight from the jar to the cooked warm pasta and then nuked the plate in the microwave for about a minute.  That thickened up the sauce and made it stick to the pasta nicely.  There’s a suggestion on the jar which hints at the need for heating the sauce to thicken.

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Trader Joe’s – Cheese And Green Chile Tamales – Food Review

03/27/2017

Trader Joe, cheese green chile tamale, reviewMarch 27, 2017

The star here is the corn masa.  The dough (masa) retains a nice taste and texture, neither too dry and certainly not wet, in its trip from freezer to microwave.  Although there’s not much of it, the cheese is chewy and stringy.  Green chilies are randomly placed throughout the cheese, but otherwise not very noticeable.  The heat level is mild unless you get a big piece of chile, then it’s a medium heat.  By far the cheese filling is a minor player.  The tamales come wrapped in nicely trimmed corn husks.

Trader Joe, cheese green chile tamale, nutrition, reviewCalories 280 per 1 tamale (140g)

Price ??? (lost receipt) – 2 tamales in package

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ALDI – Peanut Delight Creamy Peanut Butter – Food Review

03/16/2017

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This is another staple at home here.  It may not be the creamiest peanut butter, but like many everyday items at ALDI it’s reasonably priced, good quality and similar in nutritional value to many major brands.  It also tastes good and goes well with jelly. Calories  180/2 Tbsp (32g)     Price $2.99 per 40 ounce plastic jar

ALDI – Sea Queen Crab Cakes – Food Review

03/16/2017

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My expectations weren’t high and they were met. These are crabby and mushy.  That description is not uncommon when it comes to crab cakes. A really good crab cake consists of chunks of crab meat with a little bit of mayonnaise based filler to bind everything together and maybe a thin layer of breading to give it some crunch when it’s pan fried. Outside of one or two restaurants I’ve been to a long time ago, it’s hard to find anything like that. Most crab cakes in stores, and even restaurants, tend to be like this, with indistinguishable pieces of crab mixed with breading to form a crab mush which is then fried, or in this case baked at home. There was a good bit of crab flavor which was satisfying for those looking for a crab fix. But overall, like Diogenes, I’ll continue to look for the honest crab cake.  Calories  170 per crab cake   Price $5.49 – package of 4 cakes, plus cocktail sauce

Trader Joe’s – Falafel (Heat & Eat) – Food Review

03/11/2017

March 11, 2017

Now I’m not the world’s most prolific falafel eater.  But I have had them in restaurants.  And for no other reason then to attempt to pronounce the name, you should give them a try sometime when you’re around Mediterranean food.  If you do want to give them a try, DON’T (do not) try these.

A falafel is one of those foods that’s a blank canvas to which the chef has to add the splashes of color (metaphorically).  These have few splashes of color.

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ALDI – Chef’s Cupboard Chicken Noodle Soup vs. Campbell’s – Food Review

02/17/2017

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Andy Warhol would be proud!

Here we have another two mundane food items up for review.  It’s a chicken noodle soup-off between ALDI’s Chef”s Cupboard Chicken Noodle Soup and America’s sweetheart Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup.  And while the ties are still in the dry cleaner for spot removal, the winner is Andy Warhol’s poster child, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, with the one exception of price.  Campbell’s costs significantly more.  But I’m guessing you knew that already.  So click the “read more” button below to further unravel the noodles.
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ALDI – Casa Mamita Chipotle Lime Salsa – Food Review

02/17/2017

 

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February 17, 2017

A warning:  while this is labeled as medium heat there are touches of hot dispersed throughout.

Along with the strange heat characteristic is the strange taste characteristic.  The strange taste which comes across as a form of bitterness appears to come from the diced tomato in the salsa.  Getting back to the strange heat, this appears to come from very small pieces of garlic in the salsa.  Whether that heat is native to the garlic or the garlic just absorbed the heat from some of its neighbors is up for debate.  The texture is thick like a paste.  This is not a chunky salsa, if that’s your preference.  The salsa is labeled as organic.

If you’re willing to give this a try, buy a jar of your usual salsa to go with it.  That way if this turns out to be too radical for your taste, there’ll be a backup plan on the shelf to go with the chips.   Price $1.99   Calories 10 per 2 Tbsp. (31g)

 


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