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Fast Day #13: Trader Giotto's Ricotta & Spinach Ravioli - 195 calories

Trader Giotto's Ricotta & Spinach Ravioli

The Carrot Curry and Hake Filet ended up not being enough for the whole night of my Fast Day - lack of carbs *le sigh*. So I rummaged about for emergency food and found these little bad boys: Trader Giotto's Ricotta and Spinach filled Ravioli.

I bought these last week on a trip to the big Asian supermarket (99 Ranch) in Daly City. I forgot that I needed some Western stuff and decided to swing by the Trader Joe's in Daly City to avoid the after work rush at the one near my house. I'm glad I did because this location had several frozen entrees that I had not seen or tried before.

As per most of the things I buy from Trader Joe's the ingredient list is clean with all natural, whole ingredients and no crazy chemicals. This dish could be considered vegetarian. But in full disclosure, one of the cheeses is made with animal/ traditional rennet (the enzyme that curdles cheese). I consider this meal vegetarian but many would not.

The 190 calorie price tag is a bit high for the small portion (1 cup or 152 grams) but the combination of cheese, carbs and tangy sauce makes for a very comforting and satisfying mini meal. Each bag contains 3 servings and only costs $3.99 - not too shabby at all.

~ straight out of the microwave ~

The marinara sauce is a bit tart for my liking so I doctored my finished plate with a bit of Sirracha sauce upping my calories to a total of 195.

The pasta was a bit firm and tough. Maybe I didn't heat it up long enough? The directions call for you to heat on medium power for 3 minutes and high for 2 minutes. The only power setting I know how to use on my microwave is defrost and regular. So those were the settings I used. I think next time I will throw in a tablespoon of water and increase the full power cooking time thirty seconds or so.

However far the pasta and sauce may have fallen, the filling fully made up for it. It was light and had lots of  ricotta flavor. The cheese flavor is amplified by a touch of aged cheese (grana padana, according to the ingredient label). The spinach had a fresh taste to it too. And unlike lots of frozen raviolis, the filling was fluff.

I will definitely be eating and buying this more often. I just hope that I can find different flavors next time!

~ spiced up with some Sirracha ~


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