When I sent out the call for quinoa contest sponsors, Pereg Gourmet Spices was the first to respond that they would participate.
Although they sell plain quinoa, I was most interested in their quinoa mixes.
Quinoa with Mushrooms (yes, that sounds like a diet I could live on), Quinoa with Vegetables, and Quinoa Italian Style look like the sort of mixes that could shave some time off your meal preparation on busy evenings.
Pereg has generously donated six 11 oz. quinoa mixes, two of each of the flavors, valued at $35.94.
Unfortunately, when I began this contest, I didn’t ask for samples for myself. Otherwise, I would be eating one of these mixes right now, and I could tell you how it tastes. What I can tell you is that the mixes include a lot of vegetables, many more than I am accustomed to seeing in prepared rice or pasta mixes. When you see Pereg quinoa mixes at your grocer, the clear packaging will show you what I mean.
I see lots of green herbs in the mix. The vegetable and Italian quinoa mixes will be very colorful dishes. The mushrooms, well, edible mushrooms struggle a bit with with color, don’t they?
My favorite thing about these mixes is the sodium content.
My father had high blood pressure and diabetes, and he always complained about the volume of salt and sugar in prepared foods. He felt that food processors substituted salt for other more flavorful, but also more expensive, spices and seasonings.
Use Less Salt to Prepare
Yes, the cooking instructions recommend adding 1 teaspoon of salt, but you have the option to use less if you choose to limit your sodium intake. My dad would be all over these mixes if he were still with us. I know I prefer adding salt to my own taste and don’t mind if that’s all I have to add to a dish.
These mixes are gluten free and kosher.
A third generation family owned business since 1905, Pereg Gourmet Spices offers a full range of spices and specialty food ingredients in addition to quinoa. Pereg products are available in stores and online.
I want to thank Pereg Gourmet Spices for sponsoring this contest with their quinoa mixes. Now that we know what the packaging looks like, we are all more likely to see these mixes and try them ourselves.
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