Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Spinach Artichoke Veggie Bites

So I went to the store and looked over the Morning Star foods available to me. Honestly, the grocery I shop at down here is pretty small in comparison to those I shop at in Kansas City. The selection wasn't that large, but I decided that the Spinach Artichoke bites didn't sound too frightening. After all, I like spinach artichoke dip, so this would be about the same thing, right?

hehe. WRONG! But I wasn't wrong in a bad way. When I took them out of th box, they looked a lot like chicken nuggets to me. I chose to cook them in the oven because I've always enjoyed anything with breading to get that extra crunch. I wasn't too thrilled with the fact that these small little nuggets had to cook for 16 to 18 minutes, but I patiently waited for them to be done.

When I bit down on the first one, for some reason I was sure I was going to encounter spinach artichoke dip inside. Needless to say, I was a tad disappointed. Seeing as spinach artichoke dip contains yummy cheese in mass quantities, it probably isn't as good for me as these bites. After busting through that mental image, I went on to take another bite. The nuggets are stuffed with spinach, (I'm talking, you bite down and are greeted with green shredded spinach trying to escape its crunchy breaded outsides) but I didn't see that much artichoke. The taste isn't bad at all. It doesn't have a strong spinach flavor, in fact, I couldn't tell you what type of flavor these things have! I'll be the first person to admit that I am a very, VERY picky eater. In the past, if it was green, it wasn't coming near me. But I will buy these again.

I could see trying to feed these to an amaeture veggie eater --like a kid or a picky adult-- If you can get them past the idea that what they are biting into is green, I think the taste will have the picky person eating up the rest of the nugget. One caution, as these started to cool, I didn't think they were nearly so good. Definitely the last part of the meal that needs to be cooked. One other down side, I thought they were awfully high in fat. I think artichoke is naturally high in fat, and there is some cheese inside, so those two things combined with the breading probably are the cause.

Serving size: 3 pieces
Calories: 190
Fat: 10g
Fiber: 2
Protein: 9


Anonymous said...

Mmmm, I like those ones. But they are pretty high in fat. I think you're right, it's probably the cheese and breading. ::Sigh::

Lyn said...

They look yummy ... probably a little high on the fat side for me given that I know I would want more than just 3!!

Lyn said...

doh .. lol sorry just read cassafrass's comment ... talk about a copycat I am! lol

Christine said...

Hmm, thanks for sharing this info, much appreciated. I am always looking for new food. Yeah - the fat is a bit high - but its something new and thats the tough part, trying to find foods to keep things interesting. :)

Lynnski said...

I've not tried the spinach & artichoke bites, but I have had tried other Morningstar foods. Some good, some not so good. Keep up the good work. I've been missing days here and there, but it seems like you're really trying! Keep going! :o) That's half the battle.