Those of you who watched my New PC Blue Line Products video know that I was very worried about product testing President’s Choice 3-Bean Chipotle Chili meal because I am scared of cooking in the microwave. I especially am wary of using anything but glass and ceramic in my microwave because I do not want anything leaching into my food. But I am doing this for you and I want to be fearless!
First, you take off the metallic lid which I could do no problem. Then you need to stir everything up with a spoon.
You put the plastic (oy) lid on the top. It has air vents which is interesting. Then you nuke it for two minutes.
I may have had to cook the chili in its container but I was not going to eat out of it! Instead I warmed up some rice and peas and poured some of the chili on top. We always have chili on top of rice.
Um… very under seasoned and kind of boring. I will say that the beans are absolutely cooked perfectly. There is slight heat and flavour from the chipotle but it was very underwhelming. This really was my lunch so I went back to my kitchen…
Oh yeah… Add a tiny bit of shredded cheese, salt, pepper and low fat sour cream? Much better! In fact I would have this for lunch on a regular basis. BTW, two minutes in my microwave is not long enough. I personally would heat the beans on the stove next time and eat it like this.
On its own though? I would not pay $2.59 to eat this from its container out of a microwave. Made their way, I give this product two and a half out of five wooden spoons.
Golden & Black Quinoa
I personally am not a fan of rice so I am always looking for an easy substitute that is actually tasty. I thought President’s Choice Organics Golden and Black Quinoa would be a great substitute to go with the chili.
I would provide a link but according to their site, this product has been discontinued. Which is weird because according to their Insider’s Report it is “new” and only $2.49.
Like the packaging on the original PC Organics Quinoa box, you only get instructions for making the entire contents of the box which ended up being 1 1/3 cup of quinoa. But I ration everything and I was only making enough for my lunch!
I decided to use 1/3 cup of the quinoa for a single serving and see what happens. The hard parts was figuring out how much water to use.
For 1 1/3 cup of quinoa you are supposed to bring 2 cups of water to a boil and then add the quinoa. Then cook on low, covered and let simmer for 12-15 minutes. Just to be safe, I used 2/3 of a cup of water. Better to have too much than too little.
I was left with too much water but that was fine. I just took off the lid and let it evaporate.
I removed it from heat and let stand for 5 minutes while covered. Then I fluffed with a fork.
It was a pretty good rice substitute! I actually really like the crunchy texture very much and it good with this chili. Very different but impressive. I even used it as a rice substitute for our regular dinner Rice, Beef & Beans but I think I have been making that dish long enough that it just is tradition to have it with rice.
Still, I loved this. It kind of reminded me of crunchy miniature barley. I did not bother to test this on Reg, he would hate the texture of it and last time he had quinoa was a bit traumatic for him. He loves rice and wants it with every meal he can get which is fine. It is nice to finally find a substitute for me when I can not have yet another dish with rice. As a result, I will definitely be buying this product again.
I give this product four out of five wooden spoons.