Artisola sweet potato & herb ravioli with Artisola creamy butternut sauce

In the refrigerated section in the cheese area of Whole Foods, I found Artisola’s artisanal pastas and sauces. They’re a little pricey, but they were recently on sale at Whole Foods πŸ˜€ I got the Sweet Potato & Herb Ravioli ($7.99) and the Creamy Butternut Sauce ($7.99).

The pasta is super easy to make – just boil gently for 3.5 minutes. I heated up the sauce in a saucepan briefly before covering the cooked ravioli with it. There were 11 pieces in this package – so each person gets 5.5 if you share πŸ˜‰

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topped with basil leaves
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inside view

I love the texture of this pasta – it was perfectly al dente. Also, it is gluten-free asΒ itΒ is made of corn and rice flour. I thought the flavor of the ravioli was on the bland side…I could taste the subtle sweetness of the sweet potato, but I couldn’t really detect the cheese or herb flavors (ingredients include ricotta cheese, cream, cheese, parmesan cheese, and spices). However, the delicious sauce made the flavor pop! This organic sauce was creamy, cheesy, and super flavorful.

I love that the pasta and sauce had no artificial ingredients, flavors, colors, or preservatives. The sauce was pretty amazing, but I actually preferred the Trader Joe’s ravioli to the Artisola ravioli – especially for the price. Perhaps I will combine the Artisola sauce with the Trader Joe’s ravioli next time πŸ˜›

 

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Fruit Bliss Organic Fruit Medley

I love dried fruit – it’s such an easy and tasty snack on-the-go. With that said, Fruit Bliss is not like any other dried fruit snack. It is the juiciest, most delicious fruit snack I have ever had…it is truly “bliss” in your mouth.

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The Organic Fruit Medley contains apricots, plums, and figs. The only ingredients are the dried fruit and water – no preservatives or additional sugar. It is certified gluten-free, vegan, organic, and GMO-free. Such a nutritious and healthy snack!

 

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Starting from the left… the big one is the fig. It is bursting with crunchy tiny seeds enveloped in a firm and chewy outer layer – I love the contrast of textures. In the middle is the apricot. Although it looks like a typical dried apricot, I’ve never had an apricot that was so tender. Last is the plum – my favorite. It is super plump and juicy. All of the fruits are perfectly sweet.

 

They also sell the various fruits individually. I have yet to try the dates…and apparently they now have golden berries and tomatoes! If you haven’t tried these delectable snacks yet, head on over to your local health food store, Whole Foods, or Chamberlin’s πŸ™‚

Lunch at The Jungle Organic Restaurant & Market

Orlando has some nice beaches within driving distance. If you happen to be in Melbourne, Fl and you want fresh, delicious, healthy food, head over to The Jungle. I’ve been there for their wonderful Sunday brunch before, but this time I stopped by for lunch after a morning of treasure hunting at the beach. Aptly named “The Jungle,” the restaurant feels like a tropical oasisΒ with waterfalls, rock formations, and tropical fish…

Due to Hurricane Matthew, they were using paper plates and cups for the day. They start with a soup sampler so you can taste their 4 soup flavors (they disappeared before I had a chance to take pictures).

My favorite part of The Jungle experience is their fruit-infused alkaline water. At $2 each with free refills, this is an amazing deal. The flavor of the day was melon citrus ginger. This super refreshing beverage was bursting with intense fruit flavor – perfect after a day at the beach. It tasted like fresh grapefruit with the natural sweetness of melon and a hint of ginger. I’ve had apple ginger water in the past, and that was also delicious.

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For my meal, I ordered the Blue Cheese Veggie Burger with a side of the Quinoa Tabouli.

14593653_10104781169020813_1588859857_nThe Blue Cheese Veggie Burger was deliciously tender. It consists of award winning bleu cheese, sautΓ©ed baby portabella mushrooms,
caramelized onions, lettuce & homemade mayo on a grilled bun. I loved the textures of the veggie burger as well as the sweet and savory flavors of the mushrooms and onions. The blue cheese sends it over the edge.

The Quinoa Tabouli was very herbaceous and flavorful. I could taste the fresh tomatoes, onions, parsley, quinoa, garlic, and baby spinach. It added a nice zest to the burger.

I left feeling full and satisfied, while knowing that I ate food that was good for my body. This place is a must for the healthy foodie πŸ™‚ These pictures didn’t do them justice.

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