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™‚

Veggie Ramen at Whole Foods Orlando

Did you know that the Whole Foods in Orlando had a ramen bar?? It sure was a pleasant surprise for me. We were there on a Saturday night, and they were serving ramen until 7:30pm that night. We got there just in time at 7:20pm πŸ™‚

 

We got a bowl of the $8.99 Veggie Ramen (light veggie broth, mayu, scallions, red ginger, steamed mixed veggies, black mushrooms, seaweed, ajitsuke-tamago (marinated boiled egg on the side)). It’s hard to find vegetarian ramen (especially with a vegetarian broth), so I was super excited. The broth was nicely flavored – it had a soy sauce ginger flavor. The veggies were plentiful and the noodles were cooked well. I enjoyed the ajitsuke tamago, but I wish it had both halves of the egg (especially since I was sharing).

On the counter, they have some spices you can add to your ramen – white pepper, crushed chili blend, and fried garlic. The fried garlic was almost empty, so it seems to be a popular choice. I mean, who doesn’t like garlic? Since I don’t like spicy food, I just added the white pepper and fried garlic, and they added a nice zest to the ramen.

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beautiful ramen up-close

Apparently, you can also add “extras” to your bowl. Next time I share a bowl of ramen, I will opt to add some extra noodles and ajitsuke-tamago…or maybe I will get my own bowl πŸ˜‰