Tasted: Waitrose Love Life Spelt

By Veggie Tom
A nicely-textured mix of healthy grains that only needs a minute in the microwave? Yes please!

The product
Microwaveable rice has been around for ages. On the upside, it’s stupidly fast compared to cooking the stuff in a pan. On the downside, you might wind up with a sad plate full of mushy little pellets (depending on the brand). Is Waitrose’s mix of more resilient grains the answer?

Spelt is an ancient species of wheat, and it’s making a comeback. It’s more expensive than bog standard wheat, but also more nutritionally dense – and some with wheat intolerances have found it doesn’t cause the same problems. It’s still got gluten in, though, so it’s not suitable for coeliacs or others on a fully gluten-free diet.

The verdict
Crazy though the idea of pre-cooked healthy grains might seem, this combination works rather well. It helps that spelt, which is about two thirds of the mix, keeps its toothsome, nutty texture after cooking. Of course it’s not as good as doing it yourself in a pan, but it’s also ten times easier – and the unopened pack keeps in the cupboard for a year.

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Ingredients list: Spelt (67%), quinoa seeds (17%), wholegrain red rice (9%), extra virgin olive oil, wild rice (3%)

Can you eat it? Suitable for vegetarians and vegans and for anyone avoiding nuts and soya. Contains gluten.

Barcode: 5000169182741
Waitrose Love Life Spelt, Quinoa, Red & Wild Rice
A nicely-textured mix of healthy grains that only needs a minute in the microwave? Yes please! Tasted by Veggie Tom.

Not forgetting:

Barcode: 5000169227275
Waitrose Fire Roasted Vegetable and Pesto Pizza
We gave the larger 585g version of this flavoursome pizza the thumbs up – but this small one is better still, thanks to a a more tightly-packed topping Tasted by Veggie Tom.

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