I was looking for a quick to prepare mains to treat myself with. I had seen the Sainsbury’s Love Your Veg line before, and the risotto balls seemed to be a tasty way to check it out.
I bought a package, which was convenient in its packaging of two compartments containing three risottos each. I prepared one half of the pack using the oven at 200 C for 14 minutes, and the other a day later in the microwave for 3 minutes on high.
These balls are 25% rice, and about 10% cheese, the rest being vegetables (carrots, peas, and green beans), herbs, and bread crumb. The oven baked balls were nicely crisp in their crumb shells. The rice and veg mix within was a little crumbly, and while having a bit of a herb taste, the cheese flavour was minimal. Three balls were a decent sized portion.
The microwaved ones lacked some of the external crispness, but were not appreciably different in texture or flavour.
Each ball has about 126 calories, and provides 6.4 g of fat, 3.4 g of protein, and less than a gram of sugar.
These, while not phenomenal, did provide a nice break from the ordinary. I think they would make a good vegetarian side dish, and as a main okay in a pinch if time is short in meal prep.
All in all 4.0 out of 5 as a snack, and 3.5 out of 5 for a main.