Friday, June 04, 2010

Noodles & Company Review

I love all-in-one dishes for their simple convenience, versatility and great taste. When I'm cooking, it's so easy to just throw all of our favorite flavors together and create something wonderful. Plus, it is the perfect way to add an extra serving or two of veggies into our meals. I find that veggies covered in sauce - whether cheese, tomato or something more simple - are much more palatable for our kids than when just served as a side.

And I always appreciate restaurants that fall in line with that philosophy and provide kid-friendly meals without the unhealthy, over-hyped kid options offered by most restaurants. Since going out to eat is a pretty rare occasion for us, we try to always choose a restaurant with high quality options for the kids.
Noodles & Company fits that bill perfectly. Their offerings are fresh, full of good ingredients, oh-so-tasty and easy on the wallet. What's not to love?

I fell in love with Noodles & Company many years ago when my sister took me to one by her house. I was enamored from that very fist visit. Maybe it's because pasta is my biggest weakness, or maybe it's just because their food is that good!

In honor of asparagus season, Noodles & Company is now serving up a wonderful new Asparagus & Linguini dish. The dish is made with seasonal asparagus, snap peas, lemon juice, basil, red onions, mushrooms and feta cheese, served over regular or whole wheat linguine.

Eric and I recently took the kids to lunch at Noodles & Company and we all thought this dish was a success. The flavors are so fresh. It tastes like spring in a bowl. Eric is probably the biggest asparagus fan in our house and he thought the flavor combination was the perfect way to serve asparagus.

About Noodles & Company:
Noodles & Company, a fast-casual restaurant chain with 240 locations, recognizes the importance of access to nutritious food served quickly and strives to provide customers with affordable meals prepared from fresh and healthy ingredients. In fact, Noodles & Company has 14 fresh vegetables on their menu, and what kid doesn't like pasta? A great alternative to fried and fatty fast food, Noodles & Company offers dishes loaded with fresh and in-season vegetables that the whole family can enjoy. You can dine in or take your meal to go; either way, your sautéed-to-order meal is usually ready in about 5 minutes.

In honor of their new dish, Noodles & Company created a website dedicated to asparagus, including tips on how to select asparagus, cook asparagus, a recipe and other fun ideas. Check out that great resource here.

Full disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Noodles & Company and received 5 Noodles & Co. bowl cards to facilitate my review. Mom Central also sent me a thank you gift certificate.


Missie 4:54 PM  

I love Noodles! :) The mac and cheese is great!

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