Yeah...the orzo, if it was totally
whole wheat, would be okay...on a limited basis. But those tricky little marketers..."made with
whole wheat flour" is different from "made from
whole wheat flour" and they know it! They hope we take the bait and assume it's the later when they
say the former. Chances are, the orzo is made mostly with enriched white flour and has some whole wheat thrown in. I looked at this yesterday and did a little drooling, then put the box back (after I wiped my drool off, of course...
Their whole grain version that is a chicken flavor looked pretty safe...like Barb was saying, butter isn't a great ingredient, but the ones at the very end of the list are usually so minute in amount that they aren't too worrisome to me.
I tried finding the nut'l info online, but the rice-a-roni website doesn't have the whole grain stuff up yet.
Great question, though, amelie! If you really think it sounds good, I'd try making your own. Barb uses a fairly quick cooking rice that I can never remember the name of (is it converted, Barb?) or you can make a huge batch of brown rice and freeze it in portions for easy serving later. I know it's a pain to wait an hour for it to cook.
Anyways, see what you can do on your own...I bet you can make something even yummier!
You can use WW spaghetti, broken up into tiny pieces and cooked to substitute for Orzo...it would taste pretty much the same.