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When Places Do Pumpkin: 2017, Part I: Pret A Manger

Missed my train, took a lap around the train station and what do I see?

Pret A Manger is serving up a new toasted tortilla with butternut squash! A butternut squash ricotta toasted tortilla, that caught my eye because aside from Panera in the fall, I haven’t really seen a fast-casual place do pumpkin or butternut squash in a dish. So naturally when I spotted this butternut ricotta panini, I had to grab it! I wasn’t ready to eat it right then, so I took it home. The workers let me know it’s best when heated up by them, but my own panini maker did the trick too. Verdict? Not bad! It definitely satisfied my squash tooth. Ha! Here’s a couple more tidbits about what I thought…..

Grilling it up on my home panini maker!

Grilling it up on my home panini maker!

Inside of Pret A Manger's Butternut Squash Ricotta Tortilla

Inside of Pret A Manger’s Butternut Squash Ricotta Tortilla

  • The walnuts. They were huge! Toward the end I had to pick them out! I like walnuts, but maybe they could halve them, or find smaller ones? lol. 
  • The squash gets a glowing A. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I like pairing squash + spinach in savory dishes, and I stand by my statement that this combo works!
  • The ricotta. A little overpowering. Personally I’d prefer feta! Pret A why don’t you Fet A?! But seriously, a melty parmesan would have also complemented the flavors nicely.

From the RD corner, this panini was 440 calories, and 17 grams of sugar. Usually I go for something with a good amount of protein, but this was reminiscent of fall flavors, so if you’re in the mood for that, and looking to switch it up why not try it for lunch! I liked trying it, but probably won’t get it again, but I will try to remake my own version, cause that’s just how I play! (think whole-wheat tortilla, butternut squash, spinach, parmesan, and something crunchy, that’s not walnuts!) Any thought on that?? Let me know! 

Also, if you’ve had this before I want to know what you thought! 


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