Lightlife Perfecto Penne Primavera with Meatless Crumbles
Product Description: “Enjoy a taste of Italy in every bite of this delicious nine-grain pasta meal. Boasting a comforting recipe of portabella mushrooms, meatless crumbles, zucchini and mozzarella cheese with a sweet and zesty marinara sauce, it’s a dish that’s sure to have everyone saying “Buon appetito.”
Fat: 4.5 g
Sodium: 630 mg
WW Points Plus: 6
First Impressions: I’ve never head of Lightlife before, but I am running out of mainstream meals at my grocery store, and this looked interesting. It doesn’t look like much frozen, but after heating it up, it does look a lot like the box art, other than a noticeable lack of mushrooms.
Gustatory Impressions: The pasta is pretty good. It does taste a bit cardboard-y ,though, but as I’m used to whole-grain pasta, it doesn’t really bother me. The sauce is pretty thin, and doesn’t really have much taste. The zucchini is by far the best part of this meal, fresh-tasting and not too mushy. The mushrooms in it are good, but I wish there were a lot more of them. The cheese was not great, and I even checked the box to see if it was actual cheese and not some weird vegan concoction. Yes, it was real cheese, but no, that didn’t make me like it any better. The “meatless crumbles” had a good approximation of the texture of meat, but didn’t really taste like anything. Still, they added something to the sad-ish sauce.
Summary: I’m not sure if this meal was interesting enough to make me pursue more Lightlife products, but there are windmills on the box, so surely it must be healthy and good for me. All kidding aside, it was an okay meal, especially for one with fake meat in it. Might be a good option for a vegetarian, but I’ll be skipping this particular meal in the future
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 forks