Marie Callender’s Savory Chicken & Rice Comfort Bake
Product Description: “Tender white-meat chicken with white and wild rice and vegetables smothered in a creamy mushroom sauce, sprinkled with cheddar cheese.”
Fat: 8 g
WW Points Plus: 7
First Impressions: So, this isn’t really a “diet” meal per se, but Marie Callender’s were on sale so I picked up a few of the lower calorie options. First up is this Savory Chicken & Rice thing. I took it out of the package and cooked it and stirred it and at no point in the procedure did the meal look ANYTHING AT ALL like the package art. If I were giving out prizes for the meal that looks least like its box, it would be this one. (Now I’m imagining a box strutting across a stage with a little red sash reading “Miss Disingenuous” on it. I digress.) Well, at least it smells good!
Gustatory Impressions: The chicken is surprisingly tasty. There isn’t a whole lot of it, but that’s okay. There are peas in this, and you can sort of see them in the picture. They are nothing special. The white and wild rices are good. The sauce is very much like they just dumped some cream of mushroom soup in the tray. I like cream of mushroom soup, so that’s fine for me. There is some cheddar cheese, but it’s not so much sprinkled, since as soon as you stir it, it just gets mixed in with everything else. And it’s not very good cheese. When I got a bite of it, it tasted weird, like cheap lowfat cheddar.
Summary: The best thing about this meal is that it’s very filling. It doesn’t taste bad, but it’s not visually pleasing in the slightest. The ingredients are all good except for the cheese though, and as long as the look of the thing doesn’t put you off, I’d recommend it, if it was on sale.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 forks