Posts Tagged: Diet


Healthy Choice Homestyle Salisbury Steak

Product Description:  “If you’re craving home-style, hearty goodness, look no further. Savory Salisbury steak in a thick, rich gravy, served with seasoned redskin potatoes, deliciously fresh green beans, and a delicious caramel-apple dessert. If your taste buds didn’t know, they will now.”

Calories: 310

Fat: 8 g

Sodium: 580mg

WW Points Plus: 8

First Impressions: Looks good, smells good, and it looks like a lot of food. Not much to complain about so far!

Gustatory Impressions: The “steak” tastes like salty hamburger. That’s how most frozen Salisbury steaks taste to me, though, so I’m not sure that can count against it. I like the potatoes, they are cooked all they way through and not too heavily spiced. The green beans are more done than I’d prefer, but they taste quite fresh and are a nice break between bites of super-salty meat. The caramel apple dessert was tasty. I feel like the apple could have been cooked a bit more, but I don’t really care because caramel apple dessert.

Summary: This is A LOT of food for 310 calories. I feel totally full. The main problem with this meal is that the meat and gravy are both very, very salty-tasting…to the point where I’m not sure I’d buy it again. Still, it’s not a bad lunch, and the sodium is right in the range of most diet frozen meals despite how salty it tastes.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 forks


Healthy Choice Classic Chicken and Noodles

Product Description:  “If you’re looking for flavors that make you feel good all over, look no further than this mouthwatering dish. Juicy chicken breast and noodles, covered in a rich and creamy sauce and served with vegetables.”

Calories: 270

Fat: 6 g

Sodium: 460mg

WW Points Plus: 7

First Impressions: I don’t really understand this meal. It’s like if someone said, “I know, let’s do chicken soup, but THICKER.” This isn’t a dish I’ve ever seen before. I’m also mad at it because in the directions it says to first peel up one corner, and the first corner I tried to peel just snapped off outside the plastic dish, and the second corner tore instead of peeling. Boo.

Gustatory Impressions: The chicken in this is pretty good. I got one gristle-y bit, but the rest was tender and flavorful. The noodles were fine, a little overcooked to me, but I like my noodles less done. The carrots weren’t good, not cooked enough. Sauce was indeed creamy with a hint of garlic. There was way too much celery in this meal. Cooked celery is not meant to be eaten. It’s like a bay leaf. You fish that crap out before you serve it to humans. (Please note personal vendetta against cooked celery and ignore if it does not apply to you.)

Summary: If I really liked my meals baffling and full of my least favorite vegetable, this would get 5 forks. Instead… no.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 forks

Photo Set

Well, I thought I was getting a new meal, but it’s just an updated version of one I’d had before. The new one is on the left, and the old one is on the right. I’ll just edit the old review for the new version, shall I?

Other than the broccoli is now mixed in with the rest of the dish, it’s not changed much. Just some more sodium and a few new calories.

Healthy Choice Beef and Broccoli

Product Description:  “Enjoy fresh ingredients and a fresh approach to this classic Asian dish. Savory beef, sautéed onions, and crisp red peppers all served over tender whole-grain brown rice and topped with a spicy and sweet teriyaki sauce. The meal comes with a side of fresh broccoli for a meal you can feel good about digging into.”

Calories: 280 290

Fat: 6 g

Sodium: 520 560 mg

WW Points Plus: 7

First Impressions: Okay, full disclosure, the rest of the office ordered in Five Guys burgers, and I’m eating this instead. I don’t feel deprived, as I don’t like their food enough to justify the calorie content, but it may color my perception of this meal just the same. Also, they sure aren’t kidding when they say “beef AND broccoli”… there’s the beef, and there’s the broccoli WAAAAAAY over there in its own tray. Okie-dokie. So, it for sure doesn’t look like the box art, and it doesn’t smell very inviting, either. Just vaguely meat-y.

Gustatory Impressions:  The beef was wildly inconsistent. Some bits were tender and some were quite chewy, though most were in the middle. The rice was the sort of bland white rice that seems like it would fall apart if you stirred it a bit too hard. The “sweet and spicy teriyaki sauce” tasted like none of those things. It just tasted… brown.  The broccoli was pretty good, and there was a lot of it. It cools off FAST, though, so maybe eat that first, or don’t try to write a blog post while you’re eating this one.

Summary: This was… not good. And not just because the air in my office smells like french fries. It was boring and the quality of ingredients was not great. There are lots of similar meals out there… skip this one, and try one of those!

Rating: 3 out of 5 forks


Lean Cuisine Culinary Collection Shrimp Alfredo

Product Description:  “Shrimp alfredo with broccoli,peas & linguine in a creamy alfredo sauce.”

Calories: 200

Fat: 4 g

Sodium: 650mg

WW Points Plus: 5

First Impressions: This is the last meal left in the freezer, or else I would be eating something else. The possibly disastrous combination of pasta and seafood has filled me with dread. But I gotta eat something… I guess… Doesn’t smell too fishy after cooking, and it sure looks like the package.

Gustatory Impressions: The shrimp are… not terrible. They’re edible, anyway, only a little rubbery. The pasta is a little overdone but I expected worse. The broccoli is pretty good, nice and crisp, and the peas also taste fresh. The sauce is watery and there is a lot of pepper in it.

Summary: While not terrible, it’s not good, either. It is a precisely average frozen meal. I won’t be picking this one up again. However, in its favor, it is EXTREMELY low calorie. Like, I had to double check to make sure I read that right low. So if you don’t mind microwaved shrimp and are pushing your calorie count for the day, this one might work for you.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 forks

Not a frozen diet meal review, but instead, directions on how to make a low-fat, low-calorie fake Egg McMuffin.

Not a frozen diet meal review, but instead, directions on how to make a low-fat, low-calorie fake Egg McMuffin.



French Bread Pepperoni Pizza

“French Bread Pizza – Pepperoni”  (Wow, they really don’t bother with the product descriptions for the “Simple Favorites” line, do they?)

Calories - 310

Fat - 7 g

Sodium - 690 mg

WW PointsPlus- 8

First impressions:  Looks almost exactly like the box, once you’ve rearranged the little frozen pepperoni bits to your satisfaction.  Appears to be a good portion of food, for a frozen diet meal. 

Gustatory impressions: Bread is good, a little crispy, a little chewy inside.  Sauce is fairly comparable to regular pizza sauce.  A little skimpy on the cheese, but I like a lot of cheese on my pizza.  Pepperonis are nice and spicy and not too greasy.  A good lunch choice, I think.

Summary:  It seems that as soon as anyone I know goes on a diet, they immediately begin craving pizza.  So the Diet Holy Grail, in my mind, it a healthy frozen pizza, that actually tastes like pizza.  This is not that Diet Holy Grail, but it’s still pretty good.  Filling, for a change, and not tasteless.  This might not kill a craving for the real deal, but it should damp it down at least a bit.

Rating:  4 out of 5 Plastic Forks

They changed the packaging, so I thought I was getting something new, but oops, already reviewed this one. At least it’s a good one!

Source: frozendietmeals

Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Product Description:  “Spaghetti with meat sauce (with mushroom and basil).”

Calories: 320

Fat: 4g

Sodium: 570mg

WW Points Plus: 8

First Impressions: Gotta be honest, I’m 700% sure I’m going to hate this. But, after cooking, the sauce does smell good, and it pretty much looks like the picture after I stir it, so it’s down to about 500%.

Gustatory Impressions: The sauce is pretty good, meaty and you can really taste the basil. I didn’t see any mushrooms, which is a shame because I love mushrooms, but maybe they’re just really small. The noodles are too well-down but they’re not a horrible soggy mess, either.

Summary: I ate most of it. The beef in the sauce tasted very sausage-y to me, because of the basil, and I’m not a fan of that. Will probably have heartburn later, so I’ve got that to look forward to. Still, it was edible, and if you like your spaghetti a bit mushy, you might like it.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 forks

Lean Cuisine Culinary Collection Spinach Artichoke Ravioli

Product Description:  “Spinach, artichoke & cheese filled ravioli in a creamy parmesan sauce with yellow carrots, green beans & spinach.”

Calories: 280

Fat: 7g

Sodium: 690mg

WW Points Plus: 7

First Impressions: Not sure I have high hopes for this one from the box art. I’m not the biggest fan of artichoke and cooked spinach is generally iffy to me, but it’s new, so I’m giving it a go. The carrots and beans look vibrant before cooking, and while the beans stay bright green, the carrots look much duller. The sauce smells great, though.

Gustatory Impressions: Oh wow, the sauce IS great. The raviolis are also quite good, nicely cheesy. You can’t really see or taste much of the artichoke in them, which doesn’t really bother me. The beans stayed nice and crisp, but I’m not sure what they’re doing in this meal. They don’t quite seem to go with the rest of the ingredients. The yellow carrots are tasteless and overcooked, but they’re covered in that yummy sauce, so that’s okay.

Summary: I liked this one a lot. I like ravioli of all sorts, though. The sauce was especially good. Only points off were for the slightly mushy carrots, and for the beans, which were fine, but didn’t seem to meld with the rest of the meal. Maybe asparagus would be better? But overall, I’m quite pleased, and it’s pretty filling, especially for a meatless meal.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 forks


Marie Callender’s Three Meat and Four Cheese Lasagna

Product Description:  “Marie Callender’s® delicious lasagna is prepared by layering freshly made, tender pasta noodles, creamy ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, and Romano cheeses, and a hearty marinara sauce made with Italian sausage, pepperoni, and beef.”

Calories: 380

Fat: 15g

Sodium: 1260mg

WW Points Plus: 10

First Impressions: Whoever Marie Callender’s gets to do their box art photography is a GENIUS. There is no other explanation as to why their meals look so good on the box. They certainly don’t look like that once you’ve cooked them!

Gustatory Impressions: My first bite was spicier than expected. Ah, two of the meats are Italian sausage and pepperoni. That would explain it. Nowhere on the front of the box does it list which meats are in the thing, so I was a little surprised. The sauce looks terribly watery at first, but once you cut it up and it soaks in, it’s not so bad. It’s got a decent flavor and there are bits of “herb” all through it. The cheese is good, but other than the ricotta, it’s not particularly distinguishable that there are multiple cheeses.

Summary: This one tastes okay, but I don’t really like spicy lasagna, so I won’t be getting it again. Also, it’s got 1260 mg of sodium in it, more than twice what a Lean Cuisine usually has. Ouch! It’s filling, though, so if you don’t mind those two things, you might want to give it a try!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 forks


Evol Teriyaki Chicken

Product Description:  “Grilled white meat chicken, brown rice, red & green bell peppers, snap peas, carrots and broccoli–All topped with an insanely tasty teriyaki sauce.”

Calories: 260

Fat: 3 g

Sodium: 560mg

WW Points Plus: 6

First Impressions: Nope, the photo isn’t backwards. It’s “evol”, and I haven’t had one of these before, but a co-worker who’s gone off frozen dinners gave it to me to try. It smells really good, but it doesn’t look much like the package art. There don’t seem to be as many veggies, the colors aren’t as vibrant, and the chicken is pale with only the tiniest hints of grill marks. (Also, the “compostable bowl”, which I’m sure is a selling feature for some people, came out pretty floppy.)

Gustatory Impressions: The broccoli is overdone. The peppers are good, although there aren’t many of them. The snap peas are fantastic, and the little peas inside burst nicely when you bite into one. The brown rice is pretty good. As for the “insanely good” sauce, there’s not much of it, and it doesn’t taste like much. The chicken has a weird texture. It’s fine, but you wouldn’t confuse it with something you made for yourself.

Summary: It’s just okay. The weird chicken and lack of sauce were its biggest problems. Nothing tasted bad, but it’s not something I could rave about, either. I will have to see if I can track down a few more of this brand, though, before I write off their whole line.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 forks