Healthy Choice Sweet Pineapple Chicken
Healthy Choice Rosemary Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
Product Description: “Prepare to savor the flavor. Savory chicken breast tenderloins tossed in a rosemary garlic sauce, then blended with pearl onions, sweet potatoes, and yellow carrots just to delight your taste buds.”
Fat: 2.5 g
Sodium: 500 mg
WW Points Plus: 4
First Impressions: It’s… really yellowish. I sort of like my food to have a variety of colors, so the monochromatic thing isn’t doing much for me. It smells pretty good, though, vaguely Thanksgiving-y.
Gustatory Impressions: Not too shabby. Let’s start with the chicken… quite tender, very nice. The sweet potatoes were a bit bland, unless I got a lot of the sauce on them. The yellow carrots didn’t taste… well, they didn’t really have a taste. Basically just filler, as far as I’m concerned. But the little pearl onions were delightful. The sauce… and for once in one of these things, the food wasn’t absolutely drowning in it, which I found to be a pleasant surprise… was understated, but still flavorful.
Summary: I wasn’t sure if I could be fair to a diet frozen meal today, as I am a little under the weather, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I can’t believe this is only 180 calories. It definitely filled me up. And at this calorie count, you could probably afford to have two of them if it didn’t.
Rating: 4 out of 5 forks
Healthy Choice Tortellini Primavera Parmesan
“This four-cheese-stuffed tortellini features whole-grain pasta, julienne carrots, and red pepper strips. We’ve tossed in Chardonnay wine and extra virgin olive oil, and finished it off with Parmesan cheese to bring out the flavor that’s sure to please any palate.”
Fat: 5 g
Sodium: 490 mg
WW Points Plus: 6
First Impressions: Smells very tomato-y. I don’t see any evidence of Parmesan, and the sauce is really thin, sort of soupy. Once stirred, it does look like a lot of tortellini in with the veggies. But I don’t have high hopes for this one.
Gustatory Impressions: The sauce is, indeed, runny. But it is pretty flavorful, a sweet and slightly savory mixture. The veggies are all passable… the zucchini is just a tad overdone, the carrots a tiny bit under, and the red pepper a little bit soggy, but none of it is inedible. And they all go quite nicely with the sauce. The tortellini are plentiful but a little disappointing. There is not quite enough filling, the pasta is a bit doughy, and they barely appear to be seasoned at all. And while there are teensy, tiny bits of Parmesan floating about at great intervals, it doesn’t really affect the taste much.
Summary: This is a pretty average meal. It is fairly filling, so it’s got that going for it. But what you’re being filled with is pretty forgettable. I personally probably won’t buy it again if there are other options available.
Rating: 3 out of 5 forks
Healthy Choice Pumpkin Squash Ravioli
“Tender pumpkin-stuffed ravioli with crisp asparagus, sweet butternut squash, and juicy Granny Smith apples, all topped with a tasty butter-sage sauce. ”
Fat: 6 g
Sodium: 540 mg
WW Points Plus: 8
First Impressions: Looks relatively appealing. What are those orange bits? i didn’t read the box very well. Smells really… sweet.
Gustatory Impressions: Let’s take the ingredients one a a time first. The asparagus was cooked nicely, good taste and texture. The orange bits are butternut squash, and those varied wildly in taste and texture. Some were almost tasteless, some were firm, some were almost mush. There were about three tiny bits of apple in there, and they were firm and tart on their own. The ravioli were pretty good, if much sweeter & more cinnamon-y than I had expected. They had a nice mouth feel. The sauce was utterly forgettable. I JUST ate it and I couldn’t thing of a single thing to describe it as except “yellow”. That’s a description of all the parts of the meal, and by themselves, all except the squah were adequate. However, they just don’t seem to go together at all. The blah sauce with the sweet pumpkin-pie ravioli and the underwhelming veggies just don’t do it for me.
Summary: I’m baffled by this one. If it were just the ravioli and sauce, I might eat it again. The extra squash just ruins the whole meal for me. The strange mix of sweet and… not savory, it didn’t have enough flavor to be called savory, but something like it… has left my taste buds confused.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 forks