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QUICK REVIEW: Lean Cuisine Salad Additions Greek-Style Chicken

Written by | January 28, 2014

Topics: 8 Rating, Frozen Food, Lean Cuisine

Lean Cuisine Salad Additions Greek-Style Chicken

Purchased Price: $2.99
Size: 7 1/4 oz.
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Holy chickpeas! There are a lot of chickpeas! I possibly could make hummus with that many chickpeas. The entire salad has a nice mild dill aroma. Tasty cucumber dill dressing makes me want to eat my vegetables. It’s surprising the croutons didn’t get soggy from being frozen. Good amount of chicken. Enough dressing to coat everything, if you don’t add too much lettuce. This might be my favorite Lean Cuisine Salad Additions variety. Chickpeas and garbanzo beans are fun words to say.
Cons: Not a lot of red peppers, but even fewer olives. I’m never sure how much lettuce to add. Chickpeas didn’t have any flavor, they just seems to bring the fiber. The more lettuce added, the lighter the dressing’s flavor becomes. Placing frozen dressing in room temperature water doesn’t do a good job of thawing it out before the other ingredients are done in the microwave. Bringing a container of lettuce with you to work and then having everyone wonder if you’re on a rabbit’s diet.

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Nutrition Facts: 250 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 3 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 4 grams of monounsaturated fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 690 milligrams of sodium, 450 milligrams of potassium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, 17 grams of protein, 20% vitamin A, 6% calcium, 60% vitamin C, and 10% iron.

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QUICK REVIEW: Tyson Day Starts Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit

Written by | January 23, 2014

Topics: 4 Rating, Frozen Food, Tyson

Tyson Day Starts Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit

Purchased Price: $6.49 (on sale)
Size: 4 sandwiches
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 4 out of 10
Pros: Better tasting than a bowl of corn flakes. In real life, it looks almost exactly like it does on its packaging. Faster to heat than other breakfast sandwiches, like Jimmy Dean and Special K (45-60 seconds faster). They’re simpler to heat too; just throw the sandwich pouch on to a microwaveable plate (other sandwiches have you wrap it in a paper towel first) and then throw into microwave.
Cons: Not the most flavorful way to start your day. Biscuit has an un-biscuity texture; it’s like a combination of a hamburger bun and buttermilk biscuit. Buttermilk biscuit also has an odd flavor. Yes, it’s a reduced fat sausage, but the sandwich still has 60 percent of your daily saturated fat and 37 percent of your daily fat. Sausage patty doesn’t have a lot of flavor. Eggs lack any butteriness. Not knowing Tyson produces more than chicken products.

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Nutrition Facts: 400 calories, 220 calories from fat, 24 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 100 milligrams of cholesterol, 970 milligrams of sodium, 31 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, 14 grams of protein, 15% calcium, and 20% iron.

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QUICK REVIEW: California Pizza Kitchen Limited Edition Spicy Chipotle Chicken Crispy Thin Crust Pizza

Written by | January 16, 2014

Topics: 5 Rating, California Pizza Kitchen, Frozen Food, Pizza

California PIzza Kitchen Limited Edition Spicy Chipotle Chicken Crispy Thin Crust Pizza

Purchased Price: $5.99 (on sale)
Size: 14.1 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Pleasant sweet and smoky sauce with a hint of lime. Nice crispy crust. Long list of toppings (white meat chicken, roasted corn, black beans, poblano peppers, fire-roasted red and yellow peppers, cilantro, mozzarella, parmesan, asiago, and romano cheeses, and a spicy chipotle lime sauce). Preservative-free crust.
Cons: Not spicy at all. It would make the Spicy Chipotle Chicken pizza available at California Pizza Kitchen restaurants cry because this frozen version is a poor representation of it. Nice long list of toppings didn’t translate into a pizza with a complex flavor. Not a lot of chicken. Had to manually move toppings to get an even distribution.

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Nutrition Facts: 1/3 pizza – 270 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 570 milligrams of sodium, 31 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, 15 grams of protein, 6% vitamin A, 8% vitamin C, 20% calcium, and 10% iron.

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QUICK REVIEW: MorningStar Farms Baja Black Bean Pizza

Written by | December 27, 2013

Topics: 7 Rating, Frozen Food, Morningstar Farms

MorningStar Farms Baja Black Bean Pizza

Purchased Price: $4.49
Size: 5.65 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Very tasty, thanks to the slightly spicy Baja chile sauce which reminds me of a Taco Bell sauce (not the sauces in packets). Lots of fire-roasted corn, which added flavor, and black beans, which didn’t add flavor. Whole grain crust was mostly crispy, thanks to the crisping tray. Awesome source of fiber and good source of protein. Pizza was six inches in diameter, but was filling to me. 100% vegetarian.
Cons: Pricey. Corn and black beans not arranged to make a smiley face. Should’ve had more tomatoes. Waiting 16-17 minutes for a small pizza in a conventional oven (thank goodness for the crisping tray). Cheese didn’t have much flavor. I’m surprised it doesn’t have any of the fake meat MorningStar Farms produces.

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Nutrition Facts: 380 calories, 100 calories from fat, 11 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 420 milligrams of sodium, 300 milligrams of potassium, 59 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, 17 grams of protein, 15% calcium, and 10% iron.

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QUICK REVIEW: Old El Paso Chicken Burritos Frozen Entree

Written by | December 18, 2013

Topics: 5 Rating, Frozen Food

Old El Paso Meal for Two Chicken Burritos

Purchased Price: $6.99 (on sale)
Size: 2 burritos/20 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Decent sized frozen burritos (6″ x 2.5″ x 1.5″). Lots of beans, rice, and corn. Salsa verde has a very mild kick and decent flavor. Each burrito is prepared in its own nifty steaming bag. Thank goodness for hot sauce.
Cons: Tastes like other frozen burritos I’ve had. Pricey for two decent-sized burritos. After microwaving, the tortilla on the bottom of the burrito is dried out and tough. Not a lot of chicken (I’m lucky a chunk ended up in the picture below). Didn’t notice any cheese. Most bites were beans and rice. Some Pace salsa would’ve made it taste better.

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Nutrition Facts: 1 burrito – 480 calories, 150 calories from fat, 17 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 1050 milligrams of sodium, 59 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, 23 grams of protein, 10% vitamin A, 15% calcium, 35% vitamin C, and 30% iron.

A delicious blend of all white meat chicken, rice, beans, roasted onions and corn, Colby and Monterey Jack cheeses smothered in our own salsa verde. All wrapped in a tasty flour tortilla. It’s a meal you know and love made with authentic Old El Paso flair that defies frozen.

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