Nothing beats a home cooked Italian meal. The smell of the sauce simmering, the perfectly cooked al dente pasta and enough garlic to keep a Hot Topic-clad Twilight vampire poser at bay is certainly a premature foodgasm waiting to happen.
When Iâ€™m in Philadelphia and away from my mommy (yes, I still call her mommy) and Iâ€™ve devoured all of the frozen casseroles of freshly made eggplant and chicken parmesan she so graciously made for me, I pretty much throw myself to the wolves. When I say “wolves” I mean the crazy people that stroll through the aisles at Whole Foods.
I donâ€™t hate Whole Foods; I just donâ€™t like dodging the swarms of hybrid vehicles in the parking lot. Yes, I applaud you for driving an eco-friendly car, but that doesnâ€™t mean you have the right to drive like a total douche. (Side Note: I have yet to see a Hummer at a Whole Foods. I guess theyâ€™re too scared to go there because their precious road beast will get pelted with organic, hormone-free eggs.) Despite the high probability of being hit by a Prius, I do head over to Whole Foods because they have the biggest selection of Amyâ€™s Organic frozen meals.
Amyâ€™s always comes out with some great frozen meals that donâ€™t have me questioning my sexual identity when Iâ€™m eating one, unlike when I consume Hungry Man dinners. These organic pasta pillows filled with ricotta are really freakinâ€™ good. The sauce, which is made from organic tomatoes, was plentiful and wasnâ€™t too acidic, nor was it really sweet. They reminded me of ravioli that you would order at — dare I say it — Olive Garden. I added a bit of grated Parmesan cheese to the top, but it really didnâ€™t need it since the sauce and ravioli are so damn tasty.
Although Amyâ€™s may appear healthy, since many people associate the word “organic” with something thatâ€™s good for them, this is most definitely not health food. If you compare it with a deep fried cheesesteak, then yeah it looks healthy. There is a lot of fat packed in this little bowl; 12 grams of it to be exact (4.5 grams of saturated fat) and it felt like lead in my stomach a minute after I inhaled this meal. Although that could be from not eating anything all day and scarfing down my dinner, so individual results may vary.
Itâ€™s really worth the price tag even though you can live off of Banquet Meals for at least four or five days for the same price of one Amyâ€™s Organic Ravioli Bowl. Iâ€™m saying “live” loosely here, because I think your quality of life after a few days of feasting from the Red Box of Death might be affected. But in all fairness, if you decide to go all out and splurge and eat Amyâ€™s Organic Ravioli Bowls every day your vital organs will not be thanking you.
However, your taste buds might.
(Nutrition Facts – 1 bowl – 380 calories, 12 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 25 milligrams of cholesterol, 680 milligrams of sodium, 55 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, 14 grams of protein, 15% vitamin A, 20% calcium, 20% vitamin C and 15% iron.)
Item: Amyâ€™s Ravioli Bowls
Size: 1 bowl
Purchased at: Whole Foods
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Excellent quality for a frozen meal. Ravioli are a good size. Organic. Home cooked Italian meals. The free glass of wine at the Olive Garden. Foodgasming.
Cons: Not health food. Douchey hybrid car drivers. Expensive for the size. Living off of Banquet frozen dinners. No Hungry Woman available yet. Premature foodgasming.