Chew & Review: Healthy Choice Rosemary Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The prospect of a 3 point lunch is always exciting. To be able to spend so little on lunch leaves you open to the possibility of eating a completely sensible dinner and then scarfing down 3/4 of a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch for dessert. Having used so few points at lunch veritably negates a Cinnamon Toast Crunch feast, unless you eat 3/4 of a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch sprinkled on top of chocolate chip ice cream – then you’re just screwed…unless you didn’t at all enjoy the 3 points you used on lunch – then you’re totally fine, and while you’re at it, why don’t you just dump the remaining 1/4 box of CTC into what’s left of the chocolate chip ice cream carton and save yourself the trouble of scooping it out into a bowl? Ah, that feels better!

Yes, an innocent 3 point lunch can take a dramatic turn for the worse if said points were found in the new Healthy Choice Rosemary Chicken and Sweet Potatoes ______. Oh, that’s right, we’re calling it a Steamie, aren’t we? Ok, here’s a tip – don’t waste your $2.49 on this one.

Healthy Choice Rosemary Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

On first glance, that looks really quite tasty. And listen to the description – “chicken tenderloins with sweet potatoes, yellow carrots & pearl onions in a rosemary garlic sauce” – oooo, exciting! And, I think we already discussed this, but this little Steamie only has 3 itty bitty points (170 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 5 grams of fiber). Somebody pinch me, because this is clearly going to be my new favorite frozen meal of all time! That was where my mind was going until about halfway through the alloted cooking time, in which the Steamie started to give off a repugnant stank that made me seriously consider closing my office door.

Well, sometimes things that smell strange can actually be good, so I unleashed the Steamie from its plastic cover and gave it a good stir. I can’t say that the odor got any more pleasant at this point, but I was looking for taste, not smell. Let’s take a peek at what it looked like:

Healthy Choice Rosemary Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Well, that certainly is…bright.  I don’t know if you can get a good look at the rosemary garlic sauce, but it had an extremely unpleasant look to it. I’m going to tell you right now, Healthy Choice, that this sauce needs to be either more opaque or a different color, but most definitely not the translucent white cream it is now. Seriously unappetizing. Here it is in high def:

Rosemary Garlic Sauce

Ewwww. Besides the overall lack of appeal in the aesthetic department, the flavor was completely off. Far too many pearl onions for my taste, and the whole vegetable medley was strange. I think this would have worked better with roasted non-sweet potatoes, but the onion/sweet potato mix was truly terrible. The carrots were alright, but I tend to think of julienned carrots as more of a garnish than a main ingredient, and here they’re a main ingredient. When everything was tossed in that pestilent sauce, it became almost inedible. I couldn’t think of one good way to save this meal, not even dousing it with spray butter or salt.

Do us a favor, Healthy Choice, and send this one back to the drawing board. I can’t afford the 3 point lunch that made me eat a 68 point dinner.

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  1. brista says:

    I totally agree! This was not good. I like the idea of it — I love me some sweet potatoes and rosemary is my second-favorite herb. I might make a way better, way more delicious version with similar ingredients for dinner sometime but I am very glad I only bought one of these steamies!

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