How do you know when you’ve reached a gigantic level of fame as a blogger? Is it when you have thousands of readers that breathlessly await your every blog post and make insightful comments that eventually garner enough attention to land you on The Today Show, even if it’s just the Hoda and Kathie Lee 4th hour? Well, no, in my case its none of those things…not a single one. For me, it’s being selected by any corporation that wants to send me their products for free in hopes that I’ll blog about them. And guess who’s not too good for that? That’s right, ladies and gents – this post comes to you because someone took notice of this blog and sent me some gratis Stouffer’s Entrées.
Now that I’m an ultra famous food blogger and basically am being showered in fabulous and extravagant gifts of frozen food, you’re probably thinking that I won’t continue to bring you the same sporadic and mediocre blogging as before. Wrong! I can personally guarantee that my blogging will be as mediocre as ever, and on absolutely no discernible schedule. Plus, even though I love free food gifts, the fact that they’re free doesn’t dismantle my distinguished and highly-trained frozen food palette. So, if a frozen meal is terrible, I’m going to tell you, regardless of the means of purchase.
Now, let’s down to my favorite part – the eating.
I had the Stouffer’s Farmer’s Harvest Grilled Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo with a Vegetable Medley last night for dinner. Described as “Grilled White Meat Chicken and Fettuccini in a Creamy Alfredo Sauce with a Medley of Buttery Seasoned Broccoli, Carrots and Grilled Red Peppers,” this meal clocks in at 12 ounces with 530 calories, 29 grams of fat, 44 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fiber and 22 grams of protein for a whopping 14 Points Plus on Weight Watchers. Additionally, the package says there are no preservatives, and that the meal has olive oil and sea salt, plus flash frozen vegetables, if you care about such things.
Yikes – 14 points for a frozen dinner that’s not pizza. Was it worth it? I’d give that a strong “maybe.”
Although there are both oven and microwave directions, I decided to bake this particular meal, even though I was starving. With a bake time of 35 minutes, I had plenty of time to pretend like I was cleaning my room while it warmed in the oven. When it was finally done, it looked really good – the cheese and cream had formed those delicious perfectly browned spots along the edges, and the vegetables (flash frozen) looked crisp.
Overall, I was impressed. The chicken was your typical run-of-the-mill frozen meal chicken, but the fettuccini tasted rich and creamy – almost homemade. I put a dash of salt on the veggies, but I think they would have been fine without it. When I got to the bottom of the veggies, they did seem to be in a butter sauce, and for once it wasn’t because I had doused them in spray butter. In fact, I used no spray butter whatsoever in this entire meal – shocking.
This is way, way past my normal points range for a frozen meal, so I might buy this once in a blue moon, but Lean Cuisine (also Stouffer’s) has a great Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo that is half the points if I need a fettuccini fix. I was on the full side after eating this, but by no means stuffed, and for 530 calories, there are a lot of other things I could eat and be completely full. I give this meal high marks on taste, but for a person that is trying to watch what they eat, you could probably find a lower calorie, lower fat frozen alternative.