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Who here watches Top Chef? Oh, all 3 of my loyal, very patient readers? Perfect. Well, then I’m sure you remember Kristen Kish‘s revamped Crustless Chicken Pot Pie in Season 10. It rang a vague, dim bell for me in the frozen meals aisle of my local Dominick’s, when the Healthy Choice Steamer line was on sale 4/$10. I hadn’t seen this particular Steamer in the store before, so I figured I’d better pick it up with the intentions of blogging about it, then eating it at my desk and totally not blogging about it when I got home in lieu of watching reruns of Vanderpump Rules. Side note, I think we can all agree Bravo has the best programming lineup ever, am I right?

But…I feel inspired by this Healthy Choice Crustless Chicken Pot Pie Steamer – not because it’s really all that good, but because I’m curious about this Google Authorship business. I’ve been spending some serious time at work updating my company’s Google+ profile because I’m pretty sure it’s going to do great things for its SEO, and I’m pretty sure adding authorship to my blog content will also skyrocket me to instant success! Job offers will pour in, I’ll be booking speaking engagements and press tours in no time and will have to write my labor of love memoir/cookbook, which I imagine will be a cross between Sonja Morgan‘s toaster oven cookbook and Teresea Giudice’s “Fabulicious!”. Perhaps should stop watching so much TV.

Back to the topic at hand – this Crustless Pot Pie Steamer. Meh. I mean, you should try it, and I will actually probably try it again, just in case I actually do like it, but I was underwhelmed. This was the Top Chef Season 10 Elimination Challenge winner in Episode 9, “Past Suppers“? I’m sure Healthy Choice got a hold of it and it went something like this:

Healthy Choice executive: “Kristen, this dish is nice and all, but have you thought about using a bland, mildly revolting, translucent sauce as your base? I’m just saying…. Oh, and have you thought about adding pearl onions? We really like pearl onions around here.

Healthy Choice Crustless Chicken Pot Pie

Yeah, the translucent sauce is the base of this Steamer, but it does seem to have a better flavor this time around. Described by Healthy Choice as ” juicy chicken breast tenderloins with carrots, corn, peas, and tender dumplings, all in a savory pot pie sauce,” one instantly hones in on “tender dumplings” and gets oneself pretty pumped for this crustless crust. And then oneself is pretty damn disappointed, because the tender dumplings taste like the outside of a Wow Bao, and we all know the best part of the Wow Bao is the bbq pork inside. You wouldn’t just eat the outside of a Wow Bao, would you? The answer is no, you would not.

I would like to say the corn was really excellent in this Steamer. It seemed fresh and delicious, and the chicken wasn’t in the least bit disgusting. It just overall lacked flavor, but I’d be willing to give it another try, just to make sure. In the meantime, I’m going to get back to these DVR’ed episodes of I Dream of Nene. Oh, and if someone stumbles across this blog, it seems I’d also be willing to get famous writing reviews of Bravo reality shows.

Healthy Choice Crustless Chicken Pot Pie Nutrition Facts:


FAT: 6g



SODIUM: 560mg


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I’m trying my first iPad review from the WordPress app – fancy!

So, I watch a LOT of crap TV; this is not news. What is news is that Top Chef is back with a new season on Bravo, and, man, do I not like that denim dress Padma’s wearing in the promos. I’d actually rate Top Chef in the classier category of crap shows I watch. If you haven’t seen it, it’s pretty great, and it’s produced a lot of celeb chefs over the seasons. If you come to my house, you’ll even find photos of Kevin and Mike from the Las Vegas season on my fridge from the time when the Top Chef tour rolled into town ON MY BIRTHDAY! Dreams really do come true, kids.

You can only imagine my delight when Healthy Chice teamed up with Top Chef to create a line of Cafe Steamers. Oh, the joy! I marched into Target last week with my “buy 2 HC meals, get a Top Chef Steamer free” coupon and picked up this Linguini thing and some other one that I can’t remember now because I’m on the train.

I was pretty pumped for today’s lunch, because dining at my desk is clearly the best part of the workday, and I was excited to try the Top Chef inspired entree. Since I’m totally back on track with Weight Watchers (since, uh, Tuesday), I was happy to see this only had 6 Points Pluses, meaning I can more liberally soak myself in booze later, or at least not feel as bad about it.

So…my take on the whole thing? A real snooze fest. I did my best Padma impression while I ate (totally flat and monotone) and tried to think what Tom Colicchio would say. I’ve come up with this: “pass the salt and the spray butter.” Yeah, forget about the perfectly seasoned dishes they make on the show – this dish would have fallen squarely in the middle of the pack in a Quick Fire challenge. It wasn’t bad, it was just very…expected. Snore.

I am still looking forward to trying that other one on my freezer, and all of them, really, so look forward to more chew and reviews (and possible tipsy train blogging!).

Healthy Choice Top Chef-Inspired Cafe Steamers, Chicken Linguini with Red Pepper Alfredo

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