Over the past year I have lost 23 pounds, and am continuing on my diet to reach my ultimate goal, which is only 10 pounds away. I generally eat one of two different types of meals for lunch or dinner, which are produced by Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice.
Last night I prepared Healthy Choice Oven Roasted Chicken for dinner, and I have very mixed feelings about the taste and quality of this meal.
The 11.4 ounce box reveals a white dinner plate containing a baked chicken breast, green peas and carrots, mashed potatoes, and a peach dessert. Also on the front of the box are very important bits of nutritional information, such as this meal contains 15 grams of protein, only 260 calories and it is low in fat. I always love it when companies put vital information such as this on the front of the box, it makes it so much easier for dieters like me to locate what will work for me, without having to stand in the freezer aisle pulling out boxes to read the fine print. This is considered one of the Healthy Choice Complete Meals.
Total fat: 5g
Saturated fat: 1.5g
Trans fat: 0g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
Monounsaturated fat: 2g
Total carbohydrate: 37g
Dietary fiber: 6g
How To Prepare
Although this frozen meal comes in a black plastic style platter, it can be prepared in either the oven or the microwave, and I chose the microwave. Prep is easy, just cut a slit over the veggies, remove film cover from the dessert entirely, and cook on high for 3 1/2 minutes. After that time, you stir the potatoes, return the film and continue to cook for 3-3 1/2 minuted longer.
Cooking in a conventional oven will require you to place the plastic platter on a serving tray, and baking time will take as long as 32 minutes.
Healthy Choice Oven Roasted Chicken is not my favorite Healthy Choice meal, and I was fairly disappointed in the overall flavor of this variety. Even though in the picture the piece of chicken had specs of color on it, making me think it was seasoned, it had no noticeable flavorings whatsoever. The picture also shows three slices of mushrooms, my meal had one.
Again, in the picture, it appears that the chicken breast and the mashed potatoes are covered in a light brown gravy (remember the box called it a homestyle glaze. It was not at all like a gravy, and there was not nearly enough to cover my chicken breast, to say anything about trying to put this stuff on my potatoes as well.
Not only was the chicken breast lacking flavor, it had two large grizzly portions that I had to cut out, making it very disappointing to the palate.
The peas and carrots were very tasty, but again bland. If you like butter on your vegetables you might be disappointed in the taste of these veggies. Likewise with the mashed potatoes, again bland, and they were pasty tasting.
Last, the “peach crisp” was over cooked, and if I hadn’t read the description on the front of the box, I would have thought I was eating cooked apples instead of peaches. There was nothing “crispy” about the peach crisp, it consisted of cooked peaches in a thick sauce, with a few cooked oats thrown in for good measure. At least the oats added to the fiber count, so they weren’t totally a waste.
The daily recommended amount of salt is 2400 milligrams, so even though the salt in this meal (520 mg) sounded high, it did not taste too salty, and I didn’t go over my salt intake when I took into account the other foods I ate yesterday. Those on a low sodium diet, however, need to watch this number more carefully.
To conclude, this meal was very disappointing to me. I love that it is low in calories and fat, and still gives me a whopping 15 grams of protein, but the taste just wasn’t worth it. I will not be purchasing it again, instead I’ll stick to the other Healthy Choice entrees that are much more to my liking.
If you are on the Weight Watchers diet plan, this meal carries 5 points. It equals 1 1/2 starch, 1 carbohydrate, 1 lean meat and 1/2 fat exchange.