Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dole Peach & Mango in slightly sweetened coconut water

It's a blizzard outside! So I'm stuck indoors with these fruit cups as sustenance. If you've ever had canned fruit, especially peaches, then these aren't going to be anything exotic for you. They are small cups with cubes of peach and mango in what I'd call more-than-slightly-sweetened coconut water. They taste fine, and the mangos have that nice firmer texture, which I like. Peaches are exactly like other canned peach bits. The coconut water adds a nice little tropical note, although it is a little sweet for my liking. This is a cute little snack, and at least it's real fruit!

One warning: when you peel the top off, the coconut juice will 99% squirt all over the place, so do it over a sink or something.

Cost: 5/10 (about 2.50)
Taste: 6/10

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Marie Callender's Country Fried Chicken Breast Tenders

I'm glad you're all here to witness my slow descent into diabetes and depression via frozen meal. Really.

Anyway, this bad boy looks good on the cover, but the chicken is not at all an Arby's style chicken tender. It's more of a flat patty/nugget with soft breading on the outside. It does taste good though. The mac and cheese is also solid, and the noodles are fun thick spiral shapes. This is a good tasting meal, it just isn't good for you. Also a pretty quick to prepare meal, only like 5-6 min.

Cost: 6/10 (2.50)
Taste: 6/10

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Marie Callender's Beef Pot Pie

We'll be getting off the frozen meal train again soon, when my roommate finally moves out in 3 months. (Is that soon??????). But for now, a pot pie. Well, I like pot pies, but listen, this one is super misleading. It looks like a personal pot pie, but it is actually 2 servings. OK, classic packaging game, no problem. But listen. Listen. Each serving is 400 calories. There are 2 servings listed. But on the package, in small letters, it says "entire pie is 920 calories". OK, so....400 x 2 = 800. What's going on here? If you eat the whole thing yourself, the shame adds 120 calories? Bad news for me, I guess. Absurd calorie count aside, this tasted OK. I mean, it was good, the crust is buttery, the beef is a little chewy but fine, the carrots and onions were fine, and there were no celery pieces to be found. To be honest, the picture is very misleading, because even based on the ingredos there's like no veg in here -- it's all crust with a little beef and gravy. There are also a few potato chunks, but they have the weirdest taste of any component, kind of chemicaly/rottom/bitter tasting, so I'm grateful there were only a few bits. I could also do without the onion pieces. If potato and onion could change to carrot and celery, that'd be an upgrade.

The cooking worked out well, it takes about 9.5 minutes but everything was cooked through without being burnt or cold. The box makes a convenient holder. It's also super filling. I'd prefer chicken, but there's no peas in this one, so we do what we can.

Cost: 7/10 (on sale for 2.50)
Taste: 6/10

Friday, March 16, 2018

Marie Callender's Sweet & Sour Chicken

This really has no right to be 500+ calories, because it's not especially big! Sheesh!

This is certainly better than the Tai Pei Sweet and Sour Chicken, but not as good as Innovasian or any non-frozen attempt. I like that it comes with pineapple and rice and there isn't way too much sauce (in fact, there's maybe a tiny bit not enough!). The carrot/pepper/onion bits in it aren't good, but they aren't objectionable like they are in some cases. Overall the chicken pieces are good and the sauce is good, so it's a decent meal. The "veg" side of 6 carrots and 2 small broccos is totally flavorless and doesn't really go with the meal, so I'm not sure what it's doing there, but I guess I'm glad to be consuming free veg. It's OK if it's on sale and you're very hungry.

Cost: 7/10 (2.50)
Taste: 6/10

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sara Lee White Bread Made with Whole Grain

I don't want to bury the lede (I hate that phrase) -- this is terrible. OK, now you know the punchline.

So I was making eggs and I wanted bread. Until this review, my go-to bread has been Sara Lee honey wheat, because it was soft, long lasting, tasted great, and had fiber. But I wanted white bread for eggs. So I figured, OK, a white bread with a little whole grain, sounds perfect. Well first thing's first, the taste is hot garbage. It's weirdly sweet and plasticy and grainy. The texture is super off/rough. It even smells a little weird. Probably the worst sliced bread I've ever had. The only plus is that it holds up to a little weight, unlike your wonderbread might.

The other HUGE negative is that on the package, there is no nut allergy warning (obviously, or I'd not have bought it). But when I went to their website just now, all the breads (including the wheat one I always get, and this one) have a tree nut allergy warning. What the heck?????? If they have that info, why on earth wouldn't they put it on the package? Did I just miss it? If so, they need to make it more obvious, but I'm pretty sure it's not on there since I've bought their bread at least 200 times. True, I clearly haven't died yet, but jesus man. Time for a new bread. Also this one is gross. Rant over.

Cost: 7/10 (About 2$)
Taste: 4/10
Safety: 1/10

Monday, March 12, 2018

Marie Callender's Fettuccini with Chicken & Broccoli

Sure, everybody loves chicken broccoli alfredo, a dish it's hard to ruin. But for 500 cals, this better be good. And it didn't quite live up to my hopes. The noodles were very soggy and there wasn't enough broccoli. A good amount of chicken and noodle though. Plenty of sauce. The sauce was more creamy/milky than cheesy (which I guess the name doesn't actually mention cheese, but I want some cheese, man!), and it definitely tasted artificial/like a frozen meal. This was fine, and sadly one of the better Marie Callender's meals I've had, but it's far from the best frozen alfredos I've had. Would only get in a sale/desperation situation.

Cost: 7/10 (on sale for 2.50)
Taste: 6/10

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Cadbury Mini Eggs

I'm pretty sure everyone agrees these are the holy grail of easter candy. If you like chocolate, you will like this! They are candy coated chocolate eggs. They are small and taste good. They don't have nuts! They are available in many countries! They are addictive and come in cute pastel colors. All hail the cadbury mini egg!

Cost: 5/10 (About 3.99, a little steep)
Taste: 8/10