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El Charrito Cheese Enchilada Dinner [Oct. 19th, 2009|08:10 pm]
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What Don Miguel says : 2 cheese enchiladas in red chile sauce, beans and spanish rice.
 
380 Calories, 11g fat, 10 mg cholestorol, 1010mg sodium, 64 carbs, 11g protien.
 
I get these for 1.12$ at walmart, they are super cheap and actually really good. Pretty authentic & good for when you want cheap mexican food & don't want to cook it yourself, I've saved a fortune buying these instead of going out to eat or getting taco bell. not the most nutritionally sound, but its quick and easy.
 
2.5 stars for being really cheap and good, but awful nutritionally/sodium.
 
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Tandoor Chef: Vegetable Pad Thai [Jul. 28th, 2009|01:03 pm]
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what Tandoor Chef says: "Tangy, spicy stir-fried rice noodles mixed with select vegetables and tofu, prepared with spices, tamarind and ground peanuts."

nutritional info: 490 calories, 19g fat, 2g sat. fat, 740mg sodium, 5g fiber, 10g protein.
cholesterol free, medium-spiced, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan.

this meal was better than expected. the portion was huge, which i expect for a $5 frozen dinner. it was a perfect blend of sweet and spicy. there were about 3 pieces of tofu, which were a perfect texture BUT when eaten without the noodles or veggies tasted like they were saturated with oil. the whole thing was kind of greasy. the noodles were mostly cooked well, but there were some patches that were overdone after 4 minutes in my low wattage microwave.

i give this meal 4 stars for the hearty portion size, excellent sweet and spicy flavor, but overall greasiness.

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Amy's Vegetable Korma [Oct. 14th, 2008|02:02 pm]
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what Amy's says: "Tender organic vegetables in a curry sauce with a rich, mild flavor that comes from coconut milk and organic raisins, cashews and slivered almonds, combined with organic tomatoes and authentic hand-roasted Indian spices. On the side are fragrant golden basmati rice and a dal consisting of a mixture of six delicately spiced lentils and beans."

nutritional info: 300 calories, 12 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of sat fat, 680 mg of sodium, 6 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein.
vegan.

wow! this was SO GOOD. i tried each of the three parts separately. the rice was well cooked and flavorful and contained peas and nuts. i'm not a huge fan of nuts in dinner food, but it went well. i was weary of the raisins, but i never even noticed them, so that's a huge plus. the veggies were large, perfectly cooked pieces in a tasty curry sauce. my favorite, though, was the dal, even though it was putrid looking. it was sweet and spicy. i wound up mixing it all together because that's how i like amy's mattar paneer best.
it was very filling and made my whole office smell good.

i give this meal 4.75 stars because it's filling, sweet and spicy, and though the sodium content borders on outrageous, it didn't leave a strong salty taste in my mouth.
 
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Amy's Broccoli Pot Pie [Sep. 24th, 2008|11:01 am]
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I wasn't expecting much since I reviewed Amy's Broccoli and Cheese in a Pocket Sandwich.

 
 

What Amy's says: "With a tender flaky butter crust contains organic broccoli, potatoes and carrots in a light, flavorful cheese sauce. A gourmet treat."

nutritional info: 430 calories, 22 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat (omg), 630 mg of sodium, 4 grams of fiber, 11 grams of protein.

This looked and smelled pretty good. The crust was a lot like the pocket crust: flaky and soft. The veggies on the inside were all a perfect, crisp texture. The sauce was lacking in flavor and volume, though. The combination of very little bland sauce, the flaky crust, and the texture of potatoes (which was fine, but they need something saucy to make them awesome) made for a very boring meal. I'd expect more flavor for something so high in fat. Overall, I think the sauce needs a change like more pepper or something to give it more taste. I definitely didn't taste cheese, just creaminess.

Because the crust and vegetables were both perfect, the portion was good, but the sauce was lame, I give this meal 3 stars. I'd eat it again, but I wouldn't pick it out if I had other choices.

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Amy's Indian Mattar Paneer: Light in Sodium [Sep. 24th, 2008|10:31 am]
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I got some coupons from Amy's and was REALLY excited to try some meals I hadn't before.
I'm IN LOVE with the regular sodium content version of this meal. (and actually looking back, I'd change my review, but that's for a different day.)


Amy's says: "Mattar paneer is made with tender organic peas and Indian cheese in an authentic delicately spiced sauce. Golden carrots, onions and cumin add flavor and color to the organic basmati rice. Curried chana masala made with organic garbanzo beans and sweet organic tomatoes round out this delicious meal."

nutritional info: 320 calories, 8 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 390 mg sodium, 6 grams of fiber, 11 grams of protein, 88% organic, gluten free.

This meal smelled the same (wonderful!) coming out of the microwave, but it looked fresher than the regular sodium variety. There were 3-4 pieces of paneer, and there was less sauce. It still tasted really salty, but it lacked some other seasoning. The peas were an awesome texture, and everything was cooked perfectly. I would say that with my newer method of eating it (since I wrote my first review on the original one) it tastes best if you mix it all together and eat it that way. What this meal lacks in flavor, it makes up for with no stinging salt aftertaste and lower sodium content.

Because it's tasty, filling, and has lower sodium but has slightly less flavor, I give this meal 4.5 stars! I'd definitely seek this out for its lower sodium content.
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Amy's Roasted Vegetables in a Pocket Sandwich [Sep. 22nd, 2008|05:35 pm]
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For the life of me, I couldn't find a pic for this, and since I'm at work, I can't take one.

ETA: found the pic:

What Amy's says: "...organic shiitake mushrooms, roasted red peppers, sweet onions and marinated artichoke hearts in a handy-to-hold, easy to eat, pizza-style crust."

nutritional information: no dairy, no cholesterol. 230 calories, 8 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 480 mg of sodium, 4 grams of dietary fiber, 6 grams of protein.

I've been nervous about this pocket. Until this time, I haven't found an Amy's pocket I REALLY like (including the spinach feta!).
I wasn't too terribly hungry but I wanted something, so I decided to give this a try.
The crust was awesome again -- soft with crisp edges. There are instructions on the box to bake it for more crispness, but I didn't feel like waiting. Maybe I will next time because the crusty parts were awesome! I was immediately excited by the smell from the microwave: It was VERY much like Chinese food. The contents are not very visually appealing, but the aroma totally makes up for that. I've never been a mushroom fan, but I didn't realize they were in there (maybe because they were shiitake?) and the vegetable insides were really tasty. The only thing I think was missing was carrots. Maybe it's because I wanted it to be more like Chinese food. Maybe it's because I wanted an added crunch. Whatever it is, I think the lack of carrots holds back my rating slightly.

I give this meal 4 out of 5 stars for having an awesome taste but lack of crunchy carrots and a small portion size. I will probably get this again.
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Amy's Broccoli and Cheese in a Pocket Sandwich [Aug. 27th, 2008|10:47 am]
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Amy's: "The same great tasting filling from Amy's Broccoli Cheese Pot Pie; crisp organic broccoli, carrots, potatoes and a smooth creamy sauce baked into a lowered fat crust."
Also: NEW! whole wheat crust.

Nutritional Info: 330 calories, 16 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 300 mg of sodium, 7 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein.

I have yet to be excited by any of the three Amy's pocket sandwiches I've tried.
First of all, the pocket is pretty small and unlike other Amy's meals that appeared small but were filling, this wasn't filling at all. And especially considering the amount of calories and fat in this meal, I'd really hope to feel full after eating it.
The pocket bread was pleasantly soft and tasted like whole wheat. The sauce was very creamy, but I thought the mainly potato filling made it especially bland. It didn't taste like cheese really at all. Cooking it was easy enough, though it got stuck to the paper towel I was instructed to cook it on.

All I can really say about this meal is eh.
I give this meal 2.5 stars out of 5 because the crust came out awesome for something microwaved and it was creamy as pruported, but it was bland and small. Considering the price for one of these,  I probably won't get it again.
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Amy's Stuffed Pasta Shells Bowl [Aug. 26th, 2008|03:41 pm]
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Amy's says: "Tender organic pasta shells stuffed with low fat ricotta and organic vegetables in a genuine Italian tomato sauce and smooth, creamy white sauce. A delightfully rich comfort food, perfect for guests and special occasions."

Nutritional Info: 310 calories, 13 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 740 mg of sodium, 5 grams of fat, 19 grams of protein.

This bowl contains 3 red sauce covered ricotta, broccoli, and spinach filled shells in a creamy (supposed to be white but comes out reddish) sauce. It smelled awesome coming out of the microwave.
I like this meal a lot, but I think the creamy sauce could be done without. I think what's intended to be creamy comes out as dry. I really liked the filling: you could definitely taste the vegetables and I certainly want to attempt something similar at home. The noodles were fully cooked without being overdone or too al dente. My only wish was that instead of a red AND a white sauce, there was more red sauce.
Even though I thought 3 shells wouldn't be enough, it was more than enough food for lunch! The nutritional info isn't GREAT, but for what it was and how it tasted and the natural ingredients, I am pleased.

I give this meal 4 stars out of 5 because it is filling and good but a little dry. I will definitely get this again.
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Ethnic Gourmet's Vegetable Korma [Aug. 25th, 2008|02:12 pm]
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sorry for the lame pic - I ate this at work and didn't have a camera.


Ethnic Gourmet says: "A mixture of fresh vegetables sautéed with fresh ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes, raisins and cashews with seasoned, long-grain brown rice."
also: medium spice level.

Nutritional Info: 300 calories, 6 grams of fat, 0.5 grams sat. fat, 680 mg of sodium, 4 grams of fiber, 8 grams of protein.

I wanted to try this meal after having vegetable korma from the hot bar at Whole Foods. The meal didn't look nearly as chunky as the picture on the box (or as Whole Foods' version), but it did have big pieces of pepper and carrots. I don't think there were enough big pieces of the other vegetables (the one at Whole Foods had huge potatoes), but what there was had a good texture. The rice was a little dry and tasted very much like lemon and didn't have as many peas as I would've liked. The sauce was tasty without being overly salty. 
After all that, I still have to say this was very good and I'd definitely get it again.

4 stars for good sauce but not enough veggies.
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Amy's Brown Rice and Vegetables Bowl [Aug. 25th, 2008|01:24 pm]
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Amy's says: "Organic brown rice, tofu and vegetables in a delectable sesame tahini sauce. A flavorful, nutritious high protein meal, containing no dairy or gluten. Satisfying at any time of the day. (Amy's dad eats his for breakfast on the way to work.)."

Nutritional Info: 260 calories, 9 grams of fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 550 mg sodium, 5 grams fiber, 9 grams protein.

This meal was very filling but somewhat bland.
There was a lot of broccoli, tofu, onions, carrots, and rice, which were all cooked perfectly. (There were mushrooms too, but not enough to bother me since I hate mushrooms.) This was probably the best tofu I've had since my grandma's sukiyaki. I do have to say though that the meal lacked some flavor, but adding some sweet and sour sauce made it perfect. There is always so much food in Amy's meals, it's almost overwhelming and makes it worth the extra money.

Overall, I give this meal 3.5 stars for being filling and having awesome tofu, but lacking flavor. I might get this again.
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