08 March, 2010

Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers: Lemon Garlic Chicken & Shrimp

Friday, I wrote about how a ConAgra rep sent us a couple of the new Healthy Choice meals to review.  Today I'm writing about Healthy Choice Mediterranean Inspired Cafe Steamers Lemon Garlic Chicken and Shrimp.

This is another of the new flavors Heathy Choice is introducing, and after really enjoying the Roasted Red Pepper Marinara last week, I was looking forward to giving this one a try.  I have to hand it to Healthy Choice's kitchens: they have certainly come up with some good stuff.

Cafe Steamers Lemon Garlic Chicken and Shrimp includes shrimp, chicken tenderloin pieces, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, and onions in a slightly thin lemon-garlic sauce.  The chicken was a bit dry but otherwise good - tender and with good flavor.  But I was really surprised by how great the shrimp was - plump, flavorful, perfectly-cooked shrimp are rare in frozen foods so finding these perfect little prawny gems was a happy surprise.

In fact, with the exception of a couple of pieces of broccoli that were a bit on the soft side, everything in the meal came out perfectly cooked and done to a "T."  The pasta came out pretty nicely cooked.  Neither tough nor chewy, firm but still tender, and the veggies were enjoyable as well, with gently cooked onion, excellent fresh-tasting spinach, and tomatoes that tasted like they had come out of a summer garden.  Overall, the veggies were superb.

Accenting it all was the sauce.  Nice and light yet full of flavor. The tangy bite of the lemon was a nice compliment to the earthy savor of the garlic, and I was glad to note that Healthy Choice used a light hand with the salt, just enough to bring out the full flavors.

Another great addition to the Cafe Steamers lineup from Healthy Choice.  This is definitely another variety that I'd happily buy again.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 260 (60 from fat)
Total Fat: 6g
Sodium: 600mg

Total Prep Time: 5 minutes

How About A Freebie?

When ConAgra's publicity folks sent us our Healthy Choice meals for review, they also included a few  coupons for free Healthy Choice meals.  We'd like to pass these along to you so you can try them out for yourself and see if you agree that Healthy Choice frozen meals are pretty good stuff.

So:  The first three readers who send an email to davescupboard [at] gmail [dot] com will receive one coupon for a free Healthy Choice Frozen Meal of your choice.  Emails must be received by Friday, 12 March 2010.  The first three emails requesting the coupon, judged by the incoming timestamp in the Gmail Inbox, will be given the coupons.  When all three coupons are awarded, this post will be edited to announce the end of the giveaway.  Good luck!

Thanks for your interest!  All coupons have been given away!

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