Wednesday, November 3, 2010

High hopes and disappointing return on a fall-flavored meal

On the menu today is the Healthy Choice Pumpkin Squash Ravioli.  As a general rule, I love the vegetarian meals that are pumped full of interesting vegetables.  I hadn’t tried this one previously, so I was oddly excited about it since pumpkin, squash, and asparagus are among my favorite cooked vegetables.  Plus, while there is no indication that the meal is only available seasonally, its flavors and colors are clearly indicative of autumn, and here in early November, the brisk scent of fall in the air is a welcome presence. 

Sadly, I was disappointed.  The pasta was very tough; I think I’ve stated previously that I believe ravioli to be particularly difficult pasta for a frozen meal to tackle.  Both the pumpkin inside the ravioli as well as the butternut squash were simply not flavorful and the texture of the squash was positively awful; I’m sure I was making a terrible face while I ate it.

On the bright side, the asparagus was just the right texture, flavor, and firmness, and I wish there had been more of it.  I was also surprised to discover a few welcome bites of apple, which hadn’t been particularly indicated on the box, only listed in the ingredients. 

For as many vegetables as this meal contained, I was surprised to read on the packaging that it was only the equivalent of 20% of the RDA of vegetables.  I would have expected more; without a larger percentage in this area, I can’t imagine why anyone would bother with this meal. 

Have no fear – other great, nutritious vegetarian options will be coming!

Calories:  300
Fat:  6 g
Sodium:  600 mg
Notable good nutritional content:  40% Vitamin A / 35% Folic Acid / 25% each Thiamine and Manganese
Notes on cooking:  2 ½ minutes, stir, 1 ½ - 2 minutes
Notes on packaging:  black tray, recyclable

1 comment:

  1. I'll keep my eye out for your upcoming veggie-friendly meals. I've had this one before and I think it's decent. I'm not a huge fan of squash but I know it's good for me. I love asparagus so I eat the veggie I don't like to get the veggie I do like!