Monday, December 6, 2010

I will buy this one again!

This meal, the Healthy Choice Ravioli Florentine Marinara, was delicious, starting with the delightful pillows of spinach-stuffed ravioli.  I have lamented in the past about ravioli not always cooking well in frozen meals.  Perhaps one of the reasons for this is the squared-off corners of most ravioli varieties, which have a tendency to become tough due to overcooking.  This product has rounded ravioli, and it cooked quite well. 

The marinara sauce has both visible spinach and onions in addition to tomatoes; it has a distinct, better-than-your-typical-frozen-meal flavor.  I was surprised to read that the meal only provides 15% of RDA Vitamin A and no other vitamin mentionables, and yet is said to provide 30% of your daily vegetables.  I sense some nutritional research is in my future in order to better understand the nutritional content of these meals and to better plan my daily diet to best include these meals. 

All in all, this was a great meal, and at only 230 calories, I will definitely be buying this one again. 

Calories:  230
Fat:  4 g
Sodium:  540 mg
Notable good nutritional content:  20% Calcium / 50% Manganese / 30% Selenium (What *are* these two things?  I don’t have time to investigate right now!)
Notes on cooking:  2 minutes, stir, 1 ½ - 2 ½ minutes more
Notes on packaging:  black tray, recyclable


  1. I like this meal. And, just because I'm bored at work and I'm working in a hospital and can increase my medical knowledge, here's what I found...

    The body needs selenium to make proteins, for healthy liver function, to boost the immune system, and help remove heavy metals from the body. According to recent research, selenium can help overcome male infertility. US scientists discovered that the flu virus gets more potent after being caught by mice which are selenium-deficient. Selenium has an effect on mood. Research shows that the mood of people on a low selenium diet gets much worse, while people on a high selenium diet have a significantly better state of mind.

    Manganese is required by the body for normal growth and health. It helps your body break down fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.