Stevie and I bounce back and forth with how in shape we are. Personally, I use three to four different holes in my belt depending on what time of year it is. Sometimes we limit our diet and are super strict. Other times we order pizza three times in a week. We are consistent in our diets, but only in how inconstant we are.
Life of Dad and Stouffer's recently sent me a couple of Stouffer's new Fit Kitchen meals and asked me to give them a try. I have never been a fan of frozen dinners, and I was honestly a little worried that I would not be a fan of these.
I was sent the Rotisseries Seasoned Turkey with a mix of diced red skin sweet potatoes & green beans, and the Cilantro Lime Chicken white meat chicken with a black bean & corn mix, seasoned brown rice and a verde tomatillo sauce. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with both of them. Here are my reviews of each of them.
Stouffer's Rotisseries Seasoned Turkey -
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The FIT KITCHEN packs come in what you have probably come to expect from microwavable meals. They are in plastic with a plastic film across the top. Instead of being compartmentalized like most frozen dinners I have had, this one was all together. Just glancing through the plastic the meal looked more appetizing than others I have had. The turkey was obviously the largest portion of the meal and I could tell it was large pieces of actual, not-processed meat.
After completing the cooking cycle, which requires an initial two minutes, stir, and then another minute and a half, I carefully removed the plastic container and took off the plastic. The smell of the meal was immediately inciting. I decided to divide the portions onto a plate so I could taste everything seperately.
The first thing I tried was the turkey. It was incredibly tender and moist. Frozen white meat turkey tends to be dry and fall apart, but the turkey in this meal was not. Next I tried the mix of white and sweet potatoes. As anyone who is familiar with yams and potatoes knows, they both cook very differently. Cooking a yam like you cook a potato generally ends with an incredibly mush yam. This was the case with the yams in this mix. They were very mushy. They tasted nice though, and added a sweetness to the meal that was welcome.
The green beans were microwaved green beans. There's no getting around microwaved green beans. They aren't great.
The only other thing I was not really impressed with was the gravy. I'm sure that, along with the smaller portions, this is where Stouffer's cut some calories out of the meal. It was not the greatest consistency, and coated everything in the meal making it a required flavor on every bite. I would have preferred the potatoes be separate, But hey, that is just me.
As far as frozen meals go, the Stouffer's FIT KITCHEN Rotisseries Seasoned Turkey was enjoyable. The turkey was the standout, and was nicely accented by the starches in the meal. The beans were as good as one would expect microwaved green beans to be. I would happily take one of these to work in place of a trip to a fast food restaurant.
Stouffer's FIT KITCHEN Cilantro Lime Chicken
OK, full disclosure. I think lime is a ridiculously overpowering flavor and the only things I really like lime in is Coronas and Lime-aid. So I didn't have high hopes for enjoying this meal at all. The meal came in two segments. The rice and chicken segment and the corn and black beans segment. The initial smell had the acidity of lime to it, so I was prepared for an overpowering lime experience.
Again, I followed the heat, peal, and heat again instructions that were similar to the first one. When I pulled back the plastic for the dish the lime aroma had been combined with the other spices in the dish, and I started to have a little hope that the flavor profile would be a bit more balanced.
Despite my best efforts, the plating wasn't very pretty, but once I took my first bite that didn't matter. All of my lime worries were wiped away and I was very happy with the bold, up front flavors in the dish. The chicken pieces and the rice were moist and tasty, and while I prefer my rice a bit al dente (which this wasn't) I finished the whole plate.
The corn and black beans were good too, although, I would have preferred to just have more chicken and rice.
Maybe it was because of my low expectations going in, but this dish really hit home for me. I plan on picking up a few more next time I am at the store. It also made me excited to try the other flavors Stouffer's has to offer.
Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad and STOUFFER’S® for this promotion. I have received compensation and product for my participation, but my opinions are my own.