Saturday, November 3, 2007


Jill saw a commercial for Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers. It's a cool concept. The meal sits in a plastic steamer which is rests on top of a plastic bowl with liquid in the bottom. Everything is sealed with a clear plastic wrap cover. You pop it in the microwave that the meal steams. You don't even have to puncture the top. It's self venting. When it's ready you remove the top and dump the contents of the steamer into the bowl of liquid and enjoy.

While we were shopping today we came across their version of General Tso's Chicken, Jill's favorite Chinese food and one of mine as well. It really looked good, but we could see from the picture that it wasn't a "true" General Tso.

Opening the package confirmed that. There was generous amount of rice, carrots, and peas. That, along with the chicken, would get dumped into the sauce. It was obvious that the chicken wouldn't be caramelized the way you would expect it to be. As a result we decided to not judge it against that standard and to evaluate it solely on its own merit.

Everything tasted very good. The sauce had a nice ginger tang to it. While the chicken tasted good, it's consistency wasn't as good as one would hope. In the other hand, it was probably better than one would expect. After all, it was breaded and then steamed. It was definitely a meal we will buy again. It's an 8+ on the frozen food scale.


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