The second of the three frozen meals that Healthy Choice sent me for free up for review is the new Creamy Basil Pesto (note from the Dept. of Redundancy Dept.: Pesto almost always implies basil) (follow-up note from my interns from the Robert C. Byrd School of Blogonomics at Marshall University: uhhhh, what's pesto).
The dish features a spiral-ish cavatappi-style pasta that, while I usually find spiraled pastas to be childish, does hold the sauce quite well.
Speaking of the sauce, it is a somewhat Americanized version of basil with a thin and creamy texture. It has a rather understated flavor rather than trying to go for a bold "pop." It didn't cause bad breath, a nice note considering that I had the pasta for a mid-day lunch and had to mingle with coworkers for another 4 hours.
The cheese was an important component, as it gave the entree a pleasant saltiness that isn't found in many Healthy Choice meals. The tomato bits were also a nice touch, and they provided an understated element to the grub that, when added to the pasta and sauce, made for a rather flavorful bite of Italian-American food.
The worst part of the meal had to be the broccoli. Imagine store brand frozen boxes of the green veggie. Soggy and flavorless.
Another, albeit easy to correct drawback, of this entree was the fact that I was hungry again within a couple of hours. I wouldn't recommend this meal to someone with a bigger appetite without a piece of bread.
I give it 2.5 out of 5 Basil Rathbones
. Not offensive, but not memorable. Just fine for a weekday lunch.
Labels: Frozen Food, Healthy Choice, Italian food, Lunch, Product Reviews