While shopping at Target earlier today, I picked up a frozen food item, a box of Healthy Choice Lobster Cheese Ravioli, which is part of the companies “All Natural Entree” line. The box boasts that this meal is “Real Food No Preservatives”, and that it is made with lobster and ricotta cheese, containings only 260 calories.
It is described as a “Ricotta cheese and lobster filled ravioli, with green and yellow zucchini, in a vodka sauce, topped with parmesan cheese”. I readily admit that the picture on the front of the box did look very alluring, and I was hungry when I was looking over the selection of diet frozen meals.
This entree must remain frozen until ready to cook, and since it is only 4 degrees here today, I can safely say it was still frozen when I arrived home from the store. It can be prepared in either a microwave or conventional oven, but I was hungry and chose the microwave method. To cook in this way you first need to cut a slit in the clear film that covers the small rectangular shaped dish.
Next you microwave it on high for 2 1/2 minutes, stir the entree, replace film, and microwave for an additional 1-2 minutes. Before eating you should let the entree sit for two more minutes.
I followed the cooking instructions to a tee, and it was nice to have a meal prepared in about five minutes, but that is where my satisfaction ends. I am not impressed with this Healthy Choice Lobster Cheese Ravioli entree. What was wrong, you ask? Let me count the ways!
First, the meal looked nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, like the picture on the front of the box. Not that I expected it to look the same, but it wasn’t even close. There are at least seven pieces of ravioli in the picture, yet my meal contained only five. The picture shows sprinkles of Parmesan cheese over the top of the ravioli, mine had none. The ravioli was represented on the box as being quite full of cheese and lobster, but mine were flat. I had to pry the two pieces of pasta apart to see what was inside the ravioli, and what I saw looked like a light brown mush. Lobster? Didn’t see any, and what is worse was I did not taste any lobster in this entree!
The vodka sauce had no vodka flavor, and the ravioli was on the hard side, almost like it was undercooked. Yet at the same time, one of the pieces of ravioli looked like it was overcooked, and was so hard I couldn’t even cut into it. After five to six minutes, it should have been well cooked.
Alas, I did thoroughly enjoy the generous amounts of green and yellow zucchini, but honestly I didn’t buy this meal for the squash, I bought it for the lobster. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. I did call the toll free number on the box. ConAgra Foods apologized and offered to mail me a coupon so I can try another Healthy Choice entree. At least they stood behind their products, and I applaud them for that.
Nutrition wise, this meal does fit into my diet plans. It contains 260 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 mg of cholesterol, 600 mg sodium, 590 mg potassium, 40 grams of dietary fiber, 8 grams of sugars, and a very generous 11 grams of protein.
To conclude, this meal was very disappointing. It tasted like it was filled with a cheese meal, very unappetizing, and surely not an entree that I will purchase again.