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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Frozen Lunch Review: Lightlife Meat Free Perfecto Penne Primavera

I've been in a bit of a rut when it comes to my lunches lately - hitting it hard on the Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli - but it's pretty good! But there were good coupons in the paper this past weekend for new items - so I decided to try a couple.

Lightlife is one of the companies that makes the vegetarian/vegan items - ala Morningstar and Quorn. They have new frozen entrees that are $3.49 (Meijer) and I had a $1 coupon - so it was worth a shot.

There are 4 varieties but I think Meijer only carried two of them - I'm not real big on fake chicken - so I went for the one with the meatless crumbles - Perfecto Penne Primavera. Look at all those mushrooms!

Well this is what it looks like after the microwave and a good stir...before the stir was not so appetizing. I have to say - there was cheese in this one - probably fake cheese - but cheese nonetheless. You know what there wasn't? Big slices of mushrooms!



Here are my notes:
  • Flavor - While the lack of advertised mushrooms was a disappointment, the meal overall wasn't too bad. I did add a bit of salt but there were a lot of veggies and ample sauce. 
  • Meat - the meatless crumbles tasted like ground beef to me
  • Cooking - fine...it was one of those cook, stir, cook - I just cooked for 4 min - came out fine.  
  • Cost - $3.49 minus $1 coupon = $2.49
  • Nutrition - 240 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 630 mg sodium and 15 GRAMS OF WHOLE GRAINS!
  • Allergens - soy, milk, egg and wheat - pretty much everything
  • Fullness Factor - it was fine - I brought carrots/celery to go with it and was fine for the afternoon
I'm not sure I would purchase again without a coupon - but with a coupon - I definitely would.

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