The very first time I tried a frozen entrée was when I moved into my then-fiancés condo. Since he had been living alone for quite some time, and was dependent on quick and easy meals, he had quite the assortment of tv dinners – or, “emergency food” as he liked to call them.
Well, since the introduction of moi, my husband’s stash of frozen meals has decreased dramatically. But, it’s still very common to find emergency food in our freezer; normally his 10:00pm fix if he’s hungry again after an early dinner.
However, I’m incredibly picky about which entrées make it home with us; I regularly check fat, sodium and fibre content before a product makes the cut. That’s why I’m really enjoying NEW Healthy Choice Gourmet Steamers.
With Healthy Choice Gourmet Steamers, you can enjoy unbelievably fresh tasting, healthy meals cooked to perfection in your microwave. The secret? High-quality ingredients and a unique DuoTray SteamCooker which circulates steam throughout the meal during cooking.
The good folks at Healthy Choice sent me a selection of Gourmet Steamers to review. Most of the products were enjoyed by my husband, but he did save me at least a couple of forkfuls per meal ;) We tried Cajun Chicken & Shrimp, Mediterranean Grilled Chicken, Sweet Sesame Chicken and Thai Curry Chicken.
|PICTURED: SWEET SESAME CHICKEN|
First, the cooking technique is pretty darn revolutionary. The steamer basket is filled with meat, vegetables and pasta, potatoes or rice (perfectly portioned – you’ll definitely get your full servings from Canada’s Food Guide). The meal rests above the sauce bowl, and your microwave helps create steam from the sauce which cooks the meal in the steamer basket. To finish, simply combine the ingredients. The sauce bowl can double as a convenient serving bowl, and I love that you can add as much or as little sauce as you want!
You can see the steam in action here.
Now the important part – the taste. The very first time I tried the Thai Curry Chicken, I pushed it away. You may laugh, but I almost found it tasted TOO healthy. Where was the salty, over processed mystery meat that I had come to identify with? But after a few more forkfuls, my opinion began to change subtly… I noticed the crispness of the vegetables, the tenderness of the meat, and of course, the delicate sauce that was perfectly seasoned and not over-processed at all. And all of a sudden, I realized that THIS is how healthy entrées should taste! Two thumbs up!
With summer around the corner (read: shorts and swimsuits!), why not trade fast food for quick, convenient and healthier choices. You’ll look better – and feel better too. And when you visit Healthy Choice Canada’s website, you can discover ways to add a healthy balance to your life, including low-impact exercise ideas, stress-less plans, cuisines to complement your lifestyle, and more!
|PICTURED: CAJUN CHICKEN & SHRIMP|
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My family will be making the move from “emergency food” to Healthy Choice Gourmet Steamers. Go on and try them – I promise, you won’t look at frozen entrées the same way again!