I have to admit that with my busy schedule these days, I find myself turning more and more toward frozen TV dinners. It isn’t something I’m proud of, mind you, just a fact of my life right now.
Luckily, unlike in my mother’s day, there are healthy frozen dinners to be found. I’m a huge fan of Healthy Choice’s Cafe Steamers. My very favorite is their Whiskey Steak.
The meal consists of tender beef mixed with vegetables like corn, green beans, peppers and roasted potatoes. It is finished off with an amazingly tasty whiskey based barbecue sauce. This is a delicious dish that will wake up your senses, titillate your palate and leave you wanting more.
The Whiskey Steak Healthy Choice Cafe Steamer consists of 16 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. It holds less than 300 calories.
What I like most about the meal is that it contains no dangerous chemical additives or preservatives. I’m into health these days and I want to avoid as much of those things as possible.
Whiskey Steak Healthy Choice Cafe Steamer is especially made for the microwave. It couldn’t be simpler and it only takes 5 minutes.
To prepare the meal, remove it from its cardboard sleeve. Place the entire dish inside the microwave as is. There is no need to vent the plastic covering.
Set your timer on high and microwave for a full 5 minutes. The special dish will allow for steam venting so it may pop as it cooks. That is nothing to be concerned about.
After 5 minutes, remove the meal from the microwave carefully. Slowly peel away the plastic top, pulling it open so the steam vents away from the body.
Remove the upper bowl to expose the lower bowl where the barbecue sauce is located. Pour as much or as little of the sauce over the meal as you want.
Stir and serve. That’s all there is to it.
Let’s talk about nutrition. There are 290 calories in the Whiskey Steak Healthy Choice Cafe Steamer. Of that, only 40 calories come from fat.
The dish contains a total of 4 grams of fat. Of that amount, 1.5 grams come from saturated fat, .5 grams come from polyunsaturated fat and .5 grams comes from monounsaturated fat.
Whiskey Steak Healthy Choice Cafe Steamer contains 47 grams of carbohydrate, 20 grams of sugar, 480 milligrams of sodium and 35 milligrams of cholesterol. That could put the dish out of reach for those people watching their carb, sugar, sodium and cholesterol intake.
On the positive side; however, this meal provides 16 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber along with 1240 milligrams of potassium. It also provides 30% of the daily-recommended amount of folic acid and vitamin B12; 25% of the required phosphorus; 20% of the needed selenium; 15% of the required magnesium, manganese and zinc and 10% of the recommended amount of copper and niacin. Additionally, it contains 8% of the required B6; 6% of the needed calcium; and 4% of the daily-required amount of vitamin A.
For those using a pyramid diet chart, Whiskey Steak Healthy Choice Cafe Steamer provides 50% of the daily-recommended amount of vegetables and 30% of the required meat. For those using the Weight Watchers point system, this meal equals 5 points. For those using the diet exchange program, Whiskey Steak Healthy Choice Cafe Steamer equates to 2 starches, 2 lean meats and 1 carbohydrate.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. The Whiskey Steak Healthy Choice Cafe Steamer is a gourmet quality meal. I could easily eat it every single day.
Freshness: 5 stars. When properly frozen Healthy Choice dinners will remain fresh until the expiration date clearly marked on the dinner’s cardboard sleeve.
Variety: 5 stars. The Whiskey Steak Healthy Choice Cafe Steamer is somewhat of an anomaly in the Cafe Steamer line. The only other beef entree is the Roasted Beef Merlot. There are; however, many chicken dishes to choose from. These include Balsamic Chicken, Cajun Chicken & Shrimp, Chicken Margherita, Chicken Pad Thai, Chicken Pesto Classico, Chicken Red Pepper Alfredo, General Tso’s Spicy Chicken, Grilled Basil Chicken, Grilled Chicken Marinara, Lemon Garlic Chicken & Shrimp, Roasted Chicken Fresca, Roasted Chicken Marsala, Sweet and Spicy Orange Zest Chicken and Sweet Sesame Chicken. They also have a Grilled Vegetables Mediterranean.
Green value: 5 stars. The outer packaging is biodegradable. The plastic trays are reusable.
Packaging: 5 stars. The packaging is beautifully done in green, white and yellow. A picture of the dish is highlighted on the front as well as the Healthy Choice Cafe Steamer’s logo. Cafe Steamers should be easy to find in the freezer section of any major grocery store.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. This meal is compact, measuring 7 1/4″ by 5 3/4″ by 1 3/4″ by 1 1/2″. It is easy to store in just about any freezer.
Availability: 5 stars. Healthy Choice meals are sold everywhere and should be available in every major grocery market. A few are even carried in the freezer section of discount department stores like K-Mart.
Reputation: 5 stars. Healthy Choice enjoys a solid reputation because they provide a first class meal.
Price: 5 stars. I paid $2.50 for this meal. It was worthy every penny and more.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. This is one Cafe Steamer I can’t do without.
Final rating: 5.0 stars. This meal is as close to perfect as it gets.
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor