As we get older, my husband and I are trying to eat a little more healthy. One thing I recently started doing is steaming our broccoli each and every time we have it. Delicious stuff. But there's far more to be steamed than broccoli, and Healthy Choice has us covered with the Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers. They're entire meals steamed to perfection — in the microwave. The 100 percent Naturals Café Steamers use a tray-in-tray technology that separates the ingredients while cooking, so the vegetables are crisper and the pasta is al dente.
As part of a Healthy Choice campaign I'm participating in with the Vibrant Nation Influencer Network, I received coupons for two free Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers entrees. The options are many, including Tortellini Primavera Pasta, Pumpkin Squash Ravioli, Asian Potstickers and more.
I chose the Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers Grilled Chicken Pesto with vegetables — a Top Chef-inspired creation — for myself. It's chicken tenderloins with rotini pasta, zucchini and spinach in a basil pesto sauce. The pasta was perfectly cooked, not mushy as is often the case with frozen meals. In addition, the chicken was tender, the veggies tasted fresh, and the pesto sauce was far more flavorful than I expected. (For one, I didn't expect to want to lick the dish once I placed the meal on my plate.)
Though I love pesto, my husband doesn't. His entree was the Beef Merlot — beef and red roasted potatoes, vegetable medley with rich merlot wine sauce. He, too, could have licked the dish, the sauce was that good (though I told him that would be so very rude and ungrandpa-like behavior). Now, my hubby isn't a huge fan of vegetables, so he wasn't thrilled with the beans and carrot medley, but he did say the potatoes were delicious and the beef was "just as good as the best stew meat I've ever had." For a man who doesn't say much about food, that's high praise.
While my husband and I were quite pleased with our entrees, I was a bit dismayed by the amount of waste produced by the packaging. The tray-in-tray technology that steams things up to perfection resulted in two rather large plastic dishes plus the outer box per entree. They were sturdy plastic containers that would be treasured by kids looking for serving pieces to add to their play kitchen collection. Alas, as I have no kids in the house looking for play pieces, our pieces went in the recycle bin. Yes, recycling is good, but not having to recycle that much per entree would be even better.
Find more information on Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers on the Healthy Choice website.
Disclosure: I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer Network Healthy Choice campaign. I have been provided coupons for free products and compensation for posting. Opinions and anecdotes are my own and were not influenced nor reviewed by Healthy Choice prior to posting.