eDiets Meal Reviews

I have reviewed 4-weeks worth of eDiets breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. I rated the meals based on how I liked them.
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eDiets Dinner Review: Tex-Mex Chicken with Black Beans, Rice, Corn, and Salsa

Overall rating:  3 of 5

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

The Tex-Mex Chicken dinner entrée came in a 2-compartment plastic tray, with a small salsa-topped chicken breast cutlet and about 1/3 cup rice and beans in one section and approximately 1/3 cup golden, whole kernel corn in the other. 

The dieter is to provide fruit and dairy accompaniments for the meal.  I decided on a serving of mixed berries for my fruit, and I topped the chicken cutlet with some low-fat mozzarella cheese to serve as the dairy component.

The heating instructions called for the entrée to be microwaved on high for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.  Based on my prior experiences, I heated mine for 1 minute 45 seconds since my microwave is a lower-wattage model.

Tex-Mex Chicken with black Beans, Rice, Corn, and Salsa

My General Impressions

The meal was colorful enough on the plate with the red salsa, black beans, red and blue berries, and golden corn kernels, but the salsa looked a bit on the dry side.  There wasn’t a lot of it, however; only about one or two tablespoons.   

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eDiets Breakfast Review: Stuffed French Toast with Blackberry-Apricot Compote

Overall rating:  5 out of 5

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

I began Week 3 of the eDiets program with a breakfast of Stuffed French Toast with Blackberry-Apricot Compote.  The French toast consisted of a slice of whole wheat bread, cut in half, with a strawberry yogurt-cream cheese filling sandwiched between the two half-slices.  A spoonful of the compote was spread on top.

The heating instructions said to microwave the entrée on high for 30 seconds.  I know my microwave oven normally requires a longer time period, but I didn’t want to risk overcooking the bread, so I first heated it for 35 seconds.  This didn’t quite make it warm enough, so I nuked it for another 5 seconds.

I added some nonfat, plain Greek yogurt to the meal to serve as the dairy component the dieter is instructed to supply.

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eDiets Dinner Review: Salmon over Linguini

Overall rating:  5 of 5

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

This dinner entrée consisted of about a cup of whole wheat linguini with a medium-sized salmon fillet atop.  A small amount of light tomato-based sauce coated both the noodles and the salmon. 

I was to provide items from the dairy and fruit sections of the food pyramid to supplement the meal.  I decided to top the main dish with some shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese and add a serving of unsweetened, frozen mixed berries (thawed).

The heating instructions called for microwaving the meal on high for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.  I added an additional 15 seconds since my microwave oven tends to require a longer cooking time. 

My General Impressions

I normally don’t care for salmon, but I wanted a meatless dinner on this particular evening, and this was the only one I found on this week’s list of substitution meals.  Boy, was I pleasantly surprised.

eDiets Lunch Review: Beef and Cheddar Cheese Soft Taco with Mexican Corn

by Marianne Plunkert                                   

Overall rating:  3.6 of 5.0

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

The title of this luncheon entrée on the weekly menu plan that was included in the shipment and the title provided on the packaging differed.  The title on the packaging read, “White Chicken & Beef Soft Taco with Cheddar Cheese and Mexican Style Corn.”  According to the list of ingredients used, the latter is more descriptive since chicken is the second ingredient on the list, after corn.

The meal arrived in a 2-compartment plastic tray, with a 7-inch, whole wheat tortilla shell and about ¼ cup of filling in one section and about ¼ cup of Mexican corn--golden corn kernels mixed with red peppers--in the other. 

Beef and Cheddar Cheese Soft Taco with Mexican Corn 

eDiets Breakfast Review: Oatmeal with Peach Compote and Chicken-Apple Sausage

by Marianne Plunkert                                   

Overall rating:  3.3 of 5.0

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

The oatmeal with peach compote breakfast entrée was packaged in a 2-compartment plastic tray.  One section held a mound of oatmeal topped by a slice of cooked peach, and the other held a chicken apple sausage link.

The dieter is directed to augment the meal with a dairy product.  I chose plain, nonfat Greek yogurt as my contribution.

Oatmeal with Peach Compote and Chicken-Apple Sausage           

The instructions indicated that the entrée should be microwaved on high for 30 to 40 seconds.  I nuked mine for an extra 10 seconds, which seems to be the amount of additional time necessary to adjust for the lower wattage of my microwave oven. 

eDiets Lunch Review: Traditional Manicotti with Mozzarella Cheese

by Marianne Plunkert                                   

Overall rating:  5.0 of 5.0

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

This luncheon entrée consisted of two medium manicotti shells, stuffed with ricotta cheese and topped with a marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella.  I was to supplement the entrée with a serving of fruit.  I elected to enjoy a half a red grapefruit with it.

The heating instructions indicated that the entrée should be microwaved on high for 1 ½ to 2 minutes.  I heated it for an extra 15 seconds since my microwave oven is a lower-wattage model.

Traditional Manicotti with Mozzarella Cheese

My General Impressions

I can describe this meal with a single word—yum!  I could hardly wait to dig in as I spooned the shells onto my plate and observed the generous amount of ricotta cheese oozing from them. 

eDiets Breakfast Review: Homestyle Pancakes and Apple-Chicken Sausage

by Marianne Plunkert                                   

Overall rating:  2.5 of 5.0

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

The eDiets Homestyle Pancakes and Apple-Chicken Sausage breakfast entrée consisted of two 3-to-4-inch whole wheat pancakes and 1 ½ sausage links.  No syrup or other type of topping was provided for the pancakes.

The heating instructions called for the meal to be microwaved on high for 15 to 20 seconds.  I initially nuked mine for 25 seconds since my microwave oven requires more time.  This proved to be insufficient, so I heated for 10 seconds more, after which the entrée seemed appropriately warm.

Homestyle Pancakes and Apple-Chicken Sausage   

I was to supplement the meal with a nonfat/low-fat dairy item.  Since no topping had been included, I decided to add an ounce of reduced-fat cream cheese to my plate.

eDiets Lunch Review: Chicken Meatball Stroganoff and Broccoli Cauliflower Medley

by Marianne Plunkert                                   

Overall rating:  4.5 of 5.0

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

The eDiets Chicken Meatball Stroganoff entrée arrived in a 2-compartment plastic tray.  Five reasonably-sized chicken meatballs and a few mushroom slices were served in a sauce on a bed of egg noodles in one section.  Whole cauliflower and broccoli florets occupied the other section.

The heating directions called for microwaving the meal on high for 1 ½ to 2 minutes.  Two minutes fifteen seconds proved to be the appropriate amount of time for my lower-wattage microwave oven.

Chicken Meatball Stroganoff and Broccoli Cauliflower Medley

eDiets Lunch Review: Chicken Breast Fricassee and Biscuit

by Marianne Plunkert                                   

Overall rating:  4.0 of 5.0

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

The Chicken Breast Fricassee luncheon entrée came packaged in a 2-compartment plastic tray, with a biscuit in one section and the chicken fricassee in the other.  The chicken dish consisted of chunks of chicken breast, diced red-skinned potatoes, peas, and carrots, tossed together in a creamy sauce.

The directions on the package said to remove the biscuit, microwave the chicken fricassee on high for 1 ½ minutes, replace the biscuit, and microwave another 30 seconds.  Because I have a lower-wattage microwave, I added 15 seconds to the first cooking time, but kept the latter time at 30 seconds.  This worked perfectly.

Chicken Breast Fricassee and Biscuit

eDiets Lunch Review: Cheesy Chicken Breast and Vegetables Wrap with Sweet Potato Fries

by Marianne Plunkert                                   

Overall rating:  3.8 of 5.0

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

My first luncheon entrée in Week 3 of my eDiets program consisted of a chicken and vegetable wrap with a side of sweet potato “fries.”  The meal came in a 2-compartment container, with a generous serving of chicken breast/vegetable filling in one section and the sweet potatoes in the second section.  A 6-inch whole wheat tortilla lay atop the chicken and vegetables.

I put the word “fries” in quotes because these sweet potato fries in no way resemble the sweet potato fries that you get when you order them in a restaurant.  They are basically fry-sized slices of a sweet potato (skin on) with the consistency (and taste) of a baked sweet potato.

Cheesy Chicken Breast and Vegetables Wrap with Sweet Potato Fries

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