Thursday, November 11, 2010

Food for Thought - Gourmet Steamers


What is it: Gourmet Steamers frozen dinner
From who: Healthy Choice
How much will I be paying: $3-$4

Here is a new series (Food for Thought) of my blog that I previously mentioned. I will be sharing my experience on food items instead of just restaurants. I wouldn't call this a review, because 1. I am not a food critic, and 2. taste is totally subjective.

Anyways, awhile ago I posted a feed on my facebook page telling people that if you like Healthy Choice page, they will send you a free coupon to try their new Gourmet Steamers. As promised they did send a me a coupon via, so I went to my local supermarket to check it out.Gourmet Steamers had quite a bit of flavors to choose from. In the end, I settled for the Thai Curry Chicken. On the box it listed as high in fiber, source of iron and no preservative. Of course, no one would ever list the negative side of eating frozen dinner.
Anyways, here is a list for the nutritional facts on the entree. Everything looks okay, except for the sodium. But I know frozen food usually have high sodium contents, especially ones that don't have any preservation (salt is a natural preservative).
After taking it out the packaging, you are suppose to place it directly into the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes without piercing the film on top. After it's done, you are suppose to dump the food from the steamer into the sauce bowl underneath. So I am assuming the sauce was really watery to begin with, and by steaming the food with it, it's evaporate into the right consistency.
Well as expect, the final result is never the same as it's shown on the box. The portion size was quite small, I think for me it was enough, but if it were R, he would need at least 2x this amount. The noodle was very soft, as well as the carrots. The chicken was surprisingly tender. However I was not a fan of this curry sauce, it was really sweet. It almost seems like I was eating a dessert than an entree.

So the question is would I consider purchasing this in the future. The answer is I don't know. I mean I liked the innovation, but the most important factor, the food, was just not that impressive, plus it's not exactly cheap either. To be honest, I think a big chunk of the cost is for the container, because as you can see there are 2 parts to it, and they are made with good material. I think if I do try it again, I will wait for it to go on sale first.

Ps: since this is a new idea, any feedback is appreciated... thanks :)


Ben and Suanne November 11, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Hi Jenny:

Nice, I like that. It's always a welcome change from just restaurants. There are always some good food lurking in the supermarket aisle that people would want to know about (he he he ... perhaps not this one). One of my favourite places for these sort of places are T&T and some of the lesser known Vietnamese/Asian grocery stores. Some of them will stock some very interesting food stuff. Food for the masses.

Jenny November 15, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Thanks:)... I agree, T&T is definitely a place to find unique food, in fact, I bought some yesterday, and hopefully will try it soon and do a post on it.

Amy Tsai November 24, 2010 at 1:25 AM

I tried Basil grilled chicken. It was quite fresh and healthy looking. However I also thought the portion was small. For ~$4, I'd expect more food! It smelled better than tasted. I also won't consider buying it unless it's on sale.
I like this new section on food items. They're more accessible and I can try out new stuff without having to schedule a night out eating at restaurants!

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