Real Good Stuffed Chicken
Well, I have to admit that I hadn't heard of this product before, or the company. They offered a few different selections in the freezer section: a bacon wrapped cheese & broccoli, chicken with spinach and a cordon bleu. They all looked pretty delicious and the company has quite a variety of dishes to satisfy diverse palates.
This is the company's website
- Real Good Foods | Real Food You Feel Good About Eating.
Low Carb | High Protein | Real Ingredients Grain Free. Gluten Free. Are you for real?!
A Healthy Alternative to Other Frozen Foods?
A Short Note
I have to admit ahead of time, that this review is probably not going to be that favorable. I only say this because when I went to the website and read about how the company was founded, I was amazed.
They are new - 2017 I believe - and started out as a small family business in southern California. The site has some nice photos and details a brief history of how they were driven by a mission to create healthy foods.
Keep in mind that palates are subjective and what appears delightful may seem ordinary to someone else. Also, this is the first product - at least chicken product - that I have tried under their brand. And I cooked it in a typical oven. Had I had an air fryer - which seems to be the trend nowadays - my experience may have been different.
The American Heart Association recommends aiming for a dietary pattern that achieves 5% to 6% of calories from saturated fat.
For example, if you need about 2,000 calories a day, no more than 120 of them should come from saturated fat.
That’s about 13 grams of saturated fat per day.
— American Heart Association (link to article appears below)
Promises to be Healthy
Is this Product Really Healthy?
Well, although it may be low in carbs and high in protein content, when I look at the nutrition label (see above), I become a little uncomfortable.
The daily recommended allowances for saturated fats is at 13 grams - which puts this product at the limit. One glance at the cholesterol levels and the sodium is a turnoff. While they are not as bad as fast food, they seem to be downsides for this product.
Given that it is a frozen dinner - it may fare well then some other similar brands - the fact that there seem to be many discouraging qualities to this sample, should be no surprise.
Article: Saturdated Fats
- Saturated Fat | American Heart Association
Eating foods that contain saturated fats raises the level of cholesterol in your blood. High levels of LDL cholesterol in your blood increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
How Did it Taste?
I didn't take any photos of the finished product, but let me assure you the image on the boxes cover looked a little more promising.
I should also confess that I am someone who does not do well with a conventional oven. Stove-tops, toaster ovens, and even a grill are much easier to use and produce more aesthetically pleasing results.
I baked these.
The problem I had is that the bacon was not crisp and the brown shell I anticipated from viewing the cover image was not present. Instead an opaque sheen graced the specimen like a glaze off-white slice of wallpaper.
I let it rest - of course, like you are supposed to - for about five minutes. The instructions recommend 1 - 2. When I cut into it, much of the cheese and peppers slipped out. It smelled good and the sauce looked delectable - which in fact, it was.
The chicken on the other hand, did not have that bright white aura I have witnessed in properly cooked breast meat. Instead, the bird was grey and there were small holes in parts of the flesh that you find in some pressed deli meats.
I guess, I must say, overall, I was not impressed.
How Its Made: Chicken
Now that I am getting older, I realize that I have to eat healthier foods. This means I don't choose a meal because of it's appearance that the taste appeals to me.
There are foods that I know I will enjoy - like an ice cream soda for example - that I have learned to neglect because I don't want to have to be concerned with medical issues.
And of course, you have to understand the world around us is filled with skilled marketers who know the secrets to all human desires, and find positions in companies where their talents have a purpose. Which explains the hungers inspired in me by the box's colorful design.
As I said, had I chosen another cooking vessel, my results may have been different. I did preheat my oven for 30 minutes and I left the morsels to bake a couple minutes longer than the recommended cooking time of 36 minutes (about) hoping that the cooking spray I topped it with, would help create the tan veneer I was promised in the frozen food aisle.
But no. I didn't want to cook it too long, because that could dry the meat out. And I always fumbled with thermometers as i do with rulers, pencils and sometimes the snooze button on my alarm clock.
So if you try this product and have another perspective, please share.
And of course, I will try another one of their selections and see if my second experience is more favorable.