11/14/11

Smart Ones Satisfying Selections Sesame Chicken Review


By on 11/14/2011 08:44:00 AM

Are you left hungry after eating a so-called diet meal? Smart Ones' new Satisfying Selections product line offers to change the face of pre-portioned meals. The product line, introduced in August 2011, claims to offer larger, more satisfying portions than traditional Smart Ones dinner entrees—while keeping the selections healthy and well proportioned for weight loss or dietary management. I was given the opportunity to review Smart Ones Satisfying Selections Sesame Chicken. How did the new weight watchers meal stack up to a review in A Mama’s Corner of the World?

When I review a product, I look at several factors: taste, convenience, ease of use and overall value. What did I think of Smart Ones Satisfying Selections Sesame Chicken?

How did Smart Ones Satisfying Selections Sesame Chicken Taste? I love the flavors of sesame chicken—but, think I also like the crispy coating on most Chinese restaurant versions. The flavors were there and I was excited that I could actually identify big chunks of chicken in the meal—but, the soft texture of the chicken pieces wasn’t quite what I’d hoped for. I will say, though, that the crunchy-tender texture of the veggies helped make up for the soft chicken.

Convenience and Ease of Use. The Smart Ones Satisfying Selections Sesame Chicken offered both microwave and stove top cooking directions. Since I had time, I chose to use the stove top method. The directions were accurate, easy to follow—and created a throroughly heated meal. It was certainly easier than preparing my own sesame chicken recipe!

Quality and Nutritional Value. The meal seemed made of higher quality (at least larger) ingredients. The Smart Ones Satisfying Selections Sesame Chicken was valued at 9 Weight Watchers Points—and held 490mg of sodium. Since it is supposed to be a full meal—neither seemed unreasonable. Was it a full meal? The sesame chicken was actually filling and satisfying.

Overall Value of Smart Ones Satisfying Selections Sesame Chicken? The meal has a suggested retail value of $3.69--our local stores have it priced at $3.99. I would likely buy the Sesame Chicken again. It was a healthier, lower cost option than Chinese takeout--and was far more convenient and cost effective than making the dish myself at home.

Disclaimer: This post is part of a SocialMoms product evaluation, for which I’ve been selected. I’ve been compensated for my time with 6,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of SocialMoms or Heinz.

About Angela

Angela is a freelance writer and blogger, blessed with 3 daughters, 4 cats, 1 needy dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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