One of the really fun things about being a Walmart Moms is the opportunities we get to try and review new products! This time Walmart gave us each the chance to try some new calorie conscious microwave fish meals.
Growing up I wasn’t a big seafood person, which is the next thing to blasphemy when you live in the state of Maine. I would eat shrimp and the occasional mild white fish such as whiting. That was about it. I wouldn’t go near a lobster, crab, mussel, clam, salmon, sardine or scallop.
As I’ve matured my tastes have expanded. I realized that what I didn’t like was the really fishy tasting fish. I also realized that truly fresh fish usually doesn’t taste fishy. And although I still won’t touch most things that are slimy and come in a shell-I’ve come to appreciate scallops, crab, lobster and salmon.
So I was very interested to try the really wide variety of Deelitefuls seafood meals that I was sent: Cod Mediterranean Medley, Tilapia Mango Tango, Salmon Florentine Alfredo, Shrimp Bowtie Scampi, and Swai Caribbean BBQ. Each meal retails for around $5.48, has between 160-250 calories, and have no preservatives.
The first thin.g I noticed was that one of the fish meals included was Swai. I had never HEARD of Swai before, but a quick google search educated me-according to Wikipedia Swai is also known as Iridescent shark and it’s a type of Asian catfish.
But on to my review. I decided to start with the Shrimp Bowtie Scampi meal, since it’s one of my favorite seafoods. The bag said that this was a different kind of microwave meal. It bakes the fish “en papillote” ~ a french technique where you bake inside of a paper packet, sealing in the juices inside for fat free and tasty food. Sounds good to me.
Each package said “Two Meals Inside”. . .but I assumed it really meant 2 servings. I was happy to see when I opened the bag that there were two individual serving packages inside. I liked that I could use one for a meal now, and then save the other~still frozen~for later.
Another great thing-they have the Weight Watchers points (the new points) on the package for each meal.
Each package also has a graphic with the food pyramid and information on the daily percentage of grains, vegetables and meats in each.
So I took one package of Shrimp Bowtie Scampi out and put it on a microwave safe plate.
I microwaved it for the 4 minutes and 45 seconds printed on the front of the package. The bag puffed up while cooking from the steam-a bit like a bag of microwave popcorn. . . but without the noise. I took it out and sliced it open along the lines indicated on the bag.
And then I saw that some of the shrimp were underdone. I went back to double check the package and re-read the directions on the back. It turns out that the time listed on the package is for a typical microwave, and if you have a less powerful one (which I do) then you may need additional time. No big deal-I just poured it into a bowl and microwaved it for another minute and a half or so and viola~done!
The shrimp was a little peppery, but tasty. I thought that it was a decent meal and a nice lunch sized portion–about the equivalent of a lunch entree from the frozen food section–but if I were serving it for dinner I’d want to bulk the meal up with a few additional side dishes.
I tried the Carribean BBQ Swai as well. The fish was tasty and mild-which I enjoyed. The Caribbean BBQ sauce was a sweet spicy sauce with chunks of pineapple, corn and potatoes in it. Although I could tell it was very flavorful, I just don’t enjoy the flavor of sweet things mixed with my savories (sweet & sour pork? Yuck.) so I didn’t enjoy this one. I think that someone who does like those type of flavor combinations (plus a little bit of kick) would enjoy the Caribbean BBQ Swai.
The Salmon Florentine Alfredo was the final variety I tried. It did take me some additional time to ensure the salmon was cooked through. The dish had plenty of the lemony sauce and pasta and was quite tasty.
Although as you all know I rarely buy frozen meals, I think that the Delitefuls meals are a good option for folks interested in weight loss, looking for quick and healthy lunch options, or for singles/couples who enjoy fish but who don’t cook.