Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Chilly Reception for Frozen Entrees; Only One of Our Tasters Liked Kashi's New, Microwaveable Dishes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Chilly Reception for Frozen Entrees; Only One of Our Tasters Liked Kashi's New, Microwaveable Dishes

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Byline: ANN J. KELLEY

They call themselves the Seven Whole Grain Co. and are probably best known for their cereal products. Now, Kashi has introduced a line of frozen microwaveable entrees rich in fiber and protein and made with natural ingredients and no preservatives or artificial flavors.

We had members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel pick which entree they wanted to try and although each chose something different, most described their choice as bland or lacking flavor.

Financial adviser Lowell Jackson selected the Kashi Southwest Chicken, which he describes as chicken, rice, corn, red bell peppers and sauce. He cooked the meal for four minutes in the microwave, according to directions, and said, "The vegetables were very mushy and the short grained rice was severely overcooked. There was lots of everything but chicken."

Jackson added salt and pepper to the dish, which he says has a bland flavor and a sauce that seemed to disappear after cooking. "On the plus side, it's very high in protein and very low in calories," he said.

Retiree Vicki Leary tried the Chicken Pasta Pomodoro and said, "The primary ingredient is pasta. The chicken is a pretty medallion of white meat but not much of it."

Leary says the ziti-type pasta has a watery tomato, garlic and basil sauce, enough red and green peppers to give it color and some miniscule or non-existent zucchini.

"This frozen dinner sounds good," she said, "but was not as good as anticipated. It's filling and has a very mild bland flavor. I first tasted it as is and then added pepper and additional Parmesan cheese. It was better but not wonderful."

Surgeon Grettel Wentling chose the Black Bean Mango Entree and gave it high marks. "It's actually vegan and it's hard to find vegan entrees," she said.

She describes the meal as consisting of colorful, fresh tasting vegetables and a sweet and spicy mango sauce over a nutty chewy pilaf made from a mixture of different grains, including rye, buckwheat, barley and sesame seeds. …

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