Skinny Cow Chocolate Mousse Ganache

When I had saw that Skinny Cow had come out with a new ice cream cone, I was put on the hunt. Unfortunately I came up empty handed for nearly 2 months until just recently I spotted the Skinny Cow Chocolate Mousse Ganache ice creams at my local Target. Since I was so excited to find them I purchased a box and unfortunately enough they weren’t on sale when I purchased.
Typically I am a fan of Skinny Cow ice cream because I find the brand simply gets it right. Deliciously “healthier for you” ice cream which is lower in fat, calories or points plus values in comparison to some of the other ice creams on the market.  The ice cream itself is a blend of vanilla and chocolate ice creams and chocolate ganache. The whole shebang is pretty good … but I have to say the best part is the little glob of ganache at the center of the top of the cone. Sadly, the ganache wasn’t as plentiful as I would have hoped for (I was hoping for a chocolate ganache core). The ganache was the flavor that I savored the most … whereas the rest of the ice cream is the classic smooth creamy ice cream Skinny Taste is known to provide.
Would I repurchase them again? Probably if I were in the mood for an ice cream cone … although I may give the mint a shot to see if it’s any better than the chocolate mousse.
Each cone is 160 calories or 4 points plus values.

Trader Joe’s Beer Battered Onion Rings

These Trader Joe’s Beer Battered Onion Rings are frankly the best frozen onion rings I have ever had.  You can say that statement alone saying a lot!

In my opinion, most frozen onion rings are rather, well, disgusting, or if they’re not, they’re truly mediocre. These particular onion rings have stolen the show from the moment I’ve tried them because they are just plain delicious. They’re crunchy, they’re sweet, they’re nicely battered.  They truly remind me of the onion rings I get at my local beach (which are dipped in a pancake batter and fried).  These give me that same flavor without all the added fat and calories.

To make these, I simply pray a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray, layer out my onion rings and I spritz the top of them with spray.  As the bag suggests I bake them halfway through, then flip and cook an additional 7-10 minutes.  They come out nice and crispy, the onion inside the ring is plentiful, soft, sweet and not overpowering.  A little sprinkle of salt when they’re done, a little ketchup to dip them in and I’m a happy camper!  They’ve been a continuous staple in my freezer since I first tried them.

A serving is 3 ounces (which usually means 5 rings), which is 140 calories or 4 points plus values.

Harvestland Chicken Burgers

Harvestland Chicken Burgers are an item I would have probably never stumbled upon if it weren’t for Instagram. My local super Wal-Mart is constantly rearranging their frozen foods section and since then one needs a microscope to find anything that’s not a frozen dinner.  Since I’ve ventured into the frozen chicken/turkey burger realm, I’m always open to trying new burgers.
Harvestland chickens are raised with no antibiotics, have an all vegetarian diet and have no animal by-products. There are no hormones or steroids added and the burgers themselves are made with all natural ingredients.  Each chicken burger patty is ¼ pound. The great part about these burgers is they are uncooked and are seasoned. I like the fact that they are seasoned because chicken tends to be very plain and if it’s not seasoned, I find chicken has a distinct “chicken taste” for the lack of a better description. I did of course add a little burger seasoning to one side before cooking just to add an additional level of seasoning.
There are 6 burgers in each box, which the only downside is they come packaged with 3 burgers in a pouch. I was able to cook my burgers in a hot skillet straight out of the freezer. There was no need to defrost them and they cooked up evenly and perfectly in under 10 minutes. Even cooking them in a frozen state the burgers retained their moisture while cooking and were moist and delicious. I refrigerated the leftover cooked burgers and reheated the following day without the product quality degrading. Overall I was quite pleased with these burgers and will undoubtedly be purchasing them again.
They were perfect served on a light hamburger bun, with lettuce, tomato, ketchup and mustard.  Also thanks to the 22 grams of protein in each burger they are mighty filling. Winner, winner, chicken burger dinner!
Each burger is 150 calories or 3 points plus values.

Edy’s Slow Churned Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Sundae


Sometimes a person is just in the mood for some good hearty ice cream … and in my case, thatt is good hearty ice cream that’s slightly healthier for you.  Since I’ve introduced myself to Edy’s Slow Churned line (or Dreyer’s if that’s the side of the Rocky’s you’re on), I’ve had a pleasant time trying the different flavors that suit my fancy that the brand offers. It just so happened that Edy’s Slow Churned Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Sundae sounded delicious to me, so I picked it up one trip through the grocery store.
What sold me on this ice cream was merely the picture and the description printed on the container. “Chocolate ice cream with brownies, peanut butter ice cream with fudge swirls and chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips.” Chocolate and peanut butter surely can’t be a bad combination.  I mean, Reese’s have been in business how long? Admittedly, chocolate ice cream isn’t my favorite … but if peanut butter is involved in that chocolate ice cream, I’m pretty much sold because the two just pair together perfectly.
The ice cream itself is smooth and creamy. It’s sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. The chocolate ice cream is at the forefront, but the show stealer is undoubtedly the peanut butter ice cream, chocolate chips and brownie bits.  All aspects of the ice cream are noticeable and make for a deliciously tasty dessert/treat. A ½ cup serving is definitely enough to satisfy my sweet tooth and my craving for ice cream.
A serving is ½ cup which is 110 calories or 3 points plus values.

Weight Watchers Smart Ones Fire Roasted Vegetable Soup

I’m typically not a person who reaches for soup on a cold day, but lately my taste buds have been gravitating towards soups/stews.  So while the weather has been less than stellar in my area, I decided to try out one of the frozen Smart Ones soups I had tucked away in my freezer.
I have tried vegetable soups in the past, and for the most part they’re not usually my “forte” because of the tomato base. So that thought in the back of my mind was the main reason I held off on giving this soup a try sooner. I heated the soup in the microwave per the directions and enjoyed this along with my dinner.
I have to say … the soup is pretty darn good! Although with the name “fire roasted vegetables” I assumed that simply meant vegetables that have been charred over an open flame. Well … that’s the case in one aspect, but “fire” in this instance also means this soup is spicy! I certainly wasn’t expecting the heat but it ultimately made the soup that much more delicious. It certainly wasn’t that plain ole tomato base that I’m not a big fan of.
Each bowl is 60 calories or 1 points plus value.

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants

Whenever I’ve been in Trader Joe’s I’ve noticed one of their decadent desserts in the freezer section, but had always passed it by … until I finally bit the bullet and purchased the Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants. Low and behold I’m not sure why I ever waited so long.
The croissants are sold packaged in a box of 4 and are housed in the freezer section of Trader Joe’s.  They are certainly a dish one must plan to have because the croissants have to be placed onto a baking sheet to proof for 9-hours. I decided to sit them out overnight and I baked them off the following morning. The croissants have to be placed pretty far apart from one another because they do balloon do nearly triple the size when thawed and fully proofed. Since my oven is on steroids my croissants baked up to a fabulous brown color in 13 minutes.
I transferred the cooked croissants to a dish and allowed them to cool. A few hours after they were done I enjoyed one and they’re perfect. They’re flaky, soft, chocolaty and totally delicious. They’re rather decadent and one of the best chocolate croissants I have ever had (I want to be honest and say I do not have a local bakery/restaurant that sells homemade croissants so I’ve always had packaged chocolate croissants). They’re good the following day as well … although they’re at their peak of freshness anywhere from after baking to 4-hours into cooling.  Admittedly, they are that good that I’ve purchased another box to tuck away in the freezer!
Each croissant is 320 calories or 9 points plus values.

Garden Lites Veggie Muffins Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip

Garden Lites soufflés have become a staple in my freezer as of late, so when I heard the brand released frozen veggie muffins I was on the hunt. Unfortunately I continuously came up empty handed for months until I decided to check the “health food” section of another local grocery store (Stop & Shop). Low and behold I stumbled upon a few muffin options and decided to go with the Garden Lites Veggie Muffins Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip.
I decided to give these a try as part of my snack for the day, so I followed the box directions and microwaved the muffin in its pouch. Once done the muffin was nice and hot and after giving it a few minutes to cool, I found the muffins were delicious. Moist, flavorful, chocolaty and a delicious treat. They’re smaller in comparison to average muffins, but if you’ve made healthy alternative muffins (i.e. Weight Watchers friendly) these are comparable in size to those. The banana flavor is mild, the zucchini flavor almost nonexistent, but the chocolate bits are definitely at the forefront. They’re a great quick snack or even addition to breakfast – but if this were to be a meal I’d suggest pairing it with say, a Greek yogurt.
A serving is 1 muffin, which is 120 calories or 3 points plus values.

Sea Cuisine Potato Crusted Cod

A while back when shopping at the grocery store, I noticed a display of fish dishes. Admittedly I’m not the biggest seafood fan, but I do enjoy fried fish once in a while. Since my seafood palette isn’t very diverse I try to stick to the fish options that are known to be less fishy. Just looking at the fish through the package, I figured the crust on the dish looked good enough that it could pass as fried so I decided to give it a try. So, with that I decided to purchase the Sea Cuisine Potato Crusted Cod.
According to the package, the dish is made from wild pacific cod fillets which are coated with a savory potato, cheddar and chive crust.  I cooked the filets per package directions in the oven and found when they were done, they were perfectly crisped. It was crunchy and to my liking reminiscent of the crunch one would get when eating fried fish. The coating was flavorful, but not overwhelmingly so. I actually enjoyed this for lunch alongside a potato and some wax beans. I also made myself a little helping of tartar sauce and found it went with the dish just perfectly. Overall this was a tasty, delicious meal.
A serving is 1 filet (two filets come in a package) which is 250 calories or 6 points plus values.

Trader Joe’s Trader Ming’s Chinese Style Pork Buns (Cha Siu Bao)

I was introduced to Chinese style pork buns a few years ago at my local Vietnamese grocery store. The store would bring in some baked goods from the Boston area on Saturday mornings. I haven’t been able to find them as of late, so needless to say when I spotted these Trader Joe’s Trader Ming’s Chinese Style Pork Buns (Cha Siu Bao) at Trader Joe’s, I made sure to pick them up.
The buns are what I would call medium sized, in comparison to the big ones I’ve seen sold elsewhere. Heating them up is fairly easy because they come out perfect in the microwave! All that’s required is a dampened paper towel, a microwave safe dish and a 45 second trip in the microwave. The end product comes out perfect – hot, soft and delicious. If you’ve never had Chinese pork style buns the filling is sweet barbecued pork which is cut up into tiny little pieces. The bun itself is a cross between a soft , chewy and slightly spongy texture.
These are definitely one of the best frozen pork buns I have tried.
A serving is 1 bun, which is 160 calories or 4 points plus values.

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Trader Joe’s Trader Giotto’s Penne Arrabbiata

Every time I shop at Trader Joe’s, I notice their frozen Italian meals, but have always decided to pass on them for the time being to try something different. Well, I finally bit the bullet and picked up a bag of Trader Giotto’s Penne Arrabbiata after seeing them purchased in a YouTube video.
I had the bag stashed away in the freezer and one night when I wasn’t really feeling the idea of cooking dinner, I pulled this out and popped it into a pan. Frozen pasta dishes can usually be hit or miss because pastas sometimes don’t fair well after being frozen. But I have to say, this dish was perfect. The pasta came frozen along with quarter size bits of sauce. That definitely was interesting to me because I was anticipating a bag of frozen pasta, along with a bag of frozen sauce. The dish itself came together quickly; the sauce was melted and blended with the pasta in less than 7 minutes.
The pasta is a perfect al dente and the sauce is delicious. It’s a smooth tomato sauce, which has a slight bite of spice to it, which becomes more and more noticeable as you eat it.  It’s definitely not overwhelmingly hot, but it has a nice spice in the background which is a perfect, delicious dish.
The one thing I noticed was that even though the package listed 3 servings, there was a little less than 2 servings in the bag (a little over 1 ¾ cup).
A serving is 1 cup, which is 200 calories or 5 points plus values.