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Today's Frozen Meal: Amy's Roasted Vegetables Tamale
Thursday, 2010 January 21 - 1:13 pm
Or is it Tamale Roasted Vegetables? "Made with organic black beans, tomatoes and corn masa."

Box

Meal

That's "Amy's" as in the brand, not "Amy's" as in "my wife's". Several people have recommended this brand to me; it's available at Whole Foods and other organic groceries. Some of the Amy's meals I saw were pretty horrifically high in fat. This is one of the better ones, nutrition-wise. And after all the glowing recommendations, I was eager to try it.

Taste: The tamale is a bit soggy and disappointingly bland. The box advertises a "special (not too spicy) red sauce that lets the flavors of the tamale come through". In fact, the sauce has virtually no flavor at all. (I tasted it separately to be sure.) A good mole sauce or a dollop of salsa would be welcome. The black beans are reasonably good, but well, they're just beans. All in all, it could be better. Maybe it needs more fat. Score: 2.0/5.0

Nutrition

Nutrition: A touch high in sodium, but a full 8 grams of fiber and 70% of the Vitamin C allowance. Score: 2.5/3.0

Packaging: Just a "one-inch slit" required before cooking. Mine might have been 0.9 inches, but it still worked okay. Score: 2.0/2.0

Total Score: 6.5/10.0
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Comment #1 from Julie (Guest)
2010 Jan 21 - 2:45 pm : #
The cheese tamale is better, but I liked the one you reviewed heaps more than you did, so what do I know? ;)
Comment #2 from Ken (realkato)
2010 Jan 21 - 3:17 pm : #
It's not that I dislike them. I'm trying to review these things in a broad context, comparing them to things I'd make at home or things I'd eat in a restaurant. So far, there haven't been any microwave meals that really measure up flavor-wise to made-from-scratch cooking. I suspect that may change once I start trying some less healthy things (like, say, a lasagna with 25 grams of fat).

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