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Review of Atkins Crustless Chicken Pot Pie

The new Atkins Crustless Chicken Pot Pie has a photo of succulent chicken chunks, broccoli and cauliflower florets in a light sauce on the outside of the box. It looks good. Is the real thing as good as the photo?

Let’s first review the nutritional information: 330 calories, 22 grams of fat (10 g of saturated fat and no transfat), 5 grams of net carbs, and 22 grams of protein. Fits right in to the induction phase of Atkins. So far, so good.

How does it taste? The chicken was tender and tasty with a nice flavoring. There weren’t pieces of chicken fat that I could detect, just good succulent chunks of white chicken meat. The broccoli florets were smaller than depicted on the package, but adequate. Same with the cauliflower and carrots. The sauce was tasty, flavorful, and not too greasy or watery…..just right.

I’m no chef or food critic….just an average guy who likes to eat good food, but this was pretty good from my standpoint. I would definitely give it a thumbs up vote.


Review of Atkins Italian Sausage Primavera frozen dinner

For those of you following a low carbohydrate, high protein diet like Atkins, there are some frozen dinners available, made with the Atkins label. I have tried a few of them and this is a review of the Italian Sausage Primavera.

First, let’s get the vital statistics. This meal has “custom-made Italian sausage with cauliflower, green beans and spinach in a creamy Parmesan Romano cheese and red pepper sauce”, as described on the box. It contains 16gm of protein, no added sugar, 330 calories, 25 gm of fat, and 5 gm of net carbs. The photo on the box depicts slices of Italian sausage, little cauliflower florets, little snippets of green beans, all lightly covered with a brown sauce….it looks very nice.

After following the microwave instructions (a total of 5 and a half minutes on high), the finished product does indeed have a generous helping of thinly sliced Italian sausage, but there were no visible florets of cauliflower or helpings of green bean, but rather small shards of each mixed in with the sausage and gravy. But, the sausage is very tasty with a gentle kick to it, and the vegetables, which are more finely cut than I would normally choose to do on my own, are actually just fine and nicely complement the sausage. The gravy keeps the whole ensemble moist and satisfying.

The small tray makes it appear that there may not be enough food to satisfy one’s appetite, but once I had finished it, I had had just enough food. I ended up going for 6 hours after the meal without getting hungry.

So, my final verdict is: it gets a green light. It’s tasty, the quantity is just right, and the cost is reasonable. This makes a great lunch or dinner meal.