Top Chef on Bravo and thought, "wow, I want to try that but I don't have Smell-O-Vision and licking my TV isn't working at all" then you're in luck!
Healthy Choice has teamed up for a landmark partnership with Top Chef to create a line of Café Steamers entrees, available this year in grocery stores around the country.
I got to try two of these 8 delicious varieties. Café Steamers utilize proprietary steaming technology that produces a fresh-tasting meal in minutes.
I was sent the Chicken Linguini with Red Peppers and Chicken Margherita with Balsamic.
Chicken Linguini with Red Pepper Alfredo – Chicken tenderloins with linguini & broccoli in a roasted red pepper Alfredo sauce. (Nutrition Facts: 260 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 510 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, and 22 grams of protein.)
Chicken Margherita with Balsamic – Chicken tenderloins with angel hair pasta, roasted garlic & tomatoes in a balsamic vinaigrette sauce. (Nutrition Facts: 320 calories, 8 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 600 milligrams of sodium, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 22 grams of protein.)
The seven other meal choices are all well known popular dishes like Chicken Fresca, Grilled Chicken Marinara with Parmesan, Grilled Chicken Pesto with Vegetables, Grilled Vegetables Mediterranean with Rice, Roasted Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms, Barbeque Steak with Red Potatoes.
The Healthy Choice Top Chef inspired Café Steamers combine bold and innovative flavors that make the perfect lunch or quick dinner.
I first tried the Chicken Margherita with Balsamic and it was so yummy! The Café Steamers bowl should be cooked for about 4 minutes and it self-vents so there is no need to cut or puncture the film.
Once the cooking is done you simply pour the meal into the bottom bowl that contains the sauce, stir to combine and enjoy your perfect meal! If you count Weight Watchers Points then rejoice because each box has a PointsPlus number on the back. The Chicken Margherita with Balsamic has a PointsPlus Value of 8.
Healthy Choice has made a previous version of the Chicken Margherita with Balsamic but now they have enhanced the roasted garlic and added basil to the balsamic sauce to make this classic recipe even better.
The generous portions are perfect for me especially on days that I want something different then my usual meal. It keeps me right on track with my fat and calories intake.
One thing I would change is the amount of chicken. In my bowl I only had the 4 pieces you see below, which is more like 2 pieces total if you combine those 3 tiny pieces. Maybe I just had a weird bowl and others have more? Who knows but if that is the normal amount then hey definitely should add more chicken.
I am more of an alfredo sauce person so the Chicken Linguini with Red Peppers was my favorite of the two. The Chicken Linguini with Red Peppers had a very creamy alfredo sauce with full size broccoli florets. This dish delivers on taste and nutrition packing 5 grams of fiber, 22 grams of protein and only 260 calories.
I am in love with the two Healthy Choice Top Chef Inspired Café Steamers meals I was sent to taste and of course enjoy!
If you're looking for a new option for lunch at work or a quick dinner that's both healthy and tasty then these new meals are the way to go, especially since they cost just about $2.75-$3.50 each!
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Disclaimer: Thanks to The Motherhood and Healthy Choice. I was compensated and was sent two meals to taste test and tell you about them. All thoughts and opinions written here about the Cafe Steamers meals are my own. Compensation did not influence a positive review.