When I discovered the latest addition to the Smart Ones frozen entree family, I thought it might be too good to be true. For only 8 PointsPlus I could get 2 yummy looking fried chicken strips AND french fries!! This is the dream of many dieters everywhere!
Well, you know what they say about things that seem too good to be true?
I regret that I didn’t take a picture of the actual food, but it wasn’t until after we ate it that my husband and I both decided this meal was a frozen food failure and he suggested I write about it. When I opened the box, I literally laughed out loud. For the amount of food in the box, it could have been over half the size of the box that currently held the meal.
The box had one of those silver crisper trays on both sides. Apparently you’re supposed to make sure all of the food is touching the tray and then set the other one on top of it, press it down so the other side of the food is also touching the crisping tray, then microwave like normal.
Now, I failed to read all of the directions, so I didn’t have the crisper going on the upper side of the food, but to be honest (and Erik agreed) that fixing that little thing would not have made the food any better.
The breakdown: There were 2 chicken fingers in the box that came out dark brown in color and pretty soggy as opposed to a nice crispness. As a woman who used to love the skin of crispy fried chicken (lets be honest, if I still ordered it (on on rare occasions, I will), I’d still love it) this is a huge let down. There were also a few fries, maybe enough to fit in the itty bitty bag of McDonalds fries, tossed in the box. These were pretty typical frozen fries, only I have had frozen fries out of the oven that tasted much better (Wal-mart fries.. Seriously, if you’re a fry person, they’re pretty good. At least they used to be.). These seemed to be slightly over spiced in an effort to make them taste better, but all they ended up being was slightly awkwardly seasoned, flimsy fries.
Now, I am fully aware that I might have my expectations set too high on getting a chicken strip and french fries dinner for 8 PointsPlus. Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised at my level of disappointment. Heck, maybe I should have even applauded the 8 Points that were sitting in their sad little box, but I can’t help but think that some foods just aren’t meant to be in the “frozen diet food” category. Smart Ones does A LOT of things really well, and we always have their products in our freezer, but some things are just better left alone. Don’t put pathetic amounts of french fries and sad looking chicken strips in a box just so you can say you have that to offer. Stick with what’s good! Now a Smart Ones Chicken Parmesan..that’s delish!
Bottom line: If you really feel the need to have chicken strips and fries, please use some of your weekly Points Plus Values to go and get some that will satisfy your body’s craving. Your body and soul will thank you for the splurge rather than spending your precious Points on a less than satisfying experience.
I’m sorry Smart Ones..I love you guys, but this particular meal is a Food Fail in my book.