Posted on | July 25, 2010 | 4 Comments
The first boxed meal I tried was the Cheesy Hashbrowns boxed meal. Inside the box was a small bag of dehydrated shredded potatoes and a packet of cheese flavored powder. Per the instructions on the box, I browned a pound of hamburger, simmered/cooked the mixture until the edges looked crispy. When I tried to flip to sections of hashbrowns for even cooking/ crisping, it all became a jumbled mess. Ooops. I mixed the cheese powder with milk for the topping and, quite honestly, it was disgusting. It wouldn’t completely blend which resulted in a lumpy, semi-separated, liquid sauce. Off to the garbage it went. In the end, I sprinkled some cheddar cheese on top and called it good.
Overall, I wasn’t overly impressed with this product prepared as-is. The dish had a weird combo of chewy and crispy potato, with a greasy feeling in my mouth from the beef. I still can’t get over how gross that cheese sauce was! I think that some tweaking could make it much better, though. For example, pairing the potatoes with sausage, eggs, and cheddar cheese instead of using hamburger and the powdered cheese sauce. Nevertheless, I think it is fantastic that there are more mainstream products for gluten free consumers.
Pros: shelf stable, easy prep
Cons: so-so flavor and texture.
Rating: 3 stars
Nutritional Snapshot per serving ( mix only, doesn’t include fat and calories from the beef): 110 calories, 1.5g fat, 760 mg sodium, 23g carbohydrates, 2 g. fiber and 2 g. protein