I’m just a girl who can’t say no. At least, to free food. So when FoodBuzz contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I’d like to try one of Buitoni’s new premium frozen meals for 2…for free, I said yes. Sure, frozen dinners aren’t something we consume often around here, but I figured one night of processed food wouldn’t kill us.
Brian and I decided to try the Shrimp and Lobster Ravioli with Garlic Butter Sauce, because if you’re going to buy a frozen meal, you may as well get something more interesting than cheese or chicken. The preparation was incredibly simple (one of the purposes of a frozen meal). The box contains a package of sauce and a good number of ravioli. You fill a pot with water, add the pouch of sauce and bring the water to a boil. Then you add the pasta to the boiling water with the plastic bag of sauce floating in it and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the sauce packet, drain the pasta, toss the pasta with the sauce and serve.
- According to the box, the package contains a complete meal. Maybe it’s just me, but I like to have more than just pasta and sauce as my meals. Like, a vegetable, perhaps. We added a side of spinach.
- There was more sauce than I would’ve liked and it was really thick.
- The ravioli wasn’t very flavorful and some of the seafood pieces were a little chewy.
- I wasn’t real happy with the nutrition facts. That’s a lot of fat, cholesterol and sodium. Luckily, Brian and I have been subsisting on a lot of salads lately. You can decide how you feel about them for yourself though (click to enlarge).
Second, the good:
- The garlic butter sauce was yummy and added a lot of flavor to the dish. And better too much than not enough, right?
- There was definitely the right amount of ravioli for 2 people. Often, I’ve found that a frozen meal only serves half the number of people its supposed to. This one actually satisfied.
- Ease of cooking; only one pot required!
The verdict: Overall, the meal was good. It tasted good, it was easy to prepare and we were full at the end. Would I buy a Buitoni frozen meal again? Probably not. It’s more sodium, fat and ingredients than I prefer, plus the meals retail for between $7.99 and $9.99, at least where I live. That’s more than I’d like to spend on one “meal” which needs a vegetable.
Disclosure: Free Buitoni frozen meal coupon was provided by Buitoni through the FoodBuzz Tastemaker Program.