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Fast Day #21: Open Nature Beef Stroganoff - 280 calories

Open Nature Beef Stroganoff
280 calories

Today was rough - I had a meeting tonight at a restaurant. A Vietnamese restaurant. A Vietnamese restaurant that serves really, really good food... on a Fast Day.... urgggg

But I made it through and high tailed it out of there! I was soo hungry. So when I got home I ran straight to my freezer and tore open an Open Nature® Beef Stroganoff frozen entree.

~ mmmm appetizing... hahaha ~
I zapped that bad boy in the microwave for 5 minutes hoping that it would turn this frozen block into something more appetizing.

It got better but still looked a bit sorry. So I took out the veggies and nuked it, uncovered for another minute hoping the sauce would thicken up.

After all that waiting I was very eager to dive in. It looked half way decent:

~ keep in mind that this is a sandwich sized plate ~
The portion is not large but it wasn't measly either. But don't let the looks fool you - this was not a good meal.

First off, unlike the picture on the package, I could not find a piece of mushroom in the whole kit even though they are listed as an ingredient.

Secondly, the meat had a weird texture. It felt like the beef had been poked with a billion holes to tenderize it. It had a weirdly rough texture yet it was still a bit tough to chew.

To keep the disappointment train rolling, the egg noodles were a bit off too - tough and really thick. I double checked the package to see if the noodles were made of whole wheat pasta but it didn't say - I think they were.

The sauce was thin and pretty flavorless. It tasted like thickened, brown cornstarch - not tasty.

And of course the veggies were lifeless and tasteless as is par for the course. *le sigh*

If I wasn't so hungry I'd be really mad at this entree. As it was, it did fill me up so I guess that's a plus. Overall, I am not going to be buying this one ever again.


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