These Smart Made meals certainly seem like a good idea. All of their packages declaim, "Made with real ingredients you can pronounce!" and tout their "Smart swaps" - substitutions of healthier ingredients for less-healthy ingredients. And it's true that the ingredients lists we've seen thus far are all full of things that we can pronounce - mostly three syllables or less and not a "polyacrylate" or a "sorbate" among them. It's encouraging to see a frozen food company demonstrating awareness of people's concerns about the amount of processing in their food, as well as making those healthier choices on behalf of their customers. It's a risk, to be sure: as I said in the Health & Nutrition Bite from a couple of weeks ago, "The power of description," telling people a food is better for them will often deter them from ordering it.
Of course, if you've tried a few recipes from Dr. Gourmet you know that just because it's great for you doesn't mean it has to taste bad. (What? You mean you haven't tried a recipe?) More from Smart Made by Smart Ones »
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This Peruvian Chicken recipe calls for roasting the chicken in the oven, but it can be slow roasted on the grill outdoors for even more flavor. Move the chicken away from the hot coals and keep the lid on the grill with the temperature in the same 325°F range.
This recipe is based on a dish that I have in one of my favorite restaurants occasionally. It is just full of flavor and the porcini dust combines with the chicken and creates a full on umami bomb. The best part is that it is about as simple a recipe that you will ever make: combine the porcini dust and salt, coat the chicken, and roast. It just doesn't get any better or any easier than that, and the leftovers make fantastic sandwiches.
The thing I like about this recipe is that it is just tossing stuff in pans. There's not a lot of work other than slicing the shallots and olives, which takes all of about 5 minutes. The outcome seems like you have put a lot more work into it than you have. The result is sweet, savory, salty, and tart all in one side dish.