Butter Chicken Masala and Vermont Cheddar Mac & Cheese from EatingWell: Dr. Gourmet's Food Reviews

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

We've been pretty pleased with the frozen meal offerings from EatingWell. More than half of the products we've reviewed from them have been gluten-free, and only 1 in three have received a thumbs down review. That's darn good for frozen foods.

Today we are reviewing one meal that's certified gluten-free and another that is not: Butter Masala Chicken (gluten-free) and Vermont Mac & Cheese (not gluten-free, as you might expect).

We cooked the Butter Masala Chicken according to the package instructions, and as we stirred the meal prior to tasting it we were struck by the quantity of the vegetables in the side dish: "If there's a full half cup of cooked veggies, I'll be surprised," remarked a panelist.

That seems to be an ongoing theme: every package we've seen from this brand claims that it contains "1 cup vegetables," but the actual amount of vegetables served alongside the main courses are awfully small. This was first noticeable with the Cherry Port Pork, but in retrospect none of the meals - but for the vegetarian meals - seems to have been overly generous with the vegetables. EatingWell »

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