Lunch and Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers

So a while back I wrote about my efforts to lose weight.   Nothing super fancy, more like fixing my diet and eating ‘more right’.  That primarily includes:

Eating breakfast, which makes you hungry for lunch and then not skipping lunch, and then snacking when you’re hungry on good stuff.    Basically getting your metabolism going and no longer starving yourself so your body stores everything it eats.

So far this is working for me.   Its had its up and it’s downs though, Primarily in the ‘Lunch Category’.

When possible, Claudine packs me a lunch of good home-made stuff, a turkey sandwich or a pork roast sandwich.  But when she’s busy, or we haven’t eaten anything the night before that I care to eat again, I get one of those ‘package lunches’.

So far we’ve tried numerous things and I will eventually get around to rating them all so you don’t have to suffer as I have.

First up is the Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers

Far and away these are the most consistent cooking of all the microwave lunch in-a-box type meals.  There is a reasonable portion, and most of them taste pretty good to boot.  

I’ve had the Beef Merlot, Cajun Style Chicken & Shrimp, and the Grilled Whiskey Steak.

They so far have been the only meal that you put in the microwave for the indicated time and they actually cook properly.

So here’s how I’m going to rate this stuff on a scale from 1-10.


Cafe Steamers (only applicable to the 3 that I’ve tried thus far).

Category Rating
(1-10) with 10 being the best.
Portion Size 8 Overall a decent portion size. 
Portability 8 Fits easily in a small soft sided thermal lunch box.  You still have room for snacks and what-not.
Cookability 10 The time indicated on the box is spot on, in the different microwaves I’ve used.  Very Consistent
Preparation 9 Drop dead simple to cook, open the box, put it in the Microwave.  No poking, or slicing.  When done peel of the top, dump the food into the sauce and eat.  Comes with it’s own bowl* 
Food Quality
9 So far all have tasted great or better than expected.  I realize taste is subjective, but this is good stuff.  The quality of the meat has been good too, no hard rubbery steak, etc.
Over ALL Score 44 out of a possible 50 isn’t too bad.

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