A Perfect Fit Meal for a Picky Dad

Trying new foods is not at the top of my list of things to do. Honestly, it’s not even on my list. Food and me don’t always see eye to eye. I’m not allergic to anything, it’s just that I am a picky eater. Chicken strips and french fries, plain hamburgers, not very many veggies… That’s pretty much how I roll. When I turned 30 I told myself I would try new things, and it’s been over a year and there isn’t much that I have tried… Until recently.

Perfect Fit Meals contacted me asking if I would like to try out some samples of their products in exchange for a review. At first I was very hesitant as new foods definitely make me nervous, but I gave myself a pep talk and told myself I can do this, it’s only food. Yikes! I replied and said that I am up for the challenge. I was asked to pick out three meals from the Perfect Fit Meals menu of meals. I selected the Turkey Enchilada Casserole, Herb Crusted Chicken, and Chicken Carbonara.

IMG_1160So for the next three days I had lunch covered for work. The first day i started out with the Turkey Enchilada Casserole. It has white corn tortillas strips with lean ground turkey, enchilada sauce, cheddar cheese, and black bean corn salsa. I picked this one first since visually it looked okay and I have had enchiladas before. While they are not my favorite Mexican dish, enchiladas, in general, are not that bad. My biggest complaint about the enchilada casserole is the same complaint I have about regular homemade enchiladas, and that is that the tortilla shell gets too soft and mushy. According to my wife that is what is suppose to happen. So I guess there really isn’t anything technically wrong with it. As far as taste goes and whether or not this meal filled me up for lunch. I would say that it did. Out of the three it was my least favorite but it wasn’t so horrible that I had to throw it out. I ate it all with a few weird faces and while technically it’s not bad, or anything like that, I probably would not pick up this meal again. I will say that I showed my co-workers what I was eating and they thought it looked and smelled delicious (it really did). They as well as myself loved the packaging. The clear vacuumed sealed wrap is a nice touch over the standard box trays you would get from the less healthier brands. Being able to see the meal before purchasing is 100% better than deciding from a picture on a box.

IMG_1158The next day I popped the Herb Crusted Chicken into the microwave. This comes with sliced herb crusted chicken breast stuffed with a provolone uncured bacon sauce, served with rosemary roasted red potatoes and french green beans. The chicken in this meal was so delicious. So delicious in fact that it is surprising that it was even cooked in a microwave. The packaging was the same as the enchiladas where you could see what you were actually going to eat. I would say that the chicken in this meal was great, but what stole the show was that uncured bacon sauce. OMG, I need that recipe. It was so good. I’ve never had a sauce like that and it was amazing. My biggest complaint with this particular meal was the french green beans. I’ve never been a fan of green beans, but my mom and dad made me eat them when I was a kid so I can handle them. My issue more than likely was my own fault. My work microwave is old and probably not 1000 watts like the instructions suggest cooking for 1 1/2 – 2 minutes. I had to cook this meal for about 4 minutes for it to not be cold in the center. I have a feeling that this made the green beans a little more tender than I would have liked. I ate a few of them, but not all of them (sorry mom). I think having a better microwave probably would have cooked the green beans perfectly.

IMG_1159 The last Perfect Fit Meal that I had for lunch was Chicken Carbonara. Like the other meals you can actually see the food and something I didn’t mention is that the packaging on all of their meals is BPA Free. So if you are concerned about those kinds of things hopefully that can help you ease your mind. The Chicken Carbonara came with seasoned chicken breast with green peas and tomatoes, tossed with multigrain penne pasta in an uncured bacon cauliflower cream sauce. I liked this meal more so than the enchiladas but less than the herb crusted chicken. The sauce was good, it had a similar taste to the sauce in the previous meal but you could taste a little bit of the cauliflower, which was still very delicious. The peas were fine and the chicken was good. I also liked the penne pasta. This meal cooked better than the previous but I probably could’ve done without the tomatoes. They were cut really small, kinda like how you see them in a salsa, so it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be if they were cut bigger.

All in all I would say that Perfect Fit Meals are much better than the majority of other brands. I can’t recall ever seeing a fresh meal where you can actually see what’s inside instead of having to rely on a picture. That to me is worth the price of admission. Speaking of price, these meals are sigificantly more expensive than say a Banquet or Michelina’s. But don’t let that put you off. The food in these are excellent. Do not let my personal picky-ness be a factor in why you won’t try one. These meals are definitely better for you and definitely taste better than the processed meats, or even a plain old hot pocket, which is what I usually eat for lunch, but not anymore!

I want to thank Perfect Fit Meals for this opportunity to try out their fresh meals in exchange for this review. I also got a really cool t-shirt along with the meals so that is a bonus as well. I would suggest checking out the menu on their website to get a good idea of everything that they have to offer. There are a few meals on there that I do not remember seeing earlier this month. Those few I’ve got to try because they just look excellent.

So to summarize, Perfect Fit Meals are a great way to break away from the bland, over salted, processed meals. They are a few dollars more but you will know where your money went when you take your first bite. My only suggestion to make these meals better is for Perfect Fit Meals to bottle up that uncured bacon sauce and sell that by itself. It probably wouldn’t be too healthy but I can see myself pouring that stuff on just about everything!

Perfect Fit Meals provided St. Louis Dad with these products as compensation in exchange for an honest review. Please visit PerfectFitMeals.com for more information!

Richie

My name is Richie and I am a 34 year old father of two. My daughter is seven years old and my son is four. I am married to a beautiful woman named Destiny. She is the foundation of our family, and without her, none of this would be possible. During the day I work as a network administrator for a local school district. At night I can be found illustrating books, working on websites, or creating music, but more than likely though I am spending time with my kids.

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