***This review series was written by Jenna M Wood of Momma Told Me, for Blog POP! All opinions expressed therein are provided voluntarily, and solely hers.
Bistro MD: Day 1
By; Jenna M Wood, Momma Told Me
The second day I awoke to prepare my breakfast; Spinach and Mushroom Omelet, the second day of mushrooms and eggs! After my first day, I had decided to utilize the convenience of microwaving my entrees for the remainder of the program. My microwave wattage tends to run low, so this works out to 8 minutes for me, while most will find 5-6 sufficient. Because Bistro MD has identified each entree from the exterior cardboard sleeve pulling my day’s entrees was quick and simple. On the front of each of the sleeves/jackets is an ingredient breakdown, chef’s serving suggestions, and Nutritional Facts grid. I noticed the breakfasts are particularly noted as such, for easy pulling.
My Bistro MD Chicken and Spinach and Mushroom Omelet was stuffed with fresh leaf spinach and sliced domestic mushrooms, covered in a generous blanket of smoked paprika Hollandaise. This breakfast also weighed in at just 240 calories; hard to believe with such a beautifully creamy Hollandaise. This egg was also surprisingly fluffy, and easy to cut with the edge of my fork. The moist wild mushrooms added a savory aroma the the dish. Alongside the omelet was a heaping portion of cubed sweet potatoes, a little blander than I would have liked, and more cooked than anticipated. I decided to add a dash of salt to them, and ended up only finishing 2/3 of my meal, stuffed by meals end!
For lunch was the new to me “Chicken with Grey and Pearl Pasta” weighing in at 300 calories, again. The entree’s sleeve described the chicken breast as a grilled ‘bone in’ breast of chicken, though there was no bone on my plate. This was accented by smooth, and elegant pearl pasta (which reminded me of cous cous), and a thin glaze like Chicken Jus Gravy. I must say this plate certainly rustled my taste buds- what a sight, and with ample Chicken Jus left over! If this is diet food, count me on a diet for life, because the taste was simply indulgent and wonderfully complex! By far, this dish has been my favorite so far.
For dinner that evening I enjoyed Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin, the first dish to actually appear dry when cooked. While the previous 5 entrees had actually shown signs of ample moisture (pools of liquid settles at the bottom of the trays), this one did not. Perhaps it would have been a better candidate for stove-top heating? Weighing in at just 270 calories, this meal kept my entree total at less than 1000 for the day, 1200 with snacks (BBQ Snack Bites and Chocolate Pudding Cup). Upon a bed of brown rice pilaf, 5 tenderloins sat, coated in a sweet apricot mustard glaze. A large component of this meal was also the addition of spinach, which BistroMd uses a lot. The spinach was moist and tender, and helped break down the slightly overcooked tenderloin. In all the flavor was fresh and decadent, but the protein did disappoint in texture.
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