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Simply Sensible Meals by Biggest Loser

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I’m a huge fan of the television program Biggest Loser. For those that aren’t familiar with the series, it chronicles the weight loss journey of a group of overweight people. They attempt to lose weight by dieting and exercising and compete against another group of people to see who can lose the most weight. Being someone who recently dropped 40 pounds and hit her goal weight, weight loss and maintenance is a HUGE passion of mine.

Simply Sensible is a line of refrigerated meals that have been certified by the American Heart Association and licensed by NBC’s The Biggest Loser. I think I’ve tried just about every diet meal product known to mankind. What makes the Simply Sensible meals different is that they are freshly created and never frozen. They incorporate the Sous Vide cooking method that allows natural flavors to develop and provides a longer shelf life with less sodium and no preservatives. The meals are found in the refrigerated section and because they aren’t frozen, they are easy to prepare and ready in just a few minutes – unlike the 40 minutes that many diet frozen meals require.

I also appreciate that each Simply Sensible meal option serves two people. Many people are dieting or trying to eat healthier along with a spouse and this allows them to prepare one meal for both people. All you need to do is add in a cup of vegetables or a tossed salad and you have a complete, healthy meal for two. Because it isn’t frozen, there is no need to include a plastic tray like many frozen meals do. The meal is enclosed in a plastic bag that was designed to improve convenience and reduce environmental impact. It is fully cooked and can be heated in either the microwave or on the stove top.

Simply Sensible meals are available in five different varieties. Zing Chicken with Brown Rice is 230 calories per serving and contains 1.5 grams of fat per serving. Beef Pot Roast and Gravy with Mashed Potatoes has 200 calories per serving and 5 grams of fat per serving. Beef Tips and Gravy with Brown Rice has 200 calories per serving and 3.5 grams of fat per serving. Meat Lasagna has 200 calories per serving and 5 grams of fat per serving. Mediterranean Style Chicken with Bowtie pasta has 250 calories and 6 grams of fat per serving.

I received the Beef Tips and Gravy and the Zing Chicken for review. I prepared both on the stove top and was very pleased that they were heated through in about 5 minutes. This is perfect for those busy nights when I don’t have a lot of time to make dinner. The meat was tender and very flavorful and the rice was exactly the right texture. I have had a bunch of different frozen diet meals and these far surpassed those for taste and texture. Even my husband, who does not eat diet meals enjoyed the Simply Sensible meals. He couldn’t even tell they were for people who were watching their weight. He especially appreciated that there were real chunks of meat in these dinners and not tiny little pieces.

Simply Sensible meals will be available in grocery stores nationwide beginning in January 2011. It’s expected to retail for $6.99 for a two serving package. You can find more information on their website. Check out their store locator to find a store near you that sells them. It doesn’t look like there are any stores in Vermont yet that carry them although I am hoping there are soon! You can also receive a coupon on their site as well.

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About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.
  • Robin

    Wow, you must have gotten something different than me. I got the Beef Pot Roast and Gravy. The picture shows five pieces of meat per serving (even says serving suggestion under picture) and there are 2 1/2 servings in the package. Well it was basically soup with three pieces of meet, about 6 pieces of potato (the size of a marble), a bunch of peas, and 6 pieces of carrot (the size of a pea). Totally not what the picture shows and wasn’t enough for one person never the less two people.

  • http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ Ellen Christian

    I had no problem at all with the serving size but I have been on Weight Watchers for a while and am used to more realistic serving sizes. If you’re expecting to get as much as *non diet* meals, you won’t find that here. It’s a comparable portion when compared to other diet meals.

  • renee

    I bought the beef tips & the Mediterranean style chicken, and like Robin, it was the worst money ever spent. They were both like soup, and no meat whatsoever…the meat that was there was grissle, it was horrible. When these first came out I tried the Mediterranean chicken and it was great, sure didn’t look the same as now, in fact the bowtie pasta was in a separate bag, and there was so much I could barely finish it. So nevertheless, I won’t be buying this product again and I’ll be sure to tell my friends not to either.

  • http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ Ellen Christian

    Well this review was posted last year & I haven’t purchased them recently. When they first came out, the beef tips was really good & definitely not like soup. I’ll have to check one out now and see how they’ve changed.

  • Lisa

    Had the beef “tips”. Seriously it was rice soup found one small piece of meat and the rest of the beef a few slivers were the size of the rice. So deceiving from the photo on the box this is the worst dinner I have ever bought!!!

  • nancy

    We bought the beef tips and it only had 1 piece of meat and it looked like pig slop. I refused to even try it

  • ginadonn

    well at least you guys got to try them we cant even loc ate them. theyre suppose to be sold at supertarget and superwalmart in tulsa, ok but NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shazam

    Well, I purchased beef tips with gravy.
    What the ‘meat’ was, was hunks of gristle in a watery so called gravy. It was awful! So bad in fact, even my dog would not eat it!!

  • are

    I bought the beef tips with gravy and brown rice. It looked like watery dog food and tasted horrible. The “beef” was horrible; the package says it contains soy, wonder if they somehow infused soy into the “beef.” How can they sell this slop?

  • RONNI IN CLEARWATER

    The pictures of shrimp marinara conjures up
    a delightful meal for two.My wife served this to me for supper last night. i burst out laughing are you kidding me. She spooned out what looked like swill and not one shrimp. Im surprised talk about bait and switch. this stuff is crapp
    shame on you people…..

  • Douglas in Largo

    The picture of the beef tips is entirely false and misleading. 2-1/2 servings? You’ve got to be kidding! No wonder it’s certified as a diet meal. You are perpetrating a sham on the consumer [me] and it is not appreciated! Our circle of friensds has been alerted to this shameful scam! My wife would not even eat the second of two small cubes – it’s terrible!!

  • Elaine

    What a scam! I bought the beef tips and gravy and it was NOTHING like the picture on the front of the box. Like most of the other comments, this was not worth feeding to my dog. The few beef tips were nothing but gristle. It looks like pig slop. And, to make matters worse, it was not inexpensive. I bought it for something different because Publix had it on sale. I believe I paid $3.99, regular price $5.99. What a rip off!

  • Mike

    NO ANIMAL WAS HARMED IN MAKING OF THIS PRODUCT!!

  • Melodie

    I got the Beef Pot Roast and Gravy. It said with redskin potatoes and vegetables. It looked like it came with mashed potatoes, from the picture. It contained 5 very small bites of beef, some potatoes, carrots and soup. Nasty. No rice, no noodles, it was $6.99 which is twice as much as most of these meals and I am still hungry. I did not finish the meal. It was not good at all.

  • http://blogcritics.org/tastes/article/simply-sensible-meals-by-biggest-loser/#comments hal

    TERRIBLE!!!!!!!
    Beef tips with Rice look, smell, and taste like peppery dog food!!!

  • Pete F.

    Beef Tips And Gravy with Brow Rice. Absolutely the worst. Soupy Rice ( Where’s The Beef )? 5-6 Tiny pieces Nothing like what was picture on the box. Total dissapointment. Wouldn’t reccomend to anyone.