I picked up my first meals yesterday - they were well-packaged and no larger than a large carryout order at a restaurant, which was nice since I wasn't looking forward to carrying a bulky box out to my car. Each meal was also clearly labeled with a day and mealtime on the meal itself (Tuesday - Breakfast, etc), so it was easy to tell which was which, rather than having to match each meal to a menu and label it myself.
For breakfast this morning, I had "Whole Grain Date Pancakes made with Cinnamon and Applesauce aside Chicken Sausage Patties. Smart Balance Spread." I popped it all on a plate (since I've heard the containers are microwavable but sometimes leave an odd 'taste' to the food) and microwaved for 1 minute. The pancakes were soft, and sweet, overall very tasty with just the butter spread. I didn't miss the lack of syrup, even though I'm usually a bit of a syrup fiend. The sausage patties were also tasty, no complaints. I would happily eat this meal again.
I ate breakfast around 8:15am and was hungry again by 12:30pm, so I got out lunch. Today, it was "Curry Chicken Salad with Couscous aside Fresh Baby Carrots and House-made Red Pepper Hummus." I decided to eat it cold, since I typically prefer chicken salad and hummus cold. The chicken salad was somewhat bland - I'm probably used to fatty versions that are heavy on mayonnaise, but it didn't have much natural flavor. It wasn't off-putting, but also not very savory. Next time I'll probably try adding a little salt or other seasoning. The hummus was very good - I'm not usually a huge fan of raw carrots, but with the hummus as dip I ate them all and then finished off the hummus with a spoon. Overall, lunch was probably my least favorite meal of the day, but I would eat it again.
Unfortunately, I started feeling a little hungry by 4pm. I wasn't starving or miserable, just a little peckish, but by the time I got home at 6pm I decided it was time for dinner. Dinner was "Salmon and Potato Hash with the flavors of Lemon and Dill aside Red Cabbage and Apples." This was probably my favorite meal of the day, possibly because I had low expectations. I wasn't sure what to expect from "salmon and potato hash", but it had a mild salmon flavor, a slightly creamy texture with medium pieces of salmon and potato, and was fantastic warm. I really enjoyed it and hope it comes again. The red cabbage and apple mix I was also dubious about - I don't typically like red cabbage, and I couldn't see any apples. I tasted it hesitantly, and was pleasantly surprised. The cabbage had been cooked somewhat to give it a nice texture and there was a taste of sweet apples with a mild underlying cabbage flavor. I ate the cabbage/apple mixture cold. The amount of food for dinner was also very satisfying, so I'm expecting I'll feel full for a bit longer than lunch.
Overall, the first day was a success for me. I'd say I'm enjoying the meals so far at least as much as Bistro MD, with the added bonus that some items are cold and some hot. Also, perhaps because they're only refrigerated and not frozen, the reheated items seem more evenly heated and appealing. I'm a big consumer of frozen dinners but the difference between fresh / frozen I noticed today is enough to make me reconsider.
One downside of Good Measure Meals compared to Bistro MD is the meals don't come with individual preparation instructions - they're fridge temp and it's up to you to figure out how long to heat it or if it would be better cold. Generic instructions on the menu tell you to separate food items which need heating from those which don't, and then heat 1-3 minutes as desired. I have a pretty powerful microwave so 1 min has been plenty so far.
Now, I may not be a culinary master, but sometimes it's not apparent to me what needs to be heated and what should be eaten cold. Breakfast was pretty clear - hot pancakes and sausage. Lunch was chicken curry with carrots and hummus. The carrots and hummus seemed clear cold would be fine but the curry chicken salad I wasn't sure - I finally decided just to eat it cold and it was ok like that; I don't know if it would have been better warm. Dinner I actually took a small bit of the salmon-potato hash and red cabbage/apple mix and heated it up to try it. Turns out the hash, while tasty cold, was even better warm, but the red cabbage/apple mix was better cold.
I suppose a little trial and error never killed anyone, and what I DO like is not everything is hot - it's nice to have a chilled veggie or fruit side sometimes and made the meals seem a little more diverse to me.
Based on the meals from today alone, I went ahead and upgraded my plan next week to a 7-day package, and if the next couple weeks continue in this vein I may seriously consider the 4-week plan which has a slight price cut.
217 lb - 10 lb. lost - Achieved! 6/30/11
208 lb - BMI 29.8 (no longer "obese"!) - Achieved! 7/31/11
199 lb - Onederland! - Achieved! 9/11/11
190 lb - where I hope to be for Christmas - Achieved! 10/23/11
180 lb - what I weighed in college! - Achieved! 10/7/12
173 lb - BMI 24.8 (no longer "overweight"!) - Achieved! 12/6/12
160 lb - my lowest former weight! - Achieved! 7/11/13
150 lb - final goal weight!! - (target: 10/1/13)
Last edited by my2cats; 09-25-2012 at 11:20 PM.