Americanized Mexican dishes stick to your ribs

Rush-Hour Remedies

January 24, 2001|By Joanne E. Morvay

Item: Uncle Ben's Mexican Style Bowls

What you get: 1 bowl

Cost: About $3.89

Nutritional content: Southwest Style Chicken - 330 calories, 5 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 1,810 milligrams sodium; Beef Fajita -- 300 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 1.5 grams saturated fat, 1,130 milligrams sodium

Preparation time: 7 minutes in microwave, 1 hour in conventional oven

Review: These Mexican Style meals are among Uncle Ben's newest offerings. Style seems to be the keyword here. This is stick-to-your-ribs fare that's a bit Americanized - like Mexican food made by my Polish grandmother. The Southwest Style Chicken was a melange of white rice, blackened chicken strips and vegetables in a slightly spicy pepper sauce. The Beef Fajita bowl offered beef strips in a fajita-type sauce with tomatoes, onions and corn, all atop seasoned rice. Satisfying, but you're not likely to find these served south of the border.

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