Less than sensational

RUSH-HOUR REMEDIES

March 06, 2002|By Joanne E. Morvay

Item: Stouffer's Oven Sensations

What you get: 2 servings

Cost: About $5.50

Nutritional content: Baked Chicken and Cheddar Rice - 410 calories, 13 grams fat, 6 grams saturated fat, 1,140 milligrams sodium, 52 grams carbohydrate, 9 grams sugars; Yankee Pot Roast - 310 calories, 9 grams fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 880 milligrams sodium, 40 grams carbohydrate, 7 grams sugars

Preparation time: 10 to 12 minutes in microwave, 30 to 35 minutes in oven

Review: On a blustery night, after a long day, there's nothing like coming home to a warm casserole. Stouffer's Oven Sensations take the work out of it for busy cooks. The frozen bags - marketed as home-cooked meals for two - include vegetables, seasonings and meat. We tried the Baked Chicken and Cheddar Rice and the Yankee Pot Roast. The rice in the chicken entree was filling, but included too many broccoli stalks and not enough broccoli florets. And the cheese sauce had an artificial taste that lingered. The Yankee Pot Roast was better, a hearty stew brimming with potatoes and beef. It almost tasted homemade after I mellowed the salty gravy with a splash of balsamic vinegar.

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