Reviews: Simply Chocolate Chip Cookies & Kashi Frozen Meal

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Pillsbury Simply Chocolate Chip Cookies

Awhile back, I received a coupon for a free package of Pillsbury Simply… cookies. These ready-to-bake cookies are free of trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and colors so they seemed right up my alley. I chose the chocolate chip variety, but peanut butter is also available.

Simply chocolate chip cookies

The cookies were very easy to make, I placed the dough balls on a cookie sheet and baked at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes.  After removing the cookies from the oven, they looked golden brown, but a little soft to the touch.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Overall, I would give these cookies 3 out of 10 stars. I liked that they contained all natural ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla, etc. and they were easy to make, but they just didn’t taste that good. The cookies were kind of bland and the texture was too crumbly. Making cookies from scratch isn’t too difficult (and it’s kind of fun!), so I would recommend homemade over ready-to-bake varieties anyday.

Kashi Lemongrass Coconut Chicken

In the attempt to empty out my freezer, I made this Kashi frozen meal for dinner a few nights ago. The meal was easy enough to prepare although it did take longer than the microwave directions suggested. Once heated and plated, the food actually looked very similar to the front of the box.

Kashi frozen meal

This dinner had great nutritional stats – 300 calories, 8 grams of fat, 7 grams of fiber, and 18 grams of protein. I think this frozen meal would make a good small-ish lunch, but it might be a little skimpy for dinner. To fill me up, I had a sliced apple and some almond butter on the side.

Kashi lemongrass coconut chicken

The chicken and grains were very yummy, but the veggies got a little mushy in the microwave. Also, this dish has a strong lemongrass flavor, so make sure you like lemongrass before buying! I would give Kashi Lemongrass Coconut Chicken 6.5 out of 10 stars.

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6 Responses

  1. That cupcake is ridiculous!

    I’ve wanted to try that frozen kashi meal! Thanks for the review!

  2. My favorite trail mix ingredients would be white chocolate chips, cocoa roasted almonds, cashews, and dried cherries.

    I’m disappointed to hear the cookies weren’t great. I was so happy to see pillsbury taking a step foward with their product line in terms of health. Did you know betty crocker now has a gluten free line?

  3. Love trail mix; faves include raw almonds, dried cranberries, dried cherries, cashews, cereals, gogi berries, soy nuts….just about anything actually

  4. Hmmm i’ll have to try those cookies.. atleast you gave them a shot right?

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  5. Yeah…frozen meals just don’t appeal to me! I’d much rather make more dinner and save the leftovers!

    Trail Mix! Now that’s something I haven’t made in a while…my faves are dark choc chips (ESSENTIAL), cashews, macademias, raisins…uh oh I’m getting peckish…must stop thinking about trail mix!

  6. thanks for all the reviews and tips! this was a great post. I saw that curry kashi meal and decided to make my own fresh version for cheaper! I liked it alot but still wanted to try the frozen.

    i love pecans and oats in my trail mix. :)

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