October 21, 2011

Morningstar Chik'n Enchilada Entree

This week, it's another frozen entree: Morningstar Chik'n Enchilada.

This was your basic frozen Mexican meal in a box - not too pretty, but with high hopes for deliciousness, I popped it into the microwave. A few minutes later, I stirred the rice side dish, heated it a little bit more, and then I was ready to go.

It was…not bad. I added more salt, just so that I could actually taste the spices they put in. I always think it's so weird that, with so much sodium, so many frozen meals still taste bland. I understand that the sodium in the meal is not all sodium chloride (aka table salt), and that it is there for its preservative effects, not so much for its flavor effects, but still. It pains me a little bit to add more salt to something with so much in it already. But not so much that I'd choose to eat tasteless food instead.

Okay, more details now that the seasoning-to-taste was completed. The enchilada itself was not too bad. The first couple bites had none of the fake chicken in them, however. After some mild dissection, I discovered that all the chik'n in it seemed to be concentrated in one blob in the middle of the enchilada. I sort of expected it to be smaller, bite-size pieces scattered throughout, but what mine had was one big chunk in the middle. Maybe I got an unusual one. What I learned though, from having half of the enchilada with the chik'n and half without was that I actually preferred the bites without. In this case, I think they'd do better just making a black bean enchilada and not even bothering with the fake meat. It wasn't bad, but it didn't really add anything, and the texture detracted a little bit from the experience. Probably because it was a big chunk, and the bites with the chik'n had very little of the rest of the filling.

And only just now did I notice that the website says the chik'n in the enchilada is supposed to be shredded. I'm going to say that, for mine anyway, no it was not. It probably would have been much better if it was.

The experience:
Texture - reasonably chicken-y, but I wish it had been in smaller pieces and more evenly distributed
Flavor - with a little extra salt, this meal had some really good stuff going for it

Final grade for this attempt: B-

1 comment:

  1. This is not a real enchilada! come to visit mexico and you´ll see what is Mexican Food can be your personal tour girl

    Best Regards!