Monday, March 29, 2010

Powdered Eggs, A Bowl of Gravy with Chunks, and Other Interesting Phenomena (Medifast Food Reviews)

Breakfast!!

That's what I saw when I poured my new Medifast Scrambled Eggs into a bowl on the morning after I got my new shipment of food. Look yummy? Just add water! Yeah, I had my doubts too. Especially *after* I added the water. I got egg powder water. But you know me... I've done my research and knew *just* how to cook these eggs so they were palatable. First, I let them soak. This works for most Medifast foods: just add the water, put a lid on it, stick it in the fridge for awhile. I waited about 20 minutes and when I came back and stirred, it was the same consistency as Egg Beaters. I knew I was on the right track then. I also knew that they are best cooked on the stove in a nonstick pan. Pour them into the hot pan (medium heat) and WAIT. Do not start scrambling right away, as much as you may be tempted. Wait til they begin to set just a bit on the bottom and then slowly start to scramble. Don't stir TOO much, just enough to get it all cooked. I added a few torn fresh spinach leaves, some Mrs. Dash, and a couple tablespoons of lite grated cheddar:

Scrambled eggs! They were the same taste and texture as Egg Beaters. "So why not just use Egg Beaters?" you ask. Well, this is a Medifast meal. If you use Egg Beaters on this plan (and I do sometimes), you have to subtract them from your Lean & Green meal protein allowance, which works fine. BUT, it is nice to be able to have eggs AND a full dinner on a hungry day. Also, Medifast Eggs have a few things not found in Egg Beaters: 2g fat, 5g fiber, 10g carbs, plus various vitamins and minerals. That's why it is interchangeable with other Medifast meals.

Another food I ordered was Blueberry Oatmeal. Yeah, I am a glutton for punishment. I already said I don't like the oatmeals, but I thought the blueberry might make a decent muffin (from the recipe I shared earlier). And it did:

It needed a few more blueberries, but the flavor of this muffin was much better than the Apple Cinnamon or Maple flavors. It still has a bitter aftertaste to me. I would make this again but add a little sugar free vanilla syrup to it.

Next up is something I was pretty sure I would like: Medifast Chicken & Wild Rice Soup. The ingredients include freeze-dried chicken, white and wild rice, carrots, peas, shiitake mushrooms, and the usual slew of vitamins, minerals, soy protein and fiber. I knew to let it soak or I'd be eating hard rice pellets. I added boiling water, covered it, and left it in the fridge overnight. By lunchtime it was ready to rewarm. When I took it out of the microwave I knew we had a winner! It smelled SO good! It was a bit bland so I added some chicken bouillon. But boy was this a good meal! I really liked it. The picture doesn't do justice to how much stuff was in it, just below the surface of the broth. It was good and very filling AND it kept me full for hours. Two thumbs up!

Frosty, anyone?

I had eaten the Medifast Chocolate Pudding before (and reviewed it), but if you make it with a half cup of cold water and a cup of small ice cubes in the blender, you get a nice cold treat! Very good.

The next day was not quite so successful in the flavor department. I was hesitant to order the Medifast Beef Vegetable Stew, because of the "dog food" references I'd read on the message boards and because I am just not a fan of canned stew in general. Homemade stew? Good. Canned? Not so much. But I was willing to give it a chance. After all, it claimed to have potatoes, carrots, green beans, cabbage, tomato, celery, onion, parsley, and beef. How bad could it be?

I decided to simmer it on the stove as some people had reported better results with this method of preparation. I added the water and put it on the stove on low (covered) for a half hour, until all the vegetables were soft. I took off the lid. I smelled it... oh no. I took a small taste. Dear Lord. I came *this close* to tossing it in the trash. But I was determined. I added some black pepper and beef bouillon and sat down to try it. After one bite, I was thinking, "There is no freaking way. This is getting tossed." After the second bite I thought I would be able to finish it JUST THIS ONCE. After a couple more bites it actually became tolerable.

See, it was like a bowl of thick, slimy-ish gravy with a few bits floating in it. Totally gravyish. And the taste was a lot like that icky Dinty Moore stew you buy in the grocery store. In fact, if you like canned stew, I bet you would like this just fine with a few chopped cooked veggies added for substance. IF... and that is a very big IF... I ever decided to try this again, I would make it with less water and serve it as gravy over a cup of mashed cauliflower "potatoes." That might be okay.

::shudder::

On to better things: Medifast Cinnamon Pretzel Sticks. I loved these! They were super crunchy and (call me crazy, but) to me they tasted like the middle of a Cinnabon. (If you are not familiar with Cinnabons, take my advice and stay that way. Monstrous amounts of calories and fat but oh-so-tasty!) I enjoyed these sticks very much and will be eating them regularly.

Something interesting about the Honey Mustard pretzels, though. When I got them last month, I LOVED them. I got more this month and still LOVE them but they are different! I have heard other people say that some of the products are not terribly consistent, so I was not shocked, but there is a definite difference from last month. The last batch was sort of dry and powdery and there was a lot of dry powder in the bottom of the bag that I liked to eat. This batch, the powder is almost all stuck on the pretzels and they look "wetter" although they are not wet at all:

Just thought it was interesting; I still love them and will keep eating them.

Last but not least is the Medifast Chocolate Crunch Bar. I already had and liked the Chocolate Mint Crunch Bar so assumed this would be similar. It was.

It's almost identical to the Chocolate Mint Bar except there is no mint flavor. Maybe it is not quite as sweet. I liked its simple mild chocolate flavor (not intense) but it was probably the most boring bar yet for me. It is GOOD, and I'll gladly eat them, but I won't order them again just because the Mint one is yummier and so it the Peanut Butter Bar.

That's all my reviews for now. If you want to read my previous Medifast Food Reviews, they are here:

Chai Latte, Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Chili, Garden Vegetable Crackers, Chocolate Mint Crunch Bar, Chocolate Pudding

Cappuccino, Honey Mustard Pretzel Sticks, Peanut Butter Crunch Bar, Chicken Noodle Soup, Ranch Soy Crisps, Brownie

Oatmeal Raisin Crunch Bar, Cream of Chicken Soup, Dark Chocolate Antioxidant Shake, Hot Cocoa

Strawberry 55 Shake

Dutch Chocolate 55 Shake, Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal, Lemon Meringue Crunch Bar, Banana Pudding

Orange 55 Shake

Chili Nacho Cheese Puffs, Smores Crunch Bar

Vanilla Pudding, Fruit & Nut Crunch Bar

*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free.*

13 comments:

Lyn said...

*My links at the bottom were all messed up. Hopefully now they are fixed, but if not, I am working on it.

Knitty said...

Thank you Lyn! I love these reviews so much. :)

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Papa Deuce said...

Thanks to you, I made Spinach Dip today, and even my kids liked it.

gettingandstayinghealthy said...

Lyn, I love reading your blog, even though I don't comment often. Fascinating, this Medifast thing. Thank you for the education. :)

Shae said...

The beef stew stuff didn't look too good to me either. But, the rest of the food looked yummy.

Rebekah said...

Hmmmm I wonder if I can make my chocolate 55 shake into a frosty.... Will have to search the boards! thank you for your reviews! It really helps me to pick and choose!
You are doing so wonderful Lyn!

Be well!

Diz said...

Some of this food actually looks pretty tasty....I'm intrigued! Thank you for the informative post!

Jess said...

Ooo, the chocolate crunch looks good. That beef stew is not very appealing and that's too bad about their food varying on a month to month basis. Maybe your review will help them achieve more consistency!

And you could probably help them improve that beef stew too hehe.

tim said...

Wow. This is great.

I've never thought of letting the medifast meals soak overnight before eating. What a great idea.

I have the Maryland Crab Soup and really didn't like it - BUT that was more because of the texture than anything else.

Very, very cool!!!

RLibby said...

Rebekah and Tim -

Since you're both on plan, check back in Lyn's older posts for a coupon code for $50 your next order. Anyone else interested, you can use it, too! Just want to make sure no one misses an opportunity to save :)

Renee
PR Coordinator
Medifast, Inc.

mongomoss said...

Do you know if I could use store bought quick oatmeal in place of the MediFast ?

Lyn said...

mongomoss~

no, you can't if you are following the Medifast diet. Store bought oatmeal is much higher in carbs and doesn't have nearly the protein that Medifast oatmeal does.