Review: Fresh Direct Frozen Entrees

Every now and then we are contacted to review products that our readers might be interested in trying. FreshDirect contacted Uptownflavor about a couple of new products rolling out this fall. The first is a line of frozen entrees. “Customers can choose from 10 entrée options, from dishes filled with lush vegetables to rich dinners full of hearty comfort. Every option goes from freezer to table in minutes and provides a comfort meal that doesn’t require a lot of preparation.” I tried two of the ten options: the Bay Scallops and the Sunday Ham.

Bay Scallop & Vegetable Risotto – Scallops, Creamy Italian Rice, Asparagus, Fava Beans, Cauliflower & Roasted Corn.

This Bay Scallops were actually my favorite out of the two entrees that I tried. All of the ingredients were fresh and cooked perfectly, including the scallops. There were 390 calories, 12 grams of fat , 4 grams of sugar, and 670 mg of sodium. This a great option for a hot lunch or a light dinner.

Sunday Ham – Bourbon-Glazed Ham, Parsley Potatoes, Peas & Carrots

While the Sunday Ham was better than most frozen entrees I’ve tried by other brands, I was a little put off by the combination of flavors. The glaze they used for the ham was overly sweet in a synthetic sense. When I looked at the ingredients on the packaging I saw why. There were a lot of sugars and syrups used as well as the fact that the ham was actually Canadian Style Bacon. The veggies on the side were good, but it was missing either a mashed potato or a mashed sweet potato on the side to make it complete. I wouldn’t try the Sunday Ham again. There were 360 calories, 11 grams of fat, 11 grams of sugar, and 1580 mg of sodium.

Other options offered include:

Bistro Chicken – Grilled All-White Breast Meat from Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Haricots Verts, Spiced Potatoes & Creamy Béchamel Sauce

Southern-Style BBQ Brisket – Beef Brisket with Barbecue Sauce, Kale with Berkshire Bacon, Baked Beans & Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

Vegetarian Pasta Primavera – Farfalle Pasta, Asparagus, Cauliflower, Broccoli & Spinach with Creamy Parmesan Basil Sauce

Turkey & Cornbread Stuffing Dinner – Roasted All-White Turkey Breast Meat, Candied Pecan & Pork Sausage Cornbread Stuffing, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Vegetarian Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna – Spinach Pasta, Cremini Mushrooms, Spinach, Roasted Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Parmesan & Slow-Cooked Tomato Sauce

Turkey Meatballs, Whole-Wheat Penne Pasta, Slow-Cooked Tomato Sauce & Mozzarella Cheese

Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni – Spinach & Ricotta Filled Pasta with Tomatoes, Spinach & a Creamy Four-Cheese Alfredo Sauce of Parmesan, Emmental, Gorgonzola & Goat Cheese

Macaroni & Cheese with Berkshire Bacon – Pasta Shells with Gruyere Cheese Sauce, Berkshire Bacon, Butternut Squash & Roasted Tomatoes

FreshDirect’s entrees range in price from $5.99 for the pasta dishes to $7.99 for the meat and seafood entrees.

To place an order for FreshDirect’s Frozen Entrées, visit: www.freshdirect.com/freeze.

FreshDirect is also promoting their online Turkey Store in time for Thanksgiving. They are offering everything from delicious chef-made trimmings to the freshest turkeys (including antibiotic free options). This season, they will be selling Heritage turkeys from Epicurean Farms, only available at FreshDirect. These Bourbon Red turkeys, originating in Bourbon County, KY, are raised humanely and without antibiotics on an all-vegetable diet.

The company is also delighted to collaborate with Martha Stewart to offer the popular Young Turkey this year. Raised in a sustainable, responsible manner and with no artificial flavors added, the Martha Stewart Young Turkey is a conscientious option that is fresh and naturally delicious. Each whole, fresh Young Turkey is juicy and tender, and produced in partnership with leading turkey grower Hain Pure Protein.

Also available at FreshDirect are turduckens, a deboned turkey (raised without antibiotics) stuffed with a boneless chicken breast (also raised without antibiotics) and a boneless Muscovy duck breast.

Meal Sizes:

Sides Only Package (New!): Serves 4-6, $49.99
Extra Small (New!): Serves 2-3, $79.99
Small: Serves 4-6, $149.99
Medium: Serves 8-12, $229.99
Large (Includes City Harvest donation): Serves 14-18, $299.99

To order FreshDirect’s thanksgiving dinners, visit www.freshdirect.com.

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