I’ve mentioned before that I have a $3 cut-off limit when it comes to boxed lunches, my reasoning being that for anything over 3 bucks I might as well go out to lunch and enjoy myself. But every once in a while I’ll shake things up and “splurge” if something looks out-of-this-world.
This week I noticed a new box from Amy’s (I knew it was new because it had in big bold letters NEW!) and decided it looked interesting. I love Amy’s burritos and Amy’s veggie lasagna, so I reached deep down in my wallet and made the purchase.
Amy’s Bowls Tortilla Casserole and Black Beans has very simple heat up instructions (4-5 minutes on High) and as the timer wore down the smell emanating from the office kitchen had caught the noses of a few coworkers of mine. Since I’m rarely enticed by the smell of frozen entrees, I had very high hopes for this bowl. (Just a note, it’s gluten free, all organic and vegetarian).
The black beans and the casserole were separated nicely and the actual image wasn’t too far off from the box. The tortilla chips in the casserole were surprisingly crunchy for a frozen boxed lunch and the beans were not a huge black bulging mass, but rather looked like beans. Ultimately, this baby needed some salt. And some spice. And some flavor. With 33% of my daily intake of sodium, you would think I’d be able to taste the salt. You would think.
As I ate the crunchy casserole, I noticed small white specks of something, which now as I’m reading the ingredients list I realize was organic tofu (there’s no mention of that on the front of the box, which I find odd). That’s a new one for me. But even with organic vegetables, organic black beans, organic corn, organic tomatoes, organic, organic, organic… this dish really could have been a huge hit if it just had a little more spice to it.
All in all, I will not be splurging on this Amy’s bowl again, unless I want to make some hungry coworkers envious of my meal… But I will continue to splurge on Amy’s Veggie Lasagna.