At my house we have this saying: Man plans, dog laughs. My 12-year-old, high-maintenance, Very Expensive Yellow Lab runs our lives -- and that's fine, most of the time. Sure, it's cost us a fortune in special diets, vet fees, surgeries and airfare change fees, but what the hell -- she sure is cute and snuggly!
So when I came home last week with a Homestyle Asiago Ranch Chicken Club sandwich from Wendy's, I really should have known better than to leave it on a stool while I changed my clothes and put away the groceries. Because even after two ACL repair surgeries, and with a herniated disc in her neck pinching a nerve, Sandy managed to reach the bag, tear it apart and eat every single thing inside, including chewing open and cleaning out the condiment packages.
In lieu of a (human) review of the Asiago sandwich -- in case you were wondering, canines seem to love it -- I dug through my cupboards and freezer to see what other fast options I had on hand to review. In the freezer I happened upon a Kashi Roasted Garlic Chicken Farfalle "Steam Meal."
The description: "Natural White Chicken, Asparagus, & Spinach over Kashi 7 Whole Grain Farfalle Pasta with a Roasted Garlic, Tomato, Red Wine, and Basil Sauce."
Frankly, my taste buds were all set for the Asiago sandwich, so I wasn't all that excited. That said, the smells emanating from the microwave were somewhat promising -- I could actually identify "tomato" and "asparagus," specifically. I zapped the bag for the prescribed four and a half minutes, let it sit for one and tore it open to see what would happen.
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For about five bucks and fewer than 300 calories (280, to be exact), you could do a lot worse, especially in the pasta department. Usually microwave pastas are positively disgusting, but Kashi does a good job of keeping its version from straying into the "mush" category. We aren't talking al dente here, but the pasta is far from gummy. There is a good bite from the garlic, the asparagus has a nice, fresh snap, and the tomato/wine sauce is quite rich and delicious -- I sopped up the leftover with a piece of bread. The least delicious aspect of this is the chicken, which is rather dry and had a bit of that "from the freezer" aftertaste, which had me wondering how it compared to the Asiago chicken breast my dog stole out from under me.
What I love most about this Kashi Steam Meal is that it is perfectly portioned for one and easy enough to jazz up with a little bit of parmesan cheese, or even leftover veggies from last night's dinner. I'm happy enough that I added this to my grocery list for next week -- I think I might fare better with the vegetarian Spinach & Artichoke pasta meal -- but I still yearn for my Wendy's Asiago Chicken Sandwich. Until next week...