Sunday, March 08, 2009

Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake

"Plantains with roasted sweet potato, black beans and kale. Spicy ancho sauce with pumpkin seed garnish served over Kashi seven whole grain polenta, plus amaranth."

Yesterday I received a coupon for a free frozen Kashi meal. I picked the Mayan Harvest Bake because that was the most appetizing looking variety the store had. Click on the link in the title to view the other meals; you'll see why that's not a compliment.

Plantains = 2 pieces of horribly mushy,pasty plantain. Plantains are one of my favorite foods, so I know they normally aren't awful like these.
Black beans = 3 Tbsp black beans. Lacked seasoning and were not tender enough
Sweet potato = 6 small chunks. Bland and pasty.
Kale = Just a few shreds scattered in between the beans. Not noticeable
Amaranth Polenta = Another one of my favorite dishes Kashi botched up. The polenta and the pilaf were all mixed together in a watery, grainy pile.
Spicy ancho sauce = Ancho chile pepper paste. Strong, obnoxious flavor. It wasn't spicy, although it had heat.
Kashi 7 whole grain pilaf = See polenta above. The ingredients were oats,long grain rice, rye, hard red winter wheat, triticale, buckwheat, barley and sesame seeds
Roasted and salted pepitas= Soggy pumpkin seed kernels that were mixed in with every layer of the meal

Thumbs down for Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake.


Anonymous said...

Did you cook it per the package instructions? I had the mayan harvest bake yesterday and found it to be delicious! Poke a few holes for steam, Cook for 5 minutes at 50% power and 3 minutes at high power with the entree placed at the outer edge of the microwave turntable. Then leave for 3 minutes before eating. Seeds were crunchy, no sogginess or mushiness on anything. Plantains were the appropriate texture, not squishy like a banana but normal cooked plantain texture. Try following cooking directions before you post a poor review on a great meal.

Megan said...

Yes, I followed Kashi's directions exactly. If I change a recipe or do something different than the package directions list, I always note that in a post.