I’m not a huge fan of frozen dinners. But when I saw these Kashi dinners on sale at Meijer for $1.70 each (50% off!), I thought I would give them a try. They’re clearly marked “vegan” too. Thanks Kashi!
The Mayan Harvest Bake is advertised as “plantains, black beans, sweet potato & kale, Kashi 7 Whole Grain Pilaf, amaranth & polenta, and spicy ancho sauce.” There’s a lot going on here. The photo on the front of the box depicts a neatly-arranged square of layered ingredients, but we all know that’s not what reality holds inside the box (see second photo below). There is no such thing as artful presentation when it comes to frozen dinners.
Despite the conglomerated presentation, I enjoyed the flavors in this dish. I would love to create my own dish with similar ingredients, especially plantains and the enchilada-type sauce. From the top down:
- plantains: delicious any way you prepare them, really.
- black beans: see above. Can’t go wrong.
- sweet potatoes & kale: yes, please.
- Kashi 7 Whole Grain Pilaf: hearty, grainy. Might be better as a side dish.
- amaranth polenta: worth making at home, since I love polenta. Yay for new grains!
- spicy ancho sauce: tasty, reminiscent of the sauce on Amy’s enchiladas.
- pumpkin seed garnish: very nice.
The verdict: tasty. Not sure I would purchase this if it had not been on sale. At least I have some new plantain ideas that don’t involve frying! With an apple for dessert, I’m full.