TGI Friday’s Potato Skins-A Quick Simple Appetizer

Filed Under (Appetizers, Quick Meals, Review, Snacks) by Lisa on 09-03-2009

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A few months ago I was at Costco browsing in the frozen food section. I found some potato skins by TGI Fridays that seemed appealing so I bought them. They have been sitting in the freezer ever since.

Today I decided to give them a try.The box directions said to bake them in the oven for 11-12 minutes. I was impressed with the quick baking time.

The potato skins are stuffed with cheddar and bacon. I had a few hot out of the oven. They were slightly crispy on the outside and nice and soft in the middle.

I had them with some mild salsa. However even with salsa they seemed like they were missing a “zing” to them. Maybe I just thought they would be more flavorful then they were. Maybe if I had eaten them with a medium salsa that would have given me the “zing” that I was hoping for.

Nutrition wise the potato skins have 70 calories in each potato skin or 210 calories in three skins. They also have the following (in three skins): 12 g fat, 25 mg cholesterol (ouch), 15% sodium 360 mg, and 10% calcium ( I thought this was a very good thing for me).

Overall I did enjoy the potato skins, however since they were missing a “zing” in flavor that I was hoping for I’m not sure if I would buy them again.

Souffer’s Bistro Crustini Review

Filed Under (Quick Meals, Review, Snacks) by Lisa on 06-01-2009

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Awhile ago I bought a Souffer’s  Bistro Crustini package for my boyfriend. In the end it ended up in my freezer instead of his. It is not something I normally would have bought, but knowing he likes them that it what made me buy it.

Yesterday I decided to give it a try, so I had it for lunch. Here are my thoughts on it.

The Bistro Crustini type was Philly-Style Steak and Cheese. The box describes this Crustini as: layers of tender steak and mozzarella cheese in a flakey crust.

Before cooking the Crustini you place it in the crusting envelope/pouch provided.

The Crustini is a frozen food. The instructions say to microwave it for 2 minutes. I cooked it in the microwave for 1 min 55 seconds, and that seemed too long. It was way to hot to eat right away.

One thing that I liked about the Crustini, is that it did not get soggy in the microwave. The crusting pouch works really well.

Taste wise the Souffer’s Philly-Style Steak and cheese Crustini is very yummy. The meat and cheese melt in to a succulent melody of flavor. The flakey crust is also perfect.

As far as a meal goes, the Crustini probably won’t fill you up. However it is a good, quick snack to have.

In each Bistro Crustini box there are 2 individually wrapped Crustini. The average price for a box is about $3.90, so that works out to $1.95 per package. It is a decent price (not super cheap or super expensive) for a snack.

Nutrition wise the Bistro Crustini doesn’t score too well. In each Crustini there are 310 calories! This tasty snack is also high in sodium (670 mg 28% of your daily intake) and fat (14g 22% of your daily intake). The Crustini is a decent source of calcium (15% of your daily intake) and iron (15% of your daily intake).

The Bistro Crustini; Philly-Style Steak and Cheese is a tasty snack. It might not be the best option if your on a low fat diet or low calorie diet. It is decently priced, and a quick and easy snack idea.

I enjoyed eating the Crustini, but probably won’t buy it again (unless my boyfriend really wants it for himself) since it doesn’t score high on the health scale.

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