eDiets Lunch Review: Cheesy Chicken Breast and Vegetables Wrap with Sweet Potato Fries

by Marianne Plunkert                                   

Overall rating:  3.8 of 5.0

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

My first luncheon entrée in Week 3 of my eDiets program consisted of a chicken and vegetable wrap with a side of sweet potato “fries.”  The meal came in a 2-compartment container, with a generous serving of chicken breast/vegetable filling in one section and the sweet potatoes in the second section.  A 6-inch whole wheat tortilla lay atop the chicken and vegetables.

I put the word “fries” in quotes because these sweet potato fries in no way resemble the sweet potato fries that you get when you order them in a restaurant.  They are basically fry-sized slices of a sweet potato (skin on) with the consistency (and taste) of a baked sweet potato.

Cheesy Chicken Breast and Vegetables Wrap with Sweet Potato Fries

The cooking instructions said to remove the tortilla and microwave the other items on high for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.  As usual, I added 15 minutes to this time, which made the meal sufficiently hot.

The meal plan calls for the dieter to provide a fruit accompaniment.  I chose to have ½ cup of canned, light mixed fruit with the entrée.

My General Impressions

As was the case with the tuna wraps I had for lunch a couple of times in Week 2, this tortilla shell was on the soggy side when I removed it from the top of the chicken breast and vegetable mixture.  Nevertheless, after heating the filling, I assembled the wrap and cut in half to make it easier to handle.

The filling itself looked incredibly appetizing.  Chunks of chicken breast, red and green peppers, sautéed onions, and mushrooms—all ingredients that make my mouth water--were combined in a light cheesy sauce.  The filling tasted delicious, too.  It was moist and provided a variety of palate-pleasing flavors and tongue-tantalizing textures that almost, but not quite, trumped the soggy texture of the shell containing it. 

As mentioned above, the sweet potato “fries” tasted like slices of baked sweet potatoes.  They were neither good nor bad, just misnamed in my opinion.

Nutritional Content

This luncheon entrée contains 230 calories, only 45 of which are from fat.  That translates to

less than 20%.  There are 13 grams of protein and a disappointing (to me) 30 grams of total carbs, with 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of sugars.

This meal definitely fills your daily Vitamin A requirement—and then some.  It provides 170% of the recommended daily average dose of that vitamin.  It also provides 20% of the Vitamin C, 25% of the iron, and 4% of the calcium requirements.

There’s some milk listed among the ingredients, but that’s the only dairy that this entrée offers.  The chicken amounts to less than a full serving of protein.  The sweet potatoes, combined with the vegetables in the filling, probably add up to a serving from the vegetable food group.  The tortilla provides a serving from the starch category, and my mixed fruit cup was a full serving of fruit.

Food Rating/Quality

Although I enjoyed the taste and texture of the chicken/vegetable filling, I can only justify giving this entrée a rating of 3.8 on a scale of 1 to 5.  I have eaten a diet meal that I purchased in the frozen food section of my grocery store that was better.  The filling was similar in taste and texture, and the shell was packaged separately so that it had not become soggy.

That meal didn’t happen to come with a side of anything as I recall, but I wasn’t overly impressed with this entrée’s side of sweet potato fries anyway.  I wouldn’t have missed it.

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