by Marianne Plunkert
Overall rating: 3.8 of 5.0
Meal Description and Cooking Instructions
I substituted this luncheon entrée for the entrée that was originally scheduled to be shipped to me because I knew I was going to be on the go all day without access to a microwave. The Tuna Salad Wrap with German Potato Salad does not require cooking. In fact, the instructions on the package stress the fact that neither the meal container nor its contents should be microwaved.
The meal came in a 2-compartment plastic tray with about ¼ cup of tuna salad filling on one side and about 1/8 cup of potato salad on the other. A 6-inch whole wheat tortilla shell lay on top of the potato salad.
I put a small ice pack in my lunch “box” and set the plastic container on top of it. I added some red grapes that I had selected for my serving of fruit, some napkins and a fork, and I was ready to go.
Tuna Salad Wrap with German Potato Salad in lunch box
My General Impressions
I appreciated the convenience that this entrée offered. I was able to eat it in my car during the brief amount of time I had between running some essential errands and meeting a group of women to go hiking. I simply pulled the film off the plastic tray, scooped the tuna filling onto the tortilla shell and wrapped it up. I ate the potato salad directly from the container.
The tuna salad contained carrot slivers and bits of celery, which added some texture to it. It was seasoned well enough, too, but I can only call it “good.” It was not exceptional.
The tortilla shell that held it was not so good. It had been packaged atop the potatoes and parts of it had gotten soggy. I don’t know why eDiets didn’t encase it in plastic to protect it.
While I would hardly refer to the potato dish as German potato salad, it was good enough. Chunks of red-skinned potatoes (skin on) laced with bits of green and red peppers were served in a delicately-spiced, vinegar-based dressing.
Only 50 of this meal’s total 230 calories are from fat—or slightly less than 22%. It contains 25 grams of total carbohydrates, with 3 grams of fiber and only 1 gram of sugars. The entrée also has 17 grams of protein.
This eDiets luncheon entrée is wonderfully nutritious. It provides 40% of the recommended average daily dose of Vitamin C, 25% of the iron, 10% of the Vitamin A, and 2% of the calcium. The lower calcium content is not unexpected since this meal doesn’t offer anything from the dairy food group. My grapes provided the only fruit content, but they equaled 1 full serving.
I am giving this meal a slightly less-than-good rating of 3.8. It would have scored substantially higher with me had the tortilla shell not been so soggy. Albeit not exceptional, the taste and texture of both the tuna salad itself and the side of potatoes were good.
What I enjoyed most was that this was a healthy meal that I could pop into my lunch box to eat on the run. And it kept my hunger at bay throughout the afternoon, which included a 6-mile, moderately strenuous, hike. That’s not to say I wasn’t ravenous when I arrived home. I couldn’t wait to dive into my dinner of Pork Roulade, which was deliciously satisfying.
Postscript: As it happened, this meal was on the luncheon menu for a second day this week. The tortilla shell was even soggier. I hope to find a different packable lunch on next week’s eDiets’ substitution list, but I will order this one again if I must.