Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Factor 75 Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Fusilli

Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Fusilli with Italian Herb-Roasted Zucchini

One thing I've noticed about the Factor 75 foods is they really like to be flexible and creative with the pasta they use.  Fusilli is a spiral-shaped Italian pasta.  Pasta is made in different shapes because increasing the surface area gives more places for the sauce to cling, increasing your flavor profile. This particular dish uses Lentil flour to make its pasta rather than wheat flower.  Lentils are tiny beans, and they make pasta with the same texture as wheat pasta but with more protein and more fiber, basically more bang for your carbs.

You get about 2/3 of a boneless, skinless chicken breast cut up into the dish.  You don't miss having more chicken as it's about eight ounces of food.  It's seasoned with basil, oregano, and garlic and then covered in a generous portion of the cream, sun-dried tomato sauce.  

Like with my last review, the zucchini side dish was generous.  Normally you'd expect chefs to just load it down with salt and butter and call it a day, but since they're choosing to spend their fat ounces on the main entry, there's hardly any fat at all, so they make up for it by really developing a garlic-centered flavor profile.  It's a generous portion and really very good.

They recommend you not freeze your meals, although you could.  From a cold but not frozen state, they recommend you microwave it for two minutes, which gets the meal very warm, almost too hot to take the cover off, but doesn't overcook the pasta or the meat.

Summary: Of the two meals I've reviewed so far, this was my second favorite, but still very good.  I'd have no problem serving this to an important guest.  It's flavorful and filling and under 500 calories, which is important to me.  You get 28 grams of protein, which is just two grams less than a Premier Protein shake.  

1 serving - 12.4 total ounces.  

Calories            490
Fat                    27g
Saturated Fat    12g
Carbohydrate    36g
Sugar                9g
Dietary Fiber    6g
Protein              28g
Cholesterol      130mg
Sodium            900mg

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