A pot pie with only 1.5g of saturated fat?! That's what the nutrition facts for Amy's Non-Dairy Vegetable Pot Pie says - so I was all over, even though in the back of my mind I suspected that this might be too good to be true.
The picture on the box of this Vegan pot pie depicts a flaky, crispy crust, but do not be fooled! In reality, the crust is thick and doughy (and I cooked mine about 5 minutes longer than suggested). Usually I say the more crust the better, but this soggy crust, which is not only on the top, but also takes up a nice portion of the bottom of the dish, left me feeling very disappointed. And things didn't improve with the filling, or the "meat" of the pie.
After diving in to my make-shift dinner, I saw these blocks of what looked like beige sponges. Immediately, I went to the ingredient list to make sure that nothing foreign had been added to my mistake of a meal. That's when I saw that the 5th ingredient is organic tofu. It would have been helpful to know that while I was rushing through the grocery store, but Amy's failed to display that [in words] on the front of their package. Now, I have never been one for tofu and this was even worse than other options I have tried. However, since I am not a tofu expert, I will leave this out of the judging process.
The sauce is probably the only good part of this meal. The carrots and peas add a bit of crunch and there are quite a few, which you will be thankful for if you are unfortunate enough to have this dish sitting in front of you sometime. Overall, I only ate about half of the pot pie and was scouring the fridge with a rumbling tummy moments later.
The nutrition facts for Amy's Non-Dairy Vegetable Pot Pie are better than many other pot pies around - especially Pepperidge Farm Original Flaky Crust Roasted Chicken Pot Pie which we had to call DietTrash (read our take on this 1000 calorie wonder). Each (vegan) pot pie has 360 calories, 13 grams of fat (22% of the RDA), 1.5 grams of fat (8% of the RDA), 640 mg of sodium (27% of the RDA), 4 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar (50 grams of total carbohydrates) and 10 grams of protein. The pie also offers 80% of the RDA for Vitamin A, 15% for Vitamin C and Iron. The ingredients are all organic and wholesome.
I paid $2.97 (on sale) for this shameful excuse for a pot pie and will never be purchasing it again. I have had many vegan varieties of products and loved them, some even more than the non-vegan creations. And although I am not really a big fan of Tofu, I did enjoy Amy's Organic Medium Chili (read the review), so I know that Amy's can do better. That being said, if you are in the mood for a pot pie, steer WAY clear of Amy's Non-Dairy Vegetable Pot Pie. It is not worth the calories, fat, money or time it takes to cook it. I'm still on the look out for a pot pie that doesn't have a zillion calories and still tastes good (even better if it's vegetarian). Any suggestions?