Have you seen Weight Watchers Smart Ones Traditional Lasagna with Meat Sauce sitting in the freezer aisle and wondered whether or not you should give it a try? I mean, who wouldn't like a big serving of meaty and cheesy lasagna for only 300 calories? I was intrigued. I actually picked this up in the cafeteria of my dorm because it was this or the traditional dorm food that I was quickly growing tired of.
The microwave instructions for this baby require 4 minutes at high and 4 minutes at medium and 2 minutes of cooling ... with all that work, this had better come out as good as Lean Cuisine Cheese Lasagna with Chicken Scaloppini or Amy's Tofu Vegetable Lasagna. I opted to be a rebel and just pop it in the microwave until it seemed to be done. At 4 minutes, I took it out, looked at it and threw it in for another minute. After 5 minutes total, my meal was piping hot and ready to quiet my grumbling tummy.
One thing I will commend Smart Ones on is the sturdiness of their containers. Also, the meat sauce most definitely has a generous portion of baby meatballs dispersed throughout. Other than that, I was less than impressed. The noodles are very al dente and get tough around the edges. The picture on the box couldn't be more deceiving because the "layer" of ricotta between each thick, flavorless, tough noodle is thin enough to see through. The sauce has a nice flavor; but there is not enough of it and about half way through, it's about 85% noodles and I was left wondering where all of their accompaniments went.
Each 10.5 oz package of Weight Watchers Smart Ones Traditional Lasagna with Meat Sauce provides 300 calories, 9% & 14% of the daily value for total and saturated fat, 780 mg of sodium (33% of the DV), 18% of the DV for fiber, 8 grams of sugar and 17 grams of protein. The nutrition profile is not too shabby, while the ingredient list is so long that I'm afraid to read it!
This meal supposedly takes 10 minutes to cook. If you find yourself reaching for Smart Ones Traditional Lasagna with Meat Sauce, please refrain and spend those 10 minutes heating up Amy's Vegetable Lasagna or even whipping up a grilled cheese sandwich ... anything is better than what awaits you after those 10 minutes. The $3.00 that I paid for this overpriced, mediocre meal might as well have gone in the trash. Although, to its defense, I did consume this whole meal ... I just never wish to do so again.