Pros With Weight Watchers Lasagna
This Weight Watchers entree was relatively inexpensive at my local grocery store, when compared with similar items. I got it for just under three dollars because it was on sale, which may or may not be a bargain, depending on where you live. On a positive note, if you find yourself hungry while on Weight Watchers, this is a very filling meal and will definitely leave you satisfied. I had my lasagna next to some freshly steamed green beans sprayed with a light coating of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, and they went well together. I had some trouble finishing my vegetables due to the size of my entree, so it really is a great option when you're having one of those "hungry days". WW lasagna will also probably fulfill your pasta craving, if you happen to be having one. Â I usually try to eat a pasta entree like this one when my family is having pasta for dinner, so that I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything.
The tomato sauce that is used in the entree is actually not too bad; it seems to have the correct blend of tomato and spices. It's not bland and has a good consistency. I'm not sure if this is the same sauce recipe that is used in other tomato sauce-containing entrees that Weight Watchers makes. The packaging is typical of pre-packaged meals, with clear cellophane wrap over a black plastic container, within a cardboard box.
This entree is certainly not one of their best. I actually found myself wondering if anyone bothered to sample it before packaging the product for sale. Weight Watchers lasagna tasted like pasta that was extremely starchy and overcooked. The pasta was gummy, and even after being cooked and stirred, remained lumpy. This is not such a bad thing in itself, considering that it is indeed a microwaveable pasta-based meal. However, I believe that pasta should be free and separate easily once it is cooked. I found myself having to cut it with my fork, bite by bite. Â The balls of meat, which are the size of large pearls tasted artificial and were not very tasty. I found myself trying to avoid the little meat balls. The nutritional content of this entree is very poor, despite having a typical POINTS value of 5 points.
After reading the nutritional content in detail for this food review, I was reminded that you should read your nutritional labels before you buy. Just because something is labeled with a POINTS value doesn't necessarily mean that it's good fuel for your body.
I have been doing Weight Watchers for about a week now and I have tried several different microwaveable Weight Watchers foods. I tried the Weight Watchers Smart Ones Lasagna Bake with Meat Sauce tonight and to be frank, it was my lack of enjoyment of the meal that prompted me to leave a review for others who are considering purchasing this food. Weight Watchers microwaveable lunches and Weight Watchers dinners can be expensive, so to me, it's important to enjoy the Weight Watchers food that I purchase.
Due to the expense of dieting, I tend to be very choosy with the grocery items that I purchase so that I can save money. I have a few favorite foods that I purchase on a regular basis. On the other end of the spectrum, I have tried a few Weight Watchers entrees that I will never buy again. I have decided to add Weight Watchers lasagna to the latter category, as I truly didn't care for it. It was edible, yes- and I did finish it, but I would not buy it again. I am not extremely picky, as I practically grew up on microwave meals. I am accustomed to the texture and processed taste, however, this meal was quite unsatisfactory to me.
The Weight Watchers lasagna has a POINTS value of 5, making it an average meal. The box describes the WW lasagna entree as:
"curly, bite-sized lasagna ribbons in a rich meat sauce with mozzarella".
I agree with this description, as it is factually correct. There was mozzarella (or other unidentifiable white substance) on top of the entree before I microwaved it, but I don't recall seeing it or tasting it when I ate the meal. The mozzarella cheese certainly didn't stand out like it does in some of the other Weight Watchers entrees. The meal is a 9 ounce portion, and is part of the Classic Favorites collection. The nutritional information can be found below:
Serving Size: 1 package
Calories from Fat: 40
Total Fat: 4g
Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Total Carbs: 43g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Honestly, I wish I had looked at the nutrition label prior to buying the entree. As you can see, it was not my healthiest option. Just because you have Weight Watchers points available to use doesn't mean that you should use them on poor quality food choices. Learning portion control is just a small part of Weight Watchers; you will also learn how to make healthier food choices that can provide you with the most nutrition. The information contained on the nutrition label was not favorable.
One of the most obvious things I noticed prior to writing my review on Weight Watchers Smart Ones lasagna is that the entree did not taste like lasagna at all. It did taste like something that might be served in a school cafeteria, which I find unappealing. It resembled a pasta and sauce dish with tiny meatballs. I never noticed any ricotta-like substance, or even mozzarella cheese that would put this dish in the lasagna category.
I think Weight Watchers has a bit of refining to do with this recipe before I'll try it again. With all of the wonderful choices available from Weight Watchers, I'll definitely look elsewhere when I have a pasta craving. But who knows? I'm sure Weight Watchers lasagna entree is someone's favorite Weight Watchers meal. If you feel differently, and you love this lasagna, leave me a comment and let me know!