My first meal was the Blackened Catfish with Roasted Red Potatoes and Seasoned Carrots. I just love your American catfish; it is truly a treat to experience, and it doesn't have to be fried to taste delicious.
The blackened seasoning is nothing short of the perfect match to this white meat fish. The Roasted Red Potatoes will always be a little better if you toss them on a skillet for a few seconds, but they are still very good. I would have preferred a green vegetable instead of carrots, but they were good, and still had a crunchy texture. I should have bought a case of these amazing prepared meals for $12.44.
Next I had the Beef Sirloin Steak with Morel Sauce, a Risotto Rice Cake, and the Corn and Red Pepper Asparagus. This meal normally sells for $21, so it was a great value at $12.44. This is a real piece of steal cooked to a perfect medium rare, which allows you some room to reheat it without drying it out. It may be a sirloin, but it cuts and eats like a filet mignon.
The Morel Mushroom Sauce is a perfect complement too. The Risotto Rice Cake is not creamy like a typical Risotto, but the flavors are there, and it makes a wonderful side. The Asparagus is infused with a very flavorful sherry vinaigrette. My taste buds went around the plate, bite after bite, saying, "Wow this is good." The flavor profiles of the meal components are outstanding. Well done Chef!
In my opinion, the goal of cooking American comfort food is consistency, and not to re-invent the wheel. This Beef Stuffed Pepper falls right into that category. If your Mum made them for you, chances are you will appreciate the homemade culinary skill that went into the preparation of this meal. The meat is delicious, and the rice is perfectly proportioned to the size of the entree.
The pepper isn't mushy, and retains a crunchy texture that makes this meal a winner in my book. The rice side dish might be the most flavorful rice dish on their menu, and I'm pretty sure it only appears in this dish. The string beans with little wedges of almonds make for a nice texture. This is a great value at $12.44. I received two of these meals in my package.
My next stop on this culinary tour is the Chicken Marsala with White and Wild Rice and Broccoli with Red Peppers. I always think of this meal as one of my favorite power lunches.
The grilled chicken breast is so perfectly prepared; you can cut it with a fork. The Marsala Sauce has a true flavor of Marsala wine, and I love DineWise for always using real mushrooms instead of the cheaper canned ones.
The rice and broccoli are good, without being mushy. This is another outstanding value for $12.44, and it's also part of their healthy menu selections.
This was my first time trying the Seafood Medley with White and Wild Rice and Green Beans Almondine, and it would be a meal I would be happy to order again.
The sides I have had numerous times, and I still love the crunchy texture of the thinly sliced almonds on the French-Style green beans. The Seafood Medley has diced salmon, bay scallops, and cocktail shrimp cooked in a delicious sauce. In fact, the sauce might be the best component of this meal.
You can taste the seafood broth, even though the sauce is creamy. Sure, I would order it again for $12.44.
Another new meal for me is the Stuffed Pork Chop with Pureed Cauliflower and Asparagus Corn Medley. Again, I have to say Wow! The pork chop comes with the bone in, which adds more flavor, and the cornbread stuffing is very flavorful.
This is an entree that shows the culinary skill of the DineWise chefs. The pureed cauliflower was also very good, and a nice change of pace from some of the repeating sides I had on this package.
The Asparagus might have been a pinch on the soft-side, but I am really splitting hairs. This meal is another good value at $12.44.
My culinary Tour-De-DineWise swings back to Comfort Food Land with a Shepherds Pie served with Pearl Onions in Cream Sauce and Corn with Red Peppers. Technically, a Shepherds Pie is made with Lamb, and a Cottage Pie is made with Beef, but that's okay; everyone does it here.
The beef is excellent, and the mashed potatoes are hearty and homemade tasting. However, the real Super-Yum-Yum comes from the Pearl Onions in Cream Sauce. Oh my, that side dish should appear more on the menu, in my opinion. It is absolutely delicious, and the onions don't lose any flavor or texture in the microwave. Great job chef! Another good value at $12.44.
For the Grand Finale, I had the Chicken Parmesan with Pureed Cauliflower and Broccoli with Red Peppers. If this isn't the best-selling meal at DineWise, I would be shocked.
The Chicken is perfectly prepared, and buried under some delicious sauce, and a mound of Mozzarella Cheese. And I mean "mound" literally! Again, the portion size is huge and the food is excellent. You could certainly make your own Chicken Parmesan Hero if you just added a little more sauce.
Everyone in the family will love this meal, and you'll be happy because it's great value at $12.44.