Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Review: Atkins Day Break Tex-Mex Scramble

Earlier this year, I got a coupon from Atkins that gave me $1.00 off of one of their frozen products that came with a free bar that I had gotten and reviewed previously.  That said, for nine months of this year, I was a vegetarian and since none of their frozen products were meatless, I was kind of out of luck when it came to buying one of them.  After nine months, I decided to get back on the meat wagon and that led me to be able to use my coupon to buy this bowl of Atkins Day Break Tex-Mex Scramble on sale at Kroger for $2.99.  Each bowl is 7.0 ounces and is 360 calories and 22 grams of protein.  What is particularly remarkable about those numbers is that of those 360 calories, 240 of them are from fat!  I know some of them are good fat, but still!  Also, since this is based on the famous (or infamous) Atkins Diet, this product is marked as good for all phases of the diet plan.

As you can see, this product is a base of scrambled eggs and since it is a "scramble", that is kind of a DUH moment.  Within that mix of scrambled eggs are some moderately sized chunks of chorizo sausage (one of the most underrated and underutilized sausages), fire-roasted tomatoes, and green chile peppers.  There's also some mixes of cheese in there, so in the true Tex-Mex spirit, there's a bit of kick in there along with scrambled eggs.  Now, what you see above was prepared in the oven as opposed to the recommended microwave preparation (I have no idea why I chose the oven; I guess I had some time to sit around), so this may look slightly different after an adventure in the microwave.

This was an interesting one to consume.  Each of the ingredients on their own were reasonably tasty, although the eggs were a bit rubbery.  I wasn't surprised by this though since these were pre-cooked and then re-heated eggs.  Anytime that happens, rubbery texture is the result.  Anyway the chorizo, tomatoes and peppers had a nice kick to them and the cheese was what I would have expected.  Where this went afoul is when all of them were mixed together.  For ingredients that tasted fine their own, they just all tasted bland when scrambled together.  Plus, there was only a minimal amount of cheese, so what ended up happening was I was eating rubbery and bland eggs mixed together with surprisingly bland mix-ins.  The lack of cheese had a real effect too because had there been more cheese, I think this would have had a more creamy characteristic to it and that would have made a real difference.

Buy It or Fly By It?  There wasn't anything particularly wrong with this, but there wasn't anything particularly right with it either.  It was just bland and at the normal, non-sale price of close to $4.00 for this scramble, I've got to give it a FLY BY IT rating.  It really isn't worth paying that much for something that you'd have to doctor up on your own with salt and pepper, ketchup or hot sauce just to give it some flavor.  It's a good idea and a valiant effort at something kind of fun, but it just didn't turn out as intended in my opinion.


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