DiettoGo Day 1 – Dinner – Turkey Tamale Pie, Baked Potato with Sour Cream and Chives, Corn on the Cob, Sesame Breadsticks

Rachael CarothersBy Rachael Carothers

Today’s schedule was a little different. My daughter had an appointment so, instead of being at work until 5:30PM, I left work early. I ended up not getting home until 7PM. Of course, I was starving by the time I got home. For the first time, I was thankful that I just had to heat up my dinner. It’s fast food without being fast food. Thank you, Diet-To-Go!

Dinner’s main dish was a turkey tamale pie.

After the spiciness of the shrimp mango bisque, I was a little worried about eating a tamale. I worried for nothing. The pie consisted of ground turkey with vegetables covered with a cornbread crust. There was a little bit of heat to the dish but the cornbread was enough to temper the taste. It turned out quite delicious.

diet to go dinner Tamale Pie

The baked potato was not as lucky.

Despite following the directions to cook everything together for 2 minute intervals until hot, the baked potato turned out mealy and unpalatable. I tried slathering as much sour cream and chives as I possibly could but that didn’t make it any better. I took about three bites before I had to give up on it. Next time, I would cook the potato separately from everything else.

The corn on the cob wasn’t as bad.

In my experience, microwaved corn on the cob is not the tastiest thing in the world. It usually ends up rather rubbery. Somehow my corn turned out OK. It wasn’t the best corn on the cob I’ve ever had but it was definitely than the baked potato. I’m actually glad that I didn’t eat it first, which is my normal M.O. when corn in involved.

Despite the deliciousness of the pie, I have to vote this meal off the menu. Perhaps if I cooked everything separately it would have been tastier. As it stands, a full third of the meal was inedible and another third was mediocre. I can only hope that the future Diet-To-Go dinners will be better. (update: indeed they were!)

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Rachel Carothers