DiettoGo Day 1 – Lunch – Shrimp Mango Bisque

Rachael CarothersBy Rachael Carothers

Shrimp Mango Bisque; Jicama, Spinach & Orange Salad; Seasoned Pita; V8; Chocolate Pudding

Lunch is always the most difficult meal for me. When I am at home, my husband does all of the cooking. But when I am at work, I eat whatever is around. That includes a lot of donuts and fast food. I have terrible workplace eating habits. This is why Diet-To-Go may very well be ideal for me. Someone gives me the food and I don’t have to worry about cooking it. I might have to just warm it up a bit but that is easy.

The main portion of today’s lunch is shrimp mango bisque

When I first read the label, I made a ‘blech’ face. I had mango many years ago and I hated it. Needless to say, I don’t eat a lot of mango nowadays. But I am determined to get through this!

This is the first Diet-To-Go meal that I have had to heat up. (I don’t count toasting a bagel as heating it up.) I put it in the microwave for about three minutes on high and it came out nice and hot. Easy peasy. While I didn’t hate the soup, it wasn’t awesome either. I did enjoy the slight spiciness of it but, by the end of the bowl, the spiciness got to be a little too much. Luckily, there was a pita in there that I could munch on between spoonfuls to help break up the heat.


My favorite part of the meal was the jicama, spinach & orange Salad

That was totally unexpected. The flavors nicely complimented each other. The citrus from the orange masked the bitterness of the spinach. Meanwhile, the jicama gave it a crunchy texture that had an amazing mouthfeel. It should be made a main course instead of just a side.

A 5.5 oz can of low sodium V8 and some chocolate pudding accompanied the meal. V8 is another food that I have always looked at but never had the guts to try. It actually tastes like tomato. Like a cold marinara sauce or something. I love tomatoes, though I don’t know how often I could drink this stuff. It is a little overwhelming after a few sips. Definitely an acquired taste.

Finally, the pudding!

Both the pudding and the V8 were still frozen when I took them out of the refrigerator. Thankfully, the pudding was mostly thawed when I finished eating my lunch. Even partially frozen, the pudding was SO good! Personally, I kinda like when my pudding has little chocolate ice crystals in it. The pudding came in a little plastic cup so I’m not sure exactly how much there was. I just know it was exactly the right amount to stave off any chocolate cravings without making me feel sick.

Even though the bisque was not my favorite type of soup, I would say that this meal, as a whole, was a success. I did eat all of everything that was presented to me. There wasn’t anything that was overly terrible. (In their defense, I could have told Diet-To-Go that I don’t like spicy and they would have left it out. This is totally my fault.) And, really, I might try that soup again sometime. I bet it tastes better the second time around.

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Rachel Carothers