Midnight Snack: Smart Ones Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli & Chicken

On this week’s Midnight Snack, we’re taking a look at Smart Ones, Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli & Chicken. Walking down the aisle at my local target, this looked like it would be a tasty dinner or snack to have if I needed a protein and carb boost.

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When these things came out in the earlier ’90s, Kraft owned Weight Watchers and wanted to create healthier options with only 1 gram of fat for consumers.┬á About 20 years ago, they actually sold the brand but retained naming rights to keep producing this food with Weight Watchers branding like “smart points”.

Pretty sure Oprah approves of this one or some other Weight Watchers-y brand, too.

Smart Ones Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli & Chicken Top of Box
Points for health, that disclaimer’s kind of funny.
Smart Ones Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli & Chicken Cooking Instructions
Still not sure if my microwave’s 1100 watts or not, but finishing this a day later and I’m still alive says it might be.

Unfortunately, if you want to eat your best, you can’t do it at eatyourbest.com since the site’s down for construction right now. If you do click there now, though, you’ll notice that the picture they have on the construction page is actually this rigatoni with broccoli and chicken we’re reviewing here. Huh.

Smart Ones Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli & Chicken Nutrition Facts
This time, looking at the nutrition facts is actually a pretty big deal. It’s sposed to be nutritious, after all.
Smart Ones Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli & Chicken Ingredients
Took me a minute to find the ingredients. Almost seems like they were trying to hide them since those usually sit right under the nutrition facts.

Gotta love that maltodextrin.

Smart Ones Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli & Chicken After Microwaving It
Nice’n cooked. Is that water or cream sauce?
Smart Ones Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli & Chicken After Microwaving It
Up close.
Smart Ones Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli & Chicken next to black box wine
The accompanying boxed wine.

Smart Ones Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli & Chicken Up Close

Smart Ones Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli & Chicken on fork
The three staples of the meal on the fork.
Smart Ones Chicken, Pasta, and Broccoli on a fork
Getting acquainted with this before it accosted my taste buds.

The Review

After getting it cooked up BOTH times in the microwave, I brought it upstairs to sit down at my desk and properly enjoy this. Taking off the plastic, there was a little moisture that ran off. That’s pretty normal I think for frozen foods to have some moisture run off them, but, what I realized next made my face do a little passive aggressive grimace. The sauce in this was reaaallly┬árunny. That didn’t seem like a problem at first, but, after starting to eat it the issues became evident. On top of not being thick enough, there was not much in the way of flavor. Even the chicken, rigatoni and broccoli just didn’t taste like much. After one bite, I tried to retain some optimism knowing that maybe the rest would taste good with the black box sangria. Boy was I wrong. At first, I rated this around an 8.28/10 or something, but that needs to be dropped. Nutritionally, it was pretty good. Good protein/carbs that I liked, but it just got me on the taste.

Midnight Snack rating: 6.34/10

Recommend? Afraid not.