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Michelina’s Zap’ems Gourmet: Lasagna with Meat Sauce $0.79 - Wow!!

Michelina’s Zap’ems Gourmet: Lasagna with Meat Sauce

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Okay, so the most important thing with any food is how it tastes. On that front, this “lasagna” is tasty enough – nothing special, but not the worst I’ve had either. But to call it lasagna is like calling a hamburger a steak. Just because it’s made out of the same ingredients doesn’t make it lasagna.

When you open up the package, it’s immediately apparent that this isn’t “lasagna.” On the left side is a pile of plain pasta that vaguely resembles small lasagna noodles. On the right is the meat sauce, with some cheese on top. Personally I don’t care as long as it tastes the same, but I have to take exception with calling this Lasagna. There are other brands that make a similar product, but they have the dignity to call it something else. Comically, they even tell you in the instructions to “stir pasta and sauce separately“, halfway through the cooking. But at least the last step is kind enough to remind you to “mix contents together” before eating…

Okay, so that’s not really fair to harp on them for what is, in all honesty, a fairly minor issue. It still tasted good, and since I was hungry, I gobbled it up. I’d even buy it again, if it was on sale. And I really appreciate the minimal packaging (no plastic).

The nutrition is a mixed bag. At 7.5 ounces, this is more of a snack than a meal, so the calories are relatively high (250) for the size, but on the low-end for a whole meal. There are some preservatives, margarine (surprisingly without partially hydrogenated oil), and a handful of Free Glutamates.

So all in all, if you can get it for a good price, go for it. I happened to get it for $0.79 at my local Albertson’s on a special, and at that price I think all the college kids out there ought to cram their freezers with Michelina’s Zap’ems Gourmet: Lasagna with Meat Sauce.

Calories per package: 250 (Caloric Density 1.17)

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