Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls – Are they good or good for you?
Mar 6, 2008
Review by Kim Johnson
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Decent flavor, decent amount of ingredients, except cheese and not overly seasoned!
Cons:Everything else, cholesterol, calories, sodium, unbelievable!
The Bottom Line: This is a nice concept, but truly, you are better eating a McDonald's bacon, egg and cheese McGriddle!
Well, my adventure to do better eating breakfast every morning is underway. Mind you, I usually would eat breakfast, but a lot of times it would be something of the fast food breakfasts, nothing home cooked. I thought about ways to make stuff up at home and take it to work, but I do not want to wake up my daughter and, I did not want to wake up any earlier to either fix and eat or fix to take on the road.
Recommend this product?
Therefore, I was on a quest to find something that would be quick and easy to grab, delicious, and frankly, better for me that fast food! Well, I saw these Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls in the frozen section the other day. They were having a sale; I think if memory serves, they were 2 bowls for $5.00. I thought what the heck. They had flavors that I should enjoy, bacon, potatoes, eggs and cheddar cheese, or ham with all of the other items or even sausage (what Jimmy Dean is really known for). They even had one bowl that was sausage links and pancakes. I figured I would give one a try. Bacon normally is a safe bet, in my experiences.
I grabbed onto this box and was excited to give it a shot within the next couple of days. Well, it was easy to pack, that is for sure. This item is frozen. I pulled it out of the freezer, packed it and off I went on my 30 minute commute. I had no worry about it thawing out! I got to work, threw it in the microwave for 2 minutes, stirred it and put it in for an additional 30 seconds. The box calls for an additional minute, but our microwaves seem to run higher wattages than normal, so things seem to cook a bit more quickly.
The bowl itself was a nice round bowl roughly 6 inches in diameter. The ingredients inside were roughly half-way up the sides of the bowl which was about 1 ½ inches high along the sides.
I noticed there was not much cheddar cheese present, but thought that it might be under the potatoes and when you are supposed to stir it, the cheese will show itself! That was a nice thought. But, it did not happen that way. I think they should add more cheese!
There were quite a few potatoes, a generous helping of bacon and a nice amount of eggs present in the bowl. I cannot say that this left me hungry at all. There were ample amounts of everything (except the cheese).
The bacon had a really nice, smoky flavor. Some might think its too heavy of a smoked flavor, but I did not mind it. I could take my bacon with or without the smoked flavoring. There was not a tremendous amount of seasoning present. A lot of items that have potatoes in them seem to have a magic seasoning put on them to spice them up with garlic flavoring, salt and who knows what else. I did not find this to be true in this dish.
Jimmy Dean has done the honors of putting this information on their website, which I have copied for you from there. (It was nice not having to type it all in this time!)
PRECOOKED SCRAMBLED EGGS: WHOLE EGGS, SKIM MILK, SOYBEAN OIL, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SALT, XANTHAN GUM, LIQUID PEPPER EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL BUTTER FLAVOR (CLARIFIED BUTTER OIL, LIPOLYZED BUTTER OIL, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, ANNATTO [COLOR])
DICED POTATOES: POTATOES, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, MALTODEXTRIN, SALT, DEXTROSE, DISODIUM DIHYDROGEN PYROPHOSPHATE AND TETRASODIUM PRYOPHOSPHATE (TO MAINTAIN COLOR).
PRECOOKED BACON: CURED WITH WATER, SALT, SUGAR, SMOKE FLAVORING, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ERYTHORBATE, SODIUM NITRATE.
SHREDDED PASTEURIZED PROCESSED MILD CHEDDAR CHEESE: PASTEURIZED MILK, CHEESE CULTURE, SALT, ENZYMES, ANNATTO COLOR, POTATO STARCH AND POWDERED CELLULOSE ADDED TO PREVENT CAKING, NATAMYCIN (NATURAL MOLD INHIBITOR).
CONTAINS: EGG, MILK, AND SOY.
Originally, I was going to use the nutritional information from the website that they have, but when I reviewed it against the box information, I realized the breakdowns did not match up. So, I put this information as printed on the box that I have! Again, this information is based upon a standard 2,000 calorie intake daily.
Serving Size: 1 Bowl (227g)Amount Per Serving
Calories 520, Calories from Fat 300
Total Fat 33g or 51%
Saturated Fat 13g or 65%
Trans Fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 395 mg or 132%
Sodium 1490mg or 62%
Total Carbohydrate 21g or 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g or 8%
Vitamin A 20%
Vitamin C 6%
Calories per Gram:
Fat 9. Carbohydrate 4. Protein 4.
Wow, what an eye opener. Shopping with the toddler, I was not inclined to stop and read the label in the store. This was an impulse buy and my toddler was going a bit stir crazy and I did not want to linger any longer in the store reading a label.
Boy, oh boy! What a frightening thing. This shows that this bowl has 132% of the daily intake for cholesterol! How about the sodium 1490mg or 62%!?!?! My goodness, these bowls might taste great, but what in the world is it doing to your body?
Well, let me first state the flavor was decent. It was an enjoyable meal. Comparing quickly to McDonalds.com for the nutritional value of a bacon, egg and cheese McGriddle, I would actually be better off eating at McDonalds! The total calories are 460, the total fat is 21g and the cholesterol is only 245g. Boy, oh boy. This was worse than fast food!
Was the item convenient? Sure, but is it worth it? I personally cannot say that it is. It had a nice flavor, but with the entire eye opening that I have had putting this review together today, I cannot say that I will ever purchase another one! I am still on my quest for a better than fast food breakfast that has the convenience and quickness that this dish provides!
~Thank you for spending time with me today!~
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