Pros: Made in America, healthy, iron rich, and fast to make
Cons: Bit high sodium & LDL cholesterol is high, (eat in moderation)
I usually steer very clear from ready-made or heat-to-eat kind of food because the product most likely has chemicals in it that my body just cannot tolerate; although if the food has no detrimental elements that will cause an adverse reaction, cause inevitable neuron damage or kill me, I check it out.
This The Perfect Gourmet (2) 1.5 lb Bags All-Natural Shrimp Scampi product was purchased over the Christmas holidays last year and I saved the bag thinking it might be in the database here at Epinions. Well it was and even better this product is Made in America so I can get a review in for two purposes, the April Write-Off and the MIA Write-off, both very important to the contributor working the Epinion site.
Shrimp is food of the sea and is full of protein, vitamins and minerals and unfortunately high in cholesterol but this varies between species of shrimp. If you are concerned about LDL (low density lipids) or HDL (high density lipids) cholesterol levels please refer to the website that discusses the effects on the body.
Obviously you need to watch both kinds of lipid intake and note any intolerance because if the LDL levels are high (which is the BAD cholesterol), your body makes cholesterol naturally and many food items already have cholesterol as part of its make-up, so adding can be a challenge possibly leading to atherosclerosis.
The product, The Perfect Gourmet (2) 1.5 lb Bags All-Natural Shrimp Scampi is pre-made and ready in under 10 minutes. The ingredients determine for me that I can be rest assured no MSG or chemical synthetics are part of this delicious dinner. If you lack protein in your diet, if you are anemic this is full of iron (8%), if your lazy to cook a huge meal, or you want something fast and healthy, I am highly recommending this at least once a month.
Now on with the ‘tech part’ of this review . . .
|| ALLERGIES ||
All seafood will not affect someone the same way who is allergic to shellfish and unless you are certain shrimp is okay, consult your doctor before adding this to your diet.
|| APPEARANCE ||
Inside each bag of The Perfect Gourmet (2) 1.5 lb Bags All-Natural Shrimp Scampi are huge succulent shell-off shrimp speckled with tomato, maybe red pepper, garlic and lemon juice. It is packed in dry ice as the QVC network and food service cares about quality, so your delivery is guaranteed to be ready for your freezer. The pieces are firm, plump and white in color before cooking; while after the cooking directions, the product is more a creamy-white.
|| COST ||
Now mind you for quality and all natural you can be sure you will spend a bit more. I did not expect to shell out $50.oo from the website price listed for The Perfect Gourmet (2) 1.5 lb Bags All-Natural Shrimp Scampi but could not find it in my local grocery at the time. For a total weight of 3lbs (1.36kg) this includes the packing and dry ice, and S&H charges, $51.75 is the list price but discounts are always available.
|| DIRECTIONS ||
According to both the package and the website, instructions for cooking are simple and NO you cannot use the microwave !
Anyway, on high heat place frozen shrimp and sauce into a skillet and cook for 10-12 minutes, but flip after the first 4 minutes so the internal temperature of product can reach 165 degrees.
|| INGREDIENTS ||
This information was easier to read on the The Perfect Gourmet (2) 1.5 lb Bags All-Natural Shrimp Scampi package with a magnifying glass BUT the website did confirm that there is NO MSG nor synthetic additives that are detrimental to my health and yours also.
Shrimp in a vegetable based broth made with filtered water, Organic Carrots, Organic Tomatoes, Organic Celery, Organic Onions, Organic garlic, Leeks, Sea Salt, Bay Leaves, Parsley, Thyme, Canola Oil, Unsalted butter, White wine, Garlic, Romano cheese, Lemon juice, Garlic powder, salt and spices.
|| NUTRITION FACTS ||
Serving Size= 4oz (113g)
Servings per bag= 12
Total calories= 230 Calories from fat= 170
Total Fat= 19g or 29%
Sat fat= 5g or 24%
Polyunsaturated fat= 4g
Monounsaturated = 9g
Cholesterol= 105mg or 34%
Sodium= 260g or 11%
Total Carb= 3g or 1%
Dietary Fiber= 0g
Sugars= < 1g
Vitamin A & Calcium= 6%
Vitamin C= 4%
|| SMELL ||
Ah that intense garlic and sea-salty ness about it when you first open the bag and then once cooked, OMG !
|| TASTE ||
Ah that intense garlic and sea-salty ness about it when you first open the bag and then once cooked, OMG ! Honestly it is plump shrimp, succulent and loaded with the most awesome aroma and yumminess I ever had.
|| VERDICT (my) ||
I am thrilled The Perfect Gourmet (2) 1.5 lb Bags All-Natural Shrimp Scampi is made and distributed by The Perfect Gourmet in Baltimore Maryland meaning I am eating something from our good ole east or west coast where either the Pacific or the Atlantic is delivering the finest fresh seafood.
Now I know you might be concerned about mercury or other tainted elements that could harm the seafood or make people sick, but I lived after eating this and felt GREAT ! Talk about energy and a good attitude, this is comfort food all the way around.
The Perfect Gourmet (2) 1.5 lb Bags All-Natural Shrimp Scampi can be served over toast, salad greens, rice or my favorite PASTA. I highly recommend this and really do hope your blood-type and body type can tolerate the bit higher levels of LDL cholesterol because sometimes our bodies need a luxury that is not made from scratch but still nature’s finest.
Thank you for reading about this MADE in AMERICA goodie
And Enjoy !
UPDATE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-density_lipoprotein and thankyou wisefool for pointing out my original error . . .