My family eats a lot of fruit, but we aren’t very adventurous when it comes to vegetables. We generally eat the same veggies meal after meal: broccoli, spinach, carrots, green beans & celery, with some peppers and lettuce thrown in for good measure. I won’t count potatoes or corn, since we usually count those as a starch. Sadly, that’s probably true for a lot of families. I know that we need to find a way to add more vegetables to our diet. So though I’m generally very picky about food, that’s why I was willing to try Garden Lites Vegetable Souffles from Walmart.
The description sounded good: they’re gluten free, all natural and vegetarian. But to be honest, I’d never eaten anything that could be classified as a “souffle” before, so I was a tad skeptical. Of course, my husband and daughter, who will try anything once, were more than happy to lend their taste buds to this little experiment.
We tried the zucchini souffle, the butternut squash souffle, and the roasted vegetable souffle. They can be prepared in the microwave or in the oven. Because we’re not big fans of heating plastic in the microwave, we chose the oven.
The first thing you’ll notice is that they smell really good — much better than you’d expect from a veggie dish. They’re also really tasty, and my husband and daughter loved them. The butternut squash was by far the biggest flavor hit.
Though I can’t vouch for the microwave method, using the oven left the top crust of the souffles nice and crisp. However, while I liked the flavor and the texture of the outer crust, I wasn’t a big fan of the inside of the souffles. I have a thing with food textures, and the insides were just too mushy for me. This may be typical of this kind of dish, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
I did, however, appreciate the fact that the nutritional information was so prominent on the packaging, Each souffle contains 2 servings of vegetables, 8-9g of protein and between 140 & 180 calories for the entire souffle. I can see how it would make a great lunch with some fruit or a small serving of meat on the side, or a side for a relatively low-calorie dinner.
We received quite a few boxes, so I’ll continue to give them a chance. If I can get past the texture, we’ll probably buy these again, because they’re a quick, easy way to add vegetables to a meal without having to think too much about it, and they really do smell and taste great.
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.