Atkins Meal Makes Fasting a Better Option

By Karen

Since being on Weight Watchers®, I default to Lean Cuisine® or Smart Ones® frozen meals when I don’t feel like cooking. Anybody who eats these things knows they never quite look like the picture on the box. But my recent Atkins frozen meal took false advertising to a whole new level.

I tried Atkins because 1) I have a friend on a high-protein diet who says she’s flirting with size 6 and eats pork chops for lunch, and 2) the Atkins meals were on sale.

The Chicken Margherita pulled me in with this photo. By Weight Watchers standards, all that melted cheese qualifies as soft-core food porn…


But here’s what came out of the microwave…


As porn goes, it was the culinary equivalent of two hairy, sweaty people with dirty feet doing it doggy-style on stained sheets with rats running around the bed.

I’m embarrassed to admit I ate it anyway because I hate to waste food — even greasy red and green globs laced with chewy chunks — and that it cost me 11 WW Points Plus (out of my 26-point daily allotment).

Dr. Atkins’ stomach should be turning in his grave.

The cats got the last laugh when my dinner looked, smelled, and tasted (according to them) a lot worse than any canned food I’ve ever served them — including the many flavors of Fancy Feast® they hate.

And an hour later, I needed a sandwich.

6 Responses to Atkins Meal Makes Fasting a Better Option

  1. Bob Leadbitter says:

    Oh, so very very true….. I too tried ONE Atkins frozen slop some time ago. Actually, I’ve had two – my first and my last.

  2. catsworking says:

    Bob, funny you should say that because I bought one other with this one, and it was also bad. I can’t even remember what it was now. I let that one slide, thinking this one would surely atone for it, since it looked so good on the box. But when it was even worse gooey yuck, I had to call a foul.

  3. Shelley says:

    Karen, thank for keeping me from making a terrible mistake. I’ve given up on all the “skinny” frozen dinners but that one would have tempted me too. Ah well, back to chopping salad,

  4. catsworking says:

    The problem with ALL those frozen dinners is that there isn’t enough in them to keep a flea alive. I usually throw in some extra mushrooms or spinach or squash, or whatever I’ve got around that’s zero points, to bulk them up a bit.

  5. I’ve tried a few of those Atkins or Lean Cuisine dinners and each time it tastes horrible. It leaves me hungry and I end up eating what I would have eaten if I hadn’t had the meal. I stopped because I figure I am just adding more calories to my day.

  6. Francis Alan Wormald says:


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