Trader Joe's Reduced-Guilt Spinach and Cheese Shells Review

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Our panel had plenty to say about these jumbo stuffed shells -- unfortunately most of it was negative. From "watery" flavor to "grainy cheese filling," it didn't seem there was much our tasters liked about this budget option. Although many appreciated the "visible spinach" filling these conchiglioni, it wasn't enough to salvage the "blah" results.

The Trader Joe's Reduced-Guilt Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells with Marinara Sauce diet meal we reviewed sells for $2.69 for an 8.5-ounce serving and started off with a promising appearance. Our tasters said the dish looked "good" with its red sauce and "lots of green" spinach. Once they bit in, however, the collective assessment shifted. Panelists were dismayed by the "awful flavor," "tough pasta," and "bad, fake cheese." They reported that the sauce "did not balance out the filling," and the end result "tastes almost too spinachy."

The cost of Trader Joe's Reduced-Guilt Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells with Marinara Sauce ($2.69/8.5 oz.) was mid-range for a frozen diet dinner but poor reviews leave doubts about its value at any price. The few Trader Joe's Reduced-Guilt Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells with Marinara Sauce reviews we found online were mixed. While one blogger raved about the marinara sauce and abundance of cheese, another who posted at a different site assigned a failing grade to this frozen diet meal for a variety of flaws, including those identified by our reviewers, and added small serving size to the list.

Consumers interested in sampling this dish, despite our lackluster findings, should consider the sodium content. Although our panel failed to detect much flavor in these shells, they pack a salty punch with 500 mg of sodium, or 20 percent of the daily recommended value. Protein weighs in with 20 grams, total fat equals 7 grams, and fiber measures 8 grams. Calcium content is a relatively high 45 percent of the recommended daily value (DV), as is vitamin A at 30 percent. The DV for vitamin C is 2 percent.

Gina Briles

Gina K. Briles writes family, household, and shopping-related product reviews. She is a displaced Jayhawk and a coffee addict living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two small children, and Vizsla dog.

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