I was on my way to work this morning and decided to stop at the grocery store to pick up something to have at lunch (I forgot we had leftovers in the fridge). Since I don’t like spending too much, I ended up going to the canned good section to pick up some Chef Boyardee Ravioli or the generic equivalent. However, while in that section, I noticed something new; Chef Boyardee Whole Grain Pastas.
Now, personally, I have always thought the health advantage of whole grain items was a bit overrated. But, I do care about my overall health and, because of that, will make the occasional effort to try something new if it is supposedly better for me. And, since the whole grain variety was only about 50 cents more expensive, I figured it would be worth buying at least once.
However, after trying it, I don’t think you’ll see me buying it again.
They didn’t have my meat ravioli variety (and, if they did add that, I might actually give it a re-try) so I ended up purchasing a can of their lasagna in tomato sauce instead because the lasagna is normally the only other Chef Boyardee canned variety I can actually stand.
As I believe I said once before (when reviewing a brand of “whole grain” white bread), if the whole grain version of this would have tasted anything like the regular version or better, I would have no problem spending more money on it. However, as is usually the case with whole grain varieties, there was a difference. And, that difference wasn’t an improvement. The taste of the whole grain pasta just did not seem to blend with the sauce at all and made a combination that was so awful, I had to force myself to finish the bowl (and I did end up throwing some of this away).
Simply put, this is an item that you would buy and consume if you only cared about the alleged health benefits and nothing else. It is not something you would buy and consume if you cared about all of that stuff but wanted something that tastes good as well.
Perhaps I would change my mind if I did come across a whole grain variety of their beef ravioli. But, at least as far as this particular one was concerned, I think Chef Boyardee needs to improve their recipe before I would purchase the whole grain version again.