I think I mentioned that I was fast approaching the end of my frozen pizza explorations. Well, it’s finally over. You can consider this the after action review. I should be moving onto the fresh take & bake portion of this project category now, but I think I need a break from pizza. Really. Just for now. So let’s get on with it, shall we?
My last frozen pizza in the freezer was from Kashi. I have tried Tony’s, Totino’s, California Pizza Kitchen, DiGiorno, Gino’s East, and now the offering from the company that claims to embody the motto, “Seven whole grains on a mission.” I know there are many more frozen pizza offerings out there on the market, but I just can’t go there. I’m done. Like burnt toast. I’ve done my best to be objective; I’ve taken the monetary and nutritional aspects into consideration; and I’ve explored a representative sampling of all price ranges. After this, you are on your own picking frozen pizza. I can hear the collective sigh of relief from here. You are welcome. But I digress.
Kashi. Yes. Well, I think my overall opinion of this offering is the same opinion I have of a lot of health foods that try to imitate their tasty, not-so-healthy muse: No. Like California Pizza Kitchen’s frozen offerings, the toppings were somewhat tasty, but the crust is just not good. Low calorie? Yes. Low fat? Yes. Healthy? Maybe, in a better-for-you-than-the-alternative way. But if I am opting for a pizza for my meal, am I really all that concerned about healthy eating in that moment? I mean, I don’t want to clog my arteries and induce a heart attack with one repast, but I’m pretty sure that my overall health isn’t dependent upon the quality of one meal. So why would I torture myself with food I don’t like in the name of health? People, the Kashi pizza is edible if you must eat it. But you can do much better. What mission are those seven whole grains on anyhow? Perhaps it’s a mission to see if they can sell their products on the basis of them being “good for you” alone?
While the gloves are off, let’s just go for it, shall we? If you are going to opt for the convenience of a frozen pizza, why not go for the best? If you want the best in frozen pizzas from those that I sampled, grab the DiGiorno and you won’t be disappointed. If you like deep dish and can’t get to Chicago for the real deal, then the Gino’s East frozen offering will hit the spot. The rest of them? Don’t bother.
As for the whole “healthy” thing where pizza is concerned, I submit my likely unwelcome commentary: If you are on a diet, don’t buy frozen pizza, or just have a portion instead of eating the whole thing. Lean Cuisine is in the same aisle. I’m just sayin’.
Now if you will excuse me, I am going to shower, dress, put my kid gloves back on, and go out into the world and try to be nice. This has been very therapeutic. Thanks for listening.
Until the next time we meet on The Pizza Project road, piece people.