The quest for a quick and flavorful lunch is really what got this blog started. My love of Trader Joe’s did start in the frozen section. And with the Indian selections that I was eating for lunch. Trader Joe’s quietly added a new item: this Cuban Citrus Garlic Bowl. Now, if you’ve ever had good Cuban food you know it is deeply flavorful with the right amount of acidity. So with fingers crossed, I grabbed this one day for a quick meal.
As much as I was hoping this would be as good as the Chicken Burrito Bowl, I have to admit, I was disappointed in this.
Yes, for me the chicken burrito bowl was missing a kick of something: like heat.
This Trader Joe’s Cuban Style Citrus Garlic Bowl, on the other hand, seems to be missing the mark on a lot of different levels.
First off, I prefer dark meat, but I know some out there don’t share the same appreciation for the slightly greasier thigh meat. But that is a matter of preference.
Where this bowl lost me was on pretty much every other element in the bowl. The rice was a wet and sloppy mess. There was flavor but it was muddled at best. When it says “zesty citrus,” I felt like I was getting bites of sweet citrus rather than the acidity that this bowl desperately needed.
And plantains? If it weren’t listed on the box, I honestly couldn’t tell that there were any in this box. And that is a darn shame, especially considering what a staple it is in so many cultures.
So overall, I’d grab the Chicken Burrito Bowl any day over this. It just didn’t turn out well executed at all.
Having this for lunch was a disappointment at best.
While the calories in this are in check as are the added sugars, I can tell you it still wasn’t worth it. I only managed to get through a few bites before saying goodbye to this.
For $3.49, it is affordable, but not worthy of repurchase in my book.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
Here is the visual rundown of what you get if you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe’s Cuban Style Citrus Garlic Bowl:
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Trader Joe's Cuban Style Citrus Garlic Bowl
Product Name: Trader Joe's Cuban Style Citrus Garlic Bowl
Product Description: Trader Joe's Cuban Style Citrus Garlic Bowl is a new Cuban inspired bowl that doesn't quite live up to good Cuban food.
Trader Joe’s Cuban Style Citrus Garlic Bowl is a new grab and go mean in the freezer section.
- Worthy of Repurchasing
- A quick lunch
- Fails to deliver a really delicious bite
- Tastes too sweet and not acidic enough
- Texture of the rice gets lost in the sauce.