Kashi Black Bean MangoThe only mango I’ve ever liked is a yogurt place with “mango” in its name. I just never could warm up to the yellow pineapporangpeach tasting fruit even though I like pineapples and oranges. It must be its peach-like texture and flavor that bothers me as I despise peaches. That and the picture of the dish doesn’t look appealing.

It doesn’t stop me from grabbing Kashi Black Bean Mango, a frozen vegan dish made with — surprise! — Kashi 7 Whole Grains and sesame pilaf. The nutty, chewy grains appear in many of Kashi’s frozen dishes including Red Curry Chicken and Mayan Bake, yet no two dishes ever taste the same or close.

First bite = love. The whole grains and sesame seeds wrap themselves around the soft black beans, sweet mangoes and roasted peppers slathered with a spicy sweet mango sauce. I can see the onions, but the little translucent fellers are lost in the deliciousness of the rest of the ingredients. No biggie.

The only downside is the carbs with 58 grams. (And sometimes the price.) At least, it’s the best kind of grains instead of white useless grains. Even with the whole grains, the dish has 7g of fiber, hardly enough to bring down the total carb count. Thankfully, I eat low carb for most breakfasts, lunches and snacks.

The packaging describes it as zesty, which I don’t associate with spicy. So that’s a surprise, a good one. If you’ve read other posts, you know I have a sensitive tummy that can’t handle anything too spicy. The Kashi Black Bean Mango goes down easy, sweetly and happily. The beans, grains and spiciness balance the vegan dish to give it just the right amount of sweetness without going overboard.

I’ll be grabbing this one again — whenever I find it on sale as Kashi frozen meals tend to be higher than the average frozen meal. And the amazing part? It tastes like an oven-baked meal, when the microwave is responsible for the cooking.

Nutrition facts: 340 calories, 8g fat, 1g sat fat, 380mg sodium, 58g carbs, 7g fiber, 11g sugars and 8g protein.

Verdict

****½