Sunday, November 6, 2016

Goldilocks, I'll Call You When They're Hiring

Mrs. Hillbilly Mom has found a new fast-food treat. It's the Hardees/Red Burrito Grilled Chicken Bowl.

I had one of these last weekend make that the one before, because he was gone to Sweden this past weekend), when Farmer H wanted me to bring him a taco salad. Of course I wanted a taco salad, but after an argument with myself in T-Hoe on the way there, I twisted my arm behind my back and agreed to make a wiser choice. So Grilled Chicken Bowl it was. And for only 430 calories! You can't beat that with a stick! Or with the tasty shell of a taco salad.

The chicken bowl comes in a plastic bowl (thus the name), and is more substantial than you might think. Starting from the bottom, it contains a layer of Spanish rice, a layer of refried beans, some chunks of grilled chicken, a sprinkling of shredded cheddar, a smattering of salsa, and a dollop of sour cream. Nom-nom!

I admit that I have sampled it three times now. The original taste, then after a long day at the casino with my favorite gambling aunt, and today, which was not planned, but will be discussed elsewhere. After three samples, it is evident that Hardees/Red Burrito needs to hire Goldilocks for quality control purposes.

The first chicken bowl had a lot of rice. In fact, it was mostly rice, but there was enough of the other stuff to make Mrs. HM say, "What do you expect for a fast food chicken bowl? It's pretty good for 430 calories."

The second chicken bowl had very little rice, and more refried beans, lending itself to a Mrs. HM thought-bubble of, "Hmm...this is actually better than the first one. I like refried beans."

The third chicken bowl had LOTS of chicken, and very little refried beans, which made Mrs. HM giddy with such a discovery under the steamy lid. "Wow! That's a lot of chicken. The better for my protein needs."

In all instances, when I got my bowl home, I added some salsa on the side. Very few calories in salsa, but if you're watching your sodium, I can't recommend it, or the grilled chicken bowl itself. Though I'm sure you could make a lower-sodium version at home for your own self.

In fact, I have washed the bowls (there's a lot of my mom in me) to assure portion control, and plan to make my own during the week. With added diced onions!

Still, Hardees/Red Burrito needs to look into their chicken bowl assembly process. I figure Goldilocks would be the best trainer (you can't expect her to work for minimum wage) to make sure they get it JUST RIGHT.


Sioux said...

Maybe YOU can volunteer to be a teacher at Hardee's. You could teach classes in quality consistency.

Data meetings.

It sounds like fun, doesn't it.

Hillbilly Mom said...

Thanks so much for your tireless effort to find me gainful employment, Madam, but I think I'll just continue vegetating in my dark basement lair, sipping bottomless Diet Coke, my days filled with doing absolutely nothing.