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Kashi Margherita Tomato Garlic Cheese Thin Crust Pizza

Complete Score: 31.5 / 42 = 75%

Since our review of the Kashi Mediterranean Pizza, the company has come out with a new thin crust line of pizzas which look quite appetizing. I picked one of these up today and am glad I did, it was delicious!

Ooooh....thin!
Ooooh....thin!

Value

With Mr. Money’s tip about getting $2 off Kashi pizzas, I was able to grab the Kashi Margherita Tomato Garlic Cheese Thin Crust Pizza for only $4 and change. That’s a pretty good deal for an entire meal. Normally these pizzas run for $6 though so that is how we’ll rate them. Similar to the Kashi Mediterranean Pizza, these thin crust pizzas are a good but not great value.

Below are the nutritional facts pulled from the Kashi site. As with the Mediterranean Pizza, these values are per serving and list one pizza as 3 servings. You’ll likely eat the whole pizza in a sitting so just multiply the below by three.

Nutritional Facts

  • 260 Calories
  • 90 Calories from Fat
  • 9 g Total Fat
  • 4 g Saturated Fat
  • 0 g Trans Fat
  • 20 mg Cholesterol
  • 630 mg Sodium
  • 29 g Carbohydrates
  • 4 g Fiber
  • 4 g Sugars
  • 14 g Protein
  • 10% Vitamin A
  • 10% Vitamin C
  • 20% Calcium
  • 8% Iron

Pretty close in value to the Kashi Mediterranean Pizza. For the cost and considering it’s a frozen pizza you get a fair amount of nutrients for one meal.

Score: 4 / 5

Quality

This pizza was delicious! The crust was perfect and the cheese and toppings cooked and melted perfectly. Plus, since it’s thin crust it only takes 6-7 minutes to cook! There’s just the right amount of garlic, that amount that leaves you satisfied an hour or two later with the taste of garlic still hitting your taste buds but not overwhelmingly so.

Score: 4.5 / 5

Innovation

Well, the thin crust is a new addition for Kashi and one that’s rarely seen in the frozen pizza market so I’ll give them an extra .5 points in addition to their previous innovation score.

Score: 4.5 / 5

Hmmm...thin crust deliciousness
Hmmm...thin crust deliciousness

Social Benefit

We discussed the social impact of Kashi frozen pizzas before so let me just quickly state that they’re good for society in that they substitute for delivery pizza, which is often greasy and unhealthy. However frozen pizzas use a lot of salt to preserve themselves and are not exactly healthy, just healthier. If you really want to reduce your impact and increase your health make a pizza from scratch.

Score: 2.5 / 5

Freestyle!

For $4 it’s tough to beat this pizza. For $6, you’re better off making your own but if you’re crunched for time then it’s really tough to beat a pizza that cooks in under ten minutes.

Score: 16 / 22

Kashi pizzas are available at Stop & Shop and many other super markets.

Complete Score: 31.5 / 42 = 75%

Kashi Mediterranean Pizza

Complete Score: 31 / 42 = 74%

Unlike Amy’s Soy Cheese Pizza, more often than not Kashi’s Mediterranean Pizza comes out of the oven looking just like the picture on the box and tasting damn good.

Value

At $5.99 for a one person (3 servings size) pizza, the Kashi Mediterranean Pizza is a pretty good value. It’s slightly cheaper than a delivery pizza and certainly more nutritious than most pizza shops fare. It’s a completely vegetarian pizza, featuring red onions, sweet red peppers, spinach, basil, feta along with three other cheeses.

Below are the nutritional facts pulled from the Kashi site. Remember the below info is based off the box containing three servings, so if you eat the whole pizza, which is quite possible, multiple the below numbers by three.

Nutritional Facts

  • 290 Calories
  • 80 Calories from Fat
  • 9 g Total Fat
  • 4 g Saturated Fat
  • 0 gTrans Fat
  • 1.5 g Polyunsaturated Fat
  • 3 g Monounsaturated Fat
  • 20 mg Cholesterol
  • 640 mg Sodium
  • 37 g Carbohydrates
  • 5 g Fiber
  • 3g Sugars
  • 15 g Protein
  • 30% Vitamin A
  • 10% Vitamin C
  • 20% Calcium
  • 8% Iron

Overall the numbers are similar to Amy’s Soy Cheeze pizza, but the Kashi Mediterranean pizza certainly has much stronger vitamin values, owing to its veggie toppings. Overall, you’re getting a fairly good amount of nutrients for a pizza.

Score: 4 / 5

Kashi Mediterranean Pizza before cooking (CD case for size comparison)
Kashi Mediterranean Pizza before cooking (CD case for size comparison)

Quality

For several years I simply did not eat many frozen pizzas. Living in Boston, we have tons and tons of great pizza shops that for the most part beat frozen pizzas on taste. Well, earlier this year I was strolling down the aisles of the local Stop & Shop and saw a Kashi Mediterranean Pizza, which looked unlike any frozen pizza I’d seen before. After purchasing the pizza and taken it home to get cooked, I quickly learned Kashi pizzas are the exception to the frozen pizzas sucking rule.

It’s crust for one is near perfect, as normal cooking time gets it crispy but still soft enough. The flax seed whole grain crust is very tasty too and filling. The vegetable toppings are hefty and frozen while fresh to help preserve as much flavor as possible. The red onions and peppers, along with the spinach and feta cheese all come together to create a great tasting vegetarian pizza that is also relatively healthy. The amount of salt tossed into the pizza weighs down its health appeal but in terms of taste it’s tough to beat Kashi pizzas. Warning, just like the Bolthouse Farms protein shakes, these Kashi pizzas can be habit forming!

Score: 4.5 / 5

Innovation

We all know pizza is not new, however attempting to make pizza healthy (or at least healthier) is a pretty new trend for the market and Kashi succeeds in making a tasty while relatively healthy frozen pizza. Of course, there are much better foods for us to be eating but there are also much worse too.

Kashi’s crust is unique and their secret blend of grains, sesame and flax seeds creates a crust that competes with many top end pizza shops, and simply destroys most of its frozen competition.

Score: 4 / 5

Social Benefit

As noted above, there are healthier options (for instance, making your own veggie pizza from scratch) but comparatively if everyone ate Kashi pizzas rather than their average frozen pizza or delivery from some greasy spoon shop, our collective health would certainly improve. Considering the fossil fuels burned to seal the pizza in its plastic warp, transport the frozen pizzas to markets all across the country and the energy needed to keep the pizzas frozen during transport, while in market and finally in our homes there’s much better foods we could be eating to have a lower impact on our environment and our wallets. As noted above and in the Amy’s Soy Cheeze Pizza review, these frozen pizzas are loaded with salt in order to preserve them and most Americans simply do not need more salt in their diets.

Overall, these Kashi pizzas are better for society than the average frozen pizza, but in the grand scheme not by much.

Score: 2.5 / 5

Cooked and ready for consumption!
Cooked and ready for consumption!

Freestyle!

For a few months, when I first discovered these pizzas, I was near addicted to them and ate them 1-2 times per week! At $5.99, they were cheap enough that walking down to the super market, picking one up and tossing it in the oven was a healthier and more economical alternative to ordering delivery pizza. I rarely order delivery pizza nowadays and have cut back to getting a Kashi pizza perhaps once a month. Still, if I get the craving for a pizza and don’t have the time nor energy to make one myself, chances are a Kashi pizza is what I’ll end up eating.

Score: 16 / 22

Kashi pizzas are available at Stop & Shop, Shaw’s and most other super markets.

Complete Score: 31 / 42 = 74%

Amy’s Soy Cheeze Pizza

Complete Score: 16 / 42 = 38%

Recently my diet has naturally featured less and less meat each week. Over the past 7-8 months my main method of transportation has been my bicycle and as such the food I eat doubles as my fuel too. With the new duel-nature of my food, I’ve naturally started eating more fruits and vegetables and less meat, partly because meat is tough to carry on the road (bruised fruit is still edible, whereas meat would hardly last an hour or two in my black backpack in the middle of summer) and partly because fruits and veggies give me better and more energy.

As my diet progressed away from meat I also noticed just how damn good everything tastes without meat overpowering everything. Now, I don’t even miss meat! So much so that I’ve been considering switching to a completely vegan diet, at least for a trial for a month. The toughest thing to give up would be pizza, so when I saw this Soy Cheese Pizza from Amy’s (makers of super-delicious frozen burritos) I had to give it a shot.

Amy's Frozen Soy Cheeze Pizza prior to cooking
Amy's Frozen Soy Cheeze Pizza prior to cooking

Value

At $5.99 for a single person sized pizza, Amy’s Soy Cheeze Pizza is at least comparable in cost to a delivery pizza. It’s slightly cheaper than most small pizzas here in Boston, but remember to take into account the cost of cooking the pizza in terms of energy and time. Sure, it’s a relatively easy process but it still does cost money to cook this pizza. Still, six dollars for a meal is reasonable.

Below is the nutritional information for this pizza as reported on Amy’s Kitchen web-site. Note, the below figures are based off the box containing three servings, though realistically it’s a small enough pizza for one person to mow down in one sitting.

Nutritional Facts

  • 290 Calories
  • 100 Calories from Fat
  • 11 g Total Fat
  • 1 g Saturated Fat
  • 0 gTrans Fat
  • 0 mg Cholesterol
  • 590 mg Sodium
  • 37 g Carbohydrates
  • 2 g Fiber
  • 3g Sugars
  • 12 g Protein
  • 80% Organic
  • 4% Vitamin A
  • 4% Vitamin C
  • 2% Calcium
  • 10% Iron

On its own, the soy cheeze pizza is not a great source of any nutrients, though it does have a fair amount of fiber and iron, as well as (obviously) being loaded with carbohydrates.

Score: 3 / 5

Quality

Though I was doubtful at first of soy’s ability to match real cheese, the description on the back of the box of the soy melting into a mozzarella-esque pile of delicious gooeyness had my mouth watering. Plus my recent experience with soy cream “cheese” left me optimistic about this pizza. I fired up my oven to 425 degrees, waited for it to warm up and popped the soon to be warm, crispy but gooey pile of tomato, soy and crust into the oven.

12-14 minutes later, my excitement and anticipation disappeared as my eyes fell upon a slightly burnt but not melted pile of dough, sauce and half melted half burnt soy bits. The sight left me sadder than a kid at Christmas opening a big box to find clothes.

Score: 1 / 5

Amy's Soy Cheeze Pizza after cooking
Amy's Soy Cheeze Pizza after cooking

Innovation

While I commend Amy’s for their effort in taking the cheese out of cheese pizza, their soy based cheeze just does not compare to the real deal. The soy simply did not melt and instead either burned into a crisp or just stayed in its un-melted form. In either case it was honestly a bit nasty tasting, especially on the texture front. Having experienced the diversity of soy, I’m confident that this recipe could be tweaked to work but as is it simply does not mimic cheese. You’re much better off just making a cheese-less pizza if you’re trying to go the vegan route.

Score: 2 / 5

Social Benefit

Well, if you stockpile a bunch of these pizzas and thus do not get pizza delivery, there would be a net positive impact on the environment. Better yet, we could make our own pizzas from scratch using local ingredients and thus reduce the polluting impact even more.

These pizzas are loaded with salt and other preservatives, which is the last thing most Americans need more of. They’re certainly not healthy but are most likely better for you than the average pizza shop. Amy’s should be commended for at least attempting to make a vegan cheese-esque pizza, though the actual implementation falls far short.

Score: 2 / 5

Freestyle!

Somehow this soy cheese pizza ended up looking like a Barbecue chicken pizza, though unsurprisingly it did not taste like it at all.

Granted, I should have expected that the marketing on the back of the box wouldn’t match up with reality, but I at least expected the soy “cheese” to melt! Instead, the soy sort of warmed up and kinda melted in some spots and kinda burned in other spots. The texture was decidedly not gooey and instead had a plasticy feel to it as the whole layer of cheese was connected and crunchy.

Still, I was hungry and food is food. I cut up the pizza into eight slices and after a few bites realized it wasn’t as bad as it looked. The crust was actually quite good. Crispy and crunchy but also chewy enough in the right places. The sauce too was very, very good. Still, the disappointment of the cheese n bits topping overpowered the goodness of the sauce and crust.

Perhaps I’ll try this soy cheese pizza again (especially if I go through with my month of veganism experiment and fiend for pizza) but this first time was disappointing though edible.

Score: 8 / 22

Amy’s Soy Cheeze Pizza is available at Stop & Shop, Shaw’s and other supermarkets.

Complete Score: 16 / 42 = 38%