We’ve all been there.
Hunger strikes and you need to get something in front of you… fast.
A few years back – during my college years and again when I lived on my own – frozen dinners were a staple of mine.
Since then, I’ve come to enjoy cooking and try to prepare my own meals as often as possible.
In Wednesday’s post, I alluded to the fact that this past week was just off. It was difficult to muster up the energy for much, let alone cooking an elaborate dinner.
My solution? A new-to-me product from the Lean Cuisine Culinary Collection.
The Lean Cuisine brand has been around forever, but they’ve recently debuted some new products.
The Culinary Collection line was created with the help of 5 well-known chefs and aims to add bolder, more exciting flavors to the traditional frozen meal.
When choosing which variety I wanted to try, the chicken carbonara jumped out to me immediately. Chicken, pasta, asparagus, and a cream sauce with bacon? Yes, please.
Here’s a peek at the nutritional stats:
I heated up this meal after getting home from the gym a little later than usual last night. Three minutes in the microwave, and I had a delicious meal ready and waiting for me!
I was so pleasantly surprised! The flavor was great, and the sauce tasted like a real, restaurant-style cream sauce. While the bacon pieces were few and far between, I didn’t miss them too much because the bacon flavor was definitely still there!
My biggest complaint about most frozen meals is that they don’t fill me up. I had just finished working out and this meal, along with a dinner roll, left me feeling totally satisfied. (Side note: the roll was essential in scooping up every last bit of the sauce.)
I definitely plan on picking up a few more varieties and giving some of the other meals a try. They’re great to have on-hand and cheaper than picking up take-out in a pinch!
How often to you rely on frozen meals? Do you have a favorite?
I have partnered with Lean Cuisine through DailyBuzz Food to help promote their new line of Chef’s Pick products. I have been compensated for my time commitment to work with this product. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. Thank you Lean Cuisine!