Product Review: Lean Cuisine Culinary Collection

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.

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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:

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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!

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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!

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9 comments

  1. Avery @ Southern Belle Living Well says:

    I used to be a big frozen meal eater when I very first started losing weight. I thought “Oh! It has only 280 calories for one meal!” and would snatch it up immediately. The only problem was, I wasn’t very good at remembering what I ate over the course of the day, so later on, I’d be snacking on cookies, but it was okay, because I had a “low-calorie meal”. Now a days, I’m not a huge fan of frozen meals, but when I need one, I do use Lean Cuisine, or even Amy’s (my favorite!), and add a BOATLOAD of veggies to beef up the nutritional value, and add some volume.
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  2. Alison says:

    It’s always nice to have a quick meal ready to enjoy after a busy/long day. I usually keep soups on hand for that purpose. I throw in some lentils and it’s ready to go! We have a store here (I live in Kuwait, in the middle east) called Carrefour (it’s a French store kind of like wal-mart), and they have healthy boxed soups that I like to stock up on.

  3. Nikki says:

    Frozen meals for me are usually things that I’ve made and had extras so I portioned and froze, but on some occasions I buy a few! They can be mighty helpful when in a pinch!

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