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Review: Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken with Dressing and Mashed Potatoes

 

Today for lunch I tried this meal from lean cuisine. It featured baked chicken with gravy, dressing, and mashed red potatoes. I am typically really hesitant about trying frozen meals featuring chicken, because in the past I have been greatly disappointed. Are you picking up on the fact that I’m picky? Because I am.

This dish was different, though. Overall, I enjoyed it very much. It’s always a little strange when the chicken and dressing, and not the mashed potatoes, have dressing on them, but I figured that it has something to do with the freezing process. Maybe a separate gravy packet or something would go a long way.

Anyway, it was pretty good overall. The dressing was partially mushy and partially a little bit chewy, but if you don’t mind that you’re golden. As with all frozen meals, it was a little over salted and could have used a bit more herbs and spices.

Bottom line, though: I will definitely buy it again. and with only 6 points+ values, it’s a great option for lunch.

Review: Lean Cuisine Pita Snacks, Broccoli and Cheese Flavor

 

This weekend I sampled a lean Cuisine pita and dip snack that had broccoli and cheese dip. It is available in the frozen food section, and it comes in a two-serving pack. Each serving has 5 points+.

I was hesitant at first, because I remember trying some sort of snack-type thing from Lean Cuisine once that tasted just retched. Seriously, I had to throw it away. Garlic something, perhaps. I can’t recall. At any rate, I was hesitant. I was also concerned about the way that the frozen pita would heat up in the microwave. I followed the instructions for heating time and sat down with my snack.

I have to say, it was surprisingly good. The dip was tasty and thick, an the pita was just chewy enough. Overall, I enjoyed it very much.

Here’s the problem: It’s 5 points. That’s an awful lot of points to kill on a snack, especially if you (unlike me) are down near the minimum daily points values.

So my dilemma: it’s delicious, but quite costly when it comes to points/calories. My recommendation is that you use it like a light lunch and add in a salad with some vinaigrette dressing or fruit. That would help to minimize the points+ punch.

 

Overall score: A-