Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or one who works outside the home, lunch time can often be hectic and in a rush, you could find yourself grabbing unhealthy food.
Frozen “light” meals are convenient option for a quick meal.
Lean Cuisine, a brand most of us are familiar with, recently added a new line to their frozen meals – Salad Additions.
Thanks to Mommy B, I had the chance to try two flavors of Lean Cuisine’s Salad Additions – cranberry and chicken and Asian chicken.
Before you read any further, I must confess that I don’t eat salads often. I wish I loved them, but they are not something I find myself desiring frequently.
After trying two flavors, here’s my overall impression of Lean Cuisine’s Salad Additions.
- Readily available in the freezer section at the grocery
- Several flavors to choose from
- Easy and quick to prepare – simply place salad dressing packet in hot water to thaw, microwave the protein/veggie packets for 2 ½ minutes, let it cool for a minute, then add them to fresh lettuce along with the dressing and additional items (such as sesame sticks for the cranberry chicken flavor)
- Relatively low in fat and calories – there’s 9 g of fat and 280 calories (7 Weight Watchers points) in the cranberry chicken and 8 g of fat and 280 calories (7 Weight Watchers points) in the Asian chicken
- Taste – salad dressings and toppings (like sesame sticks and crispy noodles) add flavor and great texture to the veggies/protein and the lettuce.
- Sodium is high (as are most frozen meals). These two flavors had 21% and 26% of the recommended daily value
- Need fresh lettuce – not really that big of a deal, but if you prefer to have one box/item to take for lunch to work, this meal won’t work for you. If you forgot the lettuce, you could still eat the contents of the Salad Additions, but it wouldn’t be as filling (or tasty)
- Taste – The chicken was a bit chewy. The overall flavor isn’t anything spectacular, but I haven’t found a frozen “light” meal yet that is (and I’ve tried various brands and MANY flavors).
- Texture – if you put the protein/veggie pouch on while it’s too hot, the lettuce gets soft and a bit mushy. I waited for about 1 ½ minutes (the box suggests 1 minute) and it was still too warm. I personally am not a fan of warm lettuce, so if you’re not either, wait until the pouch is lukewarm to add it to the lettuce.
If you need a quick and relatively healthy meal and want something a little different than the typical frozen “diet” meals, Lean Cuisine Salad Additions is a good choice.
What are your favorite things to add to salads?
This post is a review that represents honest opinons of the above mentioned product by me. I was not paid and all thoughts expressed in this post are my own.
After a 13 year PR/communications career, Jamie K. took on her most challenging (but rewarding) job – fulltime CFO (chief family officer). She currently lives in Northern Virginia, her 4th “home” state in 5 years thanks to her officer husband’s Air Force career.