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What a whirlwind of a week! I’m still figuring out how to juggle work, classes, training, and organizing my new apartment. I find myself daydreaming about a time out button so that I can just catch my breath from all this running around. If you find one, please let me know! My day typically starts early (with the help of a renewed love interest in Mr. Coffee) and ends pretty late around 1 or 2 a.m. because I’m finishing school work. Meal prep has been pushed back on my list of priorities and I’ve found myself seeking out simple meals that I can make or grab quickly. When you want to eat something that is convenient, it can be difficult to make sure it is a healthy meal and not bland/boring. Last night I was again crunched for time and decided to try the new Honestly Good meals from Lean Cuisine so I could finish eating quickly and continue ticking off things from my to do list. I’m no superwoman so I need all the help I can get from outside sources.
Let’s get real. Most Frozen Meals are unappetizing at best and unhealthy at worst. Lean Cuisine is clearly creating a new experience with these #EatHonestly Healthy Meals that are all natural, contain no preservatives, and if you notice below, won’t make your eyes glaze over with overdone flavor combinations. They have upped their game in my opinion by using elevated ingredients like wild rice, slivered almonds, and whole grain pilaf with currants and sophisticated packaging that reminds me more of spa food than frozen dinner.
But let’s talk about what’s inside. It took only 5 minutes to prep each meal and only 2 minutes for me to start drooling as the delicious smelI started permeating the room. I’m usually hesitant to buy frozen meals that contain beef or steak because the meat usually ends up chewy/hard after the heating process. This wasn’t the case with the Honestly Good Pineapple Black Pepper Beef by Lean Cuisine. The beef was incredibly tender and reminded me of my mom’s beef stew. Pretty surprising for a microwaveable meal done in 5 minutes. The pineapple glaze was a great compliment to the wild rice underneath and the perfectly crisp vegetables. All in all, I’d give this variety 4 stars out of 5 (and that’s only because I found a new favorite the next day.)
I knew I had a long day ahead of me today that would end at 10 p.m. because of my Anatomy & Physiology class so I needed a healthy meal for lunch to keep my energy up. I grabbed the Honey Citrus Chicken and hoped it wouldn’t be too sweet. I’m weird in that I prefer salty and savory meals for lunch, otherwise I don’t feel satiated which can leave me feeling grumpy. No bueno.
Luckily the stars aligned, or rather I found I could place my trust in Lean Cuisine. They did not let me down. The honey glaze was subtle and balanced by the hint of lemon gracing every bite. I’ve truly never been more impressed with a frozen meal. The vegetables were especially good because they were finally prepared the way I prepare them at home; with a hint of citrus and pepper. And the chicken, guys the chicken was so juicy and well seasoned. This was probably the first time in the history of EVER that I have not had to add salt to a frozen meal. That’s how good this tasted.
I’m finally home after an exhausting day full of responsibilities and learning. On days/weeks like this, having a “fail safe” as they say in Anatomy like these convenient meals is a floating device. When you’re a busy woman trying to have it all, sacrificing a healthy diet doesn’t have to happen. So go be Super You! Grab your arsenal of practical tools like these Honestly Good Lean Cuisine Meals and “Lean In” as Sheryl Sandburg says.
- Portion seems larger than most frozen lunch meals. Very filling.
- Chicken and Steak were tender
- Veggies are crisp and delicious
- Everything tastes fresh and was delighted that nothing felt artificially flavored
- Each meal is $3.79 which isn’t cheap but in line with most mid line freezer meals and I think a good value for the all natural ingredients.
- The only thing I can harp on is that the meals are not a one click heat process. Each meal requires that you stop after a few minutes, add the sauce, and continue heating for another couple of minutes. Not really a big deal, but not something you can just set the microwave for and walk away from.
To learn more about Lean Cuisine’s Honestly Good meals, head over to their Facebook page or find which of your local stores carry them by visiting Walmart’s website here. You can also see my shopping experience on Google+ here.
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Which flavor would you try?
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