2/11/13

Lean Cuisine Chef's Pick Culinary Collection Review


By on 2/11/2013 10:33:00 AM

What is for lunch today?  Choosing a healthy, fast and easy lunch option is not my strong suit  I put a great deal of effort into breakfast and dinner meals for my family--but, during lunchtime, it's just me that I'm in charge of feeding--and, sadly, I find less motivation to go the extra, healthy mile for my own lunch.  Since I know that I'm not likely to prepare myself a "real" lunch, most days I plan leftovers from dinner for the next afternoon's lunch.  Some days, however, there isn't enough extra food  from dinner or my schedule leaves me facing a lunchtime dilemma:  fast food or  something quick and less than healthy.  I recently had the opportunity to sample and review the Lean Cuisine Chef's Pick line of frozen entrees.  How did Lean Cuisine Chef's Pick products stand up to review in this busy mama's corner of the world?



What are Lean Cuisine Chef's Pick frozen entrees?  We have all tried "diet" meals--especially during the first few months of the year as New Year's Diet resolutions loom.  While often convenient, they often lack anything special and innovative.  The Chef's Pick line combines new ideas from popular chefs such as Michelle Bernstein, Brad Farmerie, Paul Kahan, Anita Lo, Lior Lev Sercarz & Lucien Vendome to create something a little different in the same-old-same-old world of pre-portioned, diet meals.  Selections such as Chili Lime Chicken, Chicken Makhani and Steak Tips Portabello certainly offer spices and flavor combinations more interesting than the usual diet meal entrees.

How do Lean Cuisine Chef's Pick frozen entrees taste?  New flavors, new ideas, new meal options are all fascinating--but, taste and convenience are two of the most important factors that I consider when I try a new prepared food.  I tried both the Steak Tips Portabello with a side of broccoli and the Indian inspired Chicken Makhani with rice.  If time allows, I prefer to use the conventional oven instead of a microwave to prepare even frozen dinners.  I tried the Steak Tips Portabello prepared in both the oven and the microwave and found little difference in the texture or quality of the meal. The broccoli was crisp/tender--not soggy or waterlogged and the meat was tender and actually tasted like beef.  I also enjoyed the Chicken Makhani--but, I am not a big fan of chicken in frozen entrees.  The rice medley cooked thoroughly in the microwave and the flavors were fresh and interesting.  I was happy with the taste of Lean Cuisine Chef's Pick meals.

Lean Cuisine Chicken Makhani

Lean Cuisine Steak Tips Portabello

Would I recommend Lean Cuisine Chef's Pick frozen entrees? While I would add an extra side of fruit or vegetables to these entrees and would adjust my sodium intake through the day's remaining meals--I would definitely buy Lean Cuisine Chef's Pick entrees to have on hand for busy days.  I didn't sacrifice flavors for convenience and I'm actually looking forward to trying some of the other varieties--like the Chili Lime Chicken.  I would encourage you to give Lean Cuisine Chef's Pick entrees a try--you may be surprised.  They are not your average, run of the mill, frozen diet meal and they fit right into my rushed, no-time-for-lunch schedule!

Disclosure:  I joined 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!

About Angela

Angela is a freelance writer and blogger, blessed with 3 daughters, 4 cats, 1 needy dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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