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To say that things have been a little hectic lately would be an understatement. With MJ starting her dietetic internship and me caught in the daily grind, we share but a few brief moments together in the early morning and at night. Sadly, we’ve once again become like two ships passing in the night. Even with all the meal prep that MJ does over the weekend, there are still days when time just seems to escape us and sometimes we just run out of food. But rather than resort to calorie-laden fast food or packaged meals crammed with sodium and artificial preservatives, we want to continue to eat healthy meals. So in an effort to lighten the load for my beautiful bride on these jam-packed days, I sought to find a quick AND healthy option. Believe it or not, but I think I may have found the answer…in the frozen food section (you can read about the shopping experience here)! Impossible, you say? What if I told you it was 100% all natural and contained no preservatives? Hello Lean Cuisine Healthy Frozen Meals! (You can get the coupons here).
Lean Cuisine recently released a new line called Honestly Good – no artificial ingredients, minimally processed, no preservatives. And with flavors like Pomegranate Chicken, Lemongrass Salmon, and Plum Ginger Grain-Crusted Fish, it looks like they’re pushing the frozen meal boundaries. When I saw it in the frozen food aisle, I was intrigued. I grabbed a couple boxes (date night!) and crossed my fingers in hopes that MJ would approve. Thanks to Lean Cuisine, a well-balanced meal came together in under 10 minutes giving us some time to catch up on each other’s weeks. As much as MJ likes preparing wholesome meals and eating fresh foods, I think she actually enjoyed not having to slave over a stove and kicking back for a change. I know, I know…I should’ve slapped on my apron and made something for her from scratch, but y’all know how I roll in the kitchen – we’d have to go to bed by the time I was finished cooking.
MJ had her reservations at first when she saw me pull out the frozen meals from my shopping bag, but after scrutinizing over the ingredients and nutritional info for some time, I think I may have actually seen a smile break across her lips.
We tried the Pomegranate Chicken – whole grilled chicken breast filet with pomegranate glaze; green beans, yellow beans, ribbon-cut carrots; and whole grain pilaf with currants. The chicken wasn’t hard or rubbery like some frozen chicken breasts can be. It was actually tender enough to cut with a fork and not overly salty. The veggies had a nice bite to them; they weren’t sad and soggy. The whole grain rice pilaf portion was by far my favorite as it was loaded with flavor and tasted nothing like your stereotypical frozen side item. Too often healthy frozen meals end up tasting like styrofoam if anything at all, but that was definitely not the case with this Honestly Good meal. I’m usually not one to enjoy the sweet and salty combination, but the folks at Lean Cuisine did a great job at balancing the two in this dish.
Even the portion size was to MJ’s liking. As the chief of the portion-control police, she was happy to see that the chicken was palm-sized, the grains were about 1/2 cup, and the veggies were plentiful. With the addition of steamed broccoli that we had on hand in the fridge, the plate reminded me of the ChooseMyPlate.gov model plate (minus the fruit..and dairy).
To prepare, simply thaw the sauce in cold water, microwave the tray for 4 minutes, add sauce, then cook for an additional 2 minutes. How much simpler could it get? Be sure to check them out next time you are in search of a healthy frozen meal. Coupons will also be available soon on the Lean Cuisine website so be sure to check that out as well!