“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”
~Luciano Pavarotti & William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story~ (Food Quotes)
I had this for the first time at lunch today, & adding my dinner points to my etools on the Weight Watchers site, I randomly decided to review it here for you! So excuse that I don’t have a pic of it plated, but I doubt you’d want to see it now anyway… I do however have pics from the Lean Cuisine website.
This was something new to me in my grocer’s freezer, steam-in-the-bag Lean Cuisine meals. I have been loving steam-in-the-bag veggies for a while & have had some regular meals, but this was the first single serving light meal I had seen like this, so I was intrigued. I’ve mentioned before I’m not a cook, so I’m a fan of single-serving frozen meals – though not too big of a fan given their high sodium content. According to my receipt I paid $2.50 for the bag, not counting tax. Too bad I never take any of my coupons with me, but I only bought a couple of meals for the week anyway.
So, fast forward to today where we were blasted with snow over night & I couldn’t think of a really good reason to bother getting out of bed this morning. While searching my mind for any reason with enough pull, I realized I was hungry; it was after noon. My mind flashed on the cheese filled pasta in my freezer. It took a little more time for me to get adjusted to the idea of officially waking up, but I did.
The bag recommended 5mins on high for an 1100 watt nuke & 8mins for a 700. I don’t know what ours is, but it’s a big one, so I guessed 5mins. That seemed to do the trick. It also says to let it stand for a minute before opening; I gave it a bit longer than that so it would be sufficiently cooled for my palate. (Some people think not eating my food hot is weird, but I prefer patience to pain.) From there I cut the bag open. The first drawback for me: no tear spot so had to use actual scissors to open it; a very minor issue.
On the plate, it looked nice & appealing. Better than the above pic from their site in my opinion. Everything was saucier & the sauce was thicker than the the picture shows it. Most diet oriented frozen meals suffer from a lack of sauce in my experience, so this was a nice change. The tortellonis were a good size. Big enough to cut in half, doubling the number of bites you get. Always a plus:-) One thing cutting them in half did highlight for me was a slight rubbery quality to the pasta around the edges. I was using a cheap, plastic fork & it got a little bent up & the process took more work than it should have to cut through a pasta; but not too bad, & nothing I noticed while eating. The taste was really pleasant. The cheese was nice, a little sweet, & not heavy. The sauce had a bright, creamy flavor. The veggies stood up well, not mushy, & you could actually taste them which is always a good thing (unless it’s corn). The only thing I’d say about them is MORE! I could have done with about twice the amount of vegetables. That would have been great!
- Average price
- Simple, convenient preparation
- Need tools to open
- Nice flavor
- Good amount of sauce
- Slightly rubbery texture of pasta
- Crisp, flavorful veggies
- Needs more veggies
- Typically high sodium content
- Nutrition: 270cals/7g fat/670mg sodium/39g carbs/5g fiber/14g protein (from site, same as on package)
- Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 7 (based on package nutrition info, calculated using WW etools)
~Just a standard disclosure notice: I don’t work for either Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers, & was provided no incentive for this review. I bought & paid for the item myself, & did this just to share something new I enjoyed & to work on my l33t blogging skills. Thanks for reading!