What if I told you that I have the perfect way to shake up your lunchtime routine? One that will combat brown bag boredom, relieve you of soggy, uninspiring leftovers, and free you from your sandwich rut? And, what if my solution was convenient, affordable, delicious and healthy, too?
Okay, I’ll share my little secret. It’s Lean Cuisine Fresh Inspirations.
The thing is, before trying Fresh Inspirations, I thought I had frozen entrees down pat: protein, carbs, sauce, repeat. And for the most part, they can be pretty tasty… but what if you don’t like mixing your protein and carbs? Or, if you’re more of a “drizzler” when it comes to sauces and condiments? The average frozen entree gives you little freedom to customize your meal.
Until now. Lean Cuisine Fresh Inspirations offer healthy, delicious meals that YOU make your own. First, the new and unique “Simmer & Steam” tray design cooks each ingredient the way it is meant to be cooked. Hence, the tender beef, chicken or shrimp is simmered in their own delicious sauce, and vegetables are steamed to perfection to lock in their taste and texture.
Then, you create your own personalized meal, just the way you like it. Want your protein on the side? Sauce drizzled on top? Or maybe you like to simply toss everything together. You can prepare each dish in the way that inspires you. And because it’s from Lean Cuisine, you know that it’s a tasty, calorie conscious, good-for-you hot meal. Can you think of a better way to beat the brown bag blues?
Lean Cuisine Fresh Inspirations are available in six (6) varieties:
Thai Chicken: Juicy chicken simmered in an authentic Thai sauce with sweet baby corn and market vegetables on a bed of 100 per cent whole grain brown rice for a fibre boost
Chicken Teriyaki: Tender chicken in a sweet Teriyaki sauce, snap peas and a vegetable medley served on brown rice provides two whole servings of vegetables in a tasty low fat dish
Chili Lime Beef: Tender beef in a zesty Asian-inspired sauce, edamame, red peppers and broccoli served on a bed of white rice loaded with fibre, iron, and two servings of vegetables
Roast Garlic Chicken: Low fat, low calorie and delicious! Enjoy succulent chicken simmered in a creamy garlic sauce served with red potatoes, broccoli and zucchini
Shrimp Alfredo: An elegant mix of shrimp, creamy Alfredo sauce, fusilli pasta, broccoli, yellow carrots and red peppers that’s low in fat and provides you with two full serving of vegetables
Mediterranean Chicken: Enjoy a fibre filled meal with delicious broccoli, carrots and red bell peppers, served with savoury chicken and penne pasta in a tomato sauce.
I had the opportunity to try all the varieties above, and to tell the truth – it’s hard to pick a favourite! Chili Lime Beef is a hit with my husband, and I’m partial to Shrimp Alfredo. Steaming directions are as easy as 1-2-3: simply heat, stir, heat once more and serve. Here’s the Fresh Inspirations Mediterranean Chicken after the first 3 minutes of heating:
As you can see, the tender cuts of chicken stay moist and delicious while they steam in tomato sauce, and a healthy-sized portion of penne and veggies keep their colour and texture. When heating was complete, I spooned the chicken over my pasta and vegetables – I guess you can call me a “drizzler”!
Of course, my husband is a “mixer” – he likes to toss everything together in an effort to cover every morsel with sauce. So he enjoyed his Fresh Inspirations Roast Garlic Chicken the more traditional way – with everything blended together. I had a bite… mmm… garlic. It is very hard to believe that this creamy, flavourful meal is low in fat and calories. Bonus: because the vegetables are steamed independently of the sauce, the potatoes keep their texture and the zucchini keeps its crunch. Now that’s fresh!
Lean Cuisine Fresh Inspirations retail for approximately $3.99 and can be found in the frozen entree section of your local supermarket. The portions are plentiful while the meal is low in fat and calories. And, the flavour is EPIC.
**EDIT** Thank you to all the readers who signed up for the Lean Cuisine Fresh Inspirations Rate and Review Program! The first 20 applicants will receive 6 Free Product Coupons to try them all.
This Rate and Review Program is sponsored by Lean Cuisine. The opinions on this blog are my own.