It’s no secret if you read here that I don’t cook a lot. I do love to bake and I love crafty sweet treats, but the idea of cooking a big dinner exhausts me, frankly. I work all day, and Raya and I are on our own in the evenings during the week, so by the time we make it to the table, a lot of times it’s yogurt and cereal (yes, for both of us) or takeout I grabbed on the way home. I actually have several restaurants I take out from (depending where I have to stop before making it home), and I’ve been on a big salad kick lately. No, it’s not a New Year’s thing, it’s honestly a pregnant thing, haha. :P It’s one of the few things I’m consistently hungry for. And I can easily chop my own lettuce… but I want something substantial in my salad – I need some meat, and I love all the yummy extras. And I want someone to make it for me, LOL! So when I read that Lean Cuisine is offering a new line of restaurant-quality salad additions (all you do is add your own lettuce) – I was excited to try them out. And guess what? They are AWESOME!
The quality is the same as I’d expect from a restaurant (and bonus – at a fraction of the price). The fact that they are frozen helps keep them fresh right up to the time you are ready to serve them. The dressings and toppings are *amazing* – you just bring your own lettuce! (#BYOL!)
That’s half the work there. I just needed two and a half more minutes to prepare my salad additions!
I love the variety of ingredients – for example, the Chicken & Cranberry salad also has yellow carrots, broccoli, red onions and whole grains and comes with a delicious raspberry cabernet vinaigrette and sesame sticks to top it off. I would never think to make something like that at home – that’s a restaurant combination – and Lean Cuisine knows how to keep the calories down without sacrificing flavor!
The Southwest-Style Chicken Salad was also fantastic, with beans, corn, and crispy tortilla strips with a chipotle ranch.
Lean Cuisine Salad Additions are available at Walmart. (You can even print a coupon to try them from the Lean Cuisine site, or your paper will have a coupon this Sunday!) I picked up the Southwest-Style Chicken and the Cranberry & Chicken flavors on my last trip to WalMart – I found them right on the end cap of the frozen aisle.