I have one question – who seriously gets full off of a Lean Cuisine? Or a Healthy Choice? Or any of those “healthy” meal options? Sure I suppose they help with portion control, but it’s probably because the ravioli dishes come with 5 small raviolis.
So when I was sent Simply Sensible entrees, I must admit I approached them with skepticism. How could can any pre-packaged healthy meal be satisfying? Apparently it’s possible.
The Biggest Loser (yes, like the TV show) unveiled these refrigerated, fully prepared, healthy meal options in January of 2011, and they are delightfully yummy!
Simply Sensible Reviews
I was sent two samples to try—“Mediterranean-Style Chicken, Boneless Chicken Breast with rib meat in a White Wine & Rosemary Sauce” and “Bowtie Pasta and Zing Chicken, Boneless Chicken Breast with rib meat in a Sweet & Spicy Asian-Style Sauce and Brown Rice.”
I was never actually able to try the Mediterranean-Style Chicken because Ryan ate it when I wasn’t home (despite me telling him not to!). I think that says something right there. I mean, what guy can’t resist a healthy pre-packaged meal? No, Ryan’s not watching his calories, these meals just look that good! And they taste it!
According to Ryan, the Mediterranean-Style Chicken was delicious—flavorful and filling. Even the pasta was great unlike pasta found in most frozen entrees.
I was a big fan of the Zing Chicken. It was more tasty than any Asian style Lean Cuisine I’ve had to date, and despite being healthy it definitely didn’t compromise in taste. The sauce offered a perfect combination of salty and sweet.
Also of note, the entrees are endorsed by the American Heart Association and pack in protein but skip the trans fats.
The portion sizes were pleasing—when I first opened the box I underestimated how much rice and chicken there was!
Each box offers 2 servings. Coming in at only 250 calories per serving, you can still eat the whole box and not feel guilty if it’s your entire dinner. The box suggested adding broccoli, but I didn’t have any fresh veggies so I ended up just eating the entire box. When I try them again, I’ll have veggies on hand and aim to just mix them with 1 serving.
While the meals are not as convenient for a work lunch option (you have to empty out the package into a bowl to microwave or sautee on the stove—I did the latter), they are an excellent dinner choice when you worked a late night or just don’t feel like cooking.
Unfortunately, right now they are only sold at Publix, so I can’t get them in Boston, but hopefully we’ll see them in grocers nationwide soon.