Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pregnancy Cravings Satisfied with Lean Cuisines Salad Additions #BYOL

#BYOL

What can I say?

When I was pregnant with my son, I was crazy for carbs. I think I survived on baked potatoes and pasta. Okay, it wasn't a good look for me. Sweet desires came when I was pregnant with my daughter. I had a real thing for hot fudge and brownies. Unfortunately, I still haven't lost that baby weight. This baby? Well, my desire is green, leafy and piled high in an endless number of combinations. Salad is currently king in my mind. But, who has the time to chop all those veggies?

I am not a big fan of eating out, but I do love the variety of salads I can have someone else make for me. This pregnancy I am a "mature mom" of 34 and moving a little slower. I am happy to have help where I can get it. Especially when it comes to preparing my food. So most of my salads have been from our favorite restaurants.

 If I was to create my favorite Asian Salad or Cobb Salad at home I would have to buy a large amount of ingredients and involve a lot of prep work. Most of my favorite salads at a restaurant here cost as much as my husband's entree!

When I pay that much for a meal I like to take my leftovers home to finish the following day. Have you ever taken home a salad? With all the dressing and ingredients mine usually come back out of the fridge limp and soggy. Not very appetizing, right?

All You Coupon

Earlier this month I noticed this coupon in the January edition of All You magazine. I always find the best Walmart coupons in there! Be sure to check out the Walmart site as well for other great coupon opportunities. I hadn't heard of the Lean Cuisine Salad Additions before and saved this one for later. I was intrigued that I just needed to #BYOL, or bring your own lettuce.

I found signage all over the Walmart grocery area. There were signs in the frozen section as well as near the lettuce and bagged salad mixes. You can take a peak at what I found in my Google+ album.

Lean Cuisine

When my husband went away for a Farm Bureau weekend I had to come up with some simple meals for myself and the kids. My kids have a really restrictive diet so I usually end up making their dinner and then single serving meals for myself. This was the perfect chance to try out these new Lean Cuisine products. I am never good at cooking for just one person.

#BYOL

The kit contained everything I needed to make a quick and delicious salad for myself. I just needed room temperature water, a microwave and my favorite lettuce mix.

#BYOL

The kit is frozen so I put the salad dressing in room temperature water.

Lean Cuisine Salad Additions

Then I microwaved the steamer bag containing chicken and vegetables for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. I let it cool slightly before putting it on top of my greens. Topped with crunchy noodles and salad dressing, I was good to go in less than 4 minutes. Now, that is faster than I usually get seated at a restaurant!

Lean Cuisine Salad Additions

So how did my Lean Cuisine Salad Additions: Asian Style Chicken stack up to my favorite restaurant salads?

Pros:

  • Economical
  • Faster than I am usually seated at a restaurant with my family
  • Perfect portion for me (less waste and guilt!)
  • Fresher than a restaurant. I control the greens used how they are washed
  • I can savor my salad in my pajamas... if I want to.
Cons:
  • I need a bigger freezer now!
  • I have minimal prep and clean up.

Overall I was very happy with this tasty new find! This was not only delicious, but it was so colorful and visually appealing. Now I can have salads for a quick lunch or dinner when the mood strikes me. I don't have to worry about planning out a recipe, shopping for all the various ingredients or doing all the slicing and dicing in my kitchen.

This is convenience food that makes me happy.

Lean Cuisine Salad Additions

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Andrea
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