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Lean Cuisine Salad Additions Make Healthy Eating Easy #BYOL #Cbias

I have been run ragged the last few weeks with work, school activities for the kids and holiday preparations.  Whoever thought that major science fair projects should be turned in 2 weeks before Christmas is NOT my favorite person right about now!  This past weekend my life was running away with me (again) and I realized at 3 PM that I was starving.  WHY? Because I had not actually slowed down to eating anything all day!  I was running on coffee and adrenaline and was starting to feel a little bit sick!  Does this sound familiar to you?  What is your solution?  Hit the drive through or stop to make something from scratch that is a little bit healthier?   Healthy eating isn’t always fast, but it CAN be if you keep the right items in your fridge and freezer.  As I discovered this weekend, Lean Cuisine Salad Additions are a great way to eat healthy when chaos hits!

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Last week, I was on a mission to find the new Lean Cuisine Salad Additions in my local Walmart. After heading over to print a coupon I grabbed my reusable bags and headed out the door.  Walmart was a bit insane seeing as there are only a couple weeks left before Christmas and the parking lot was packed!  I wasn’t exactly sure where to find The Lean Cuisine Salad Additions so I headed to the frozen aisle to look around near the other Lean Cuisine items.  No luck, unfortunately.   I looked with the packaged meals, the chicken products AND the section labeled specifically ‘Healthy Entrees’.  STILL no luck.  After a couple of trips up and down the aisles I had to stop and ask someone stocking the freezer where they could possibly be.  I showed him my coupon and he told me that they were not supposed to be stocked on the shelf until after the 1st of the year!  However, he was extremely helpful and said he would go back into the stock room and see if he could find me some. Thank heavens for helpful employees!

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This very helpful Walmart employee returned after several minutes with two of the Asian-Style Chicken Salad variety.  I was thrilled that he had managed to find them!  If that flavor isn’t your favorite, you can also get Bistro Chicken Salad, Cranberry & Chicken Salad, or Southwest-Style Chicken Salad.   What really attracted me to the Lean Cuisine Salad Additions is that all I need to do is add fresh lettuce.  Everything else is already in the package.  The Asian Style Chicken Salad had a packet of dressing, crunchy Chinese noodles, and a bag that contains grilled white meat chicken, edamame, pineapple, broccoli and yellow and orange carrots.  I headed over to the produce section to pick out an assortment of organic baby greens to go with it.  Storing a few of these Lean Cuisine Salad Additions in my freezer and a package or organic lettuce in my fridge would be a great way to ensure that I eat healthy, even if I am pressed for time.

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Lean Cuisine Salad Additions

I am seriously impressed with the variety of ingredients included in the Lean Cuisine Salad Additions package that I tried.  If I wanted to make a salad like this from scratch it would take an amazingly long time.  I would definitely NOT add chicken unless I happened to have leftovers sitting in my fridge.  Grilling a chicken breast is just way too time consuming for a quick lunch.  Not too mention finding time to chop up a pineapple or track down those crunchy little Chinese noodles in the grocery store…I can never seem to find those when I want them.  When I was at Walmart, they didn’t even carry fresh edamame in the produce section.  It really is a very healthy food and I am happy to see it in the Lean Cuisine Salad Additions!

I was very impressed not only with how convenient the Lean Cuisine Salad Additions are but also how tasty.  The sesame ginger dressing had a wonderful flavor that went perfectly with the pineapple and other ingredients.  It was extremely quick to make, as well.  2 to 3 minutes in the microwave for the meat/veggies, a couple minutes in a warm glass of water to defrost the dressing and about 30 seconds to assemble the ingredients with the fresh lettuce and crunchy Chinese noodles.  From start to finish it was less than five minutes and I had an incredibly healthy meal.  At 3 PM when I haven’t eaten all day I was VERY happy that this was a quick solution to my hunger problem!  It was also  fairly cheap to make, which I really appreciate considering my budget is tight right now with holiday spending.

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If you are looking for a quick, healthy and delicious meal that fits into your chaotic schedule, I think you will be happy with the Lean Cuisine Salad Additions.  There is no reason to hit the drive through because you are rushed for time.  Just keep a few of these on hand in your freezer for emergencies.  Don’t forget to get the lettuce for your fridge, too.  Once spring comes I hope to have some fresh lettuce growing in my garden which will make these meals even more convenient.

Want to try the Lean Cuisine Salad Additions?  Don’t forget to Print This Coupon!

 There will also be a nationwide magazine ad with a coupon going out on 01/06 and in-store demos (in select stores) with coupons on 01/13

If you want to learn more about these new salad creations you can check out Lean Cuisine on Facebook and Twitter.  You can also check out my Google + Album to see more about my shopping experience.

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®  and NESTLE #CBias #SocialFabric  All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can't quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

Comments

  1. YUM, these look life the perfect lunch to take to work. Easy to prepare and healthy.

  2. Jennifer Comet Wagner says:

    I love Lean Cuisine. I haven’t tried these new dishes yet but I definitely will now that I see how good they look.

  3. Rachel @ BubblyNatureCreations.com says:

    Fresh lettuce from your garden sounds divine! I liked the asian-style chicken as well. Great job in comparing the two- I don’t like having to grill the chicken either!!! This is so much more convienent! Wonderful post!

  4. Amber Edwards says:

    Oh my goodness, I definitely have to check these out! They look amazing and very delicious!!

  5. Those look really good! I haven’t seen them in our stores yet but I hope I do!

  6. That salad looks really good!

    Dawn

  7. I love the LC Salad Additions! Thanks for the heads up on the coupon!

  8. I really like these as well and I actually bought a portable salad “toolbox” to take it on the road with me! I think I like these so much because I’m the ony one in my house who would eat the ingredients in them, and to buy a bunch of stuff and have to cut it up and store it, we’ll, I wouldn’t! This is much more cost efficient for me because I don’t waste anything. The Asian one is my fav, and the other day I happened to have a little bit of slaw mix left in the bag and I added it to my lettuce. It tasted like a restaurant Asian salad! So good. And being Weight Watcher friendly, it’s the perfect inch or quick dinner!

    • I am just too lazy to prep all the tasty ingredients that I would have to add to recreate this on my own. I know I COULD but adding them all to a plate full of fresh lettuce or spinach is so much easier!

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