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!
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.
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!
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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.
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
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked 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 and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.