Why I wanted to try Lean Cuisine Roasted Turkey and Vegetables
While I should probably be on a diet, that was not the main reason I bought this meal. The main reason is that I tend to like to eat small meals through out the day and I have found that it causes me to reach for snacks that are sometimes not that great for me and probably way too many calories.
While browsing through the Lean Cuisines I found a lot of new dinners and was pleasantly surprised that they were not all pasta like they used to be. I tend to try to watch my carbs so I was really excited when I saw one that was turkey and veggies with no noodles or potatoes or any other starch. I was also happy to see that this meal was only 200 calories with 18g of carbs 4 of which were fiber.
The photo of the meal appealed to me as well. Turkey pieces in a mushroom gravy with green beans almonds and cranberries.
Something’s Changed for the better about this meal over time
I must point out that from reading older reviews, that this meal has clearly changed from what it once was. The old one was only 150 calories so they must have added something to this that was not in the older version. Maybe the cranberries or maybe there is just a little more of it. It still says it is 8oz so maybe they just added some flavor :-) I really do think I had this in the past and it was ok but nothing to write home about. This new version is really yummy. I will definitely be buying it again.
The picture on the box looks like the same thing but this now has the words “culinary collection” on the box.
The Lean Cuisine Roasted Turkey and Vegetables comes in a small box that fits nicely in my freezer. When you open the box the meal is in a divided black plastic tray that can be recycled after you are done. The box can also be recycled. The only thing going in the trash is that thin layer of plastic on top of the meal.
Inside the two sections in the tray are a Green Bean Mixture on one half with Green Beans, Almonds, and cranberry pieces. On the other side is a slightly smaller portion of turkey with mushrooms and gravy. There were not many mushrooms and added more to the flavor than actually a lot of mushrooms to eat.
How to Prepare
This meal goes right in the microwave. The directions state to cut a hole to vent each section. I did that and then placed it in the center of my microwave oven. The instructions say to cook it for 3.5 minutes and then peel back and mix things and then cook for another minute. Frankly I am too lazy for that so I set the microwave to cook for 4.5 minutes and took my chances. You are supposed to let it sit in the microwave for a couple minutes before removing it. I did that because I got busy with something else, so I probably let it sit for 15 minutes. The way that I prepared it turned out fine for me.
Of course all of this is well and good but what really matters is how it tastes. I decided to take it out of the plastic tray and put it in a nice ceramic dish. I thought it was delicious. The meat tasted great and did not have that processed taste or a dry texture. It tasted fresh and was good tasting as well as having a great texture. Nothing cheap about the taste of the meat.
I put the Green Bean mixture right next to the meat mixture in the bowl and the flavors blended nicely. I ate the separately but they did blend a little where they came together.
The Green Beans were delicious. I love green beans and these were cut green beans with almond slices and cranberry pieces. The flavors of both portions were really good.
The picture actually matches the product
Sometimes when you buy a food item like this the picture is awesome and then when you open and prepare it, it’s quite another thing. In the case of the Lean Cuisine Roasted Turkey and Veggies, the product looked exactly like what I saw on the box. What you see is what you get!
Does this meal fill me up
Well to be honest for a normal sized meal I doubt that 200 calories of anything would fill me up. As a snack or when eating smaller meals this one does fine. If I was going to serve this in place of a normal sized dinner though I think most people would be left hungry for more. Two of these would only be 400 calories and would be enough for me and I think most people would agree.
Ingredients and Nutritional Info
I would suggest looking on the box to make sure that there is nothing in here that you can not eat. It seems clear that they have changed this product more than once so I will just give an overview of the highlights.
Included in the Lean Cuisine Roasted Turkey and Vegetables are Turkey with a Mushroom Gravy, and a larger portion of Green Beans with almond slices and cranberries. The Green Beans have some seasonings and a little watery residue but not really a sauce.
This meal contains 200 calories, 7g fat, 30mg cholesterol, 580mg sodium, 18g carbs, 4g fiber, 10g sugar, and 16g protein.