After all of the indulgent birthday eats I enjoyed earlier this week, on Friday I really needed to return to my mindful eating groove. Lean Cuisines are one of my favorite quick and easy low-calorie meal options at lunch. I frequently ate these frozen entrées during my years as a busy college undergrad, and now that I work full-time, I still find myself occasionally eating them as a quick and easy lunch I can take to work.
Today I tried one of the entrees from Lean Cuisine’s new Chef’s Pick Culinary Collection, which I had actually been eyeballing at the grocery store for a while – the Ranchero Braised Beef.
The braised beef consisted of tender bites of beef in a really flavorful, smoky sauce with a bit of heat, into which I also enjoyed dipping the mildly sweet chipotle mashed sweet potatoes.
Nutrition Facts weren’t too shabby. Only 240 calories, lots of protein, some fiber, and a good source potassium, Vitamins A & C, calcium, and iron. The high sodium level is the main dietary issue here, but the high potassium level might help counteract some of that.
I paired the Lean Cuisine Ranchero Braised Beef with a low-sodium side of fresh veggies and dip to keep salt in check. The portion size of the entrée is on the small side (which helps keep calories in check), so I often find myself pairing Lean Cuisines with other healthy side items like yogurt, fruit, or veggies.
All in all I really enjoyed Lean Cuisine’s Ranchero Braised Beef frozen entrée and look forward to trying more entrees from the new Chef’s Pick Culinary Collection (like Spinach Artichoke Ravioli and Chicken Makhani!).
(I have partnered with Lean Cuisine through DailyBuzz Food to help promote their new line of Chef’s Pick products. I have been compensated for my time commitment to work with this product. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. Thank you Lean Cuisine!)