Back around 2005, Lean Cuisine launched their Spa Cuisine Classics, which contain 100% whole grains (to the delight of a number of people, including myself). However, over the past 3 years, I still have not had the chance to try them all (probably because I was afraid that nothing could stand up against the succulent Butternut Squash Ravioli).
There is a plethora of Lean Cuisine meals featured on Iateapie; but surprisingly, Lean Cuisine Salmon with Basil is not one of them.
Becky over at HeatEatReview enjoyed the dish, but offered a great way to make it more filling (adding your own frozen veggies). Therefore, after I followed the cooking directions, I decided to throw in about a handful of frozen peas and carrots (all that I had on hand) and zap my meal for another 30 seconds. The result? The basil and fresh fish smell amazing and blend with the crunchy veggies and wholesome grains to create a party in your mouth. Astonishingly, the fish turns out flaky and tender. The orzo was a great choice, as opposed to rice or noodles, and makes the dish. There is just enough sauce to grace the components of the dish, while still letting the nutritious salmon, veggie and orzo flavors shine.
The ingredient list is wholesome and contains around 18 ingredients that are more than recognizable (blanched whole wheat orzo pasta, wild salmon, spinach, carrots, parmesan cheese, garlic puree, extra virgin olive oil, etc.). The calorie count is quite low coming in at only 220 - and the portion was larger than I expected. There is also 6 grams of total fat and 2 grams of saturated fat (9 and 10% of the RDA), 660 mg of sodium (28% of the RDA), 4 grams of fiber (16% of the RDA), 3 grams of sugar and 18 satisfying grams of protein. When you add the extra veggies, you not only get more volume, but also a more satiating product that could hold you over for at least a couple hours. The sodium count is on the higher side, so just beware as you make the rest of your dietary choices that day.
I paid $2.69 for Lean Cuisine Salmon with Basil and I feel as though this deserves the right to replace the ever so delicious Butternut Squash Ravioli from time to time. This meal would work great for those of you who enjoy eating smaller meals throughout the day. If you want to stay on top of all things Lean Cuisine (and receive coupons by email!), sign up here.