Monday, April 2, 2012

One Guy’s Food Review: Lean Cuisine ‘Steam fresh Asiago Cheese Tortellini’

Today’s review is for the Lean Cuisine ‘Steam fresh Asiago Cheese Tortellini'.

Just the facts:

Serving Size: One package (10 oz.)
Calories: 280
Fat: 7g
Fiber: 5g
Protein: 14g
Sodium: 670mg
Carbohydrates: 39g
Diet Exchange: 1 Lean Meat,2 Starch,1 Vegetable
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus™: 7

Preparation 4/5

This is a somewhat different style of preparation for a frozen lunch as it comes in a steam bag. You simple place the bag in a microwave (label side up) for about 7 minutes on high. You do want it to sit, either in the bag or in a bowl, for a minute so it can set. One note of caution: that bag is VERY hot when it is done, so take care removing it from the microwave. I used scissors to open it instead of cooking my fingers on it.

Once open, I poured it onto my bowl and gave it a quick stir.

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Taste 4/5

I was very impressed with the taste. The tortellini pasta itself holds together and the cheese is delicious. I really enjoyed the creamy red sauce that it is covered in. I would even consider rating it higher had the vegetable not lacked flavor. They are good, but they really seem to take on the taste of the sauce and I think fresh vegetables would have given a nice flavor mix instead. But hey, it is a frozen meal.

Bottom line
My photo after cooking

If you enjoy tortellini and pasta, you will like this. If I had to complain about one thing, it would be the portion size. It is not bad, but I could have easily eaten more. While 10 ounces may seem like a good lunch portion, I think the density of the cheese or the pasta may make this weigh a little more than it appears. I had a cup of fresh cut pineapple and cantaloupe with lunch, so that helped.

This was my first try of Lean Cuisine’s Steam Fresh line and I like what I see so far. I bought a different meal for later this week. I am hoping it is as good as this one.

Lazy Guy’s Tip:

Try drinking at least two full glasses of water 20 minutes before lunch. Don’t sip them; chug them. This way you will not feel as hungry at lunch and you will eat slower and feel fuller afterwards. They say it takes up to 20 minutes for your brain to realize that you are full. This will help to avoid overeating at lunch.

About Brian, the Lazy Guy:
I too have struggled with my weight. But seeing how well Kim was doing, I jumped on the bandwagon earlier this year. I started use MyFitnessPal and the first thing I discovered was that I was eating a lot of useless crap. Now we cook together, I run at least three times a week and I have lost more than 30 lbs and I am down at least two pant sizes. I love to eat, so this has been hard, but it has worked. What more can you ask for.

Thanks to my lovely wife’s help, I take my lunch to work now. It was all a part of my commitment to stop eating fast food (except for ‘special occasions’). I decided to change things up and a little, breaking from my usual ham & Turkey sandwich of bread flats and look into some of the low calorie frozen meals. As I try them, I plan on reviewing them for you. Please keep in mind that I am approaching this from a guy’s point of view.

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