Many years ago I used to always buy Lean Cuisine meals. They had an okay taste and were supposed to be healthier than other frozen food meals. Overall, they were acceptable. Later on, though, other brands came along, either totally new to the market area or ones that improved their processing. As a result, I stopped buying Lean Cuisine for the most part. Recently, though, I decided it was time to go back and revisit some brands I no longer purchase and see if they have upgraded their products. That is why I purchased and am now reviewing Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce.
The packaging communicates simplicity to me. It feels simple, like the type of product that the name implies. It clearly states some of the important nutritional information that people look for today. For example, no preservatives are used. It contains 4 grams fat, 4 grams fiber, and has 300 calories.
On the plus side, I am a spaghetti-aholic. It is very hard to make a spaghetti that I cannot eat. I may not love it as much as my favorite brands, but I will still enjoy it, unless it is just horrible or contains ingredients that I do not like. For example, this product contains mushrooms and basil. I have no objections to the basil, but I have no tolerance for mushrooms. That said, I found that when eating I was easily able to push the mushrooms aside, making the meal more to my liking.
The product is fairly simple to prepare, something that is important to me. The tray does require a slit to allow for venting, and after cooking for a few minutes, you do have to remove the meal, lift up the plastic film cover, stir, replace the cover, and then cook for a couple of minutes longer.
One of the things I like is that the pasta is on one side of the tray and the meat sauce on the other. This means I can integrate to my personal tastes. I am not big on sauce, so I was easily able to control the mix that I like.
I am not sure the product has improved in taste, but it does make for an acceptable meal.