Having been on a diet for the past year, I can honestly say that Lean Cuisine frozen meals have been a big part of my diet, and my success at losing 20 pounds. Yesterday I stocked up on Lean Cuisine meals when my local supermarket had them on sale for only $2.50 each! That’s a great price, and I purchased a wide variety of their meals. Today I just finished a Lean Cuisine French Bread Deluxe Pizza, and would like to share my thoughts with you.
The slice of french bread is about 8 inches in length, and comes out of the box in a clear cellophane style wrapper. Directions are on the back of the box for cooking this pizza in both the microwave and conventional oven. I prefer the standard oven method, and cooked my pizza for the directed 30 minutes.
Toppings are simple, this “deluxe” pizza was capped with pepperoni, sausage and (supposedly) mushrooms. Microwave cooking is an option, and the pizza takes 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 minutes to cook, after being placed on the silver surface inside of the box.
I love how Stouffer’s prints the fat, trans fat, and calories right on the front of the box! This makes finding what I want much easier, and makes for a faster shopping trip. Having said that, this pizza contains 10 grams of fat, 0 grams of trans fats, and 340 calories. It has 20 grams of cholesterol, 750 mg of sodium, and 76 grams of carbohydrates. Also are 4 grams of dietary fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 16 grams of protein.
First let me say that I absolutely love many of the Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine frozen meals, but unfortunately this is not one of them. The picture on the box shows mozzarella cheese being stretched as the pizza is pulled apart, but I could not even tell by looking at my cooked version that it even contained mozzarella cheese. It does indeed contain reduced fat mozzarella, I found it on the ingredients list, but I was greatly disappointed in this aspect of the meal.
Second, this pizza was very dry. There was a very minimal amount of sauce on my french bread, and in some areas it didn’t even reach the edges of the bread. On the bright side, the pepperoni and sausage pieces were abundant and generous, (but I didn’t find any actual pieces of mushroom in my slice).
Having baked this in my conventional oven, the bread came out nice and crispy, and the bread itself was quite filling for a lunch time meal. The overall flavor, however, was a disappointment. I absolutely love pizza, it’s probably my favorite meal ever, and this Stouffer’s French Bread Deluxe Pizza was not at all what I expected. I have eaten Lean Cuisine pizzas that are not made with the french bread crust, and I really do prefer them to this version.
There’s nothing worse than being on a diet, and finishing a meal having met or exceeded your allotment of calories, and yet feeling unsatisfied. I immediately wanted to head to the fridge to see what else I could eat to satisfy my cravings, and my hunger. I can’t say I was totally full after eating this pizza.
Will I still continue to purchase and eat Lean Cuisine frozen meals? You bet. But their french bread version of pizza won’t be on my shopping list. I’m just thankful it was on sale and I only paid $2.50 for it.