Though I sometimes eat Lean Cuisine products in a pinch, I'm not usually a fan of processed frozen food. A few Lean Cuisine meals arrived at the office the other day, and since I was hungry and strapped for time I thought I would try one with the words "no preservatives" stamped prominently on the box. I chose Five-Cheese Rigatoni, although I don't regularly eat pasta at lunch. The photo on the box looked appealing, like comfort food.
To see if the rigatoni met my expectations, just read more.
The five-cheese rigatoni was actually filling, but two and a half hours a later I was suddenly hungry. The taste was fine, if a little on the sweet side, and the meal was very comforting. While I am still incredulous that a frozen meal could be preservative free, when I read over the ingredients the only one that seemed suspicious was thiamin mononitrate — a B vitamin added to the pasta. There were a couple of different types of "enzyme-modified" cheeses, where enzymes are used to enhance the flavor. Other than that all the ingredients were fairly familiar. Here's the nutritional information.
While this meal was by no means stellar, it did work. Paired with fruit or a salad, the dish might be more satisfying. I so think pasta and cheese for lunch is ultimately a bad idea, and I will be looking of more protein out of my next frozen meal. Any recommendations?