I have discovered Lean Cuisine Marketplace’s Spicy Mexican Beans and Rice Organic Meals. They are perfect when you need a quick meal. Also good as taco fill
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In my family, we have always had only 2 modes. We either cook fresh meals at our home or we eat restaurant food.
Getting frozen meals that are microwaved and eaten was never an option for us.
We had always assumed that frozen meals were pumped with salt and preservatives with a ‘rubbery’ taste.
We figured that a “healthier” option would be to make a quick enchilada meal in 30 minutes rather than eat a TV dinner.
Then, we found a new organic option in LEAN CUISINE ® Marketplace dinners. We happened to be in the frozen food section at Walmart searching for frozen peas and ended up in the “wrong” aisle.
We figured we may as well look at the latest TV dinners while we were in this aisle. We noticed the LEAN CUISINE ® immediately. The words “made with” organic ingredients jumped out at us.
It was fascinating to us that they could be organic and frozen. It has organic ingredients like long grain brown rice, sweet corn and black beans.
But what really got me to put it in the cart? It said organic tomato AND tomatillo puree. That is all I needed to read.
Yes, I took them home and immediately microwaved it. 5½ minutes later, our lunch was ready!
Side note: The packaging is perfect and doesn’t require “piercing” the film before putting it in the microwave. I wish all new dishes that are frozen will not require any piercing.
As for the taste, it was definitely a treat. It wasn’t at all what we were expecting. The rice was still fresh and the beans were exactly like the way we make them. There was no indication that this was a frozen meal and definitely no “rubbery” taste.
One of the best part of the meal is that it was only 280 calories. I think it is exactly what I need for a light lunch.
I also used the spicy Mexican black beans and brown rice as a topping on a mini tostada then topped it with my simple yogurt dressing. That was a terrific idea, if I say so myself. Next time I need a quick appetizer for a party, this will be a terrific idea.
Along with the spicy Mexican black beans, LEAN CUISINE Marketplace ® also has other new organic meals. My next taste experiment will be their Vermont White Cheddar Mac & Cheese. It is also “made with” organic pasta. Can’t wait to try it out.
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Check out these mini black bean taco recipe!
Lean Cuisine Marketplace
- 1 Box of LEAN CUISINE ® Spicy Mexican Black Beans and Rice
- 4 Mini tortillas or 1 large whole wheat tortilla
- Olive oil for shallow frying
For the Yogurt Dressing
- - 1 Cup of Vegan Yogurt or Vegetarian Yogurt
- - 2 tsp of Honey Dijon Mustard
- - ¼ cup of water
- - 1 tsp of sea salt
- - 1 tsp of dried basil
- - 1 tsp of dried parsely
- - 1 tsp of crushed black pepper
- - 1 tsp of olive oil
- - Lemon Zest
Prepare the Tortilla
- If you are using 1 large tortilla, use a cookie cutter to cut out circular shapes
- You can also use an opened can of beans or garbanzo to cut the shapes. Basically, any medium sized canned vegetable will work.
- Shallow fry the mini tortillas
To make the yogurt dressing
- In a blender, add all the ingredients
- Blend until all the ingredients have blended well
Assemble the Tostada
- Remove the Lean Cuisine from its box. Place the plastic container in the microwave
- Microwave on high for about five and a half minutes.
- Remove from the microwave and let it sit for about a minute before removing the top film
- Mix well with a spoon
- Place the mini tortilla on a plate
- Add the beans and rice on top of the tortilla
- Top with the yogurt dressing
- Serve immediately