Friday, January 25, 2013

Introducing the New Line of Lean Cuisine Salad Additions (Review and Flash Giveaway)

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"Envision grilled white meat chicken with fruits and vegetables like pineapple and edamame – all steamed to perfection with sweet and savory sesame ginger vinaigrette and topped with crispy noodles. No, you're not sitting at your favorite restaurant; you're enjoying a LEAN CUISINE Salad Additions entree, conveniently stocked right in the frozen aisle of your local grocer! These delicious meal-worthy salad combinations are customizable and prepared to perfection in a steam pouch. Just BYOL™ -- Bring Your Own Lettuce -- and we'll dress it up!

Why are these salads the freshest thing in frozen? Salad consumption is on the rise with 66% of Americans saying they consume in-home salads every two weeks.* With LEAN CUISINE Salad Additions, now you can enjoy restaurant quality salads at home or in the office, without the restaurant price tag. "For LEAN CUISINE Salad Additions, we wanted to think beyond the traditional," said Mike Niethammer , LEAN CUISINE Director of Marketing. "These entrees are the first of their kind in the frozen aisle. The combination of mouth-watering chicken and vegetables, culinary-inspired dressings and crunchy toppings paired with your choice of fresh crisp lettuce makes for a truly modern dining experience." 

The perfect solution for eating right without sacrificing amazing taste, LEAN CUISINE Salad Additions can be prepared and customized in minutes, right from your freezer to your salad bowl. 

Available in four varieties, LEAN CUISINE Salad Additions feature premium ingredients such as warm grilled white meat chicken, crisp vegetables, chilled culinary-inspired dressings and satisfyingly crunchy toppings – all you need to do is add your own lettuce. For the best salads possible, pair your favorite LEAN CUISINE Salad Additions variety with Fresh Express® salads, which are harvested at the peak of freshness."

  • NEW! Asian-Style Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette: Grilled white meat chicken, edamame, pineapple, broccoli and yellow & orange carrots with crispy noodles
    • Pair with Fresh Express® Romaine Lettuce
  • NEW! Southwest-Style Chicken Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing: Grilled white meat chicken, black beans, sweet corn, roasted red peppers and poblano peppers with crispy tortilla strips
    • Pair with Fresh Express® Romaine Lettuce
  • NEW! Cranberry & Chicken Salad with Raspberry Cabernet Vinaigrette: Grilled white meat chicken, dried cranberries, broccoli, red onions, yellow carrots and a blend of whole grains with crunchy sesame sticks
    • Pair with Fresh Express® Sweet Butter Lettuce
  • NEW! Bistro Chicken Salad with Sweet & Tangy Vinaigrette with Bacon: Grilled white meat chicken, asparagus, yellow carrots and red peppers with crispy onion straws
    • Pair with Fresh Express® Baby Spinach


    My Thoughts:

    I was recently given the opportunity to sample a couple of the new Lean Cuisine Salad Additions, and ended up heading to market shortly thereafter to try the other two flavors.  :-)  If you follow my blog, then you know that one of my 2013 resolutions was to finally lose the remaining 10-12 lbs. of baby weight I gained and have been trying to lose since welcoming my daughters in 2010 and 2011.  I don't know about your, but trying to shed these remaining pounds has been a struggle, especially with the crazy days I have taking care of a soon to be 15 month old (who acts like she is 2) and a 2 1/2 year old.  I am lucky if I can get a shower in before the afternoon -- that is if they stay on their schedule and take an afternoon nap.  During their nap time, I also try to squeeze in a quick meal after my shower and tidy up the house, all before they wake up from their 1 hour nap.  But, on those days when they don't seem to want to cooperate and don't take a nap, I find myself reaching for sugary snacks to tide me over, as lunch is not an option.  This is a big no-no if you are trying to lose weight, as I find I can't stop reaching for candy, chips or other non-healthy foods, that we keep on hand (even though I try to keep them out of the house).

    But, when I heard about the new Salad Additions line from Lean Cuisine, I got excited, as I thought this would be a great way to get my lunch in on these crazy days -- even if I had to stand in the kitchen picking on it -- while helping to stay on my diet.  Like I said, I have since sampled each of the four new flavors, and have to say that my favorites were the Bistro Chicken Salad with Sweet & Tangy Vinaigrette with Bacon and theCranberry & Chicken Salad with Raspberry Cabernet Vinaigrette. 

    What busy moms like myself (and stay-at-home dads) will like about this new product line from Lean Cuisine is how it comes with everything you need to make a great tasting salad, and that it only takes 2 1/2 minutes to cook up in the microwave.  Note, you need to buy a bag of salad to add the mix-ins to.  Or, why not try it over rice?  On a few occasions, I popped one of those microwave rice bags in the microwave for 90 seconds, and then pours the Lean Cuisine Salad addition over it -- Mmm, it tasted so good.  I couldn't get over how moist the chicken stayed, and how the vegetables didn't come out soggy -- like other microwave meals with these ingredients have in the past.  And, the dressings for each added to the overall flavor of the ingredients, making for a quick and easy, and oh so healthy meal for busy parents.  My husband has even found these Salad Additions to be a great grab and go meal for his lunches, when he is too busy to prepare something in the AM.  And, he, too, loves to eat the chicken and veggie medley over rice.

    So, if you are looking for a quick and easy meal and love salads, then you will love the new Salad Additions from Lean Cuisine.

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New LEAN CUISINE Salad Additions are now available in the frozen aisle of supermarkets nationwide along with other LEAN CUISINE favorites in January 2013


One lucky reader will win coupons to try Lean Cuisine Salad Additions for FREE, in addition to two FREE bags of Fresh Express salad bags to enjoy with these new Salad Additions.  To enter, simply email by before 5PM EST today letting me know how you are doing with your new year's resolutions.  I will then randomly select a winner from the email entries I receive.  Good luck!

*Source: The NPD Group's National Eating Trends® Service. Year ending February 2012

About Nestle USA:
Named one of "The World's Most Admired Food Companies" in Fortune magazine for fifteen consecutive years, Nestle provides quality brands and products that bring flavor to life every day.  From nutritious meals with Lean Cuisine® to baking traditions with Nestle® Toll House®, Nestle USA makes delicious, convenient, and nutritious food and beverage products that make good living possible.  That's what "Nestle. Good Food, Good Life" is all about.  Nestle USA, with 2011 sales of $10 billion, is part of Nestle S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the world's largest food company with a commitment to Nutrition, Health & Wellness — with 2011 sales of $94 billion.
Unless noted to the contrary, all trademarks are owned by Societe des Produits Nestle S.A., Vevey, Switzerland.

About Fresh Express Incorporated:
Fresh Express, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiquita Brands International, Inc. (NYSE: CQB), is a leader in fresh foods and is dedicated to providing consumers with healthy, convenient ready-to-eat salads, leafy greens, vegetables and fruits. With the invention of its special Keep Crisp® Bag in the 1980s, Fresh Express pioneered the retail packaged salad category and was the first to make them available to grocery stores nationwide. Today, Fresh Express fresh salads come in more than 60 different varieties offering exciting new flavors and convenient new ways to meet the daily dietary requirements for fresh produce. More than 20 million consumers each week enjoy healthy, convenient ready-to-eat Fresh Express salads, spinach, vegetables and greens. For more information, visit

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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