Jun 15, 2012

Frozen Friday: Lean Cuisine - Baja-Style Chicken Quesadilla

Lean Cuisine's Baja-Style Chicken Quesadilla is a simple frozen meal of grilled chicken strips, black beans, corn and reduced fat mozzarella cheese in a flour tortilla.

A 5-ounce box retails for $3.29 at my local supermarket but I paid $2 for this one on sale.

The quesadilla cooks on a crisper sheet, but only on one side... so one face ends up crisp and the other ends up soft. It's kinda weird. Maybe stopping the time halfway through the microwave timer and flipping it over would result in more uniform crisping.

At 5-ounce, this is a bit light for a meal and not all that filling (I say this as a relatively light eater). You'd probably find yourself hungry again a short time later.

I especially like the corn and black beans, they provide a different taste and texture that I don't typically get in a quesadilla (except maybe at Chipotle). The chicken, while somewhat sparse, was tender and well-seasoned.

The problem is not enough cheese. The cheese is the essence of a quesadilla and I want that cheesy, gooey goodness! Lean Cuisine's Baja-Style Chicken Quesadilla just didn't deliver. Now I understand that by adding more cheese it wouldn't exactly be "Lean" Cuisine anymore, but along with the lack and small size, it just left me wanting more.

Put it this way: Baja-Style? Check! Chicken? Check. Quesadilla? Maybe a little.

Nutritional Info - Lean Cuisine Baja-Style Chicken Que (141g)
Calories - 270 (from Fat - 60g)
Fat - 7g (Saturated Fat - 3g)
Sodium - 680mg
Carbs - 35g (Sugar - 5g)
Protein - 18g

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