Lean Cuisine Spring Rolls are one of the latest products from the company that boasts white meat chicken, cheese and sauces wrapped in crispy, wheat flour wrappers.
Lean Cuisine Spring Rolls come in three very different varieties with something for every preference. I list each one below accompanied by their main ingredients.
Thai-Style Chicken Spring Rolls
Ingredients: White meat chicken, shredded cabbage, julienne yellow and orange carrots and spicy red coconut curry (chili, garlic, shallot, salt and lemongrass).
Fajita-style Chicken Spring Rolls
Ingredients: White meat chipotle chicken, corn, black beans, bell peppers, onions. garlic, tomato, chipotle chili pepper and lime juice.
Garlic Chicken Spring Rolls
Ingredients: White meat chicken, garlic, carrots, spinach, caramelized onions and Parmesan cheese.
Each different roll variety (three per serving) contains about the same nutritional content with 200 calories, 7-8g fat, 1-2g fiber, 10-15g protein, 580mg sodium, and 20-24g carbohydrates.
The preparation uses your standard microwave directions. Open the box, remove the plastic wrapper, place the rolls in the crisping sleeve, place them into the microwave on top of a paper towel, and set it for two minutes 30 seconds on high in an 1100 watt oven or two minutes 45 seconds in a 700 watt oven.
Lean Cuisine Spring Rolls come in a box of six rolls (two servings of three rolls) and cost me $2.69 per box (be on the lookout for $2 sales). Each roll is approximately 1.25 ounces and about 6 inches long, so they are quite small at three rolls per serving – for a more filling serving, I usually eat six (or two servings) but with a side dish or two, three rolls might suffice.
The rolls taste pretty good and better than most Lean Cuisine products I have tasted in the past. They are almost bursting with flavor in every bite and each roll is completely filled, end to end.
I bought all three kinds to see which I would like best. The first time my supermarket only had Thai-Style and Fajita-style but the second time they also had the Garlic Chicken. On the third visit, my supermarket no longer had them – go figure.
Thai-Style Chicken is my favorite of the three varieties. It tastes very much like your standard Chinese egg roll. What makes this stand apart from the rest is the spicy red coconut curry, which is definitely different. It has a little heat but not too much, and I really cannot taste the coconut. I quite enjoyed it nonetheless.
Fajita-style Chicken Spring Rolls is my second favorite variety. It is pretty much your standard Southwestern flavor with chipotle pepper, corn, beans, etc. They are definitely packed with flavor.
Garlic Chicken Spring Rolls is my least favorite variety of the three, which is strange because this is the one I was looking forward to the most. While they do not taste bad, they just don’t have the amount of flavor of the other varieties. I really cannot taste the spinach all that well or the Parmesan cheese. They smell like they would have a lot of flavor but once I bite into it, I don’t get as much flavor as the strong smell would have me believe.
I don’t know about anyone else, but in my experience, no microwavable food ever gets really crispy even with the crisping sleeves. These rolls are no different, but they do get crispy near the edges – still not crispy toward the center. They do not get soggy at least.
They are a bit dry for me and I usually dip them in some type of sauce or condiment. I use taco sauce, hot sauce, mayonnaise, guacamole or Worcestershire sauce.
Overall, Lean Cuisine Spring Rolls are pretty good for being diet food. Going with the diet concept, all three varieties contain chicken – I would prefer a beef choice as well, considering I’m not on a diet. The serving size is very small but, again, this is targeting people on diets. The flavor is definitely the main thing going for them, as is the goal with any food obviously. Definitely give this a try.
Source: Lean Cuisine