I like to keep a few light, frozen meals on hand for convenience. I’ve tried Healthy Choice, Smart Ones and Lean Cuisine, and I find them all pretty good. I’d like to try Amy’s some day, but I haven’t come across a sale good enough to make them worth it yet.

I discovered this morning that Martin’s is having a sale on Lean Cuisine dinners — all of the varieties, including the pizza and panninis. The grilled chicken and penne pasta caught my eye — it claimed to have 30 percent more food and even came with a dessert, all for 330 calories.


I’ve never been a broccoli fan, but I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetables into my diet, so I thought this might be a nice way to start small.

The dinner took longer to heat than most frozen meals — the package recommended about 8 minutes in an 1,100 watt microwave. I have a small microwave, so it took closer to 10 minutes.


First of all, excellent news: The taste and texture of broccoli no longer makes me gag. I don’t love it, but I can definitely grow to tolerate it.

Now, as for the meal: It lived up to its claim of more food than average, for sure. I’m a big meat person, and there was enough chicken in the meal to satisfy me, which rarely happens. The vegetables didn’t taste like they’d been microwaved; if you brought this to me on a plate, I would believe it was prepared in a skillet.

That said, I wouldn’t buy this meal again, because the caramel apple dessert was awful. It looked like cafeteria food, and it tasted that way, too: bland and mushy. I would have much rather had more of the chicken and vegetables.

For $1.99, I’m satisfied. Had I paid the regular price of $3.49, I wouldn’t be.