September 14, 2012

Lean Cuisine Veggie Cuisine Enchilada Rojo

It's been a while since I've reviewed a frozen entrée, and I had a coupon for this product (one dollar off two… stay tuned for the second variety), so I decided to try out Lean Cuisine Veggie Cuisine Enchilada Rojo with Mexican Rice.

Naturally the actual meal in the plastic container looks nowhere near as attractive as the picture on the box, but I won't bother downgrading it for that. I'm used to that sort of thing with frozen meals. Someone gets paid the big bucks to make the picture look good - nobody cares if the inside doesn't match. I'm sure if you tried hard enough, you could take the cooked food and make it look sort of like the picture, but nobody cares enough. Including me. Moving on.

So I heated it up in the microwave, as directed, and got ready to eat. I tried a bite of the rice first, and immediately noticed a strong cilantro and jalapeño kick. Like, really strong. I got a little worried about my ability to actually eat this, but after adding a dollop of sour cream, it was totally edible. Just be forewarned that if you're one of those cilantro-tastes-like-soap people, this is very cilantro-y. The enchilada itself was, let's go with underwhelming. The tortilla part was fine, and I assume the fake chicken strips were wrapped up in there, as the picture shows, but I didn't see or taste them. It didn't really matter too much, as the flavor of the sauce on top (also pretty spicy, but again, handled with the sour cream) kind of drowned everything out. It was good, just strong. I could have been eating a cheese enchilada for all I knew. Unfortunately it didn't occur to me until just now to dissect it to see how much fake meat was tucked in there, so I can't speak to that, but I'll just go ahead and assume that there was not enough of it.

Overall, however, the meal was pretty good, once I dulled the heat a little, to match my tolerance. More heat-loving people might enjoy it as packaged.

The experience:
Texture - tortilla a little dry, but eaten all together, it worked
Flavor - spicy with a strong cilantro presence - overall pretty good

Final grade for this attempt: B+

1 comment:

  1. This was pretty good overall! though, the enchilada and fake chicken were the low points. Mine had a lot of the chicken which overwhelmed the flavor of the enchilada. after removing some of the fake meat, it tasted great! a lot of cilantro though for an aftertaste, which also made my pee smell like cilantro.