Dr. Gourmet's Food Reviews

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

Once again we're reaching back into the Dr. Gourmet Food Reviews vaults to see if a meal we tested over a decade ago has changed. Back then we tested Lean Cuisine's Salisbury Steak with Macaroni & Cheese and their Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and both got a resounding thumbs down. (I have to admit to being glad that my celiac disease keeps me from tasting them again.)

A decade later, Lean Cuisine has certainly upped its game, although overall its record is rather 50-50 good to bad, with the better meals coming from the more flavorful cuisines such as Mexican or Italian foods. One of the reasons we chose to revisit their Salisbury Steak and Meatloaf is their new packaging: they seem to have rearranged some of their product lines to introduce what they appear to be calling "Lean Cuisine Comfort." This is as opposed to their "Simple Favorites" line, which used to house most of what we here in the US might call "comfort food." (We have a whole list of healthy recipes for comfort foods that you can make at home, in fact.) The line is so new that only two of the varieties even appear on the Lean Cuisine web site. Revisiting Two Comfort Food Meals from Lean Cuisine »

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If you want a spicier version, replace the smoked paprika with regular paprika and a bit of cayenne pepper.

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