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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OK, so most folks don't like tofu, but it's a great vehicle - just like chicken or fish or pork. The problem is that people have tofu that hasn't been cooked or spiced well, and having plain chicken or scrambled eggs without seasoning is just as bland.
The tomatillos in this give the tacos a nice bright vinegary flavor, which balances well with the smokiness of the paprika and the sharp cheddar cheese.
If you want a spicier version, replace the smoked paprika with regular paprika and a bit of cayenne pepper.
"Who do you think would win in a fight between a grilled cheese sandwich and a taco?"
-Andy Samberg, Comic
Andy Samberg is right. It is a tough choice between tacos and grilled cheese sandwiches. Both are now firmly established as American comfort food but I do love tacos and this Chipotle Steak version is quick, easy and delicious.
The traditional version of this uses whole chicken pieces, and if you use them with the skin on, it will add about 75 to 100 calories to each serving. I prefer the boneless, skinless chicken thighs because they have all the savory flavor, but fewer calories - and you don't have to fight with your food.