As a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom, I know all too well about the mid-day adventure known as “lunch.” It’s a crazy period of time, usually filled with diaper changes, spilled juice, barking dogs, fussy toddlers, more spilled juice, and about six other unexpected distractions. Somewhere in all that madness, I manage to prepare a balanced meal for our two-year-old, but mommy’s meal is often a little less balanced.
That all changed recently with my discovery of Lean Cuisine’s Asian Flavor 6-pack at Sam’s Club. (Check out my entire shopping experience.) Each 6-pack, found in the Frozen Foods section, includes three options – sesame chicken, ginger garlic stir fry with chicken, and chicken teriyaki stir fry. And at less than $2 per meal, they definitely pass my affordability test!My Chinese food loving husband scoffed at the idea of eating a frozen meal with the word “lean” in the name for dinner. Before I put the meals to the ultimate test (my husband), I sampled each of the three varieties for lunches. Each one ranged from 220-330 calories (awesome!) and took only about four minutes to cook in the microwave. That’s plenty of time to change a diaper, clean spilled juice, let the dog out, and prepare our diva’s afternoon meal!Convinced that my husband would like them as much as I did, I decided to prepare all three options for dinner and turn our countertop into a veritable Chinese food buffet. To make the meal a little extra special, I also whipped up a batch of homemade fortune cookies. I say “whipped up” because they were surprisingly easy to make! You can find the recipe below if you’d like to try them yourself!
HOMEMADE FORTUNE COOKIES
- 1 egg white
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 tsp butter
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp almond extract
- 1/3 cup flour
- 2 tsp water
Recipe makes approximately 20 cookies.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Combine egg white and sugar and beat until frothy. Add melted butter, vanilla extract, almond extract, water, and flour and stir (it should be slightly looser than pancake batter). Pour approximately ¾ of a tablespoon of batter in four places on cookie sheet.
Bake in the oven for five to seven minutes, until edges turn just a little brown. Remove from oven and flip each cooked circle face down on a paper towel.
Working quickly (before they cook and harden), place a fortune in the middle of the circle and fold each circle in half, leaving a pocket of air inside. Then push the middle of the bottom part upwards to create the signature fortune cookie shape. Place the cookies in a cupcake tin to hold each one in place until they harden.
Repeat until you use all the batter.The end result was a meal that changed my husband’s perception of what “lean” meals could be and my perception about how difficult it is to create a healthy, lean lunch. All three Lean Cuisine Asian Flavors got high marks from both of us. My favorite was the chicken teriyaki stir fry (pictured above) and his was the sesame chicken (he’s a sucker for anything with pasta in it).
As for the fortune cookies, they turned out great and were eerily accurate at predicting my future!For more information about Lean Cuisine, including details about new products and special offers, visit the Lean Cuisine website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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