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I am so excited that in a short while, I am going on a family vacation! We are headed to the beach and I haven’t been to the ocean in more than 4 years! As I’ve mentioned before, over the summer I was able to travel but Brian wasn’t able to take any vacation time from work so he had to stay home. We decided to take a vacation in the fall. Along with enjoying our time on the beach, we will be doing some sightseeing and visiting friends. But before going on vacation I am working on eating healthy and trying to lose a few pounds. Along with going on walks, I’ve been trying to eat smaller portions and to make sure that the food I am eating is healthy. I love that apples are in season right now so we’ve gone through bags of fresh apples! One of my challenges has been meals, especially lunch. My days are too busy to spend a long time making myself a healthy and filling lunch. The Pomegranate Chicken above is one of the many tasty meals I’ve eaten this week and guess what? It is a Lean Cuisine Honestly Good frozen meal! It doesn’t get much easier than that.
I was recently introduced to the Lean Cuisine Honestly Good frozen meals and I am really enjoying them. The first time I tried one of the meals I was expecting them to be like every other frozen meal but instead, I was so impressed. The meals aren’t anything like other frozen meals from the meal choices to the amazing flavor. There are six different varieties: Honey Citrus Chicken, Lemongrass Salmon, Pineapple Black Pepper Beef, Plum Ginger Grain-Crusted Fish, Pomegranate Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper Chicken. They are 100% all-natural with no artificial ingredients, minimal processing and no preservatives. But more importantly, they are so good! The chicken included in the meal is a whole, grilled chicken breast filet. It is perfectly tender and juicy. I recently made a turkey meal from another brand and ended up throwing the whole thing away without eating a bite because it was so unappealing. With these Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals, they are so appetizing and they smell amazing. I learned that together with the farmers, Lean Cuisine is donating a portion of the vegetables grown for the Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals to local communities. I bought a week’s worth of meals from Target and am eating one a day. I’ve had a meal for lunch some days and dinner other days, depending on what is going on.
Since I love having a little something sweet, I made some small meringue cookies. Each cookie only has 11 calories so I can have a little sweet with my coffee. As for all the baking I do for blog posts, I try to make small portions but that isn’t always possible. Also, I have to try to find a good looking piece of the dessert to photography and oftentimes end up destroying part of the dessert. Then, after tasting it to make sure it is good, I share the rest with others or put it in my freezer! The reason I bring this up is that it may look like it is all sweet treats all the time at my house, but it isn’t. Back to the meringue cookies, the first batch of cookies I made ended up burnt. Some people call meringue cookies, forgotten kisses because you leave them in the cool oven overnight, essentially forgetting about them. Well, I literally forgot about them and the next day, I preheated the oven without remembering to remove the meringue cookies! But my second batch turned out perfect.
The Pumpkin Spice Meringue Cookies are crunchy and sweet. There aren’t very many ingredients but you do need a little time to finish the cookies since they have to sit. The complete recipe is below, but the most important things are to use a very clean, stainless steel bowl and whisk, use room temperature eggs and add the sugar slowly. This recipe calls for superfine or castor sugar. The little grocery store in my town didn’t have any so I made my own but grinding granulated sugar in my coffee grinder (since I don’t have a food processor).
The Roasted Red Pepper Chicken meal is the first Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meal I tried. Doesn’t it look amazing? It really is! You add the sauce that is on the chicken during the cooking process. Christine saw the meals in our freezer and want to try one. She chose the Honey Citrus Chicken and she loved it! She took her first bite of chicken and went “Hmmmmmm!!” A Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meal with a Pumpkin Spice Meringue Cookie for dessert is what I will be having for lunch!
- 3 egg white room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup superfine sugar
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Use a super clean stainless steel bowl with the wire whisk attachment.
- Break up the eggs whites by mixing them on medium-low for 1 minute.
- Add the cream of tartar and salt. Mix on medium for about 2 minutes, until soft peaks form.
- Turn the mixer to medium-high and add the sugar, one heaping teaspoon at a time. Scrape the side down so that all of the sugar is included in the meringue.
- Next, add the pumpkin spice.
- Beat meringue until very stiff peaks form, the meringue is glossy and the sugar is dissolved. To test if the sugar is dissolved, rub a little of the meringue between your finger and thumb to see if it is gritty. Please note that since this recipe has pumpkin spice, there will be some grittiness to it.
- Finally, beat in the vanilla until combined.
- Pipe the meringue onto parchment covered baking sheets.
- Bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours. Then, turn off the oven and leave the meringue in the oven for several hours or overnight.