Lean Cuisine Steak, Mushroom, and Cheddar Panini Reviews

Lean Cuisine Steak, Mushroom, and Cheddar Panini

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Lean Cuisine Panini Fits My Diet

Feb 3, 2010
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Quick and easy to fix, healthy, good taste

Cons:Crust hard and some areas of bread a little soggy

The Bottom Line: This meal fits nicely into my healthy diet plans, and is quite affordable when bought on sale.


Two years ago I was on a diet and exercise program, and lost 20 pounds.  Lean Cuisine frozen meals were a big part of my success.  Now I am a member of Curves, and am maintaining my weight loss, and have learned to eat much healthier meals.  I still eat Lean Cuisine frozen entrees, but now I do it not to lose weight, but because they are healthy, good for me, and I like the taste of these products.

Lean Cuisine meals are a bit pricey, generally around $3.50 each, but when they were on sale for 4/$10, I stocked up.  I just finished enjoying a Stouffer's Lean Cuisine Steak, Cheddar & Mushroom Panini for lunch, and was quite impressed with the taste and quality.

These frozen entrees are quite different from other brands, in that they come with a "Revolutionary Grilling Tray" that actually "Grills in the Microwave", giving the sandwich a crispy bread.  The sandwich weighs 6 ounces, and consists of beef steak, mushrooms, carmelized onions, and cheddar cheese on a sourdough bread.

I like how the front of the package gives me the fat grams and calorie counts, this makes choosing my meals much more convenient and makes my shopping trip shorter. 

To cook a Lean Cuisine Panini, you pull the top of the package back along a tear strip, fold it back over the bottom of the box.  The panini is in a clear plastic package and rests on the grilling tray, which is simply a flat gray colored plastic like surface with grilling holes in it.

Directions say to cook in the microwave for 2 3/4 minutes to 3 1/4 minutes, but our oven is powerful and 2 1/2 minutes was perfect for me.  More than that and it would have been too hot, and the cheese would have burned my mouth. 

The panini consists of two halves of bread (looks like French bread), and has generous toppings on each half.  Instructions say to fold the two halves together, but I eat them open face instead.

This panini is quite delicious.  Living in Alaska, I know what sourdough bread tastes like, but this really does not have much of a sourdough flavor, in my opinion.  There are plenty tender pieces of steak and a generous topping of cheddar cheese.  The crust was slightly soggy in a few parts, and the edges of the crust were a little hard, but those are my only complaints.

This panini has 340 calories, 9 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, zero grams of the unhealthy trans fat, 30 mg cholesterol, 670 mg potassium, 720 mg sodium (a little high but it didn't taste overly salty), 44 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugars, and a generous 21 grams of protein.

This review is 458 words long and is a Lean & Mean Review Challenge entry. 


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