Welcome to the first post in a series that is being titled “Frozen Meal Throwdown”. I like to think of myself as a (much) lesser skilled and (much) lesser funded version of Bobby Flay… so this title works for now.
What is this you might ask? Back in my days of not caring, I used to buy those frozen “meals” at the store… and I did so for two reasons. 1) They were cheap and 2) I didn’t know how to cook (still mostly true). Now that I’ve acquired some very basic cooking skills, I’m wondering how these frozen meals stack up to a homemade version in terms of taste, cost, and convenience.
These Lean Cuisine things aren’t half bad… all things considered. They skimp on the goods, but that should be no surprise with these kinds of food.
According to the box their sandwich consisted of chicken, bacon, tomatoes with a ranch sauce on a flatbread… so I
- Cooked up and chopped a chicken breast
- Cooked some bacon
- Sliced a tomato
- Drizzled some ranch on top
- and Panini Pressed it to perfection
So, for almost the same exact cost per sandwich ($2.50), I get twice the chicken, a noticeable amount of bacon, and a higher quality Flatbread. I will gladly spend the 15 minutes (or 5 minutes if you have the foresight to precook the chicken/bacon) making the real version.
Chicken, bacon, and ranch come together seamlessly to create the perfect blend of flavors. Can you believe there existed a time in history where this wonderful trio was unheard of?