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Lean Cuisine does offer two vegan-certified dishes: Sicilian-Style Pesto with Lentil Pasta and Coconut Chickpea Curry. We also have several delicious meatless recipes, including all the dishes within our Origins line.
Our products are made with organic ingredients. The USDA stipulates that recipes "made with Organic ingredients" must contain at least 70% certified organic ingredients, not including salt or water.
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Our cooking times are based on an 1100 watt microwave oven. As microwave ovens vary, cooking times may need to be adjusted. If a lower wattage microwave is used, the cooking time may need to be increased. If additional time is added, it is important to watch the product while it is cooking. If the product starts to bubble, stop it at that time as that would be a good indication that the product is hot enough. Ensure product reaches an internal temperature of 165° F.
Thank you for your interest in Lean Cuisine! Please use the store locator to see which stores in your area carry our dishes. You can also purchase our products online by clicking the Buy Now link found on each of our Entrée pages.
Lean Cuisine dishes are meant to be prepared from a frozen state. We do not recommend preparing Lean Cuisine dishes if they have thawed.
Lean Cuisine dishes are meant to be prepared from a frozen state, so they must be kept in the freezer rather than the refrigerator. Do not prepare a Lean Cuisine dish that has thawed.
Lean Cuisine trays are not designed for oven use and will melt if they are exposed to high temperatures. For best results, follow the cooking instructions on your Lean Cuisine packaging. All Lean Cuisine dishes are optimized for microwave cooking.
Lean Cuisine does not add MSG to any of our dishes. But, some of our ingredients contain "free" glutamates that naturally occur in tomatoes, mushrooms, parmesan cheese, yeast extracts and hydrolyzed vegetable protein.
Lean Cuisine does offer a variety of gluten free entrees, but not all our dishes are gluten free. Make sure to look for the gluten free stamp on your package to ensure that you've chosen an entrée that fits your dietary restricitions.
Lean Cuisine does not use BPA when creating our trays.
Lean Cuisine's recommended preparation instructions on the package provide the optimal results for the dish. All of our entrees can be prepared in the microwave and those cooking times are based on the usage of an 1100 watt microwave oven. Recipes in a clear/white tray must be prepared in the microwave as the tray will not withstand the high, sustained heat of a conventional oven. If alternative preparation methods are recommended for a particular dish, they will be provided on the packaging.
Lean Cuisine calories vary by dish. Refer to Our Products section of our site or check your entrée package for more nutritional information.
Lean Cuisine carbohydrate content varies by dish. But, we do have multiple varieties with less than 20g of carbs.
Lean Cuisine dishes have between 280mg and 730mg of sodium (avg. of 600mg). We passionately care about balancing flavor and nutrition in our recipes. On average, eating a Lean Cuisine entrée would represent 26% of your daily sodium intake as recommended by the FDA.
We recommend that you don't. It was not designed as a permanent container.
We do not recommend using any Lean Cuisine product if it is thawed.
Our trays are made from CPET, a crystallized form of PET (polyethylene terephthalate), and are marked with an SPI code of #1. PET is used for such packaging as plastic soda bottles. Unfortunately, the recycling market for color PET is still somewhat weak and a number of recycling programs do not accept the PET products. Check with your local recycling organizations in your area to see if you can recycle the trays. We chose this type of tray for our Lean Cuisine frozen entrées because of its superior performance in both conventional and microwave oven environments.
Ice crystals occur naturally on frozen products; however, excessive crystals — creating a snowy appearance — can indicate the storage temperature fluctuated.
Fifty-percent power is the same as power level 5, medium, medium-low and in some cases, the defrost settings on microwaves. If your microwave only has one setting, you can heat the product on high for half the amount of time, then check it. If it is not done, continue cooking on high but check every 30-60 seconds to keep it from overcooking.
The fat listed on our package accounts for all the fat in the product, including the polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and saturated fat. However, the three fats may not add up to the total because the balance is made up of unclassified fats such as triglycerides, glycerol and trans-fatty acids.
The cheese we use on Lean Cuisine pizzas is a low-fat cheese, which is lower in cholesterol than most other cheeses and does not have the same melting characteristics.
The STOUFFER'S Corporation, which dates back to the 1920s, launched its frozen foods division in 1954. Nestlé acquired STOUFFER'S Corporation in 1973 and Lean Cuisine was launched in 1981 as part of STOUFFER'S.
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Our development staff doesn't recommend a toaster oven because of its small size and the proximity of the heating element to the container.
Lean Cuisine is part of an initiative to undergo gradual but steady recipe changes through 2015 in order to bring down sodium levels without impacting taste. For more information about this initiative, please click here. The 2010 dietary guidelines for americans (“the guidelines”) from the u.s. department of health and human services and department of agriculture advise that adults in general limit their sodium intake to 2,300mg daily. the guidelines further recommend a reduced limit of 1,500 mg for persons who are 51 and older and those of any age who are african american or have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease.”
"Salt" usually refers to table salt, technically known as sodium chloride. Salt contains about 40% sodium and 60% chloride. "Sodium" refers to a specific mineral, which happens to be part of common table salt. It is sodium, not salt, that is usually studied in relation to health issues.

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