Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine Panini Chicken Club Review

My husband surprised me by bringing home several Lean Cuisine meals on his most recent trip to the grocery store. One in particular, looked enticing and caught my attention, the Lean Cuisine Panini Chicken Club. So for lunch today, I tried the Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine Panini Chicken Club. While I like Panini type sandwiches I was a bit concerned about how this would taste in comparison to a freshly made Panini sandwich with my cuisinart panini press 5 in 1.

The product description from the box is as follows: Panini chicken club- white meat chicken, bacon, tomatoes amp; ranch-style sauce on sourdough bread. Now everything listed as a part of this sandwich, for reference sake, I like, although ranch dressing is not my favorite type of salad dressing.

Price of Lean Cuisine’s Panini Chicken Club

Usually, these are too high priced for our family and so I am led to believe either my husband had a coupon or they were on sale or both. Prices listed for the Panini Chicken Club range anywhere from $1.99 on sale with a coupon to $5.99.

Price Rating: 3 out of 5

Preparation of Lean Cuisine’s Panini Chicken Club

Preparation of the Lean Cuisine Chicken Club Panini was confusing. The images on the box did not match what was actually in the box and apparently it is important to open the box correctly. Upon closer examination the perforations on the box are not easily visible. I didn’t even look at the directions until after I had already opened and partially destroyed the box. Also, I did not even consider that I might need the box in order to cook my Chicken Club Panini.

So when I started reading the instructions, basically looking for how long I needed to microwave the Panini I was concerned because I was supposed to have a tray and a platform.

The good news is that I was still able to use the box as a platform. Mine just didn’t look like the picture. In fact, my box was used as it was, a torn up box. I didn’t bother trying to make a platform per the directions.

After realizing I should have read the instructions first, I closely read the remaining instructions and did not have any more problems with preparing the Lean Cuisine Chicken Club Panini.

Preparation Rating: 3 out of 5

Taste of Lean Cuisine’s Panini Chicken Club

The taste was pretty good with a nice balanced mix of flavors. The bread did have a grilled texture and was brown and crisp on the outside but I felt it didn’t have much of a sourdough taste. The chicken was also a bit bland if tasted by itself but in combination with the bacon, cheese and tomatoes it spiced up nicely. The Chicken Club Panini overall was not too spicy and was flavorful.

Taste Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Nutritional Information: Lean Cuisine’s Panini Chicken Club

As with most boxed meals the carbohydrates and sodium were rather high. However, the protein and fiber were acceptable.

Nutrition Facts from the box:

Total Fat 9 g

Cholesterol 35 mg

Sodium 830 mg

Potassium 500 mg

Total Carbohydrates 44 g

Dietary Fiber 6 g

Protein 24 g

Calories 350 with 80 calories from fat

Nutritional Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Overall Rating Average for Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine Panini Chicken Club= 3.3 out of 5

With an overall rating of 3.3 for the Lean Cuisine Chicken Club Panini, I found the sandwich to be acceptable for a quick and tasty meal. However, it is not something I will eat on a regular basis. Since I try to learn from my mistakes the whole problem with preparation will never be an issue again.

Price Rating: 3 out of 5

Preparation Rating: 3 out of 5

Taste Rating 4.5 out of 5

Nutritional Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Final Average Rating for the Lean Cuisine Panini Chicken Club = 3.3

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Gaming laptops all have specific components that must be included for the system to provide the best gaming experience possible. One of the factors that is extremely important is the screen size. If the screen is too small then this may affect your ability to see the graphics and play the game properly. Portability is also an important aspect. Most gamers take their systems with them, and if the laptop is heavy or bulky this can be a hassle, this is why the ASUS Zephyrus has been so revolutionary. The ASUS Rog Zephyrus has been made to be slim and sleek. Dont take our word for it see the ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 Review and learn about the amazing gaming laptop yourself.

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Krups FME2 Coffee Maker

The Krups FME2 is a 1100-watt coffee maker. It can brew up to 12 cups at a time and offers full programming capabilities. You can find the Krups FME2 for a price between $40 and $50. Let’s take a look at some of the features provided by this coffee maker. The Krups FME2 is perfect for those searching for a coffee makers that use k cups. Thanks to the magnified water level indicator, you can easily see how much water you put into the reservoir. The Krups FME2 also features a built-in water filter that helps to remove lime scale and chlorine from the water. You will also know when the machine needs to be descaled thanks to the electronic indicator.

Krups FME2The Krups FME2 is equipped with a timer so you can have a pot brewed before you wake up in the morning. Also, you can interrupt the brewing process at any time so that you can pour yourself a cup of coffee. If you have enough patience to wait, then you will be alerted to the end of the brewing cycle by an audible signal. After your coffee has finished brewing, you can keep it warm on the heating plate.

This coffee maker also allows you to adjust the time that the heating plate functions between one and five hours. If you leave it on the default time, the heating plate will keep your coffee warm for up to two hours. If you leave the Krups FME2 unattended for two hours, it will automatically shutoff. This feature is useful so that you don’t have to worry about accidentally leaving the machine on overnight.

Unless you have a lot of people in your household, you probably won’t be brewing the maximum 12 cups that the Krups FME2 can brew. If you just want to make a cup for yourself, you have the option of changing the aroma setting. This feature allows the Krups FME2 to extract maximum flavor from small amounts of coffee grounds.

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How to Fix Your Cuisinart Grind and Brew Thermal Coffee Maker

It was perhaps best captured in the Burrows and Loesser musical from the 1960’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” There is something a little disconcerting, a little bit unnerving, a little bit haunting about not getting that morning cup of java. For folks who indulge most every day, it can leave a vapid taste in the mouth; for those even more addicted to their coffee, the result can be even worse. As the cast of workers in the above mentioned musical relay; “If I can’t have my coffee break…something within me dies.” Imagine my chagrin when I’d come to discover that my longtime friend and machine; the Cuisinart Grind and Brew Thermal Coffee Maker; had taken to a mid-prep exercise which could have led to the absolute destruction of my morning coffee ritual! I took great pains in determining the cause, effect, and solution to this coffee dilemma and came up with a temporary, though manageable solution.
What Happened?: I first noticed it when I came upon my coffee all over the counter rather than in the thermal pitcher where it belonged. Frightened, I quickly surmised the situation had been that the coffee basket, where the grinds sit and where water passes through once ground, had ejected mid-brew, as witnessed in this picture. This left the coffee spigot on the thermal pitcher without a clear path as the water was not being fed directly. Grinds ended up in the pot, coffee ended up on the machine and on the counter; it was not pretty.

How Did This Happen?: Along the side of the machine there is a knob that you push in to eject the coffee basket when you want to clean it or fill it. Much to my chagrin, it appeared that due to its daily use, the Cuisinart Grind and Brew Thermal Coffee Maker spring-loaded knob had been pushed in to exhaustion. This meant that the machine could and did pop open indiscriminately and without prior provocation.

How Do You Fix This? I then thought that if I got inside of my Cuisinart Thermal Grind and Brew Coffee Maker I could somehow make this right by giving it a few tweaks, cleaning out any obstructions, etc. In the bed of the tray where the coffee basket sits, there had been considerable build up of errant coffee grinds. When you use anything as often as I’d used this Cuisinart machine, there was bound to be build-up. I hoped this cleansing would work; however I was unsuccessful. When coffee still ended up on the counter, I had to employ my final tactic.

Stand In the Place Where You Brew: This is my plight. Rather than have my coffee waiting for me when I arise, I now have to literally stand next to the machine as it brews and close the coffee basket every time it pops open. It’s not the toughest gig in the world but it is a little cumbersome. I’d like to consider getting the latest model of the Cuisinart Grind and Brew Thermal Coffee Machine when I have the time. Though I don’t know that I’d be able to spend that money on a new machine if I knew that eventually I’d just be standing next to it to hold it shut every day.

I have emailed Cuisinart as I try to alleviate this issue; I will keep you posted if there is another solution I have not thought of.