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As a blogger that has a full-time job I'm always on the go. Between campaigns and working late hours sometimes I have zero time to make myself an elaborate dinner so sometimes I just have something simple like tomato soup. But how many times can a person eat just that? The answer is not a lot. Actually no, the answer is having something that I can pop in the microwave and not only be tasty but different.
I've had LEAN CUISINE® meals for many, many years and while they're constantly improving to include more flavor, having gluten-free ingredients and bringing organic ingredient options into the mix, sometimes I want a little something more. This is where their limited edition meals kick in. Back in New York City I wasn't a huge fan of Mexican food and I've always disliked Indian as well. After living here in Cali for a few years I've done a complete 180. If I can have tikka masala everyday, I would! Same with tamales, tacos, and anything spicy! This is why I was so excited for these limited edition meals.
I was given the chance to try out some of these meals and I've gotta say, yum! I started off with the LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Cheese & Fire-Roasted Chile Tamale and it was super tasty. I can't make rice for anything in the world so when I crave carbs I usually end up eating pasta. But sometimes it gets really boring so I liked that the rice in this meal satisfied that craving. It gave me carbs I love, the amount of spice that I love and, I mean, tamale. Need I say more? I don't but I will!
The portion of the meal was perfect for me on its own but because I love to eat I decided to make a side dish with it. A while ago a friend introduced me to guacamole with bacon and while I've always craved it, I've actually never made it myself. It was a wonderful addition to an already tasty meal and it only made it more enjoyable. Check out my recipe below. As per usual, if you're an avid reader of my blog you know that I don't measure. I'm an eyeball it kinda girl so I would suggest using your taste buds as a guide to making your crispy bacon guacamole.
-pico de gallo
-crispy bacon bits
- pureed Haas avocados
-5 cherry tomatoes
As you can tell, this is going to be super easy. I didn't want the guacamole to be super chunky so I smoothed the avocados out in my magic bullet. I added cherry tomatoes into the mix because I always need something liquidy to have a smooth texture and I didn't want to add water to it. I have a cherry tomato plant right outside on my balcony so I grabbed a few and was able to add more if needed but I was totally fine with only 5 of them. Before I started to puree the avocados I put a few cooked bacon strips in the microwave and cooked them for about two minutes total. I wanted the bacon to be crispy enough to break about easy without getting burnt so I checked up on it every 30 seconds or so.
Once those were done I grabbed some pico de gallo that I always have made (because it's the easiest thing for me to snack on) and I mixed them all together while leaving some bacon aside in order to garnish the guac. It was fast, it was easy, and it went amazing with my Lean Cuisine Marketplace Cheese & Fire-Roasted Chile Tamale. The flavors complimented one another brilliantly and nothing was overpowering.
As I mentioned earlier, I'm a tikka masala lover so when I saw that there was a LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Chicken Tikka Masala I was super excited. Indian food isn't really cheap out here and I can never find tikka masala sauce that I like. I also have zero interest in trying to make it from scratch so finding one that I can pop in the microwave was super awesome! The amount of sauce in the meal was great because it didn't let it get soupy and the food tasted really fresh. It was nice to have found something that different as well as easy to make. I love eating but I can't have the same thing everyday or my taste buds will hate me!