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Let me explain the title of this post before you think I’m totally out there. I have all boys…I am in a house full of men. When I cook dinner their favorite is anything with meat and some dense sides thrown in.  They are so easy to please and I am thankful for that but, and this is a big but, I, on the other hand, sometimes don’t want what I make them. Case in point, last night.  I made them chili and cornbread for dinner.  They were thrilled.  I wasn’t. 10-minute-dinner-sweet-and-sour-cucumber-salad-and-chicken-tikki-masala-www-cupcakesandcrinoline-comThey always ask shortly after lunch what I’m going to make for dinner and then they wait, with anticipation.  That makes me happy that they like my cooking but I sometimes prefer something different.  I want a meal that is full of flavor and gives me something to look forward to for dinner (I want to be filled with anticipation, too!) and that’s why I am really thrilled to tell you about LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE meals.   lean-cuisine-at-walmart-www-cupcakesandcrinoline-comI first found these at Walmart and bought a few for those days that I want my kind of dinner.  lean-cuisine-southwest-style-potato-bake-chicken-tikka-masala-and-cheese-and-fire-roasted-chile-tamale-www-cupcakesandcrinoline-comAll of the ones I purchased are limited edition varieties <—but there are so many more to see on this page,  and the two I have tried so far were so tasty that I’m going to stock up while they’re still available.lean-cuisine-cheese-fire-roasted-chile-tamale-www-cupcakesandcrinoline-comI’m saving the LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Cheese & Fire-Roasted Chile Tamale for another night. There are so many varieties available including gluten-free options, protein packed options, and organic ingredient options. lean-cuisine-limited-edition-chicken-tikka-masala-with-18-grams-of-protein-www-cupcakesandcrinoline-comI find I do better with protein-packed meals and that’s why I chose to have the Lean Cuisine® Marketplace Chicken Tikka Masala.  lean-cuisine-chicken-tikki-masala-ready-for-the-microwave-www-cupcakesandcrinoline-comWhile the chili was simmering I popped it into the microwave and waited.  antique-bowl-filled-with-sweet-and-sour-cucumber-salad-www-cupcakesandcrinoline-comAs I was waiting I made a side salad that I could enjoy with my dinner and the guys could enjoy with tomorrow’s dinner (it tastes a little better when it’s allowed to chill overnight).

Sweet and Sour Cucumber Saladfresh-cucumbers-sweet-and-sour-cucumber-salad-www-cupcakesandcrinoline-com

3 large fresh cucumbers

8 ounces light sour cream

4 tsp. vinegar

2 tablespoons of sugar or a sugar substitute 

Milk to desired consistency {whole milk while provides a creamier consistency while skim milk will be more “liquidy”}sliced-cucumbers-for-sweet-and-sour-cucumber-salad-www-cupcakesandcrinoline-com1.  Peel the cucumber and cut into thin slices.  Salt the slices and squeeze-it is important to squeeze the cucumbers once sliced and salted to remove the extra liquid so that the salad is not watery.light-sour-cream-vinegar-sugar-and-milk-mixed-in-bowl-sweet-and-sour-cucumber-salad-at-www-cupcakesandcrinoline-com

2.  Combine sour cream, sugar, vinegar and milk blending well.sweet-and-sour-cucumber-salad-adding-sliced-cucumbers-to-sour-cream-vinegar-sugar-and-milk-sauce-www-cupcakesandcrinoline-com

3.  Add cucumbers to cream sauce.sweet-and-sour-cucumber-salad-in-bowl-close-up-www-cupcakesandcrinoline-com

4.  Cover and chill for at least 3 hours prior to serving. Sometimes I can’t wait and eat it as soon as I’m done making it.

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Once the microwave beeped I let my meal sit to cool down for a bit, got my favorite plate and placed the Lean Cuisine® Chicken Tikka Masala on the plate, pulled a gold fork out of the silverware drawer (sometimes you need to fancy things up!), put my Cucumber Salad into a pretty bowl and was ready to eat. lean-cuisine-limited-edition-chicken-tikki-masala-www-cupcakesandcrinoline-com

The aroma was so amazing that my middle son wanted a taste….I caved and shared with him.  Now he wants me to buy some for him….sometimes I don’t like to share. 😉

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I also tried the  Lean Cuisine® Marketplace Southwest – Style Potato Bake.  It was so good.  At first I was a little concerned that it would be too spicy but it was perfect.  The flavor had a very tiny bit of a zing.  I was able to enjoy every delicious bite.

I like to get ideas for meals and more by seeing what the brand recommends and you can, too, by checking out these links below (I hope you will). 

Nestlé Flavorful Moments Pinterest Board 

Lean Cuisine® on Facebook, Twitter @LeanCuisine, and Instagram @LeanCuisine

Do you ever make yourself something different than the family for dinner? 

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