Lean Cuisine Recall Makes Me Sick

Maressa Brown

spaghetti meatballs lean cuisineWere you planning on eating a Lean Cuisine for lunch today? You may want to reconsider that choice after hearing about the latest food recall. Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites Spaghetti With Meatballs has been recalled -- specifically some packages that have already been shipped to distributors and retail stores east of the Rockies.

The recall was spurred by complaints about red, hard plastic in the product from consumers in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. No injuries have been reported, but ewww!

The recalled packages bear the UPC code 13800-10390 with the production code 0298595519 P, according to Lean Cuisine maker, Nestle.

Nestle assures that customers who bought the entree can contact the company at 866-606-8264 or by e-mailing leancuisine@casupport.com for more info and to receive a coupon for a replacement entree.

But would you really want a replacement?

This is just another sad illustration of how most overly-processed foods are garbage. I used to love Lean Cuisines ... Smart Ones ... Healthy Choice. It was a great go-to, calorie-conscious way to eat at work or at school. But then I started looking at the ingredients and thinking, "What is half of that stuff?" and also, it didn't take too long before I realized most of them have measly, eensy-weensie portions of the good stuff (veggies/protein) and LOTS more wet, soggy carb-o filler (rice, pasta).

These days, I try to steer clear of frozen entrees. With recalls like this one, it's not hard to see why that might be a good idea. (Where did those pieces of plastic come from anyway?)

But that's just me. I know people who swear by their frozen dinners. It's the easiest way for them to eat "healthy." It's convenient, too, sure. And I guess a Lean Cuisine beats a Big Mac ... as far as calories and fat go, but a nutritionist would tell you you'd probably be doing your weight/your health/your hormones/your body much more of a favor to go for a meal made of FRESH ingredients you recognize. As in, a meal not made in a factory. That way, you're pretty much guaranteed to not have to worry about having hard red plastic pieces embedded in your frozen meatball!

Does this Lean Cuisine recall worry you?

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