Lean Cuisine Santa Fe-Style Rice & Beans Review

Lean Cuisine Santa Fe-Style Rice & Beans

Some of the meals we eat stick with us. We’ll never forget the chipotle seitan in the Sweet Earth Anasazi burrito, or the amazing crust on Amy’s Barbecue Pizza. Other meals aren’t very memorable. We had to rush to finish our review for Lean Cuisine’s Sante Fe-Style Rice & Beans, because if we’d waited too long, we would have forgotten this completely.

The dish may look like a gooey mess in the picture below, but once you stir the ingredients together, it’s simply a creamy rice dish. The texture of the rice is pretty nice; it’s not overly soft or overly hard. The sour cream and chile sauce doesn’t have a strong flavor, but it compliments the rice nicely.

Lean Cuisine Santa Fe-Style Rice & Beans

The real problem with this dish is the beans, or at least the lack thereof. There’s plenty of rice and plenty of sauce, but there are hardly any beans at all. While the box promises rice and beans, what you get is rice, sauce, and a smattering of cheese.

We didn’t hate this dish; the flavor was perfectly fine. We just wish it was a little more substantial. Extra beans would have made for a filling meal, and more peppers might have kicked this dish up a notch. As is, it’s just kind of forgettable. If you really like rice, and you’re craving something creamy, this meal should hit the spot. Just don’t go in expecting beans.

For more information about the ingredients and nutritional content of this dish, check out our scans below.

Lean Cuisine Santa Fe-Style Rice & Beans

Lean Cuisine Santa Fe-Style Rice & Beans