chicken progress

Chicken progress… I went from heating up frozen dinners to cooking.

I had a short list of my favorite Lean Cuisine dinners, 4 or 5, that I would keep in the freezer. One was Chicken & Vegetables. So it’s no shock that now that I’m cooking chicken and vegetables are a regular item on the menu. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the difference in the nutrition details for the Lean Cuisines vs. a chicken breast cooked, by me, with veggies.

While I was at it, I thought I’d throw in one more option. I took an intermediary step to frozen chicken breasts that were pre-cooked. All I had to do was throw one in the microwave and pair it with a veggie. This eliminated the excess carbs at dinner, but it really wasn’t the ideal solution Plus the chicken breast usually turned out like shoe leather.

What do you think? What’s better? Lean Cuisine, microwaved pre-cooked chicken breast and broccoli, or cooked from raw chicken breast and broccoli. Okay, the broccoli is a frozen in the bag broccoli but it’s pretty close to fresh and I don’t have to worry about it going bad. Here’s the nutrition 411 on my progress from tv dinner to really cooking dinner:

Lean Cuisine Chicken & vegetables Kroger – lemon herb 3 oz. chicken breast and 1.5 cups of broccoli Kathi’s ¬†broiled 4 oz. chicken breast and 1.5 cups of broccoli
Serving Size 297 grams 197 grams 197 grams
Calories 230 178 222
Cal from fat 35 23 28
Total fat 5 3.5 4
Saturated fat 2 0 1
Cholesterol 30 60 92
Sodium 640 870 92
Carbs 27 8 3
Fiber 3 3 3
Protein 20 28 39

The three big pluses of cooking dinner vs. heating it up:

  1. More protein (and my growing muscles LOVE protein)
  2. Less carbs at night (always a good thing)
  3. Holy sodium batman! The sodium in the lean cuisine and the Kroger chicken breast is ridonkulous.

Oh yeah…I know! You don’t have time to cook. Well tell that to your scale and your bloated body (from all that sodium). Believe me I don’t broil up a chicken breast every night on demand – NO. I cook up a package of chicken breasts and reheat them throughout the week. I may even end up freezing some of them. Both the refrigerated and frozen chicken by chef Kathi reheat better than the Kroger version and I get a since of satisfaction from cooking for myself, not to mention all the other benefits.

Next trip to the grocery store…think twice before you fill your cart with carbs and sodium!

Until tomorrow! Kathi

4 thoughts on “chicken progress

  1. Elliott Goodwin

    Good stuff. I am reading the Paleo Diet by Dr. Loren Cordain ( He talks a lot about sodium, too. I had never realized how much sodium is in prepared food until I started looking for it.

  2. Elliott Goodwin

    Teresa and I are doing it in conjunction with another 28 day program. I see staying on it after the 28 days is over. I find myself flirting with foods in my head quite often, which makes it tough. Not that I ate crap before, but the paleo diet is very different from a typical American diet. I feel pretty good, physically though, and we are about a week or so in.

    1. kkulesza

      Yeah, I flirt with Ben & Jerry, Peanut Butter, and pretty much anything that has a trace of chocolate…so I know what you are talking about. Keep me posted on the Paleo Diet. I’ll definitely be reading up on it…I’ve been meaning to anyways since I keep hearing about it. See ya! KK