Microwaved lunches don't have to be boring with the new Lean Cuisine Marketplace meals

We've all been there. You're too tired to cook, or just not interested, so you throw a Lean Cuisine in the microwave for a few minutes.

The new Lean Cuisine Marketplace meals take you a step beyond. Heating one up is like stepping into a restaurant -- just a little less beautiful.

The culinary inspiration for the meals comes from real restaurants throughout the country -- no kidding, they call their research "food exploration." It's that serious.

There's a real, hard-working and creative team that considers each ingredient before putting it into your meal. It's like having your own personal chef!

We tested five of the new kinds, and here are our favorites, ranked:

  1. Chicken Tikka Masala
  2. Sweet and Spicy Korean Style Beef
  3. Cheese and Fire-Roasted Chile Tamale
  4. Butternut Squash Ravioli
  5. Tortilla Crusted Fish

All of the meals were delicious, but some really impressed us -- and they heated up well! We didn't get to try all of the yummy new flavors, so you can read more for yourself here.

You can find these delicious new entrees nationwide for $2.99 each.

If you love to cook, here are some meals you can heat up later:

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Stews & Sauces for Entertaining (And in Between)
Stews & Sauces for Entertaining (And in Between)
Stews & Sauces for Entertaining (And in Between)
Starchy Purees & Polentas (Yes You Can)
Starchy Purees & Polentas (Yes You Can)
Starchy Purees & Polentas (Yes You Can)
Starchy Purees & Polentas (Yes You Can)
Bread (For Snacking, Crumbs & Stuffing)
Bread (For Snacking, Crumbs & Stuffing)
Bread (For Snacking, Crumbs & Stuffing)
Bread (For Snacking, Crumbs & Stuffing)
Flavor Boosters to Freeze in Ice Cube Trays
Flavor Boosters to Freeze in Ice Cube Trays
Flavor Boosters to Freeze in Ice Cube Trays
Slice-and-Bake Cookies & Pie Crust For the Last Minute
Slice-and-Bake Cookies & Pie Crust For the Last Minute
Slice-and-Bake Cookies & Pie Crust For the Last Minute
Ready-to-Defrost Sweets
Ready-to-Defrost Sweets
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The Most Freezable of Them All
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