For several years now, I have seen Lean Pockets(R) brand stuffed sandwiches in the frozen food sections of local supermarkets. Much like the original Hot Pockets(R) brand stuffed sandwiches, the Lean Pockets(R) line of products features a wide variety of delicious stuffed sandwiches, only lower in calories. For calorie- counting consumers, or those who are on a diet, Lean Pockets(R) brand stuffed sandwiches provide a large selection of very tasty products that are low in calories and fat.
Although I am a big fan of the original Hot Pockets(R) brand stuffed sandwiches, with their 22 delicious varieties, I had never tried any of the Lean Pockets(R) products. Until recently, that is. Just last week, my father gave me a 9 oz package of Lean Pockets(R) Meatballs & Mozzarella Soft Baked Subs. As soon as I saw the closeup illustration of a steaming, sliced- open meatball sub, packed full of tantalizing mini- meatballs, an appealing red sauce and creamy, melted mozzarella cheese, I was very curious as to how this product would taste.
A couple of nights ago, when I was just too tired to cook anything from scratch, I remembered the Lean Pockets(R) Meatballs & Mozzarella Soft Baked Subs that my father brought over. I took the box out of the refrigerator and removed one of the plastic wrapped, soft- textured subs. Immediately, I was impressed with the aromatic, high- quality, homemade- like bread that enclosed the submarine sandwich. Even while enclosed in its plastic wrapper, the soft baked bread gave off a pleasing aroma that promised tasty goodness.
Following the cooking directions printed on the box, I unwrapped the soft- baked sub and placed it on a paper plate. Also following package directions, I heated the soft baked sub on high for 2 minutes in the microwave oven. Unlike most of the Hot Pockets(R) varieties, the Soft Baked Subs do not require the use of their ingenious crisping sleeves. Besides heating the sub on a paper plate in the microwave oven, they may also be heated in a conventional oven. Before the soft baked sub was finished cooking, it produced a wonderful aroma of baking bread that thoroughly whet my appetite. Per package instructions, I let the Lean Pockets(R) Meatballs & Mozzarella Soft Baked Sub sit for a few moments, allowing it to cool somewhat.
The wonderful appetite- stirring aroma of hearty tomato sauce, expertly- seasoned meatballs and toothsome low fat mozzarella cheese emanating from the soft baked sub rivaled that of many grinder, or submarine shops.Upon first bite of the Lean Pockets(R) Meatballs & Mozzarella Soft Baked Sub, I was greatly impressed. First of all, the delightful bread encasing the sub possessed a truly homemade flavor and a nice chewy mouth feel. The tiny meatballs and marinara sauce were very tasty and the mozzarella cheese was real, stringy and flavorful. I could not believe that this delicious meatball and mozzarella cheese sub was actually a low- calorie food item.
The meatballs in this sub are cute little orbs of real beef flavor, the red sauce tastes like authentic marinara and the cheese is magnificent. At 260 calories, with 60 calories from fat each, Lean Pockets(R) Meatballs & Mozzarella Soft Baked Subs are good sources of fiber and protein and contain 0g Trans Fat per serving. All things considered, Lean Pockets(R) Meatballs & Mozzarella Soft Baked Subs are delicious, high- quality, low- calorie stuffed sandwiches that are highly recommended by this reviewer.