I do love me the Lean Cuisines. For $2.50, I can microwave a semi-satisfying hot lunch which is only slightly less good than the overpriced food court in the basement of the train station across the street that's teeming with 14-year-olds on class trips to Washington. It's a function of convenience, and inability to afford (both economically and calorie-wise) to eat at Chipotle every day.
I find the Lean Cuisine meals to be manageable, much in the same way that arranged marriages are manageable. Sure, you'd love to be in love with the meal/spouse, but you have no belief going into the event that this is the perfect meal/spouse, and life will be fulfilled afterwards with all of your cares swept away. Contentment comes from lowered expectations.
I don't expect a Lean Cuisine Mac & Cheese to be amazing. I expect it to be palatable food. Yet, somehow I am disappointed. The sauce is both watery and chalky, and manages to leave a film over your tongue. The noodles are devoid of taste, and have some strange texture that makes me wonder if I'm really eating shredded kitchen sponges. It's just not good, and it makes me sad. When all you want is some approximation of comfort food, it should at least be comforting. If the answer is that you can't make a low-calorie frozen mac & cheese that tastes good, then the answer is to not make these at all and give poor homesick office workers the hope that this is edible.
Excuse me... I think I need to run out for a burrito bowl now.