Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Frozen Meals Review - Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, Marie Callender's, Healthy Choice

I like frozen meals because they are convenient and quick to prepare. I prefer to eat at home, but I don't like to spend a lot of time cooking, so for dinner, frozen meals are a good option. They might not taste as good a something made fresh, and they usually have a lot of sodium, but if you buy the right ones, and don't eat them all the time, frozen meals are a nutritious option for those who don't want to cook or go out.

I have tried several brands and varieties over the years and in this blog, I will share the best ones I recommend. Note, I am somewhat of a vegetarian so I almost never get the meals that have meat in them. I usually go for the pasta and rice dishes. Also, I usually buy moderately price meals, not the cheap ones, and not the expensive organic ones. Here are some of the brands and individual meals I recommend.
Lean Cuisine
Lean Cuisine is one of the big names in frozen foods. They have a ton of options and they are reasonably priced. I like the pasta and cheese dishes. I also like the Santa Fe rice and beans. On occasion I get the veggie egg roll and rice. My favorite is the cheese ravioli that comes with the mixed peppers but lately that one is kind of hard to find.
Smart Ones
Like Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones have a lot of choices and they are not too expensive. They have several different pasta and vegetable dishes that I like. They also have a rice and bean dish that is good.

Marie Callender's
There is only one meal that I get from this brand and that is the cheese tortellini. The reason being because that is pretty much the only non-meat dish they have. Also they tend to be more expensive than the other brands. I wish they would come out with more vegetarian dishes because the tortellini is one of my favorites.

Healthy Choice
I don't recommend this brand overall because some of their meals are just not very good. However I can recommend the cheese pasta dishes and vegetables.

Hopefully this gives you some guidance when it comes to picking out the best frozen meals. Do you have any favorites that are not mentioned here? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

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