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As much as we all wish that we could lovingly prepare delicious, healthy meals at home for every meal, it simply isn’t always the case.

I’m a fan of frozen meals as they can easily replace take-out or fast food and can be much healthier and much less expensive.

There are a number of great frozen food companies out there providing quick meals that are relatively healthy. You just have to weed the good from the bad. It’s a big aisle. :)

What to Look For: 

  • Contains vegetables
  • Made with some whole grains
  • Less than or around 500 mg of sodium per meal (though I must admit that I’m not really a stickler when it comes to sodium)
  • Calories – since frozen entrees are usually the main component of my meal – I need there to be about 300-350 – and then I’ll usually add more vegetables as a side dish
  • At least 10-15 grams of protein
  • At least 5-10 grams of fiber

Great Options: 

  • Kashi: Red Curry Chicken, Mayan Harvest Bake, Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Amy’s: Brown Rice & Veggie Bowl, Indian Tofu Spinach Wrap, Indian Palak Paneer
  • Cedarlane’s: Chicken Burrito Grande, Fajita Chicken Burrito
  • French Meadow Cafe: Chicken Curry, Chicken Pomodoro Pasta
Love or hate frozen meals – and – what is your favorite kind? 

14 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Mellissa
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    I will eat them in a pinch, I also like the Amy’s and Kashi meals and have found some of the skillet type meals have a decent amount of veggies.

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    • Emily
      Nov 01, 2011 @ 10:31 am

      What brand of skillet meals do you get?

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  2. Ty
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    Can’t remember the last time I had a frozen meal… I don’t generally like the taste. I “make” my own by simply randomly freezing portion sizes of homemade pizza, lasagna, baked falafel, chili, soups, etc. etc. Just take a portion of whatever you make and freeze it for those times you don’t want to cook!

    Oh, I do really like the Alexia sweet potato waffle fries! Not really a “meal” but definitely a yummy pre-made frozen food, haha.

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    • Emily
      Nov 01, 2011 @ 11:24 am

      That is so smart! I’ve done that with soup, I need to remember to make enough to freeze!
      Alexia’s sweet potato fries are amazing, I agree. :)

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  3. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    I have heard so much about Amy’s but have yet to try one…I need to get on that!! Love this series!

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  4. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    I love that there really are some great frozen options out there- we all need to use them every once and a while, and I’m glad we’ve come a long way since Hungry-Man and Lean Cuisine were the only real choices. I also LOVE Amy’s Mexican meals- the enchilada bowl and the bean+cheese burrito are my favorites. Oh, and Trader Joe’s has a lot of awesome frozen meals, too! Now that you have one close by, you should definitely check them out!

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    • Emily
      Nov 01, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

      I just tried TJ’s eggplant parmesan not too long ago and it was great!

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  5. Jamie Walker
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

    I’m a fan of Amy’s and also the Tofurkey vegan pizzas (not sure they are very healthy but they get the job done)!!!

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    • Emily
      Nov 01, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

      I have always been tempted to try them, but never have! I’ll have to do that very soon. :)

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  6. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of frozen meals — I’d rather run over to the co-op and pick something up from the deli or order Galactic Pizza in a pinch!

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  7. Jessica Isabel
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

    My favorite frozen meal is Michael Angelo’s Vegetable Lasagna. Here are the nutritional facts:

    Calories: 360
    Total Fat: 13 g / 7g Saturated / 0g Trans
    Cholesterol: 45 mg
    Sodium: 570 mg
    Carbohydrates: 40g
    Dietary Fiber: 5g
    Sugars: 10g
    Protein: 21g

    Vitamin A: 45% DV
    Vitamin C: 60% DV
    Calcium: 40% DV
    Iron: 10% DV

    The sodium is a little higher than your recommendation but I think the 21g of protein and high doses of A and C make up for it. It’s organic, all of the ingredients are in English (not scientific mumbo-jumbo) and most important: it is DELICIOUS.

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    • Emily
      Nov 02, 2011 @ 10:47 am

      Ooh, I’ll try that! Thanks!

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  8. Katie@Real Food Katie's Way
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    I definitely avoid frozen meals at all costs. I’m just not a fan of the preservatives and insane sodium amounts…That being said, I will often make a crockpot meal on the weekend and just portion it out and freeze it when I am on the run!

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  9. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 12:00 am

    My kids love the Alexia olive oil & sea salt frozen fries. They make a veggie burger dinner much more exciting for them. :)

    I like the Kashi meals too. They are nice in a pinch and on days when I don’t feel like making a big lunch for myself, but want more than a PB&J.

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