Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Best Frozen Meals: Part I

As busy as everyone is these days, it's hard to find time to make a healthy, fresh lunch every day. That's why I like to keep a few frozen meals in the freezer at work for days when I just don't have time to pack a lunch. Instead of heading for fast food consider stocking your office freezer with these frozen - yet good for you - meals that are convenient without sacrificing your health.

Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers: Creamy Dill Salmon

With only 240 calories and 6 grams of fat, Healthy Choice got this one right. What I like most about the Cafe Steamers line is that the veggies, pasta and meat sit in a steamer basket on top of the sauce. This way, you get fresh food that hasn't been sitting in that "secret sauce" for who knows how long. You can choose to add the food to the sauce, or eat it without.The broccoli and salmon taste super fresh and will definitely fill you up until dinner. As a bonus, the creamy dill sauce is a great addition to the dish and doesn't taste at all like some of Health Choice's bland sauces.

Amy's Kitchen: Garden Vegetable Lasagna

This great tasting veggie lasagna was my first taste of any of Amy's products, and I was super impressed! I was first drawn to Amy's frozen meals because they are all organic, and lots are vegetarian. This particular one is also gluten free and uses rice noodles in place of regular lasagna noodles. I try as much as I can to eat all natural foods, and although these are usually a bit more expensive than the regular frozen meals at grocery stores it is well worth it! What I liked most was that the veggie
s were in large chunks instead of pureed into the sauce, they tasted fresh and homegrown. The cheese was gooey and tasted like it has just been baked! With only 290 calories and 9 grams of fat, this is a lasagna dish that would be good for any meal! For a tip, I buy my Amy's products at the Wal-Mart superstore, they're almost half the price there than at Harris Teeter.

Lean Cuisine Spa Classics: Butternut Squash Ravioli

This meal has a few more calories than the rest, but it's packed with the vitamin-dense vegetable Butternut Squash. The ravioli is tender and the sauce is great. The vegetables in this one are very crisp and add a great contrast to the soft ravioli. With 350 calories and 9 grams of fat, this Lean Cuisine is a great lunch time comfort food!

I hope these reviews helped, I will keep updating these as I find more nutritious choices!