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Apr 16, 2012 08:27 AM

Favorite Frozen Food?

I know most chowhounders, including myself, prefer to actually cook meals with fresh ingredients, but sometimes we're too tired or busy to do anything but stick a frozen meal in the microwave or toaster oven. I was just wondering what people's favorite frozen foods are, in hopes of finding some hidden gems!

I'll start:

*Trader Joe's Mildly Spiced Vegetable Burritos
*Lean Cuisine Butternut Squash Ravioli (surprisingly tasty given it's lo-cal nature)
*Babu's Pocket Sandwiches in Palak Paneer (these are basically Indian hot pockets and can be found at most Indian grocery stores)

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  1. Pretty much anything by Amy's but my alltime favorite is Stouffer's Mac and Cheese

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    1. re: mamachef

      Stouffer's mac and cheese was a childhood favorite of mine!

      So far I have found Evol to make the best frozen burritos, especially the pork and green chile variety.

      Also, I have never been disappointed with an Amy's frozen meal.

      1. re: mels

        We also love Evol in this house. Ditto for Amy's. I adore their green tamales.

        For quick dinners, I like poached eggs on top of Trader Joe's Japanese fried rice or kimchi fried rice. Also love the vegan orange "chicken" but you need about one bag per person to fill you up.

        If you want meat, the TJ's precooked grilled chicken strips are great. We use them in tortillas with cheese and Amy's refried beans or in fajitas.

      2. re: mamachef

        Although living without a fridge, Stouffer's Mac and Cheese is consistently better than most I get here in Florida. Whether restaurant, diner, or BBQ.

        1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

          yup -- stouffer's mac and cheese is still the gold standard. hard to believe after all these years -- decades! -- no one has come close to cracking that recipe.

        2. re: mamachef

          oooh yes, Stouffer's mac and cheese, microwaved so that it has those cripy edges! Nothing is better than that!

          1. re: Heidi cooks and bakes

            Okay, I have to admit, I've never tried this stuff, but with all the love for it on this site, I think I might pick up a package the next time I'm at the store.

        3. Michael Angelo's Vegetable Lasagna

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          1. re: redfish62

            + one on the MA's vegetable lasagne. Inexpensive, light on the pasta, crisp veggies.

            1. re: redfish62

              Yes x 100!!! It's great, especially if you have time to cook it in the oven.

            2. Several Lean Cuisines (Swedish Meatballs, lasagna, their pizzas)
              Morning Star Farms products

              1. Totino's

                Corn Dawgs (just about any brand)

                Tabatchnik Soups
                Marie Callendar Pot Pies

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                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                  I forgot how much I love Tabatchnik soups! Especially the cabbage one!

                  Amy's Breakfast Burrito
                  Amy's Roasted Vegetable Pizza
                  Stouffer's vegetable lasagna..... so bad yet so good
                  Morningstar Farms Mushroom Lovers Burger

                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                    Although they're kind of pricey, I usually have two or three "boxes" of Tabachnik's in the freezer. I don't know that I've ever gotten anything frozen from Trader Joe's that I didn't enjoy but I haven't tried that much. I also really like Celetano's eggplant parm and their cheese tortellini.

                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                      Tabatchnik's is frozen where you are, PK? Here, it comes in shelf-stable cartons. The frozen would prolly be better.

                      1. re: mamachef

                        Actually, mama, Tabatchnik is now totally unavailable where I live. ): But a local store used to carry the frozen stuff and it was terrific although pricey as southernitalian says.

                        1. re: mamachef

                          I've only seen Tabatchniks in the frozen foods aisle.... what shelf-stable items do they have?

                          1. re: kubasd

                            Well, I don't know all of them, but currently showing in a kitchen cupboard near me are Tabachnik's Tomato and Cream of Mushroom soups. They're veryvery good for a processed food, e.g. you can't taste the chemicals. I was just wondering if a frozen product might not be that much better.

                            1. re: mamachef

                              You've got the ones in the cartons, right?

                              I've had both the frozen and the "shelf stable" Tabachnik soups and they are all grand. The frozen ones taste a tad bit fresher.

                              1. re: happybaker

                                Yep, the shelf-stable cartons. Okay, happybaker: thanks for the information. You confirmed what I suspected. : )

                        2. re: Perilagu Khan

                          Oh Totino's Party Pizza . . .how I love thee. I've never served one or been served one at a party. It's more of a personal indulge by myself party.

                          1. re: seamunky

                            They are oddly good. I like that flaky, crispy crust.

                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                              I haven't had one of those in years. Years ago I could eat two of them at a time. What is interesting is that there is not any actual cheese on them and yet they are still 'oddly good'.

                              Aldi has cheap battered cod that is ok (especially when compared to the cost of Schwann's) and their frozen breaded shrimp isn't bad for the price. The biggest problem with these frozen foods is the salt content. That's why we never buy the rotisserie chicken from the grocery stores or Costco, just too much salt.

                        3. Trident brand pub batterd cod
                          Stouffers macaroni & beef in tomato sauce
                          Stouffers stuffed peppers
                          And I still like Banquet pot pies, always have, can't beat the price!