Your Favorite Frozen Diet Entrees
Hi all, please share frozen lunches/dinners from the low cal/low fat category that you have found tasty, satisfyingly large, and most resembling real food. I'm thinking from the weightwatchers, lean cuisine, healthy choice, and maybe Amy's world (that's the vegetarian one I think).
Please don't say all these diet frozen foods are gross and tasteless, that's not helpful.
Also please don't say you can cook your own food that is healthier, cheaper and more filling. I know. And I do. But not everyday. Sometimes nothing beats the convenience and price of frozen, and I'd like to trade recommendations with others who also eat this stuff.
My favorites so far:
WW lasagna, Chicken Enchiladas Suizas (really filling, doesn't seem like a small portion, tasty)
Healthy Choice chicken, rice, cheddar bake. WW chicken tastes like pressed and processed to me, this chicken actually tasted like chicken.
I've had bad luck with everything Asian-esque. It all reeks of artificial flavorings to me.
I like pretty much all of the Eat Well frozen dinners by Fresh & Easy; however, F&E may be on its way down the tubes soon. Two of my particular favorites are the butternut squash ravioli and the tortilla crusted fish.
I think the Lean Cuisine ones are the best of the bunch. My wife and I ate them religiously five nights a week for about two years. Lost a lot of weight. Can't bear to think about eating one now.
A couple of suggestions.
Reheat them in a conventional oven instead of the microwave. Or at least try both ways. We have a crappy low powered microwave so your experience may be different.
Do not eat them out of the plastic box. Serve them on you regular dinner ware, a smaller plate or bowl is better. I can't emphasize this enough.
We always thought they were easier to pick out of the freezer case by the picture rather than the title.
In general pasta over rice. The bigger the pasta the better. The angel hair ones just seemed way to mushy. There was one with chicken, zucchini, tomato and black olive that was really good. The lasagne is good as is the five cheese rigatoni. A Thai noodle thing. We would sometimes get the salisbury steak/ mac and cheese and make green beans or steamed cabbage to go with.
For us it was all about the portion control. Sadly, we are both gluttons.
Right I'm eating one of the new Lean Cuisine Chef's Choice entrees. It's the mushroom ravioli with spinach and red pepper cream sauce. It's actually quite good. They had other new entrees like Chili Lime Chicken and Chicken Makhani. Plan on trying those soon.
I also like the LC Orange Peel Chicken. I prefer the dinner size as it comes with more veggies. The Steak Tips Dijon dinner is alo pretty good.
the LC entrees make great work lunches when I don't have leftovers to bring.
I've tried a lot of these this past year as I was working on losing weight and didn't always have leftovers to bring for lunches, and I found I preferred the Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers the best. They were the most filling and had lower sodium (Usually around 500mg or so) while having decent amounts of protein and fiber. My favorite were the Chicken Linguini with Red Pepper Alfredo (had broccoli in it too), and Parmesan Pasta with Rosemary Chicken. Their Baked entrees are decent too, I've had both the baked chicken and the pasta w sausage.
I agree w/ you on the asian flavored anything. I've also heard good things about the Safeway store brand of dinners, I think it's "Eating Well"? I haven't tried them yet, I have one of the pizzas in the freezer to try soon though.
i'm not sure how you define low cal/low fat because that means different things to different people, but you might want to look at the Organic Bistro products. i haven't personally tried them but i've seen positive feedback about them here on CH. i checked out the website, and as far as packaged meals go their ingredients are the highest-quality i've seen, and many of the selections have a lower sodium content than you typically find in frozen dinners.