Freezer Pleasers

Forget the TV dinners of old—modern frozen meals are far healthier, tastier, easier and more international.

By Kellee Katagi

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A stroll down the frozen aisle is a multicultural experience. Today’s freezer meals feature creative, palate-pleasing cuisine from all over the globe. And what’s more, many of them are made with natural, healthy ingredients that are loaded with nutrients. Not bad for entrees that can be ready in a handful of minutes. Here are a few of our favorites.

South of the Border

Our Pick: CedarLane Quinoa & Vegetable Enchiladas

Why We Like It: Quinoa and poblano cream sauce star in this flavorful comfort food that contains a whopping 170% of your daily vitamin A requirements. It also provides nearly a third of your necessary  fiber, 15% of your  iron and calcium and 12 grams of protein.

Also Try: CedarLane Three Layer Enchilada Pie


Our Pick: Healthy Choice Café Steamers Simply – Creamy Spinach & Tomato Linguini

Why We Like It: All the flavor of Italian, without the heaviness. A mildly creamy sauce complements al dente pasta, with nutrition and flavor boosts from organic tomatoes and spinach. You’ll also get 20% of your daily fiber, 20% vitamin A, 15% iron and a mere 3 grams of sugars.

Also Try: Amy’s Bowls – Pesto Tortellini


Our Pick: Luvo Orange Mango Chicken

Why We Like It: Yum! Tangy-sweet citrus sauce and cubed mango tops white-meat chicken, flanked by broccoli, kale and a whole-grain blend of jasmine rice, quinoa and wheat berries for a perfectly proportioned meal. The daily value numbers are favorable, too: 70% vitamin A, 50% vitamin C, 34% protein.

Also Try: Evol Teriyaki Chicken


Our Pick: Saffron Road Chicken Tikka Masala

Why We Like It: The meat is tender, the sauce is creamy and the spices are just right in this Indian-cuisine standby served over basmati rice. It provides 15% of your daily iron and vitamin A and C needs; plus, the chicken is well-sourced: humanely raised, with no antibiotics and a 100% vegetarian diet.

Also Try: Saffron Road Lamb Saag


Our Pick: Evol Truffle Parmesan Mac & Cheese

Why We Like It: Crusty breadcrumbs and genuine truffle sauce (from truffles sniffed out by trained dogs in Italy) set this dish apart from other versions of the American classic. Health bonus: It’s made from dye-free cheese from cows not treated with rSBT hormones and produced without animal rennet.

Also Try: Amy’s Bowls – Brown Rice, Black-Eyed Peas and Veggies

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