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PEDAL-PUSHER
Posts: 6,501
11/17/11 8:44 A

I haven't bought any of them for quite some time, but I always liked the Lean Cuisine Cheese Canneloni. I prefer the shelf-stable ones that you add water to and microwave, especially the Aiti with marinara sauce.I love pasta, and tend to overeat when I make it......this gives me just the one serving.



ARKANSASBABY
Posts: 105
11/17/11 8:38 A

I like pretty much all of them. I think they are fine. i'm not a fanatic about every little bit of sodium. Watching every single thing takes the fun out of losing weight. Considering this is a lifestyle change.I'm not being strict with myself for the rest of my life.It's all about having fun.



ICEBOYKOLD
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11/17/11 8:31 A

I used to love Lean Cuisine, but I just had one this week, and it was so flavorless. Now that I mostly cook my own meals with lots of spices, I was disappointed with their bland recipe. Frozen meals are quick, but it only takes a few more minutes to stir fry some vegetables and chicken breast (my go to meal). I get a 5 pound bag of broccoli crowns and chicken breast strips from Costco so I'm always ready to throw this meal together. You could even freeze it if you wanted.



KKKAREN
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11/17/11 8:25 A

I like to make my own frozen dinners, last night I made a batch of Chilli and froze most of it in single serving sizes.



HOLISTICDETOXER
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11/17/11 12:49 A

I've had one or two in my life. That's one or two... not three or four. The one or two times I had them, I was grossed out by the texture of the food and left feeling both bloated (from the sodium) and still hungry (because it's not filling!). Instead, I now do batch cooking on the weekend and portion the food out into single servings for the upcoming week. If something happens to make more than five servings (which is common, lots of recipes are for six or eight servings) I'll portion it into a Ziplock container and pop it into the freezer, so I've got a homemade microwave dinner for a day when I need a quick meal!

(Oh, that being said, I never microwave in plastic. I always take the food out and put it on real dishes!)



ERIKO1908
Posts: 421
11/16/11 9:03 P

I've recently stumbled upon the Kashi line of frozen dinner entrees - at right around 300 calories each & sodium under 500...I feel it is a wonderful option for a single gal. Granted 300 calories is NOT enough intake for dinner for anyone who is exercising, so I always supplement the dinner with some mixed greens with a low sodium dressing. Excellent meal all around...especially on the convenience factor!! I love the Mayan Harvest Bake & the Red Curry Chicken. I do have one of every variety in my freezer...working through them and will determine all my likes and dislikes...this'll be fun!!



KATT2275
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5/1/11 9:33 A

I like them and they work for me. I just started the plan 3 weeks ago and although the frozen dinners are probably not the best I could be eating, they're better than the junk food I was eating before.



IBHLKING
Posts: 1,341
5/1/11 8:39 A

Some of them are very tasty. The Healthy Choice Steamers are my favorites, especially the orange chicken. I do find that I need a bit something more with them so I usually have a piece of fruit as well. They, like most other prepared foods, are very high in sodium so I have cut way back and only use them sparingly.



SHERRY9300
Posts: 115
5/1/11 8:36 A

I keep some on hand for when I don't need to cook. Some of them are not very good, but there are tasty options. Lately I've been buying the Smart Ones because the commissary has had them on sale for $1.25 for about a month now. When they go back up, I'm sure I'll scale back. My favorite frozen is Kashi and Amy's...although I don't really call them diet, they're just very good.



NANCYBOAT
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5/1/11 8:05 A

I eat them every week for lunch. Very convenient. I like the Lean Cuisine ones best. I stock up on them when they go on sale.



SKINNYMISSKASEY
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5/1/11 7:59 A

I love them. I tend to stick to the SmartOnes and Lean Cuisines though. Sometimes Healthy Choice. I get the lower calorie ones (try not to get anything over 300 calories.)



FENWAYGIRL18
Posts: 5,844
5/1/11 7:53 A

yes i buy them and love the lean cuisine!!!!
the roasted turkey breast and the bbq chicken pizza is out of this world!!!!!!!
try those two u won't be sorry at all!!!! emoticon



PENGUINKISS
Posts: 453
5/1/11 7:23 A

If I don't feel like cooking, I eat them. It takes 2 to fill me up, so the purpose is defeated.



KKKAREN
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5/1/11 7:02 A

I like the lean cuisene and eat them several times a week.



BAYSIDE07
Posts: 7,533
5/1/11 6:59 A

I like the WW Smart Ones and the Lean Cuisines. I have these several times each week.



JDMAKEIT2HOT
Posts: 8,402
5/1/11 5:30 A

i bought them when i first started to lose weight cause i didnt really know how to cook.

sometmes ill still buy some if they go on sale or i have a coupon.



CHOOWY
Posts: 4,229
5/1/11 4:39 A

well,this isn't a diet frozen meal, but it was a tasty snack:

Frozen shrimp (tail off) from Costco, thawed and served with cocktail sauce.
11 shrimp 70 calories
Cocktail sauce 24 calories for 1 tablespoon

Yum!



HEALTHYJ29
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5/1/11 4:05 A

I think it depends. I am not a huge fan for myself but it is more taste vs health. There are better choices I feel for health but if a person went from eating fast food all the time to these dinners with a salad and fruit is better. I think most of these have too much sauce like drowning in it and the chicken or other protein tastes weird to me.
Making your own or even quick meals such as baked chicken,10 min whole grain rice or micro sweet potato and veggies I think is more filling and healthy



MOLLYBEAR614
Posts: 390
4/30/11 9:33 P

Generally I don't like the diet type frozen things because the portion size is so small for the price and the calories. I have found the new line by lean cousine that comes in the cook in bags to be pretty good and the portion size is generous for the calorie count. I stock up when I see them on sale. Also Voila by Birdseye is good if you can divide the portion in 2, and not eat the whole thing!! LOL!!



SUNSHINEGIRL49
Posts: 553
4/30/11 5:51 P

No, for the reasons others have given. I do keep a lean pocket pizza in the freezer just in case I'm craving pizza and don't have the ingredients on hand.



DONNABRIGHT
Posts: 9,748
4/30/11 5:33 P

I buy one now and again and am usualyy disappointed.



GINGERVISTA
Posts: 5,768
4/30/11 5:23 P

I rarely buy any of these any more, but I like some lean cuisines (butternut squash ravioli, 4 cheese pizza) & Kashi 's black bean mango, but I always added to them. For the ravioli & black bean mango, I always added a salad & fruit & I always added TONS of veggies on the pizzas. But anything I make tastes better is more filling than these entrees, so.....it's a rare time when I eat them. emoticon



GRACEISENUF
Posts: 12,737
4/30/11 5:08 P

frozen cardboard
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There are so many easy, nutritous recipes on spark people and on the web...I make a big batch and freeze my own individual meals.

Edited by: GRACEISENUF at: 4/30/2011 (17:10)


SWIMMERGIRL0222
Posts: 781
4/30/11 4:18 P

I don't recommend them. They taste nasty and don't leave your satisfied. I would eat one and then be hungry in about an hour or so. They are low in calories but look at the rest of the nutrition in it. Bad, bad, bad.



BUBBLES1541
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4/30/11 4:11 P

I don't generally buy the frozen dinners because I cook every night so I always have leftovers.



READY2ROCK206
Posts: 500
4/30/11 4:03 P

The Healthy Choice steamed ones are good - with a nice salad on the side.



KATHERINEINATL
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4/30/11 3:20 P

yep .... almost daily



LORIENABANANA
Posts: 2,139
4/30/11 2:43 P

I think they're WAY too many calories for what you get.

That being said, I'm all for convenience! I used to eat them when I was single, but would always supplement with a huge salad or serving of vegetables to fill me up.

Now, I usually cook for 2-3 nights at once. We just have leftovers when I get home from work.

Another trick I use is variations on a theme. For example, we'll BBQ up a 3 nights of chicken breasts have them plain the first night, with pesto pasta the second, and on top of a big green salad the third. When we don't feel like eating the same meat 3 times in a row, I'll just serve something else for the in between nights. Cooked meat will keep a while in the fridge.

There are lots of great alternatives to frozen entrees!



KEELYME
Posts: 1,138
4/30/11 2:31 P

They're better than McDonalds for those days where you're getting home late and have nothing else to eat. They're not good for everyday because they're processed and have a ton of salt.





BOOKWORM27S
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4/30/11 2:27 P

If possible, try to steer clear of frozen entrées. Most of them are full of sodium and preservatives.



SPARKLEYSHINE
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4/30/11 2:23 P

I keep some in the freezer at work but I am super picky about the ones I buy. I usually get the EatWell entrees from a regional store called Fresh&Easy. They have 300 cals and are under 600 in sodium and don't use preservatives. I think that they are great to have in a pinch especially if it will keep you from running out and getting a burger instead!



2BEATIT1
Posts: 3,122
4/30/11 2:07 P

I can't remember the last time I bought any of them. Since being on SP, I am more conscious of other bad ingredients in this things. Usually the salt content is also high and some of the fat is saturated.
You can also cook and freeze leftovers and save money.



MARLIZG
Posts: 3,909
4/30/11 1:47 P

rarely--with shortcuts ala rachel ray i'd rather make fresh & use fresh herbe--faves--thyme & basil



YELLOWDAHLIA
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4/30/11 1:45 P

I rarely eat them, but if I do I add a big pile of veggie to them or a big salad...no, they never fill me up on their own.



ILOVEMY2BIRDS
Posts: 2,646
4/30/11 1:04 P

They are garbage, in my opinion.



KATYAROSE
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4/30/11 12:41 P

I try not to eat these things because even though the calories and fat content are usually fairly low, I look at all the ingredients and think there is no way all that junk can be good for my body. But I still keep a few in the freezer for those times I'm in a rush or feeling too lazy or indifferent to prepare a meal. I don't enjoy the taste of most of them, but the Lean Cuisine Spinach Mushroom Chicken Panini is a good standby for me. I'll usually eat an orange with it.

What I prefer to do is just cook a meal that has four servings, and I'll eat one, freeze two in their own containers, and put the fourth serving in the fridge. This way I have a lot of tasty homemade options.



ONLINEASLLOU
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4/30/11 12:34 P

I keep 1 or 2 in my freezer for those nights when I am in a hurry and don't just want a smoothie for dinner. I probably eat 2 or 3 per month. They don't fill me up if I am really hungary, but they are satisfactory if I am grabbing a late dinner and/or not real hungary. Sometimes, I add some fiber to the meal and that helps.



JILLTBNAGART
Posts: 4,156
4/30/11 12:01 P

I don't buy them. Not enough food for the calories. I'm a much better cook than those things ever will be.



FLUFFYANDFINE
Posts: 838
4/30/11 12:01 P

Healthy Choice Chicken Parmesan is my favorite.



MADDERMAUS
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4/30/11 12:00 P

No. They all seem to have the same weird taste. Also, if you really read the nutrition labels they aren't all that healthy.



SINGLEMOM34
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4/30/11 11:46 A

I find myself staring at the freezer section at an array of Lean Cuisines, Healthy Choice and even Michelina's Light entrees and generally buy one or two.. Do you buy these? Do they fill you up? Which are your favorite?



 
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