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.
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.
Fitness Minutes: (16,207)
253 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.
Fitness Minutes: (88,786)
11,826 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.
Fitness Minutes: (20,400)
2,704 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!)
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!!
Fitness Minutes: (260)
273 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.
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.
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.
Fitness Minutes: (21,142)
2,368 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.
Fitness Minutes: (173,882)
3,941 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.)
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
Fitness Minutes: (0)
1,307 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
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!!
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.
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.
Fitness Minutes: (7,476)
3,769 4/30/11 4:11 P
I don't generally buy the frozen dinners because I cook every night so I always have leftovers.
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!
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.
Fitness Minutes: (63,497)
10,962 4/30/11 2:27 P
If possible, try to steer clear of frozen entrées. Most of them are full of sodium and preservatives.
Fitness Minutes: (4,167)
721 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!
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.
Fitness Minutes: (6,143)
666 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.
Fitness Minutes: (38,121)
3,941 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.
Fitness Minutes: (34,436)
497 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.
Fitness Minutes: (4,790)
248 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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