Archive for ‘Frozen Meals’

May 19, 2015

Summer Ice Cream Options

by jem614

Believe it or not the Halo Ice cream has less calories in one pint than this Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwich.  Actually, half of the Coolhaus Ice Cream sandwich had the same calories in the entire pint of Halo Top.

If you’re looking to enjoy something really sweet and decadent, go for the Coolhaus, if you want something that tastes like a Wendy’s frosty in ice cream form, go for the Halo Top.

Coolhaus- This melt in your mouth sandwich had a “made at home” feel. The cookie wasn’t factory perfect but it was delicious- it’s fun for a summer day when you’ve been out at the beach or the pool (or the lake) all day and you need some ooey gooey sustenance.   Just remember to share it with a friend (or when you’ve decided to do a cheat day) because this gigantic sandwich tops out at about 500 calories.

Halo Top- Let’s get real here, there is nothing like slamming down a pint of Ben & Jerry’s while watching a great movie on a Saturday night but there is usually regret following that last scrape at the bottom of the cardboard bowl.  Halo Top clears all that guilt by creating this wonderfully filling (I only at like 2/3 and I couldn’t eat another bite) fiber and protein-rich ice cream at only 240 calories.  It’s also 24 grams of protein in one pint (holla at you IIFYM people!) which is ridiculous.
You might think the ingredients are crazy and totally out there but almost every single ingredient is whole and something you can pronounce.  I was honestly surprised because I would have eaten this thing even if I couldn’t pronounce the ingredients.  There are other flavors but I chose chocolate because I felt that would be the one I could enjoy the best.

Coolhaus: https://eatcoolhaus.com/

Halo Top: http://www.halotop.com/

January 4, 2013

GoPicnic Hummus+Crackers Vegan Ready-to-Eat Meal

by ashley

GoPicnic Vegan Hummus+CrackersI found the cutest pre-packaged lunch today – GoPicnic hummus+crackers. It reminds me of what a healthy American-style bento box might be, which I’ve always wanted to make for myself yet never found the time. It comes with several individually packaged snacks, which can be eaten together or spaced throughout the day. Because everything is well packaged, nothing needs refrigeration (including the hummus), which means you can literally bring this anywhere. I have travelling on the brain right now because of my trip next week, so I’m thinking this would make an awesome meal to bring in your GoPicnic Vegan Hummus+Crackerscarry-on. No more nasty airplane meals! You could also bring this camping, on long car rides…so many possibilities. The variety I chose, hummus+crackers, is only 400 calories total, making it a great lunch/mid-day snack. I’m on a lower calorie diet right now (between 1200-1300 calories per day), so this fits well into the middle of my day. I have been snacking on it for a couple of hours now and feel completely satisfied.

GoPicnic Vegan Hummus+CrackersThey have two 100% vegan varieties to choose from: hummus+crackers and sunbutter+crackers. I found them in my local Nutrition S’mart with a $1 off coupon, bringing the price to just $2.89. That’s an amazing deal for such a healthful and filling meal. I’m excited to try the sunbutter one next time!

 

 

 

You can see their vegan offerings here : http://www.gopicnic.com/Special-Diets/Vegan-Meals

December 10, 2012

Vegan Kofta Curry from Tandoor Chef Frozen Meals

by ashley

ImageWith the piquant tastes of India, Tandoor Chef has quickly become one of my favorite fast meal options. Healthier than normal Indian-American restaurant fare (no cream, less oil), yet with the same flavors and textures, Tandoor Chef has done a great job with their frozen meal lines. Even the rice tastes fresh, which is hard to find in a frozen meal. The portion sizes are great, and while the calories are a little higher than your normal frozen diet meal, they are also a lot more nutritious. I also love that the company is based here in the United States.

A fair warning for anyone not used to curry or Indian cuisine – the food has quite a spicy edge to it. I think it’s great, and I usually am sensitive to spice, however it can make my eyes water just a bit when biting into the Kofta. Great for awakening the senses, which can help beat my after lunch lull at work.

ImageThis particular meal, the Kofta (Vegetable Dumpling) Curry comes with channa masala (which is chickpeas in a tomato sauce) and spinach basmati pilaf. The pilaf is the savior to your taste buds after biting into the deliciously spicy Kofta. The ingredients are simple, with extremely few preservatives.

INGREDIENTS: KOFTA CURRY – water, tomatoes (tomatoes, tomato juice, sale, calcium chloride, citric acid), onions, squash, spices, olive oil, chickpea flour, canola oil, wheat flour, carrot, soy protein isolate, wheat farina, salt, garlic, turmeric, sugar, cabbage, green peppers, baking soda, paprika oleoresin. CHANNA MASALA – onions, water, tomatoes (tomatoes, tomato juice, salt, calcium chloride, citric acid), chickpeas, olive oil, spices, garlic, salt canola oil, mango powder, turmeric. SPINACH BASMATI PILAF – water, basmati rice, onions, spinach, carrots, olive oil, spices, garlic, sugar, turmeric.

There are 400 calories in the 283g meal, with 19g of fat and 10g of protein.

*I purchased this product directly from Publix and have not been asked nor paid to write a review for this company.

May 7, 2012

Candle Cafe Frozen Entrees

by jem614

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I am saddened by the fact that California and New York seem to be the only places where you can find a vegan restaurant around every corner.  Thankfully, Candle Cafe has outdone themselves and packaged up their delicious meals for us to purchase at Whole Foods so we can bring their dinners home (or to the office).

The Tofu Spinach Ravioli is creamy and tasty, the only negative in my mind is that there aren’t enough to make a filling dinner!! I love the ravioli’s and want to try to make them on my own.  My biggest struggle with making pasta is that I always make it too thick.  Ashley is the pasta queen so maybe someday I can talk her into making some for me! 😉

These dinners are a little pricey at about $5 1/2 each but worth it every once in a while.  Hope you enjoy!

http://www.candlecafefoods.com/prod-tofu-spinach.php

March 9, 2012

Gooey Vegan Chocolate Cake, With NO Baking Skills Required!

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

If there ever was a vegan/vegetarian “super brand”, Amy’s would certainly fit that description. Amy’s foods can be found in just about any supermarket, anywhere. While I love to find the smaller, newer brands, sometimes a bigger, more trusted brand really is better. In the case of Amy’s Organic Chocolate Cake, which is completely vegan and dairy-free, I couldn’t imagine there being a better frozen cake.

 

Gooey, fudgy, heavenly chocolate cake, made without any animal product – requiring absolutely no effort on your part. Simply purchase, let defrost for a couple hours and enjoy. You could warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds, top it with some nice cashew ice cream…divine. This is the perfect non-baker’s cake, even coming in a cute, almost homemade looking, container. You could pull it out, dress it up a bit in some foil or plastic wrap, and it could pass as homemade (evil, I know)!

 

A must-try from Amy’s extensive line of vegan treats.

 

March 8, 2012

Help Kettle Cuisine Feed the Needy

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

One of the first things I reviewed almost a year ago (I can’t believe we’ve been online for almost a year) was Kettle Cuisine’s Organic Carrot & Coriander Soup. You can see my original review here. Today I received a lovely e-mail from Kettle Cuisine’s PR department notifying of an amazingly generous promotion they are currently doing on Facebook.

 

 

For every LIKE they receive, they will give the new fan a $1 coupon toward a Kettle Cuisine product of their choice and also will donate a bowl of their soup to someone in need. This is a great way to help Kettle Cuisine bring food to the needy.

 

If you haven’t heard of Kettle Cuisine before, they are a dedicated gluten-free frozen soup producer, making several types (omnivore, vegetarian and vegan) that are located in freezer sections throughout the country.

 

Please visit their Facebook page to help with this munificent gesture: http://www.facebook.com/KettleCuisine

February 10, 2012

Vegan Samosas: Sukhi’s Potato and Pea Samosas

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

Jessica is always telling me that I need to try Indian food other than Amy’s – and while I have yet to experience a traditional Indian meal in a restaurant, I’m happy to say that I now know what a samosa is…and I’m hooked. One of my favorite things to do in the grocery store is to browse the freezer section looking for new things to try. In my local Fresh Market I was happy to find Sukhi’s Natural Authentic Indian Cuisine.

Whether it is authentic or not would not be something I could judge, but it is certainly tasty. I bought the Samosa & Chutney Crispy Vegan Handcrafted Wraps with Potatoes and Peas. This is a rich snack, something best left for special occasions, but undeniably delicious with the cilantro chutney dipping sauce. Great finger food for a special occasion, even if it’s just for two (hands-on meals and feeding one another is a great kindle for romance).

July 18, 2011

From Local Markets to Your Grocer’s Freezer: Moo Moo’s Vegetarian (and Vegan!) Cuisine

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

Moo Moo’s has certainly come a long way since its humble beginnings in 2005. Owner Michele Rastelli, a devout vegetarian since her teens, dreamed up Moo Moo’s long before it became a real brand, first wanting a vegetarian restaurant and then beginning as a small brand selling to local markets out of a café kitchen. Moo Moo’s is now touted by some of the world’s largest news outlets, namely FOX and CNN. And for good reason, the meals are imaginative, tasty and made with fresh ingredients. All meals are vegetarian and many are gluten-free and vegan, as well.

 

I tried the Poblano Chickpea Patties frozen meal, which happens to be both vegan and gluten-free. The meal comes with two patties, similar to a crabcake in density and texture, atop a mixture of corn and peppers. My first impression was that it was one of the most delicious appearing frozen meals I’ve seen in a very long time, even just out of the box and still frozen. Once heated, the warm colors were comforting, reminding me of a home-cooked meal. I loved the sprinkling of paprika over the patties, giving a smoky flavor and great color.

As some of our readers may know, I eat a lot of frozen vegan and vegetarian meals. While I cannot say that any frozen meal can hold up against something freshly prepared, this Moo Moo’s concoction very successfully competes with homemade cuisine. A homerun in my book for sure.

July 15, 2011

Garden Lites has done it again – and with TWO vegan products!

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

I recently won Garden Lites’ blog contest, in which I won a month’s supply of Garden Lites products. I was really excited, as not only am I a tremendous fan of their Roasted Vegetable Soufflé, I have been looking forward to trying some of their other products that are not available for purchase at Publix in South Florida.

I was most looking forward to trying their Butternut Squash Soufflé, which I had seen on their website, but lo and behold I was blown away by their Zucchini Marinara. I’ve heard a lot about zucchini pasta and have been saving up to buy a vegetable spiralizer myself,  so when I saw this product in my prize I couldn’t wait to try it. Not only is it vegan, which I’m leaning more and more towards lately, but it is just like eating pasta marinara without the heavy caloric content. Fresh, crunchy zucchini noodles are enveloped in an amazing sweet marinara sauce that is absolutely divine. I can’t imagine homemade tasting better than this. Now all I need is for my local Publix to carry it! So if anyone is a Publix executive or knows one, please let them know!

The Butternut Squash Soufflé also certainly did not disappoint. It is heavier than the Roasted Vegetable that I like so much, but that was to be expected. I think this one is something I could share equally as a side dish rather than eating an entire one next time. But the rich flavor is what makes it so delicious, so I’m more than happy to try and stuff it down all by myself =)

Overall, I’m even more impressed (if that is possible) with Garden Lites after trying their full line of products, my absolute favorites still being the Roasted Vegetable Soufflé, Zucchini Marinara (VEGAN), Zucchini Portabella (VEGAN) and the Butternut Squash Soufflé. Thank you Garden Lites for this wonderful, and unexpected, prize! You certainly have made a huge fan out of me!

April 27, 2011

Vegan on the Run

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

Yesterday I needed something substantial for lunch, and since I decided this last minute, I ran out to the health food store near my job and took a peek around the freezer section. I wanted something quick, healthy and filling.

I found two items that fit into my diet, were gluten-free and vegan: Amy’s Mexican Tamale Pie and Kettle Cuisine’s Organic Carrot and Coriander Soup. Both are organic, vegan, gluten-free and 150 calories or less.

As I’d never tried either of these before, I thought I’d do a short review for our readers and take a few photos (please excuse the quality, my iPhone was the only option for photography).

Amy’s Mexican Tamale Pie  

150 Calories, 3g of Fat, 590 mg Sodium, 27g Carbohydrate, 4g Dietary Fiber, 2g Sugars, 5g Protein

Bottom line, this is filling and has decent texture/flavor for a frozen product. A thick vegetable stew topped with a polenta-like mash, for the amount of calories this really is a viable lunch option that is great for on the go.

Here is a photo of the cooked product:

I give it three carrots. It’s good, not amazing, but I’d eat it again when looking for a quick healthy lunch.

 

Kettle Cuisine Organic Carrot and Coriander Soup

100 Calories, 3g of Fat, 410 mg Sodium, 15g Carbohydrate, 5g Dietary Fiber, 9g Sugars, 1g Protein

I’m not good with spicy food, and when I bought this I didn’t think of the coriander. Therefore, anyone with a taste for heat may like this soup a lot better than I did. The soup itself is thick once you stir it and has a nice flavor, but the heat from the coriander overwhelmed me. It took two glasses of water in the middle just to continue eating it. But I did like the carrot flavor and it tasted very fresh, unlike many frozen meals.

Here is a photo of the cooked product:

I give this one three carrots, as well. Even though I personally would not purchase this again, it was not due to quality. My personal tastes just cannot handle the amount of spiciness this little soup packs!

Overview

The whole meal, for 250 calories, is filling and satisfying. Being a completely vegan meal (and me being an omnivore), this is a huge accomplishment for both brands. I really enjoy the quality that both Amy’s and Kettle Cuisine have upheld, and will continue to purchase their products.

Plus, each one was only $3.49 at my local health food store, so great on price, as well!

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Tell us! What are your favorite veg/vegan frozen meals?

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