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Top 5 Frozen Family Dinners

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There’s something distinctly retro about frozen dinners. It’s safe to say every kid who grew up in the 60s and 70s with parents that weren’t filthy rich remembers eating a Swanson dinner at one point in their childhood.

And while modern families still shop the freezer aisle, many of today’s frozen entrees are loaded with levels of salt, trans fat (never a good thing), and numerous unpronounceables, like propylene glycol—a solvent found in antifreeze—that make our blood boil over here at Eat This, Not That!.

But let’s face it, there are harried nights when you’re looking at serving up a frozen dinner or sending the kids to bed hungry. And because we don’t want to call child services, here's what you need to look for, plus 5 family-size entrees you can feel good about serving—even if you’re filthy rich.

THE RULES:

— Check for a sodium count of less than 700 mg per serving.

— Look for at least 2 grams of fiber per serving for a meal that will hold everyone over til the next dinner bell.

— Boost vitamin content and fill up plates with a side of frozen vegetables.

— If “partially hydrogenated” anything shows up on the ingredient list, leave the box on the shelf.

— Stay hydrated. Chances are you’ll be serving up more salt than usual, so keep a large pitcher of water on the table.


Blake's All-Natural Turkey Pot Pie

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Blake's All-Natural Turkey Pot Pie, 26 oz

Calories

370

Fat

16 g

Sodium

380 mg

Fiber

3 g

Blake's All-Natural Turkey Pot Pie

We're huge fans of Blake’s pot pies. The company uses real food in their products, no artificial ingredients, plus their stuff tastes good. We're suggesting turkey as an alternative, but stats on the chicken variety are equally decent.


AMY'S FAMILY SIZE MEXICAN CASSEROLE

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Amy's Family Size Mexican Casserole

Calories

290

Fat

13 g

Sodium

700 mg

Fiber

5 g

AMY'S FAMILY SIZE MEXICAN CASSEROLE

Amy’s has a great line of wholesome, low-sodium prepared foods—many of which are gluten free. This family-size entree makes up for a relatively high sodium count with a whopping 5 grams of fiber and organic ingredients like black beans and corn.


Annie's Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese

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Annie's Family Size Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese

Calories

320

Fat

14 g

Sodium

690 mg

Fiber

5 g

Annie's Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese

Annie’s mac & cheese is a kid-approved favorite. It’s made with organic cheese, whole wheat pasta, and this variety has the added bonus of ½ cup of squash per serving. It’s all blended in, so they’ll never know.


Kashi Thin Crust Pizza Margherita

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Kashi Thin Crust Pizza Margherita

Calories

260

Fat

9 g

Sodium

630 mg

Fiber

4 g

Kashi Thin Crust Pizza Margherita

This is one of the best frozen pies we’ve tried, regardless of the impressive nutritional stats. You could jazz up (at least your portion) with some fresh vegetables (mushrooms would be great). But even plain, you can feel good about slicing up this wheel of whole-grain goodness.


Evol Cilantro Lime Chicken Burrito

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Evol Cilantro Lime Chicken Burrito

Calories

320

Fat

7 g

Sodium

450 mg

Fiber

4 g

Evol Cilantro Lime Chicken Burrito

Delicious and made with real ingredients like chicken, beans, rice, salsa, cheese and corn, Evol's burritos are a must-try. We like the cilantro lime chicken variety, but the stats on all their products are impressive. One is easily big enough for two children.