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Frozen Entree Parade 2010

Posted by Maureen Wednesday, March 03, 2010 Labels: , , , ,

Some of you may recall Yogurt Parade 2008, an experience in yogurt-tasting to find which brands and flavors most suited me.  Well, in my unreasonable need to have a hot meal for lunch every day (cold sandwich?! Never!), I've been experimenting with frozen entrees.  A friend recently suggested that I should perform another parade as I did in 2008.  So here goes (Part I):

Amy's Organic Mac & Cheese - 4 stars
This is usual in the $3 range of Amy's products, which is quite inexpensive. And well worth it--I didn't know frozen cheese could become so tasty and smooth.  Truly, Amy's Organic Mac & Cheese is a "delicious family favorite"

Trader Joe's frozen Mac 'n Cheese - 4++ stars!
This frozen mac & cheese from Trader Joe's is better than most homemade macs I've ever had. It's UNBELIEVABLE.  In fact, don't even waste it on bringing it to work for lunch--save it for hosting a gourmet dinner party. It's ridiculous. Also very inexpensive. Finally, it's huge--I think 14 oz. or something, which is too much for me to eat in one meal, but kind of too small to eat only half. So I usually end up finishing it off and putting myself in a food coma. 

And how am I, a Kansas City resident, supposed to get something from Trader Joe's, you ask?  Check out KC Grocery Service--a local company who takes online orders and delivers TJs right here to KC. 

Okay, clearly I love mac and cheese.  On the days I forget lunch, I often go down to Price Chopper and get some from the hot deli.  That's always a quick, cheap hot lunch option too. Moving on.....

Michelina's Fettucine Alfredo - 1 star
BLECH! I forced myself to eat two bites and then probably went over to Price Chopper. Right? This stuff is worthless.  And here's the thing--I should have known by the price ($1-$2 range) that it couldn't possibly be good, but I had hopes. Never again.

Lean Cuisine Fiesta Grilled Chicken - 3.5 stars
Just had this one today and was surprisingly pleased.  Very tasty--nice flavor, and the chicken was probably the nicest I've seen in a frozen entree.  Rice is a good texture too, not too slimy.  Available at your local grocer!

Trader Joe's Garden Vegetable Lasagna-2.5 stars
I was disappointed in this one, coming from my favorite grocer.  It was a texture issue. It was basically noodles, some cheese, and green-colored ricotta.  I was expecting actual vegetables in the lasagna, but it was more like vegetable-flavored filling. Kind of grossed me out.

Okay that's all for now.....Part II to come in the future. As for now, I've got a freezer full of Amy's and TJ's mac and cheese! 

Would love to have your input on your favorite frozen entrees!


Kristin Whittington said...

Most of Kashi's entrees are really good, and Target has a new line out that they stock right next to Kashi, and they look really awesome. And, of course, I'm a big fan of Kashi blueberry waffles for every meal. :)

Toby said...

A shocking number of entries in this parade are of the cheese and pasta variety. Should we be surprised?

Maureen said...

Thanks, Kristin, I dont think I've had a Kashi one before.

Toby, I believe that every single one has at least either cheese or pasta (and preferably both). I plan to keep it that way.