Put It In Your Mouth: Frozen Meal Taste Test

A few weeks ago, when Sarah Grace of Fresh Fit & Healthy came to visit Los Angeles, we decided to hang out with our friend Mike (not THAT Mike… Unfortunately).


Mike is photobombing us…

Now Mike is not a very healthy “eater”… In fact, he is a HUGE DEVOTEE (quite the understatement) of those salt-infested Hungry Man Meals and don’t even get me started about how AMPTED he gets by home-style Marie Callender’s entrees… Especially the fried Pork Chop and Mashed Potatoes option.


I question those who make a B-Line for this meal in the freezer section.

Sarah Grace and I tried so very hard to convince him of how HORRIFICALLY ATROCIOUS such meals are… But, he’s quite the “metal head” and wasn’t very responsive to our concern for him… In fact we do recall him “beeping” at us several times with contempt, it seemed as if he were complaining that microwavable meals are his only option because he only has so much time.


I am calling your bluff Mike.

Despite his distaste for what we had to tell him about his beloved fare… Sarah Grace and I decided to do some sleuthing through the Whole Foods frozen meal section in order to find, what we believe to be, the healthiest meal options currently available.


Try & stop me from opening EVERY DOOR…

Now it’s one thing to be healthy, but it’s another to taste as good as grandma’s artery-clogging, ooey-gooey cheese-infested noodle casserole with chunks of fatty pork hot dogs baked into the mix…


Those dogs are mackin’ on that cheese…

Good thing Whole Foods is the equivalent of Sarah Grace and I heading to Disneyland… We find scouring the labels (which can be crazy deceptive, by the way… AKA: Organic does NOT necessarily mean healthy, FYI) of ALL the boxed meals to be far more amusing than Space Mountain and The Indiana Jones Ride!


Did someone say “Whole Foods hot bar”?

As for taste testing… Well, you’ll have to see if these meals we selected left us raring to go like a 5-year-old waiting in line for Peter Pan’s Flight or left us nauseated like one might get after riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad…

Mike actually wound up helping us too…

Top Five Healthiest Frozen Meal Options Available At Whole Foods (in Sarah Grace & my opinion) + Stats:


Saffron Road Lamb Saag with Basmati Rice


Here, have some vomit with a side of fluff!

  • 300 calories, 12 g fat, 36 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 3 g sugar
  • INGREDIENTS: Spinach Sauce: Spinach, Water, Diced Tomatoes (Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Citric Acid, Calcium Chloride), Cream, Onions, Tomato Paste, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Garlic Puree (Garlic, Water), Ginger, Sea Salt, Spices, Paprika, Xanthan Gum, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Turmeric. Basmati Rice: Water,Basmati Rice, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Ginger, Garlic Puree (Garlic, Water). Lamb: Boneless Lamb, Nonfat Yogurt (Cultured Nonfat Milk, Pectin), Water, Rice Starch, Ginger, Sea Salt, Garlic Puree (Garlic, Water), Spices

Artisan Bistro Wild Salmon with Organic Vegetables & Grains


Does that piece of “fish” looks like a mustache… Or am I just seeing things?

  • 310 calories, 18 g fat, 21 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 3 g sugar
  • INGREDIENTS: Brown Rice, Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon, Water, Green Beans, Red Bell Pepper, Sugar Snap Peas, Zucchini, Basil, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Garbanzo Beans, Parsley, Parmesan Cheese [Pasteurized Cow’s Milk, Culture, Salt, Flow Agent (less than 2% Microcellulose Crystalline)], Garlic Puree, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Corn Starch, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Romano Cheese [Pasteurized Cow’s Milk, Culture, Salt, Flow Agent (less than 2% Microcellulose Crystalline)], Xanthan Gum, Rosemary. Allergens: Contains Salmon, Milk

Beetnik Organic Peruvian Seasoned Chicken Stew


We promise it’s chicken… Actually, we can’t promise anything.

  • 130 calories, 1 g fat, 8 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 6 g sugar
  • INGREDIENTS: Organic Tomatoes (organically grown vine-ripened fresh peeled tomatoes, organic tomato juice and sea salt), Organic Chicken, Organic Red Bell Peppers, Organic Yellow Bell Peppers, Organic Onions, Organic Garlic, Organic Cumin, Sea Salt, Organic Basil, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Red Peppers, Organic Cayenne Pepper

EVOL Fire Grilled Steak Bowl


Sarah is hungry… For rubber!

  • 400 calories, 20 g fat, 38 g carbohydrates, 9 g fiber, 1 g sugar
  • INGREDIENTS: Black Beans, Rice, Red and Green Bell Peppers, Grilled Steak (Beef, Water, Potato Starch, Sea Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Spices), Cilantro, Corn, Canola Oil, Cheddar Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Lime Juice, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Salt, Black Pepper

Applegate Farms Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dogs


Every woman’s dream… And man’s too?

  • 110 calories, 8 g fat, 0 g carbohydrates, 9 fiber, 0 sugar
  • INGREDIENTS: Organic Grass-Fed Beef, Water. Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Sea Salt, Organic Spices, Organic Dehydrated Garlic, Organic Dehydrated Onion, Organic Paprika, Celery Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Coriander, Mace, Ginger, White Pepper

So Tell Me…

  • Do you have a “friend” named Mike in your life?
  • Is your freezer packed with frozen meals? What’s your favorite brand?
  • Tell me about the WORST MEAL you’ve ever had… 
  • Do you get a little immature with your food… When it’s shaped like CERTAIN THINGS?
  • Have you ever tried any of the above meals? Thoughts?
  • What’s your favorite grocery store? 
  • Did you catch on the the Mike reference?

Waste Not, Want Not


  1. Obviously Whole Foods is the best store ever! I also call it my Disneyland.

  2. Oh gosh, I remember when I used to eat those nasty frozen meals lol.
    Glad there’s better options now haha:)

  3. I used to eat so many frozen meals back in the diet days. I have a few things that I do the frozen route, but typically they are pizzas. At Blogfest, Stouffers tried to convince of that their meals were amazing choices. I was less than impressed.

    • Oh GOSH Stouffer’s! You’re NOT FOOLING ANYONE. Nope. That’s just sad that they THINK they can trick people into believing their meals are healthy – but sadly, they totally could – to those uneducated in nutrition!

  4. I’ve had a few good ones from Trader Joe’s, but I tend to steer clear for the most part unless I recognize all the ingredients. I still haven’t tried the Evol meals, but they always look so good!

    • I haven’t ventured into the Frozen Food section of Trader Joe’s but I feel like that may very well be my next taste-test video! :) There are so many options. Man-friend said he wants to do a taste-test video so….. This could be happening, VERY soon!

  5. This was really fun to read! I love Annie’s Organic frozen meals when I really don’t have time to cook.

    • Ah yes, Annie’s! She has some pretty decent meals, but sadly, with my dietary constraints, we couldn’t taste test them! :(

  6. I’ve had several friends named Mike, and my BFF as a kid was named Mickey, but now sadly, I am Mike deficient.

    No frozen meals for me for a bizillion years!m Had some Swanson stuff when Mickey was not just a memory.

    Possibly the worst meal was either cardboard cod in a Holiday Inn in Punta Gorda, or liver in a hospital in Nancy, France. At least there was wine on the table.

    I bet I could make that salmon meal look and taste a whole lot better and even Mike would like it!

  7. I can honestly say that frozen meals scheeve (spelling?) me out to no end. So nasty. I remember eating one of those Kids Cuisine meals (do those even exist still? I pray that they don’t) at a friends house when I was little and it was NASTY.

    • THEY SKEEVE ME OUT TOO Liz – 100000000%! It is soooooo hard for me to go into the frozen food aisle and pick things that are healthy! I NEVER EVER eat frozen meals, but for people in my life that do, I try and help them find the best options – and THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!

    the equivalent of us heading to Disneyland is shopping at WF: TRUE.
    Sarah is hungry: TRUE ..but for rubber..FALSE.
    Sarah needs to come back to LA: TRUEEEEEEEEE

  9. Thanks for reminding people that organic doesn’t mean healthy! I just had this same discussion with a friend the other day. I can’t believe people still eat those frozen meals-the sodium alone will kill you!

    • UGH RIGHT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!!??!?!?!?! People who think organic makes food healthy… I want to throw an ORGANIC donut in their face?? lol!

  10. Um yes, that’s my husband’s name and, although he doesn’t eat frozen meals he would live on cereal if I didn’t cook. Also, I feed those hot dogs to my kids and the rest of that looks like hot garbage.

  11. You are toooooooooooooooooooo much! Phallic all the way! I am going to look for chicken though cause not a beef fan. :)

    Does anyone NOT have a friend named MIke! 😉

    I am immature period!

    LOve Mother’s, Sprouts, WHole Paycheck which I can’t afford, Trader Joe’s BUT have to read labels!!!!

    • Oh Applegate can def supply you with some chicken and/or turkey hot dogs – soooo very good too! 😉 And fun to eat…. BAH AH AH AHA!! I love that you and I share the same BRAIN!

  12. Wow, those meals look lackluster BUT it looks like you two had a great time trying everything out!

  13. I’m not gonna lie, I rely on frozen meals more often then I should. I got into the habit when I worked in the corporate world & didn’t have time to leave the building for a healthy meal + I was too tired to brown bag my lunch. I’m going to have to check out WF market since I mainly get Trader Joe’s frozen meals. Also I’ve seen EVOL but never tried.

    • Well, if you watch the video… Evol wasn’t ranked # 1 – thats for sure, but it is available everywhere so obviously SOME people like it, ha ah! I think my next taste test for frozen meals with be at TJ’s since I know that place is LOADED with them!!

  14. Nice round-up! I’ve never been a fan of frozen meals mostly because the nearest whole foods is like 2 hours away from me 😀 Some of these look pretty yummm…the chicken stew and who doesn’t love a good weenie…ammi right?! Those would be perfect on a bonfire. PS…that salmon totally looks like a moustache!

    • Bah ah aha ha! THANK YOU – my eyes are NOT playing tricks on me! The salmon smells like A-HOLE though… And tastes like a garbage bag. LMFAO!

  15. i love whole foods but i would rather make my own meals! I enjoyed this video haha, it was hilarious!

  16. I have a theory that all Mike’s of our generation our kind of assholes. Sorry, Mikes of the world, but it’s your fault!
    Also, my boyfriend works for a kitchenware company. They once made a double lime squeezer. What you think it looks like is exactly what it looks like…

    • BAHHHH HA H AH AHA HA HA HA AH HA AH AH AHA!! Mike is a huge d-bag. Go shove it Mike! 😉 — PS: I am curious if you caught on to WHO exactly “Mike” is…. Tee he he!

  17. Not sure if it’s because they are vegan, but I’ve seen meals that were waayyy less sketch than some of these!!!! These still scare me HAHAHA. Honestly I am WAY shocked you actually ate these…bahaaaahaha. I’m also disappointed that you said reading labels is more fun that Dland…not cool, notttt cool. I don’t own a microwave, which is probably good, but WHOLEFOODS and T to the J’s are my favorite, but you already know this.

    • Girl, I don’t use my microwave all that often, however, not having one… Would be so very weird to me! LOL! It’s just my safety net.

      And PS: I have lunch plans today with a friend. Couldn’t figure out where to go, but now… I wanna just go to Whole Foods, ha! You CONVINCED ME. And you best believe we will be hitting up the WF every day when you’re here! JUST SAYING! 😉

  18. Kashi has a really great mango, bean rice bowl (can’t remember the name but it is fab!). Thanks for taking the time ladies 😉

  19. The worst meal I’ve ever had? You mean aside from Lunchables [that my mum would only allow me to have ONCE and it was inedible!]? I don’t actually remember a frozen meal fail because I haven’t bought a lot of these in my life so far. The ones I did have were the ‘better’ ones without sketchy ingredients. I still wouldn’t buy them again soon because I’m a made-from-scratch girl. If -that- Mike stopped by for a visit I might so we could get through the food part fast and move on ;).

    • GROSS! I don’t think I have ever had Lunchables before in my life. Even when I could eat EVERYTHING- those were NOT high on my list… And if my mother ever attempted to send me to school with “lunch” she would send me on my way with an Ezekiel bagel and tuna salad…. Talk about me being super popular back in the day, LOL!

      • Oh, don’t you get a wrong impression of my mum! She only ever once allowed me to have the unbelievable crap that Lunchables are because 9-year-old me begged having fallen victim to clever marketing tricks. And that was on a road trip. No way I’d have gotten this as a school lunch. I always was the girl with good organic whole wheat bread and no candy or even juice packets in sight.

        • 9 year old me BEGGED LIKE A MOFO for terrible food – my mom never ever gave it to me, so I would go to my friend’s houses and eat the entire contents of their kitchens… And then leave! ha ha ha ah ahha!

  20. When I first began my healthy overhaul (about eight years ago now) I was all about Lean Cuisine meals. Looking back – it’s no wonder I never lost weight! Oh my sodium + preservatives! I don’t typically eat frozen meals (mostly because I’m home and am able to cook the majority our meals); however, I do appreciate that there are reasonable options for people with busier lifestyles!

    • Yeah, I do like how new companies are sprouting up, trying their best to offer healthier, lower sodium, less processed meals… However, they definitely need to work on their taste and visual appeal, ha! What was your favorite Lean Cuisine meal?? I bought one that was 1/2 decent for man-friend… He actually seemed to enjoy it… it was the Turkey Dinner, LOL!

  21. you can take my curry tiger burrito from my frozen section dead hands.


  22. Ha, the title of this post reminded me of a funny story that I think you’ll appreciate. When I was 16 or 17, I was in my best friend’s bedroom and we were sucking the helium out of balloons. I was mucking around and she shouted “just put it in your mouth and suck it!” right at the time her pervy older brother was walking past. He nearly had a heart attack haha

  23. Whole Foods is awesome – I wish there was one nearby! We only have Sprouts somewhat nearby :( These look pretty good, I suppose, but I still prefer fresh food; it just tastes better and fills you up a lot more than that LOL. great post/video!

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    • I actually really LOVE sprouts – But it’s not super close to me… I have 2 Whole Foods markets within walking distance from me… IT IS DANGEROUS! ha ha!

  24. I used to think those frozen meals were healthy. LOL

  25. Whole Foods = heaven. And this post made me giggle, many-a-time.

    • HE HE HE. I am glad I could make you giggle.

      Right now the struggle is real… I have enough food in my house to make a meal of some sort – but I really wanna go to Whole Foods, ha ha ahaha ha ha!

  26. Whole Foods is MY Disney World! WORLD because it’s better than Land. Boom.

    • I cannot even remember DISNEYWORLD but I am going to go out on a limb and say… AGREED! I wonder what the SD Whole Foods are like…. #Narnina!

  27. I actually love frozen meals, but I tend to go for Lean Cuisine. The sodium is really high, but the pasta (non-meat) options are yummy!

    • Which is your favorite??? A certain someone in my life seems to like these, so I will take recommendations. Of course, I may not buy them if the sodium is crazytown! haha!

  28. Yikes, I am so not a fan of freezer meals, they never look like the pictures!

  29. Hahaha how funny!
    I used to live off frozen meals, but then I discovered that I could cook without a microwave and that all changed!

  30. About a year ago I realized my MIL was pretty much only eating frozen meals. That was after she spent a week in the hospital with colitus (surprise!). LOVE your post – all joking aside right on board with you! Tweeted to pass the word. Thanks for sharing with us at #TryaBiteTuesday! Hope to see you soon!

    • UGH! Colitis… I have that. It is not fun. Frozen meals do not help. I hope she cleaned up her act!!! :(

      THANK YOU for sharing by the way, means the world to me!

      • UGH – not you too?? I’m so sorry. Yes, she’s cleaned up her act because I cook all of her meals now, but if she’s left to her own devices…..back to Marie Callender’s she goes!

        And you bet on the share – GREAT post, love a gal that speaks her mind! 😀

        • Well you will never find me NOT speaking my mind Debra! 😉 Even if it’s about my colitis issues, ha ha ah! TMI? NEVER!

  31. Haha, I agree that you can never be quite sure what’s in these frozen meals! I prefer to avoid them myself. Although I DO love Applegate Farms chicken apple sausages :)

  32. Eek, those meals didn’t look so good. I don’t really buy much prepared food. If I do it’s usually stuff by Amy’s…

    • Good Ol’ Amy. She knows how to work it. Back when I could eat Mac & Cheese, I used to subsist off of hers… Since it was “so much healthier” than Kraft Mac & Cheese. LOL!

  33. There are some good frozen meals out there are, of course, the nasty stuff too. We just have to do a bit more looking around and find the brands that do a better job of it; especially with flash frozen foods. :-)

    • Exactly! It’s definitely hard to find healthy frozen meals… I must have scoured the frozen meal aisle for hours! But as mentioned in the post… I am totally okay with that 😉

  34. The thought of frozen meals actually kinda turns my stomach. I used to eat lean cuisine back in the day I don’t know how. Honestly now a days I would skip a meal before grabbing a frozen meal. :) Thanks for sharing lol

    • LOL! Skipping a meal…. I am not sure that’s possible for me… Maude would come out and WRECK HAVOC on the world, bah ha ha ha! But I hear you, they’re LESS than appetizing. I dont think I have EVER heard someone say: I am totally craving a Healthy Choice Meal right now. Mmmmm. Ah ha!

  35. I really liked this post! I’m happy you found 1 or 2 healthy options that tasted OK. I don’t usually eat/like frozen meals. I think Stouffers’s are somewhat tasty but I’m sure they are full of calories and not very healthy! If i had to buy something frozen, I think I’d stick to a pizza, you can’t really screw up a pizza can you???

  36. Frozen meals must be more of a guy thing because my husband likes them, but they looks so unappealing and disappointing to me even it they are from Whole Foods. Great post and review, thanks! :-)

    • I really think they are a guy thing… Men are apparently “too macho” too cook and want to be healthy??? Uh. Common dudes!

  37. ” This is it” !! oddly enough I had three Jimmy Dean breakfast bowls for dinner really good 28 grams of protein. I always have the Applegate hot dogs since your first posting of them. Vey fun video did your friend move to LA ? I’m reluctant to move to CA due to certain laws I don’t approve of. I have done very silly things with hot dogs in the past, the past is like last week right ? EVOL is mostly bland food but Amy’s is tasty and all natural,,,,,,,,,,,,, wow that sounds sketchy :)

    • EVOL IS SUPER BLAND – I was not a fan AT ALL!! Ugh. Applegate will forever reign supreme in my mind :) I am glad you keep them on hand. And I hear you about moving to LA, it’s not always the best when it comes to certain laws… And no, Sarah Grace has yet to move to LA but she will!! :)

  38. You had me laughing SO hard at “Mike!”
    I try to avoiding using Mike at all costs. I do love my toaster oven, though!

  39. Yuck, I can’t stand frozen meals!! Remember they used to be called TV dinners? Only there weren’t any “Mikes” then. You had to wait a whole 15-20 min and cook it in the oven. -btw, I did not get that “Mike” till I read the comment above! lmfao!! Awesome post!

    • LMFAO!!!!!!!!! HA HA – yeahhhhh the Mike thing went over some people’s heads 😉 but that’s okay! You can cheat on the comments!

  40. Eeeek, frozen meals like this usually freak me out! The only frozen meal foods I usually buy are veggie burgers. I like to have them on hand to quickly sauté and eat with a salad, some type of potato or as a sandwich when I’m starving.

  41. No matter what. I honestly can not bring myself to eating frozen dinners. I just can’t do it!

  42. Oh, the memories that are now nightmares! I’m happy that you ladies are trying to help out the mike’s out there! 😀 thank you for sharing this post!

  43. I’m always a bit funny about frozen ready meals, but these look fab!

  44. I kinda think that Disneyland is my Disneyland–though I went to the Hong Kong one, not the Anaheim one. haha! I am no frozen meal fan–I think the last time I ate one I was still in single digits. Hopefully they’ve improved somewhat with time but still…it’s not like cooking is that hard…

    • Hmmmm I wanna go to DISNEYLAND IN HONG KONG!!!!!!! I feel like that would be a far more epic experience than going to WOMP WOMP the California one! LOL!

  45. With three kids, I have been guilty of buying a lot of convenience products . . .but frozen meals are not one . . .even when I was single. Bleck, yuck, pewy.

  46. I’ve been meaning to try the saffron road brand! I’ve tried the Tandor Chef indian meals and those are my FAVORITE! The ingredients are awesome and the meals are super yummy!

    • OHHHH I should double back and check out those products again! All the ingredients labels BLEND together – so I need to remind myself!

  47. When I was a student, with very little money, I used to buy 99p ($1.50) microwaveable, freezable meals. They were disgusting but all I could afford, and I didn’t know how to cook then. Sad.

    Now, because of that bad experience I refuse to go anywhere near the frozen meal section. Sure I’ll buy frozen fish and meats and veggies, but not meals. All the meals I have in my freezer now are ones I’ve made.

    Lots of fresh wild Scottish Salmon here, you’d love it! (though I guess you get the wild Alaskan kind?)

    • I AM GLAD you had a bad experience with frozen meals!!!!! I don’t EVER want you go to back to that supermarket department ever again, especially if you’re going to go for the crappy meals! LOL!

      AND I WANT SALMON NOW. I always want salmon. Ha!

  48. HAHA You girls crack me up! I don’t ever buy frozen meals, but I do love me some Whole Foods & Trader Joes!

    P.S. yes, that piece of fish does look like a mustache!

  49. I ate one of those Hungry Man dinners when I was a kid. don’t tell anyone, please!
    I ate frozen diet meals occasionally in my 20’s. Not because I wanted to lose weight, but I had an office job and would just grab would I could find.
    I’m ashamed!
    It’s a mustache!

    • Frozen Meals are really pretty perfect for office jobs, that’s they these meals ain’t going anywhere – but need to STEP THEIR GAMES UP!

  50. I just love your blog. Every post has great information, while still be hilarious. Seriously, it’s awesome. :)

    • Okay Eryn, you made my day! And to say that TODAY out of ALL DAYS is huge, BEYOND HUGE! *If you only knew why! LOL! THANK YOU so much for coming by… Next week you’re going to want a pie in your face… Literally, LOL!

  51. Oohhh Gigi, this post cracked me UP! My husband makes fun of me for treating awesome grocery stores like Disneyland as well 😉 AND, frozen meals… ugh.

    • Ha Ha Ha! I think ALL FOOD BLOGGERS think Grocery Stores are like Disneyland! I love it! I love “my people” LOL!!! You just get me! 😉

  52. I try to avoid frozen meals, but they are great when time is short. My go to is Amy’s bean & vegetable burrito. Psstt can I let you in on a little secret? We use to eat a lot of salmon until we tested it for radiation and it came back high. If you are going to do salmon I suggested a trusted farm raised option.

  53. Ok I can’t even answer your questions because I am literally laughing out LOUD!

  54. LOL..you guys are so cute and funny. I don’t eat frozen meals very often, but I’m obviously restricted when I do. I’ve had Amy’s, and Daiya has a frozen pizza now (winner!). I sometimes have a Sweet Earth frozen burrito. I’m not sure about the salt, etc., but their seitan is awesome, nothing but the same ingredients I would put in it if I actually made my own.

    • I was going to ask if you’ve ever had a vegan pizza! My bro can’t eat eggs, or gluten, or dairy, but misses pizza so very much and I will have to let him know about your suggestion!!

      • I’m not sure if the Daiya pizza is gluten free or not, but it is (obviously) dairy and egg free. I also make my own pizza using daiya cheese, veggies, sometimes vegan pesto. I just use Trader Joes pizza dough, but it would be pretty easy to make a gluten free version.

        • My brother is blessed with having a girlfriend who LOVES experimenting in the kitchen – who can eat anything – so he is fed well 😉

  55. The Food Blogger in my cries a little every time my husband and son want to by one.

    Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays link up. Hope to see you back next week.

    • I could not agree more! I love when a certain SOMEONE in my life would prefer some sort of micro meal over whatever I offer to cook – WOMP WOMP! lol! The taste buds want what they want I guess…

  56. I have very little free time and I microwave a lot. I used to do some frozen dinners but beyond the chemical ingredients the taste was always super salty. I have at times had frozen meal delivery once a week by Rose Reisman. She is a big time nutritionist/author/caterer here in Canada. Her company makes some great frozen dinners that are all very nutritious and delivered to your porch or doorman during the night. Yeah I know that doesn’t do anybody in the US any good but I assume you have similar services in any big city in the US. Some services partner up with gyms so you can pick up your food after your workout.

    • Oh we have tons of services that deliver to your door – it’s almost TOO MUCH at this point, lol! And we also have some services that partner with gyms too!

      Man, I really need to make a trek up to Canada. It’s so close, yet I have never been – huh?!

  57. Haha I just got a new microwave yesterday! My old one has been on the fritz for a while. I took my time replacing it because I don’t use it for anything except maybe to heat something up. But, what I do like is that it has a convection oven cycle so that I can have 2 ovens going at the same time. Now that comes in handy with my large farm.
    Frozen foods? My kids like Amy’s mac & cheese sometimes, Pastosa ravioli, Bell & Evans Chicken Nuggets, Feel Good Foods products, and some frozen pizza. (I know you can’t have dairy)
    Looks like you gals had fun at Whole Foods. It’s alway fun to there with another foodie. :)

    • It’s funny. I don’t REALLY use my microwave either, but I know if I didn’t have one, I would feel like something was missing in my life! I like having the OPTION of being able to NUKE something if I need to! And putting it in the oven sometimes just takes too long – My appetite would turn into a boxer if I always had to warm things up in the oven (or in other words – would take down anyone who were around me lol).

      AND YES! I loveeeeee going to Whole Foods with foodie friends – I don’t feel GUILTY dragging them around because they WANT TO do it!

  58. I don’t have a friend named Mike. But I must confess when I am strapped for time I do occasionally reach for the Amy’s Gluten-Free Burritos. I don’t think they are 2 horrible and they are pretty easy to grab and go.

  59. This gave me flashbacks to when I ate lean cuisines for a whole year everyday for lunch at work. I know they have come a long way, but frozen meals are all kinda ick seeming. My go to quick meal is always just a bowl of cereal…not that it is any better! :)

    • What were your favorite Lean Cuisine options? They have certainly come a long long way but they still have MUCH farther to come. Do you remember the movie Back To The Future – when you microwave a pill and it turns into a gourmet meal… Yeah, where is that? LOL!

  60. I’ve never been one to reach for frozen meals when I’m hungry. I’d much rather go for that grilled chicken salad or salmon. Which is probably a good thing, considering that some of those meals look just downright questionable ;D Thanks for sharing, Gigi! 😀

    • I am thrilled you love chicken or salmon salads instead of frozen meals – I couldn’t agree more! Salmon gives me suggestive nods whenever I am in its presence. LOL!

  61. I’m totally not a frozen meal microwave kind of girl. We do have frozen meals, but we have one of those food save contraptions (I have no idea how to use and make Chris do it) and we freeze food we make ourselves – mostly smoked meat. I totally want to hang out with you and Sarah Grace! Come to NC – we have Whole Foods!

    • OMG THAT IS SO COOL! I want a food save contraption too!!!

      And um, I am going to SC in the middle of OCTOBER – WTF why don’t you live in the Southern Carolina! ha ha ha!

  62. I’ve never really done the frozen dinner thing but I’ve heard good things about saffron roads and yes that fish totally does look like a mustache !

    • HA HA! They should change the name of the fish dish to – Mustache Meal… yeah, never mind – that would not sell, AT ALL! lol!

  63. Hi GiGi! I’m not a big fan of frozen meals, but a couple of those looked okay. I love WholeFoods! I do have a friend named Mike, he’s a bit of a d!(k though . . . When I read that organic doesn’t necessarily mean healthy I was jolted, but when I thought about it for a minute, it makes sense. :)

    • LOL! I LOVE the way you “masked” DICK! ha ah ah aha h! If that’s how you feel about Mike… Well, don’t be scared to voice it – LOL!
      And yes, organic = not always healthy!!! Think about it, there are cookies out there that are “organic” – but they’re still loaded with sugar and other crap!

  64. I love your co-op videos. You can tell Sarah Grace that I love Indian food, too. By us, Whole Foods sells these pre-packed Indian dishes. I love the Chana Masala. It’s healthy and hearty. WF also sells Hilary’s Best vegan burgers. They taste like baked falafel if you guys like that.

    • I have never had falafel before in my life, I am not sure I can have it actually because of the grain and what not- but I do love me some Med. food!

  65. Those frozen foods look unappetizing to me. I buy my frozen salmon in a bag and just bake it. It is not that hard to do and takes 15 minutes!

  66. ugh the frozen food aisle. SO tempting and convenient but mostly terrible for you. The ones you chose didn’t look great at all–I have noticed that the frozen meals pretty much NEVER look like the picture on the boxes!

    • NEVER! I went to Artisan Bistro’s Instagram and they posted a pic of their “salmon” and I saw comments below saying “uhhh that’s not what it looks like” – HA HA HA AH AH AHA!! #calledout

  67. Poor Mike :/ Hope he doesn’t pay for it later in life :(
    I tend to stay away from the freezer section at Whole Foods… but a gal doesn’t have the energy to cook *every* single night forever and ever ;p I hear that Amy’s just came out with some vegan & gf frozen dinners. I may have to check them out.

    • I hear Amy’s came out with a FAST FOOD restaurant! The first Organic Vegetarian Fast Food restaurant, EVER!!!! Go find it for me and give me a full report! :)

      • Funny you mention that! It is within driving distance of me (a long drive… but a drive nonetheless!). Plans are in the works to visit it in November in form of a girls road trip. I will make a full report!

  68. haha we’ve had all those! but saffron road is my FAV. LAMB! YES! Gimme!

  69. HI Gigi,
    So many people eat frozen meals that are pure junk and toxic. I happy you did this post and to know that there are some healthier choices now in frozen dinners. We never buy and we don’t have a Whole Food near us unfortunately. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

    • Ugh – I am so sorry to hear about your lack of Whole Foods near you! I am from Wyoming and we don’t have one near us there either, but…. I have 2 within walking distance from me here in California! ha ha, It’s dangerous but amazing !

  70. Whole Foods is amazing. I can spend a whole day there just browsing through isles. Their coffee is amazing.


  71. This was too funny, you guys! OMG, that salmon looked so disgusting! hahaha! I think the only frozen meals that are edible are usually chicken but I’d rather skip dinner than eat something frozen, lol.
    I usually keep some emergency frozen soup and chili in the freezer that my friend sells. It’s all organic and crazy delicious.
    Thanks for the giggles, girls!
    And yes, I got the Mike reference, hahaha!

    • Skip dinner all together?! YIKES – that is a completely foreign thought to me…….. If I was left with the option of going to McDonalds or going hungry, I’d go to McDonalds and just get a dry salad. HA HA AH! A girl has got to eat! 😉 But… We didn’t really taste test any chicken, minus the stew (which was tasty)… I wonder if we would be singing the same tune for a thick piece of chicken. Ha!

  72. I’m definitely guilty of relying too heavily on MIKErowavable meals for awhile! I think one of the biggest issues is how they’re marketed in the weight loss industry…As a young, impressionable girl I thought low calorie = healthy because of all the advertisements accompanying those “meals” with slim, happy people. Now I limit my Mike time but I do admit I am a sucker for the Garden Lite soufflés!!

    • YOURE EXACTLY RIGHT Cayanne (ps – awesome name)….. The frozen meal companies totally capitalize on TRICKING those who are impressionable and not very well educated in the nutritional realm to realize the claims being made on the labels are not backed by any evidence WHAT SO EVER.

      I am glad you limit your time with MIKE. He’s NOT worth it… As for those Souffles, they’re actually NOT too terrible, minus the added sugar – so limiting them is a good idea, but you can still have one every so often! :)

  73. I’m just finishing 4 weeks of detox, so I Loved this! Thanks for all the nutrition info. Very cute and smart!

  74. Mmm I heart Applegate farms.. :) Lol Mike is sucha man. They don’t give fucks. My boyfriend is the same way.. He just buys shit so I’ve learned to either a) provide very specific instructions or b) just buy it my\self. Lol. I try to be a stickler about labels too but there are times I can’t win. mmm I just made rice pudding.. completely unrelated but I”m so happy about it I just wanted to say that. Lol oh and Basmati is my fave rice after that it’s risotto. Oh I just saw your questions Lol I DO have a freind named Mike and the only frozen “meals” are frozen Amy’s Organic Pizza for my son whose the WORST eater.. Otherwise, it’s noting but frozen veggies and more veggies.. and pastry puff sheets (because i’m a baking whore) and ice cream.. and ice. :) Whole Foods IS like going to Disney I would spend my entire paycheck there if I could. <3 I will be there Tuesday morning for breakfast since i'm off work tomorrow – BET! Take Care GiGI! -Iva

    • What’s your rice pudding recipe?! I have never had such a thing before in my life, but I am always curious about recipes :)

      And ugh, yes, I think men are programmed to simply not give fucks about what the hell they’re putting in their mouths — Okay, that’s stereotyping but still – ha ha ha!

      AND UM, can I come to WF with you for breakfast!!!!

  75. Oh how this hits. I joined a weightloss company last year that is pretty much all boxed and frozen. It was frankenfood But I thought it was okay b/c…. well I knew better. Love Applegate, they are on my lunch prep rotation pretty regular. Also the whole foods bar…. total trouble. They are prob my grocery store of choice, but I usually hit aldi down the street. Totally trying the stew soon though. Thanks for the ideas and doing the dirty work!

    • I am assuming you ditched the boxed/frozen meals? What company was it, if you don’t mind me asking?

      AND I COULD NOT AGREE MORE WITH YOU about that Whole Foods hot bar, ha ha!! Ugh. SUCH TROUBLE! I went around it last night (HANGRY) sampling everything, LOL!!! But I do it as clean as possible, I get me a little sample cup – ha ha ha ha!

  76. Frozen meals definitely aren’t my go-to, but it’s nice to know there are some great tasting healthy options at Whole Foods for “emergencies”!

  77. Hi GiGi,
    Now I have a another reason to cook fresh food! Thank you so much for sharing your delightful analysis of the “Top Five Healthiest Frozen Meal Options Available At Whole Foods”with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m pinning and sharing.

  78. I totally thought you guys Photoshopped that frozen fried pork chop meal because why would anyone (well, anyone besides Mike) want to buy a freaking frozen fried pork chop? So gross. You and Sarah Grace are some brave souls and I have newfound respect for both of you. And your face when you pulled out that salmon! Hahahahahahahhhaahaaa!

    • LOL! Yeah, that salmon… I am glad we got our reactions ON CAMERA 😉 If only all moments in life were FILMED – he he he he! I am glad we could do you a favor and try some of these nasties to tell you whether or not they’re good!

  79. Oh my gosh, I used to eat frozen meals ALL.THE.TIME because I thought they were healthy. Then I learned to cook AND realized that most of those meals are SODIUM CITY. But this video was actually super helpful because I didn’t even know these healthier frozen meals even existed.

    • It’s crazy how frozen meals get a “good reputation” – I don’t understand why exactly…… I mean, I don’t think HUNGRY MAN meals claim to be healthy AT ALL. Ugh, so annoying. I am GLAD you realized that this is just not the case though! And just you wait Rachel… Sarah & I plan on doing far more frozen meal reviews in the very near future!

  80. I got such a kick out of this post. Thanks for sharing your frozen food taste test with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I’m pinning and sharing.

  81. I finally got the “Mike” reference when you talked about him beeping at you. I was like “what on earth?!” Then I put it all together, haha! It took me a minute, though!

    That salmon does NOT look right. Yikes!

    “You know what I like to call these? Protein bars!” Haha! Oh girl, you and the hot dogs… killin’ me!

    So frozen dinners always makes me think of our friend Tony. A couple of years ago I found out that Tony, a friend of ours (a single guy we knew from college) was living off frozen dinners. I felt so sad for him that I started inviting him over for dinner every night. Which turned into him helping us renovate the house we had just bought. Which turned into him moving in with us and living upstairs for 6 months (his lease was up on his apartment and he was house hunting). We were already friends before he moved in, but he became like family. He’s married now and they’ve moved to a different city, but we’re still close friends with them. All because one day I heard he was eating sodium-filled frozen crap. 😉

    • OMG I LOVE this TONY story!!! Just exemplifies how friggin’ nice you are too!!!! Would you like “MIKE” in? HA HA!! I am glad you got that reference after a few minutes, tee he he he! It def flew over a lot of people’s heads, but OH WELL!