The Healthiest Frozen Foods in a Supermarket: Italian-Inspired

Taste Test Winners:

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Best Lasagna – Amy’s Light Lean Spinach Lasagna

The fresh-tasting tomato salsa and spinach layered with a easily seasoned three-cheese stuffing are what done this one a tip lasagna. In fact, many suspicion this lasagna roughly tasted homemade and really not what you’d design from a frozen meal. $3.99, vegetarian

Calories 250; Fat 5g (sat 2.5g); Protein 11g; Carb 40g; Fiber 4g; Sugars 6g; Chol 10mg; Iron 3mg; Sodium 540mg; Calc 200mg

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Best Eggplant Parmesan – CedarLane Baked Stacked Eggplant

This eggplant parmigiana movement rose to a tip interjection to breaded eggplant slices that kept a tender, though organisation punch and a fresh-tasting tomato-basil salsa a slices were surfaced with. As one of a testers remarked, “This tastes like genuine food; a plate we competence have done from blemish during home.” $4.35, vegetarian

Calories 230; Fat 10g (sat 4.5g); Protein 14g; Carb 21g; Fiber 5g; Sugars 9g; Chol 30mg; Iron 2mg; Sodium 540mg; Calc 300mg 

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Best Chicken Parmesan – Michael Angelo’s Chicken Parmesan

We adore a elementary part list – generally when a plate has a ton of season like this one. Both a tomato salsa and duck breast are well-seasoned and lay on an plenty portion of pasta.The breading on a duck didn’t frail as most as we had hoped, though cooking a snack in a required oven would expected solve that. $5.99, meat/poultry lifted though antibiotics

Calories 350; Fat 6g (sat 2.5g); Protein 25g; Carb 47g; Fiber 7g; Sugars 8g; Chol 45mg; Iron 4mg; Sodium 630mg; Calc 150mg

Others We Liked:

Udi’s Gluten Free Chicken Florentine

Using pasta done from brownish-red rice flour, Udi’s offers a creamy, one-dish plate featuring grilled chicken, roasted tomatoes, and spinach tossed in a Parmesan-cream sauce. There could be a few some-more tomatoes, though altogether it’s a good comforting plate that both those who eat gluten and equivocate gluten will like. $4.49, gluten-free

Calories 330; Fat 15g (sat 8g); Protein 14g; Carb 33g; Fiber 2g; Sugars 2g; Chol 65mg; Iron 2mg; Sodium 550mg; Calc 150mg 

Weight Watchers Smart Ones Three Cheese Ziti Marinara

Simple, though good is a best approach to report this classic. The ziti is done with a flour mix that’s partly whole-grain and is surfaced with a zesty marinara and mix of Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, and Parmesan cheeses.The pasta hardness was softer than some liked, though this could be bound some by slicing behind on a prepare time slightly. $2.00, vegetarian

Calories 280; Fat 8g (sat 3.5g); Protein 12g; Carb 41g; Fiber 7g; Sugars 5g; Chol 15mg; Iron 3mg; Sodium 570mg; Calc 200mg

Udi’s Gluten Free Ziti Meatballs

Meatballs over ziti was a good turn on normal spaghetti and meatballs, and we couldn’t get over how proposal and well-seasoned a meatballs were. This plate would be good surfaced with an additional shower of creatively grated Parmesan cheese. $4.99, meat/poultry lifted though antibiotics, gluten-free

Calories 330; Fat 17g (sat 7g); Protein 14g; Carb 35g; Fiber 3g; Sugars 5g; Chol 45mg; Iron 2mg; Sodium 560mg; Calc 150mg

Amy’s Tofu Vegetable Lasagna

Even if you’re not a tofu fan, we guarantee you’ll like this lasagna. The tofu is churned with cheese and spices to a ricotta-consistency that adds creaminess and extends a cheese season of a stuffing between layers. The usually censure we listened is that a hold of salt would be nice. $3.99, vegetarian

Calories 330; Fat 11g (sat 2g); Protein 16g; Carb 41g; Fiber 5g; Sugars 6g; Chol 0mg; Iron 5mg; Sodium 680mg; Calc 100mg 

Amy’s Vegetable Lasagna

We desired that this lasagna incorporated zucchini, carrots, and spinach, all of that defended good crisp-tender texture. The ricotta stuffing was seasoned with garlic and basil and interconnected ideally with a veggies to emanate a hearty, fresh-tasting lasagna. $3.76, vegetarian

Calories 370; Fat 14g (sat 6g); Protein 17g; Carb 45g; Fiber 4g; Sugars 8g; Chol 30mg; Iron 3mg; Sodium 680mg; Calc 350mg

Things to Look For:

  • Whole grains: We’ve come so distant with whole pellet pastas, though unfortunately usually a handful of solidified dishes use them. Try to find pasta entrees that use whole pellet flour (or during slightest some) by checking a part list; we wish to see a word “whole” in front of a pellet or flour and towards a tip of a list. Another tip: demeanour for ones with 4g or some-more fiber per serving.
  • Sodium: Marinara sauce, cheese, breaded eggplant, and tawny fillings aren’t typically reduce sodium foods. Keep sodium intake in check by selecting an snack with 800mg of sodium. This volume allows a plate to have adequate sodium to move out flavors, though also saves room for other dishes in your daily sodium allotment.
  • Saturated Fat: Creamy salsas and cheese toppings are mostly what make these entrees so good, though they can also have lots of jam-packed fat . Keep sat fat to a smallest by selecting an snack with ⪯ 9g jam-packed fat.

How We Tested

Only solidified dishes that met Cooking Light’s nourishment discipline were tested. Products were separated formed on a following: miss of calorie and/or protein adequacy, miss of whole grains, participation of trans fat or hydrogenation, participation of poignant combined sugars, and participation of synthetic coloring or sweeteners. All solidified dishes were baked according to package directions and ambience tested by a row of Cooking Light editors and staff. To safeguard consistency, Breville microwaves were used to prepare all foods.

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