I’ll start off this post by saying I’m not trying to convince you that frozen food should replace fresh food all the time. I think most of us know that eating fresh is the best way to go. However just as many of us have had times when we didn’t have time to run to the grocery store, or didn’t have time to cook something up, and in those times, a frozen meal can be a “meal saver”, especially when you’re purchasing quality frozen meals like those from Healthy Choice and Marie Callendar’s.
We’ve all heard about frozen foods – aka TV dinners – those glamorous plastic trays that you microwave, only to get a few piles of salty mush that can’t really be identified. However, I’ve found that to be more of a stereotype now. Maybe frozen meals were like that before, but now you can get a Healthy Choice frozen meal that actually looks like chicken, or beef, or fresh carrots. You get the idea.
For example, I recently tried the Healthy Choice Beef Merlot Cafe Steamers. It was one of those days where I’d been running back and for from one store to another, on top of laundry, cleaning the house, and doing some coding. I was tired and I did not want to cook dinner. Fortunately, I had just picked up some Healthy Choice meals, so I grabbed one from the freezer, heated it up, and was able to enjoy the bold flavors of the Healthy Choice Beef Merlot Cafe Steamers.
Busted Frozen Food Myth #1
Contrary to popular belief, frozen meals like Healthy Choice and Marie Callender’s meals are actually made with fresh ingredients, with most of the veggies going from farm to freezer within 24 hours. I’m continually impressed by the crispy veggies and tender meats in these meals. Seriously – the carrots actually have a crunch!
Busted Frozen Food Myth #2
We’ve been led to believe that most frozen meals are bland or lacking in flavor. While that may be true for some meals, there’s a reason I’ve been eating Healthy Choice for years (and years.) Their meals taste GOOD. Like, really, really good. Good enough for me to have favorites and good enough for me to want to try the other varieties. I could actually taste the wine flavor in the Beef Merlot. The sauce was totally flavorful and didn’t taste like they just threw salt in it to make it taste good.
Busted Frozen Food Myth #3
Think eating healthy means you can’t eat frozen meals? I’m not going to argue that some frozen meals aren’t healthy for you, but there are some meals from Healthy Choice and Marie Callender’s that are less than 400 calories and still taste great. Plus, when you have one meal, you’re using built in portion control which helps avoid the temptation of grabbing one more piece of chicken.
For the past few weeks I’ve been saying that “I wish I had something I could just eat without having to actually cook!” With Healthy Choice frozen meals, now I have that option. I’ll definitely be picking up a few more meals to stock-up our freezer for those nights where I could use a cooking break.
About ConAgra Foods
ConAgra Foods frozen meals give families access to real ingredients like crunchy, freshly cut vegetables, homemade pasta and ripe fruit year-round. Just like most people blanch veggies before freezing them – ConAgra Foods does too – to help preserve color, texture and keep them fresh!
Give it a try sometime! Marie Callender’s hearty pot pies are filled with tender meat, freshly cut vegetables and Marie’s authentic golden, flaky crust. And Healthy Choice recipes use chef-inspired ingredients like, apples instead of sugar for tart sweetness and a splash of red wine for a punch of flavor instead of added salt.
Discover the Future of Frozen Foods | Marie Callender’s and Healthy Choice
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ConAgra Foods. All opinions are my own.