When Homemade Doesn't Happen: The Best Frozen Meals

We've all been there. But just because you've got nothing fresh to whip up doesn't mean you have to go hungry. Here, 11 nutrient-packed dishes that are ready when you are.


Birds Eye Voila! Garlic Chicken This one-pot, no-chopping-required meal of corkscrew pasta, white-meat chicken, and veggies in a garlic cream sauce tastes slow-simmered, even though it's ready on your stovetop in mere minutes.

Per serving (12/3 cups): 240 cal, 8 g fat (2 g sat), 29 g carbs, 540 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 11 g protein, 6 g sugar

Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels Pizza Pretzel Oozing cheese and tangy sauce, this soft bread twist tastes like two guilty pleasures in one. But surprise-it's lower in fat and calories than the average cheese-pizza slice.

Per pretzel: 250 cal, 3.5 g fat (1.5 g sat), 41 g carbs, 240 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 10 g protein, 3 g sugar

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Smart Ones Morning Express French Toast with Turkey Sausage Skeptical about nuking toast? One bite proves that the cinnamon-swirl bread stays decently crispy while the peppery sausage links plump up nicely.

Per package: 280 cal, 8 g fat (2.5 g sat), 38 g carbs, 570 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 14 g protein, 18 g sugar

Dewafelbakkers A+ Cinnamon All-Natural Sweet Potato Pancake How's this for a batter upgrade: Whole-grain spelt flour (a cousin of wheat) fills you with fiber, while sweet potatoes are loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene.

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Amy's Light & Lean Black Bean & Cheese EnchiladaYou'll never believe this organic veggie wrap came from your freezer. Served with brown rice, sweet corn, and carrots, it's super-filling too.

Per package: 240 cal, 4.5 g fat (2 g sat), 44 g carbs, 480 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 8 g protein, 5 g sugar


Healthy Choice 100% Natural Entrées Asian Potstickers

Skip the takeout: You can check off one daily serving of veggies and two and a half of whole grains with this Mandarin-inspired meal of vegetarian-stuffed dumplings (they taste positively meaty).

Per package: 340 cal, 4.5 g fat (1 g sat), 66 g carbs, 530 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 8 g protein, 14 g sugar

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Caesar's Spinach Gnocchi

Embrace the carby goodness of spinach-infused potato-dough balls, which are lower in fat, calories, and sodium than most frozen pastas, and gluten-free to boot.

Per serving (15 pieces): 170 cal, 3 g fat (0 g sat), 34 g carbs, 50 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein, 0 g sugar


Alexia Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Vegetables

Make this all-natural Southwestern hash of sweet potatoes, black beans, sweet corn, and red bell peppers as a side, and you may end up eating nothing else.

Per serving (1 cup): 160 cal, 6 g fat (<1 g sat), 21 g carbs, 190 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 4 g protein, 6 g sugar

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Veggie Patch Veggie Lover's Burger

This is no patty masquerading as meat; it's a thick, tender mixture of antioxidant-rich carrots, bell peppers, onions, and spinach that's delicious in its own right.

Per burger: 110 cal, 4 g fat (0 g sat), 16 g carbs, 390 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein, 3 g sugar


Lean Cuisine Garden Vegetable Dip with Pita Bread

Dunk toasty pita pieces into a warm mixture of Asiago cheese and sliced broccoli, carrots, and spinach; repeat. If only all veggies came in such a luscious dip form.

Per serving (1 pita pocket and 1 container dip): 190 cal, 5 g fat (2.5 g sat), 29 g carbs, 440 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein, 4 g sugar

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Dominex Eggplant Vegetarian Meatballs

In a bowl or on a bun, topped with your favorite tomato sauce, these low-cal "meat" balls recall eggplant parm and are packed with anthocyanin, a potent disease-fighting antioxidant.

Per 5 veggie balls: 90 cal, 2.5 g fat (<1 g sat), 9 g carbs, 450 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 9 g protein, 3 g sugar


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