As an adult, you're probably well aware most options in the freezer section are loaded with sodium. But it's completely possible to relive my childhood with healthy frozen dinners. The next time you hit up the grocery store, Brittany Modell, RD, has some healthy (and delicious!) frozen meals to your cart.
- Brittany Modell, MS, RD, CDN, New York City-based registered dietitian
Healthy frozen dinners for nights when you don't feel like cooking
1. Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry
"This a great item to keep in the freezer because it's an easy meal you can whip up on a weeknight. It contains green peas, red peppers, grilled corn, tamari, spring onions, sesame oil, and ginger. It's also low in saturated fat and high in fiber. If you want a boost of protein, you can always add tofu or egg."
2. Hilary’s Frozen Vegetable Burgers
"This is one of my favorite frozen vegetable burgers. I love the wholesome, plant-based ingredients, such as whole grain millet, adzuki beans, sweet potato, and flaxseed. I always keep at least one box in my freezer at all times. I love eating a patty with Food for Life's Ezekiel sprouted English muffin or alongside frozen vegetables as a quick meal when I'm out of fresh produce."
3. Trader Joe’s Sriracha Shrimp Bowl
"This meal is low in saturated fat and high in protein. And the sodium content is about 640 milligrams, which isn't terribly high as far as frozen meals go. I like that it's a complete and balanced meal."
4. Applegate Organic Turkey Burger
"I lived off of these turkey burgers in college. With its minimal ingredients—just organic turkey and organic rosemary extract—these burgers are low in saturated fat and carbs and high in protein at 20 grams per serving. They're also easy to prepare. Just add them to the grill or skillet."
5. Amy’s Black Bean Vegetable Enchilada
"This option is perfect for those following a plant-based, gluten-free, vegan, or dairy-free diet. The ingredients are wholesome and include organic corn tortillas, organic vegetables, black beans, and corn. It's a good source of fiber and protein and is low in saturated fat."
6. Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi
"Now that the hype has died now, you can finally go into Trader Joe's and find this item. I usually have at least one package of it in my freezer and love pairing it with tomato sauce from my pantry or spices. It's healthy and versatile."
For another easy recipe, try one-pan pesto noodles:
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