The 15 Healthiest Frozen Dinners

The 15 Healthiest Frozen Dinners
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The 15 Healthiest Frozen Dinners

These frozen meals aren’t just convenient, they’re healthy.

15) Seeds of Change: Venetian Penne Marinara

A thick tomato sauce with a mix of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese covers the penne; no bland flavors here. And also not many calories — just 300, along with 8 grams of fat. The pasta has a nice amount of protein (12 grams) and 730 milligrams of sodium.

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14) Amy's: Light in Sodium Indian Mattar Paneer

Organic garbanzo beans, sweet tomatoes, and peas are paired with Indian cheese and basmati rice. It's just 370 calories and has 13 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber, as well as 390 milligrams of sodium and 11 grams of fat.

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13) Healthy Choice: Café Steamers Pumpkin Squash Ravioli

With green beans and butternut squash, this colorful dish is covered with a light butter sage sauce. It's just 310 calories and 6 grams of fat, and it has 9 grams of protein and 600 milligrams of sodium.

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12) Cedar Lane: Cedar Lean All Natural Lentil Vegetable Soup and Samosa Wrap

Along with the soup, you get a spicy wrap filled with potatoes, peppers, and peas. All this for just 230 calories and 6 grams of fat. With lots of protein (10 grams), the meal has 480 milligrams of sodium.

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11) Amy's: Light & Lean Cheese Pizza

This low-calorie (270) individual pizza has plenty of protein (14 grams), and is topped with an organic tomato purée and reduced-fat Mozzarella cheese. Just 6 grams of fat, with 480 milligrams of sodium.

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10) Lean Cuisine: Szechuan-Style Stir Fry with Shrimp

This very low-cal (240) and low-fat (2 grams) meal has lots of protein (12 grams) and a mix of shrimp, vermicelli, snap peas, baby corn, carrots, and red peppers covered in a ginger and garlic sauce. It has 540 milligrams of sodium.

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9) Kashi: 7-Grain Waffles

A serving of two whole-grain waffles, with just 150 calories, is easy to top with fruit and makes a super-quick, tasty breakfast. Seven grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein are plusses; the waffles have just 340 milligrams of sodium and 5 grams of fat.

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8) Smart Ones: Sesame Noodles with Vegetables

The noodles are tossed in a sweet sesame sauce with carrots, snap peas, broccoli, and red peppers. This nice little dish clocks in at only 280 calories and 2.5 grams fat (plus 430 milligrams of sodium), yet has 7 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein.

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7) Amy's: Bistro Veggie Burger

Made with organic mushrooms, brown rice, pinto beans, and other all-natural ingredients, with a bit of barbecue sauce, this burger is gluten-free. It has only 3 grams of fat, 110 calories, and gives you 5 grams of protein; there are also 330 milligrams of sodium.

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6) Healthy Choice: Baked Lasagna With Meat Sauce

Three layers of pasta, ricotta cheese, meat sauce, and mozzarella cheese make up a high-protein (18 grams) dinnertime classic but with just 280 calories and 5 grams of fat. The sodium comes in at 380 milligrams.

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5) Lean Cuisine: Honestly Good Plum Ginger Grain-Crusted Fish

The fish (Alaska pollock) is served on brown rice with edamame, snap peas, wax beans, carrots, and a separate packet of plum ginger sauce, letting you add the amount you like. A lot of protein (15 grams) and not a lot of calories (350), with 9 grams of fat and just 290 milligrams of sodium.

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4) Cedar Lane: Cedar Lean Spinach and Roasted Tomato Egg White Frittata

This high-protein (10 grams) frittata with potatoes and sautéed spinach is a solid way to kick off the day; with Parmesan and feta cheeses, it has only 160 calories, 6 grams of fat, and 300 milligrams of sodium.

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3) Artisan Bistro: Spiced Chicken Morocco

The chicken (raised without antibiotics and vegetarian-fed, according to the company) has a cinnamon apricot sauce, along with green beans and chickpea-almond pilaf. The complete meal has good stats: 17 grams of protein and only 270 calories with 8 grams of fat and 360 milligrams of sodium.

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2) Kashi: Sweet & Sour Chicken

Served along with brown rice pilaf and whole grains, and a vegetable medley of green beans, peppers, mushrooms, onions, and edamame, this has a whopping 18 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber... yet are just 320 calories. It also has only 3.5 grams of fat and 380 milligrams of sodium.

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1) Artisan Bistro: Wild Alaskan Salmon

The salmon, with a rosemary-orange glaze, is accompanied by a cranberry pilaf with organic whole-grain rice, walnuts, and a side of broccoli; not bad for just 280 calories and 6 grams of fat... and a commendably low amount — 135 milligrams — of sodium. Even better, the dish has 18 grams of protein. The company notes that Responsible Fishing practices were used in catching the salmon. When it comes to frozen dinner options, it doesn’t get much healthier than this.

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Are Smart Ones really that smart? Is Lean Cuisine lean enough? Is Healthy Choice actually a healthy choice?

The 15 Healthiest Frozen Dinners

We trolled the aisles of the frozen food section to find out which meals are worth sticking a fork in, and ranked the healthiest by sodium, fat, protein, and calorie levels, as well as the amount of wholesome ingredients. Just because a dish is low in fat and calories doesn't necessarily mean it's healthy; our ranking takes into account the overall level of healthy, real ingredients as well as fat and calorie content.

Check out the slideshow above to find out which frozen dinners help promote healthy eating.

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