If you’re juggling long work hours or a hectic personal schedule, cooking a homemade dinner can be a daunting task. We get it!
Luckily, plenty of brands are coming out with healthy frozen meals (many of which are plant-based or vegan) and microwavable meals to help save you time, energy, and stress. From better-for-you frozen pizzas to wholesome grain bowls, here are 17 Best Frozen Meals.
Top Rated Best Frozen Meals
1. Tasty Bite Indian Punjab Potatoes
If you’re craving Indian food, but don’t want to wait around for takeout, pop one of these easy-peasy meal-starters from Tasty Bite into the microwave instead. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and ready in 60 seconds, these savoury plant-based microwave meals are delicious served on top of leftover jasmine rice or quinoa.
Our favourite flavour is this Indian Punjab Potatoes variety — green peas and tender potato chunks marinated in a spicy tomato-based stew with plenty of cumin, coriander, and ginger.
2. Barilla Tomato & Basil Penne
These Italian-style entrees from Barilla are the most genius microwave meals we’ve seen in a while. If you’re strapped for time or looking for a quick dinner for the little ones, this Tomato Basil Penne microwaveable entree is simple, easy, and ready in 1 minute. Top with a sprinkle of parmesan, and you’re ready to rock. The best part? No one has to wash the dishes.
3. Upton’s Naturals Vegan Pad See Ew
You may already be familiar with revolutionary plant-based power brand Upton’s Naturals (they make killer vegan jackfruit-based Chili Lime Carnitas and more), but their new Pad See Ew is our latest obsession.
Made with clean ingredients and ready in minutes, this vegan microwavable meal is a flavorful combination of tofu, veggies, rice noodles, and a savoury soy-based sauce. We love the addition of toasted sesame seeds to sprinkle on top.
4. CAULIPOWER Margherita Cauliflower-Crust Pizza
If you haven’t heard about cauliflower-crust pizza, it’s time to tune in! Made with a vitamin-packed cauliflower crust, CAULIPOWER’s Margherita pie is a crispy and delicious gluten-free alternative to traditional wheat-based pizza crusts. Just pop it into a preheated oven, and you’re ready to rock in less than 20 minutes.
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5. Healthy Choice Power Bowls Chicken Adobo
You didn’t have time to whip up a killer homemade Southwestern-inspired meal? Not to worry — Healthy Choice has you covered with their new line of microwaveable Power Bowls. Made with spicy chilli peppers, fire-roasted corn, and poblano peppers, this hearty grain bowl is both tasty and filling.
It’s packed with 26 grams of protein from antibiotic-free chicken and 8 grams of fibre thanks to kale, spinach, red quinoa, and whole-grain rice. How’s that for a wholesome microwaved meal?
6. Amy’s Brown Rice & Vegetables Bowl
Amy’s Kitchen is a well-known household name in the healthy eating space, and their frozen entrees are some of the most nutritious options currently available in grocery stores.
This organic rice and veggie bowl is made with organic tofu, brown rice, and vegetables, including mushrooms, broccoli, and spinach, for a healthy vegan option. Heat on the stovetop or pop into the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes.
7. Café Spice Chicken Tikka Masala with Saffron Rice
Craving Indian takeout but looking for a healthier portion-controlled meal option instead? Café Spice has a tasty solution with their line of microwaveable meals, including this Chicken Tikka Masala with Saffron Rice. Made with chunks of free-range chicken served in a creamy spiced tomato sauce alongside fragrant saffron basmati rice, this yummy microwave meal is ready in under 5 minutes.
8. Upton’s Naturals Ch’eesy Bacon Mac
Upton’s Naturals Ch’eesy Bacon Mac is another downright delicious healthy microwave meal. Made with clean, real ingredients and Upton’s tasty Bacon Seitan, this creamy and gooey vegan mac makes for one tasty microwave meal that’s ready in one minute.
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9. Mama Mancini’s Meatballs, Turkey
In the world of store-bought meatballs, it can be difficult to find a brand that doesn’t pack their recipes with artificial flavours, colours, or preservatives. Mama Mancini’s is redefining this norm with their yummy slow-cooked Italian-style entrees prepared using family recipes, including these all-natural Turkey Meatballs.
Pop a few of these meatballs into the microwave with a scoop of sauce, or add them to your favourite pasta for an easy, wholesome, and super flavorful weeknight meal.
10. Daily Harvest Butternut Squash + Chimichurri Harvest Bowl
You may have seen dynamic health food brand Daily Harvest’s line of frozen single-serving smoothies or soups trending on social media recently, but we think their newer line of Harvest Bowls is the best creation yet.
Add water or broth to the fill line, microwave for 5 minutes, and dig into your low-calorie, superfood-filled feast in a cup. Their top-seller is this hearty and bright Butternut Squash Chimichurri Harvest Bowl.
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11. Mann’s Monterey Risotto Nourish Bowl
These refrigerated Nourish Bowls from Mann’s make lunch or dinner meal prep quick, easy, and delicious. An entire meal packed with veggies, rice, and sauce, this Monterey Risotto Nourish Bowl features superfood ingredients, including butternut squash, kale, kohlrabi, and brown rice, dressed in a creamy garlic sauce. Just pop it in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes!
12. Amy’s Pizza Cheese & Pesto
Another delicious option from Amy’s, we love this better-for-you Cheese, and Pesto Pizza made with whole-grain crust, organic tomatoes, and basil as a fast and easy weeknight meal when time isn’t on your side. Sprinkle on any extra fresh greens or veggies you have in your fridge for an even healthier microwave meal.
13. Lean Cuisine Origins Sicilian-Style Pesto With Lentil Pasta
A delicious recipe from Lean Cuisine Marketplace, this Sicilian-Style Pesto frozen entree is packed with savoury tomato goodness.
Made with organic lentil pasta, carrots, and spinach, this plant-based meal has a whopping 15 grams of protein and 5 grams of fibre, making it a delicious and quick weeknight dinner solution.
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14. Beyond Meat Vegetarian Indian Curry With Beyond Chicken Frozen Entree
Revolutionary health brand Beyond Meat is doing a lot of big things in the plant-based space, and their frozen entrees are no exception. We love this Vegetarian Indian Curry made with Beyond Chicken Strips, roasted red potatoes, roasted cauliflower, green peas, lentils, and red quinoa in a savoury curry sauce.
15. Mighty Spark Sweet Thai Ground Chicken
Replace the middle ground beef-based meal with ground chicken at the foundation for a healthy alternative. Mighty Spark makes a semi-homemade meal possible with frozen seasoned meat blends like this all-natural, sweet Thai chicken option.
With 20 grams of protein, only 8 grams of fat, and 420 milligrams of sodium, this is a frozen meal worth having (especially if you can cook up these easy tacos or sliders during the week)!
16. Michelina’s Shrimp with Pasta and Vegetables
When the craving for comfort food hits, reach for Michelina’s Shrimp with Pasta and Vegetables for a healthy option of an Italian classic. Although this is more of a creamier option, it makes a pretty balanced meal thanks to the shrimp and a blend of broccoli and bell peppers for 11 grams of protein and only 5 grams of fat per serving.
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17. O, That’s Good! Italian Skillet Meals, Italian Style Rigatoni
Weight Watchers isn’t the only way to eat like Oprah. The mogul launched her frozen food line called O, That’s Good!, so anyone could get a quick, healthy meal without spending hours in the Kitchen.
In just under 10 minutes, this Italian Sausage and Rigatoni skillet meal will curb your hunger while keeping you on the right track by hiding away veggies, like carrots and peppers, in the sauce for a meal that’s nutritious and delicious.
1. Are frozen meals really bad for you?
Frozen foods can be high in sodium, too, so aim for 600 milligrams or less per serving for heart health. For frozen vegetables or fruits, avoid those with added sugar or high-fat sauces.
2. Is it OK to eat frozen meals every day?
Frozen food isn’t inherently unhealthy; some brands make frozen meals that are very nutritious, and even organic if that’s your thing. Worry less about the frozen/non-frozen distinction and more about the actual ingredients. One frozen meal a day is only bad for you if it contains bad stuff.
3. Are microwavable meals bad for you?
Concerns raised about constant exposure to radiation emitted from microwaves. Microwave meals could have serious consequences on your health, according to experts. Carcinogenic toxins are leached out of plastic containers used to heat ready meals in the microwave, the Daily Mail reported.
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