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Old 04-28-2007, 05:23 PM   #11
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We've always cooked, too, but when we were raising our grandson, and I was still working, sometimes DH had to work second shifts (3:00 to 11:00). Sometimes that happened during my busy season in the greenhouse, when I meeting myself coming and going anyway, and I found myself using a lot more convenience foods. The Stouffer's frozen dinners of all kinds really came in handy.

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I also bought a lot of frozen junk food when the boy was here. The kid would eat the bark off a tree if I didn't keep him fed, so I taught him how to work the oven and the microwave, and kept him supplied with Totino's Pizza Rolls, Mozzerella sticks, fish sticks, and burritos. He usually had friends with him when he came home from school, so we went through a lot of the stuff (plus anything else we had in the house).

I've tried the Marie Cavender's pot pies, and didn't think much of them. I thought they tasted kinda pasty, and they were exceptionally high in fat and sodium.

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Old 04-28-2007, 05:33 PM   #12
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Weight Watchers (SmartOnes) has some pretty good ones as well. I've been a fan of the three cheese ziti. And all their desserts...droooool...

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Old 04-28-2007, 06:16 PM   #13
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Personally I like Stouffer's. I guess growing up in Ohio they were the major brand. My parents would go to the factory store and buy stuff by the case cheap. We loved their french bread pizza and lasagne the best. Most of Marie Callender's stuff is okay but not great. I do prefer her pot pies to other brands and she has a great Razzleberry pie ( raspberry, blueberry mix ).
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Old 04-28-2007, 06:29 PM   #14
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I buy Stouffers lasanga sometimes. Its easy and pretty tasty, not as good as homemade but after a hard day at work, its handy.
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Old 04-28-2007, 08:51 PM   #15
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Frozen Foods

We started on Weight Watchers a year ago and I used to buy the SmartOnes for our lunches (quick/simple/and only on sale). They tasted fine, nothing like home cooking, but my husband's blood pressure stayed pretty high, although he lost about 40 lbs. The frozen dinners have a really high sodium content. I still buy frozen foods when they are on sale for quick meals, but prefer homemade any day.
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Old 04-28-2007, 09:42 PM   #16
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The only thing I like frozen is pizza. Either Lean Cuisine or Smart Ones and an occasional DeGiorno or Freshetta pizza. Generally I consider processed food a waste of calories. Even bagged lettuce is hard for me to stomach. I do stock the freezer with my own homemade concoctions. Comes in handy and tastes so much better.
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Old 04-29-2007, 11:47 AM   #17
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Well as other have said, and as my signature testifies... we try to not eat processed food, so I have no experience with these. I cook as much from scratch as is possible.

However, my mother is a huge fan of these types of meals and she has tried them all. She really likes something called "Hungry Man" meals? I have no clue about them. She says that the are her favorite. She's mentioned the one the OP is asking about and I think my mom said that there was one dish (something with alfredo in it?) that she says is good. Mom grew up eating chemicals, though, and I cooked for myself growing up and didn't. I can't stand the taste of chemicals in food. It totally ruins it.
Life is too short to eat processed, artificially-colored, chemically-preserved, genetically-modified food. Or maybe that IS why life's too short.
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Old 04-29-2007, 12:53 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by kadesma
I usually do all the cooking hee. But Dh does like Marie Callender pot pies. The only frozen things I buy are from Trader Joes and these are things like a package of 2 tamales, they have beef, green chile and chicken all are very good. They make a mushroom appy in pastry that my kinds love as well as tiny pizza's that the grand kids enjoy. These are a now and again type thing. As far as things from the grocery store, I pick up pre=cooked maple sausages, toaster swirls for the kids but most everyting else I make myself..
Like kadesma the frozen items I buy are from Trader Joe's. I particularly like their penne arrabiatta and vegetable pad thai. But similar to other prepackaged food you still need to check sodium levels and fat content.
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Old 04-29-2007, 12:55 PM   #19
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Bertolli's frozen meals are really good.

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