Today we celebrate the convenience of ready-made frozen meals with TV Dinner Day. C.A. Swanson & Sons introduced the first “TV Dinner” in 1953, and in 1986 the original Swanson TV Dinner tray was inducted into the Museum of American History. These single-serving frozen dinners revolutionized the prepackaged meal industry and allowed everyone to have their own perfectly portioned tray of meat, veggies, and a side dish. Nearly 60 years later, frozen meals are still flying off supermarket shelves with more brands and meal options than ever before.
Here at Healthy Way to Cook, we feel it’s best to prepare your own meals fresh whenever possible. But sometimes there just isn’t enough time to worry about what to make for dinner, and a well-balanced microwave meal is certainly better than picking on junk food. While it’s true that many frozen dinners contain a high amount of sodium and other additives, there are some healthier varieties that you can feel good about keeping in your freezer for those nights when you just don’t want to cook. Kashi Entrees, Amy’s Kitchen Light & Lean vegetarian meals, Organic Bistro meals & bowls, and the Lean Cuisine entree collections all contain fewer preservatives, lower sodium, and more natural ingredients than the average TV dinner.
What’s your favorite microwaveable meal?
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