All Natural Frozen Dinners: Cedarlane Review

by on Monday, October 11th, 2010

My favorite new microwavable food is … all natural, low in cholesterol and high in protein? What are the odds?! Seriously, do you know how much I like junk food that’s not healthy for me? DO YOU? A lot! But suddenly, healthy and tasty can be used in the same sentence again. These are some of the best microwavable meals I’ve had in a long time, dudes! (Dudettes?)

When my package for Cedarlane frozen foods arrived I was excited (because I was hungry and hadn’t made lunch plans.) But then I remembered that these were ALL NATURAL FROZEN DINNERS, which automatically can lead to a progression of word association in my head from “healthy food” to “gross, and not delicious at all.” (Healthy microwavable meals seemed almost nonexistent to me, aside from one other brand.)

But, sometimes there’s good news. Surprisingly, I liked all three of the microwavable meals I was sent – even though they were healthy! I mean, it’s good, because you never know the odds. And something you also may not know is that at ShesSmart.com we have a very strict policy of only giving honest reviews. So I’ll be honest, I was worried that if I didn’t like it I’d be contacting the press rep with bad news*. As it is, there’s nothing bad to report. :)

I am not a good cook (I literally set the stove on fire boiling water!) so I do very much enjoy microwavable food! And I’d never eaten anything from the brand Cedarlane before. But now I’m glad that I know they have good stuff, and I won’t be afraid to buy it in the store. So, here are the three meals I tried and ate in full:

Pesto & Four Cheese Backed Stacked Eggplant – “Flavorful baked eggplant smothered in a creamy pesto sauce, layered with ricotta, Monterey jack, parmesan and feta chesses, drenched in a chunky tomato sauce.” If you love eggplant, you’ll love this. As someone who isn’t overy fond of eggplant, I STILL liked it. (I’m just not used to eggplant.) But the cheeses and sauce and pieces of tomato all just tasted so freakin’ good. And this was a LARGE portion! I would not have believed all natural frozen foods would taste so good. (Believe me on this, I can be very picky about food.) If you aren’t a fan of eggplant at all, then this particular dish isn’t for you. But the fact that each of the three meals I tried were all good, says to me, that this is a brand that makes tasty food in general. And they offer a lot of other meal selections… okay, ending my rambling! This scores a 6/10 for me only because eggplant is weird.

Spinach & Three Cheese Stuffed Manicotti – “Manicotti pasta shells loaded with spinach, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, covered in a sweet Italian tomato sauce. Low in cholesterol and high in protein.” Um, I LOVE Manicotti and I LOVED this. The pasta was good and moist, and the filling was soooo good. I could eat one of these for lunch and another for dinner. If you aren’t familiar with manicotti, it’s an Italian dish similar to things like ravioli or lasagna. This is a 10/10 for me.

Turkey Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya – “Fragrant Basmati Rice tossed with spicy turkey sausage, shrimp and a medley of vegetables. Quick to heat, gluten free and most important, great tasting. What more could you ask for?” I ate this while begrudgingly watching Dancing with the Stars, haha. (I have a love/hate relationship with that show.) I liked this, but as someone with a very low tolerance for spicy foods I did find it a little too spicy for me. But that’s good news for people who like spicy foods but always find things with the label “spicy” lacking. There’s more sausage than shrimp, but I liked the ratio. The rice was very good, and this was very filling. I’m weird about shrimp, and I always check each piece to make sure it’s fully deveined. All of them were, except for one. So, I knock this down to 7/10 for that one shrimp, and the being so spicy.

Even being hard on them, the scores reveal that I like this brand very much. On two of the three meals the plastic wrap on top was very hard to pull off, but maybe I’m just super weak. (I am weak, but these were too hard even so.)

Other Cedarlane frozen foods I’m interested in finding at the grocery store include: The Zone Spinach Mushroom Omelette, Pesto – Mozzarella and Tomato Bruschetta, Chicken Tikka Masala, Spinach and Three Cheese Manicotti, Chicken Burrito Grande, Chicken Enchilada’s, Spinch and Feta Pie, Spinach & Mushroom Egg White Omelette

CedarlaneFoods.com for all natural frozen dinners and all natural frozen meals.

Cedarlane foods are carried by natural food stores and selected supermarkets in the U.S. and Canada.  Samplers of our products may also be ordered on-line at CedarlaneToGo.com.

Luckily, I have them available in both grocery stores I go to a lot, but the ability to order these online is totally cool. I will say they should work on their packaging. You get the meals in a Styrofoam box and over the top are rocks of dry ice – which you can’t touch. I had some trouble getting the boxes out, wearing some garden gloves so my hands wouldn’t get burnt. Also, one of the containers inside a box had been cracked.

*Something we’ve only had to do twice in over a year’s time of blogging. We have a good eye for spotting products! But when something doesn’t get our approval, we’ll never give it a good review just to please a company.

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