Before, if you loved the flavor of a frozen dinner, you’d probably be bummed about the nutrition stats—or vice versa. Not so now! A new generation of meals takes healthy ingredients in new, exciting directions

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Photography by Peter Ardito
| Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito

EatingWell Moroccan Inspired Chicken 

Hot sauce is so, well, hot right now, and the most of-the-moment one, harissa, brings a touch of heat to this chicken-vegetable-couscous combo from our sister brand, EatingWell. "At 250 calories, it's the lightest option—leaving you room for dessert," says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, a New York–based dietitian. She's also a fan of the generous amount of protein: 19 grams. $4.49                  

Kashi Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl 

Red quinoa, sweet potatoes, kale: This vegetarian meal's ingredients read like the latest superfoods list. A soy and tomato–based sauce gives it a hit of umami, so it doesn't taste too virtuous. One thing you won't find? Buckets of salt. "The sodium content is particularly low," says Taub-Dix. And though the ingredients list is long, which often means lots of artificial ingredients, "in this case, it just means there's more good stuff ," she says. $3.99

Luvo Planted Power Bowl Mighty Masala & Greens 

This bowl gets foodie cred from a mix of interesting stuff like coconut, cashews and green chickpeas (as opposed to the familiar canned chickpeas). Together, the ingredients make for a satisfying vegan meal full of surprising flavors. Taub-Dix was impressed that the bowl has 9 grams of fiber ("not bad!") and half the sodium of other meals we tasted. $3.99

Lean Cuisine Thai-Style Ginger Beef

With a just-sweet-enough sauce ("the sugar content is reasonable," says Taub-Dix) and a healthy helping of yellow carrots and broccoli, it's like your takeout guilty pleasure went and got a makeover. One caveat: "The sodium content is on the high end, so go low-salt the rest of the day." $2.99