Amy’s, a well-known and loved brand specializing in vegetarian and vegan foods, has created a Light & Lean line of frozen meals and pizzas. Currently, they offer 11 different varieties, all having less than 300 calories, and, of course, all organic and completely natural. I recently taste-tested 4 of them: the Spinach Lasagna, the Black Bean & Cheese Enchilada, the Spaghetti Italiano, and the Roasted Polenta With Swiss Chard.
250 calories, 45 calories from fat (18%), 5g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 540mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 6g sugar, 11g protein. Contains milk and wheat.
If you think lasagna has to be a high-calorie fattening comfort food, think again! Amy’s has managed to create an 8 oz serving with real mozzarella, ricotta, and parmesan cheeses that only comes in at 250 calories and 5g of fat. Speaking of fat, 45 of the calories are from fat, which is 18%, making this meal a convenient and healthy addition to a calorie-conscious diet.
In fact, Amy’s Light & Lean Spinach Lasagna weighs in low in lots of places. The sodium (which can be very high in frozen dinners) only comes in at 23% daily value. This leaves a little room for the extra sodium that comes from practically everything else you’ll eat in a day. And if you think lasagna means carb overload, here you’ll get just 40g of carbohydrates—only 13% daily value. So you can have a small roll to go with your dinner, too!
Compare to Stouffer’s Five Cheese Lasagna with 370 calories, 14g fat, 35% calories from fat, 960mg sodium (40% daily value) or even Lean Cuisine’s Classic Five Cheese Lasagna with 350 calories, 7g fat, 17% calories from fat, 620mg sodium (26% daily value). Even though the serving size is slightly larger, Amy’s Light & Lean is the clear winner.
If you’re not really a fan of spinach in lasagna, don’t worry. This has just enough that you can taste it, but not so much that it’s all you taste.
It is lighter, that’s for sure. You’ll know that as soon as you have your first bite. But the sauce is seasoned just right and that noodles are so tender that you’ll forget about the missing fat and calories by the second bite.
Pair this with a large green salad and some light dressing and you’ll have a complete dinner. (Newman’s Own Lite Italian Dressing is one of my absolute favorites!)
Amy’s has hit a home run with their take on lasagna. I’m a fan and I think you’ll like it, too!
Black Bean & Cheese Enchilada
240 calories, 40 calories from fat (16%), 4.5g fat, 2g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 480mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 5g sugar, 8g protein. Contains milk and soy.
When you hear enchiladas do you run screaming in the opposite direction? Enchiladas have a reputation for being high in calories and fat. (But muy delicioso!) Now, with Amy’s you can have your enchilada and eat it, too.
This Amy’s offering is a mixture of “organic black beans, tofu, brown rice vegetables and cheese inside an organic corn tortilla.” I already know from their different frozen burrito and other Mexican food offerings that Amy’s has this type of food figured out.
The brown rice is studded with corn and carrots, and you can see the flecks of cilantro. It’s tender, fluffy, and perfectly cooked. The edges of the enchilada get a little over-cooked and tough during the heating up. Unfortunately, this is common with these sorts of meals when you microwave them, even if they are completely wrapped.
The tomatillos really stand out. In fact, one of the first things I noticed was the “lime” which probably came from both the tomatillos and the tortillas. It’s not overpowering, though, and it brings a refreshing tang to the final meal.
There isn’t much cheese to speak of, but in a lean meal like this there probably really couldn’t be. But the flavors of everything else together really make you almost forget about that fact. You can see little pieces of zucchini inside the enchilada! That’s a nice touch.
This meal is gluten free. It’s very mildly seasoned, so if you’re not a fan of spicy foods, don’t worry about that. It also doesn’t taste salty to me, like frozen meals often do. This one is another winner from our friends at Amy’s!