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Old 08-12-2012, 09:12 AM   #1
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Lower Calorie Frozen Dinners for DD

I like to keep these on hand for DD lunches sometimes or when I just don't feel like cooking a DD dinner. Someone had mentioned on another thread about some lower cal Lean Cuisines.

I found these today and I didn't do a real thorough search since I don't eat too many of these but here is what I got:

Lean Cuisine Herb Roasted Chicken - 170 calories
Lean Cuisine Steak Tips Portabello - 160 calories
Healthy Choice Rosemary Chicken and Sweet Potatoes - 180 calories
Healthy Choice Lemon Herb Chicken - 200 calories
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:17 AM   #2
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Amy's Shepard's Pie - 160 calories
Amy's Tamale pie - 150 cals
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:18 AM   #3
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Where do you buy the Amy's brand Dottie? I have never seen it here.
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:29 AM   #4
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In the frozen Organic foods section here
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:31 AM   #5
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Oh I missed those! Love Amy's!
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Thanks Dottie...not a lot of organic around here...but will look!
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If you do canned--Trader Joe's vegan split pea soup= 150 calories. With a bag of miracle rice mixed in, unbelievably filling
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I am planning my first ever field trip to Trader Joe's next weekend. A new one opened up 45 minutes away. Putting that on my list! Thanks Ouizoid!
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:37 PM   #9
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I've tried the Pea soup! Pretty good!
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Do you need a microwave to make these frozen meals? Or can you do it in a toaster oven/normal oven?

Oh I just went to trader joes for the first time since I started JUDDD and I really worked the place over looking for low calorie down day stuff.
- sun dried tomato chicken sausages for 110 cals each
- absolutely enormous peice of frozen haddock for 200 cals
- best price on laughing cow cheese

However after I left I googled "trader joes low calorie" and found two more things I gotta check out: the mahi mahi burgers and the queso dip is suposedly surpisingly low cal.
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Trader Joe's frozen shrimp and vegetable stirfry is a must have for me. The entire package (a large amount) is only 175 calories.
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I've tried the Pea soup! Pretty good!
Amy's? Yes it's really good! I add a bag of miracle rice and a little water to a whole can - 200 calories and very filling.
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I am planning my first ever field trip to Trader Joe's next weekend. A new one opened up 45 minutes away. Putting that on my list! Thanks Ouizoid!
Hey, Laura. Would that be the new Fort Worth store you're going to? I haven't gotten over there yet, but I must make the effort soon.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:57 AM   #14
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any uk juddd buds got any ideas of something similar we can buy over here?
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Laurie -

YES! That's the one I'm going to hit. I tried a few weeks ago when I was in Fort Worth doing some family visiting but it was PACKED and there is construction in front of the store which made it all a bit of a nightmare. I decided this next weekend I'm going to get up early and be there when it opens. Long list in hand and an ice chest in the car!
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Laurie -

YES! That's the one I'm going to hit. I tried a few weeks ago when I was in Fort Worth doing some family visiting but it was PACKED and there is construction in front of the store which made it all a bit of a nightmare. I decided this next weekend I'm going to get up early and be there when it opens. Long list in hand and an ice chest in the car!
Yeah, I would think the weekend would be a zoo, especially since it's still a new store. I wish they had put it further south so I wouldn't have to fight so hard to get there. I live near Crowley, just south of town. That area is especially fun when my DH has to lead funerals through there. He's a motorcycle e*scort rider. Ack!
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South would have been lovely for me coming from Midlothian. I guess they wanted a trendier location. But dang it, I have money, too! LOL!

I cannot even imagine escorting a funeral through there! Ack indeed!
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There is a thread on this somewhere - with Waitrose/Tesco/Asda stuff etc. I'll see if I can find it!
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The thread seems to mostly focus on whether you like Marmite or not (most of us do!). There is another thread - but it's so old - I can't find it. I'll see if I can get Kissa (my Mum) to link to it - or bump it - she probably has it stored somewhere.
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South would have been lovely for me coming from Midlothian. I guess they wanted a trendier location. But dang it, I have money, too! LOL!
I graduated from Midlothian HS WAY BACK when there were like 46 in the graduating class. I have a dear friend that also raises goats in Midlothian so I stay there when I go to the state fair. Small world.

And I live so far (Only 60 miles ) from Austin that we have nothing but a medium sized grocery store and a tiny Wal-Mart. I used to always hit the Whole Foods and Trader Joe's etc when I would go to a conference in Austin. My co-workers thought I was nuts.

I haven't tried any frozen dinners for DD's though. I will have to chek into some for backup purposes.
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I like to use Tyson Grilled Chicken Strips. 100 for 3 oz. I usually will have my main meal with 6 oz chicken, lots of romaine Walden farms and salsa. Yummy and filling for around 230 calories. Hi Ellgee!!
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Hey Blonde!

Adi - what a small world, indeed! My daughter graduated in 2008 and her class was about 400 and my son graduated last year and his class was about 540. Times have changed in old Midlo, huh?

Being so far from the Trader Joe's is why I'm planning to make a trip of it and buy a BUNCH of stuff. I've heard about some wonderful products and I'm just grateful I have one that close.
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I am planning my first ever field trip to Trader Joe's next weekend. A new one opened up 45 minutes away. Putting that on my list! Thanks Ouizoid!
You will love it! TJs is my favorite store in the whole world!

ETA: Just read about TJs mahi mahi burgers! I must try this! I'm usually not a fish fan (and they have a good variety of frozen fish), but I mahi mahi.
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OH boy!!!

Trader Joes finally came!!! My daughter lives in Ft. Worth and I can't wait to go visit and see TJ's!

She works DT @ Ft.Worth Harris Methodist, as a Lactation Consultant & hubby is an attorney Downtown Ft. Worth. Love that city. They are wanting to sell and move to Aledo and then commute. Not sure about it, but because of the school system.

Dottie,

The Amy's brands are excellent and I find them at my local Homeland store as well as Natural Grocers.

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Have you tried the Healthy Choice Creamy Tomato Basil Penne? I am going to try and mix it with miracle noodles and make it 2 meals on DD for 280 calories!

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Ok - my low cal, to die for Trader Joe items --

Frozen cioppino -quick to prepare in the microwave, on UDs w some sour dough bread!
Frozen chicken pot stickers - also microwave
Personal size frozen veggie pizza (250 cals)
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Sunday, I haven't tried that Healthy Choice meal yet but it never occurred to me to stretch it with miracle noodles for two meals. Great idea!

I am sooooo excited to get to Trader Joes. Rain is in the forecast. Hope it's not too bad. We need it but I need to get to Trader Joes more!
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Weight Watchers Santa Fe Chicken- 140 mixed with a bag of miracle rice.
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have already shared this in the staples thread but I love the 200 calorie frozen pizza may add some more cheese or anything else I am in the mood for
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