Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Product Review: Luvo Healthy Frozen Meals-Several Varieties

Orange Mango Chicken still one of my favorites.

Disclaimer: I received a several coupons to get free Healthy Frozen Meals from Luvo Inc to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews.

I first discovered Luvo meals last year when I tested them as many of you read about here: Product Review: Luvo Entrees.  Now this year, I am back trying them again, this time including some an old favorite and some new ones as well.  

As noted last year, Luvo meals come in a Steamazing pouch that aids in helping the meal cook evenly and lock in the various flavors.  Luvo entrees can be cooked in the microwave, but they can also be cooked the more traditional way in the oven, which is my preference. Luvo sources their ingredients from quality sources and none of them had any artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.  Pretty awesome!  

An old favorite: Orange Mango Chicken with Whole Grains, Broccoli & Kale.  This is possibly still my favorite.  The chicken is tender with a flavorful sauce.  The mango is yummy, nice and fresh.  The whole grains, kale and broccoli are not only tasty but super healthy.  Only 280 calories!!!  5/5.

Get this one for sure!!!

A great soup or appetizer: Chicken & Corn Chowder with white chicken, kale, sweet potato & white beans in a savory dijon-herb base.  I came home from a long weekend travelling and racing, to head right into work the next day.  When I got home that night, dinner wasn't quite ready, so this dish I microwaved, (which is the only one of these I have done that with), and ate it as a pre-dinner appetizer.  The Luvo bowls have a thin film over them, kind of like an old TV tray dinner that you take off at the end if you microwave, or about halfway if you cook them in the oven.  This dish took about 5 minutes to microwave and was only 300 calories.  It had plenty of chicken, kale, and corn.  It was very tasty with a slight hint of sweetness.  It was not too creamy as some chowders can get, and overall, was very yummy! 4.75/5.

This pic taken from the website of the Chicken & Corn Chowder, or Chowdah as we say it in New England!

Another tasty one: Red Wine Braised Beef & Polenta.  This one was a bit trickier to get out of the bag than some of the others, but it was again, very tasty.  The beef was tender and the cranberries and butternut squash gave it a nice flavoring.  The brussel sprouts were okay, but seemed a bit forced, especially with there just being 2 in the bag.  The polenta was okay, but as I said, the star of this show was the tender chunks of beef. 4.25/5.

Another tasty one at only 250 calories!

Spicy Thai is very good despite the sweating!!!
A spicy bite: Thai-Style Green Curry Chicken.  This one is not for the faint of heart.  It says medium spice on it, but as I had a double portion, the curry hit good and hard and I was sweating.  Some of the noodles did stick to the bowls they were cooked in, not sure if they were overcooked or what.  Nice, tender chunks of chicken once again along with a generous amount of vegetables.  The squash was nice and tender too.  Each bowl was only 280 calories, so as I had two, I was still under 600 calories! If you like spicy, this is the one for you! 4.5/5.

Vegetarian and filling: Quinoa & Veggie Enchilada Verde.  This one was also a spicy treat, but only slightly so compared to the curry.  I had two of these as well and that may have been a mistake as they were very filling with the quinoa.  (Most of the meals really are filling enough at 250-340 calories, but a couple of times I was hungry!!!)  There was lots of beans and corn as well with the quinoa, adding to the feeling of being full, but also adding to the taste.  Definitely one of these even at 290 calories is plenty filling.  I had a light sweat at the end.  4.25/5.

They looked burnt, but they were not at all.  Very tasty Luvo Bowls!!!

Okay take on traditional meatloaf: Turkey Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes with Brussel Sprouts, Butternut Squash & Cranberries.  This one was probably my least favorite of the meals I tried.  It wasn't bad, just not as tasty as the others.  The box does describe it as on the mild side. The meatloaf was very dense and not super tasty.  The brussel sprouts, just 2 again, were okay.  The potatoes and gravy with mushrooms weren't too bad, the squash was good.  3.5/5.  

Just an okay take on an American traditional meal.

An old favorite redone: Vegetarian Roasted Cauliflower Mac & Cheese.  This one came out a bit mushier than I'd like, but that may be the combination of cauliflower mixed in with pasta.  Overall the taste was okay, and as a mixed dish with a vegetarian flare, it does the trick.  However, if you are use to the typical mac & cheese many enjoy, this one will just be okay. At the same time, if you are trying to eat healthy but really want to fill your mac & cheese cravings, then this just might do it, especially at just 340 a bowl.  3.75/5.

Updated takes on American Classics.

In conclusion, though a couple of these meals weren't my favorites, the majority are very good with the Orange Mango Chicken still being my favorite, (I still have one in the freezer right now for another day!!!)  I think Luvo probably has the best meals in the froze n department, especially in terms of being made from healthy ingredients, low calorie, and great taste.  They usually range around $4-5 or so depending upon the store, but well worth it.  Enjoy!

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