Note: This is the inaugural installment in what will be a continuing series of food product reviews.
Luvo is a frozen foods company that’s trying to bring better nutrition and better taste to the freezer aisle. Each Luvo meal has less than 500 calories and 500 mg of sodium, and added sugars are kept in reasonable moderation. Every entree and burrito offering (and there are now 22 to choose from) has at least one serving of fruits and vegetables, and emphasizes whole grains. There are no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners, and they use non-GMO corn, soy and oils.
Helmed by Christine Day, who joined the company earlier this year after a six-year stint as CEO of Lululemon and over 20 years at Starbucks in senior positions, Luvo boasts a unique, patented steam system for heating up its entrees. Food is flash frozen to retain quality and nutrition and then steam-cooked in a paper pouch. The result is quite unlike anything you’ll find in the frozen aisle. The meals slide right out of the paper pouch and plate just like a restaurant meal – but go slow and do it carefully, otherwise it could be a pileup.
LUVO Roasted Vegetable Lasagna (Frozen) with Butternut Squash, Whole Wheat Noodles & Kale
10-ounce package (frozen) – retails for $5.99
At a price of 60 cents an ounce we compared the cost to similar healthier profile frozen vegetable lasagnas including Amy’s Vegetable Lasagna (63 cents/ounce) which is made with organic pasta, tomatoes & vegetables, Saffron Road’s Vegetable Lasagna (54 cents/ounce) and Cedar Lane’s Vegetable Lasagna (47 cents/ounce) which also contains organic pasta & spinach.
I just love these recipes, these ingredients, this company! This is by far the best vegetable lasagna I’ve ever had from a freezer case. In fact, it’s the best I’ve had from anywhere. The combination of butternut squash, tomatoes, peppers, ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, spinach, collard greens is so good I don’t even mind the kale! You can taste each vegetable and the whole wheat pasta is perfect taste and texture. All ingredient statements and nutritionals should be this good: 250 calories, 5 grams of fat, 7 grams of fibers, 6 grams of naturally occurring sugars and 12 grams of protein. I do wish there was less sodium as that clocks in at 480 mg. It cooks perfectly in their steam-able and good for the environment bag.