In an ideal world, you’d always pack a homemade lunch with the perfect ratio of carbs to fat to protein. But when you sleep through your alarm, the dog hides your shoes, or your significant other steals the last of the turkey breast, meal prep gets tricky.
Lucky for you, frozen meals have undergone a transformation—they’re far from the rubbery last resorts with mile-long ingredient lists that you remember. In fact, some are downright delicious.
These 6 wowed us in terms of taste, nutrition, and lack of funky additives—all are non-GMO, low in added sugars, and contain fewer than 450 calories. Enjoy!
Evol Shredded Chicken and Caramelized Onion Street Tacos
This is microwaveable Mexican done right. Spicy antibiotic-free chicken, roasted tomatoes and corn, and caramelized onions are all combined in a naturally gluten-free corn tortilla (evolfoods.com).
NUTRITION (per serving) 230 cal, 17 g pro, 26 g carb, 2 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 5 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 320 mg sodium
Artisan Bistro Wild Alaskan Salmon
Microwaveable salmon? Yeah, we were skeptical at first, too. But this one came out perfectly flaky and moist, and comes with a side of crisp broccoli and cranberry-walnut rice pilaf—that’s one ridiculously balanced lunch (theartisanbistro.com).
NUTRITION (per serving) 280 cal, 18 g pro, 39 g carb, 4 g fiber, 7 g sugars, 6 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 135 mg sodium
Luvo Organic Apple Coconut Curry Burrito
This sweet and savory burrito will keep you full for hours thanks to hearty, fiber- and protein-packed lentils. Bonus: It’s organic and totally vegan-friendly (luvoinc.com).
NUTRITION (per serving) 290 cal, 11 g pro, 47 g carb, 8 g fiber, 6 g sugars, 7 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 380 mg sodium
Tres Latin Foods Spinach and Cheese Pupusa
Pupusas—stuffed corn tortillas originally from El Salvador—make for a perfect light lunch or hearty snack. This one’s loaded with chopped spinach and mozzarella cheese, and naturally gluten-free (trespupusas.com).
NUTRITION (per serving) 160 cal, 7 g pro, 16 g carb, 2 g fiber, 1 g sugars, 8 g fat, 3 g sat fat, 230 mg sodium
Amy’s Single-Serve Light in Sodium Spinach Pizza
We call this pizza minus the guilt: Whole-wheat crust topped with organic tomato sauce, spinach, feta, and mozzarella that packs a protein punch while ditching pizza’s high-sodium reputation (amys.com).
NUTRITION (per serving) 440 cal, 19 g pro, 54 g carb, 3 g fiber, 5 g sugars, 18 g fat, 6 g sat fat, 390 mg sodium
Artisan Bistro Italian-Style Hash & Egg
Who says eggs are just for breakfast? Enjoy lunch again with this gluten-free blend of egg whites, turkey, asparagus, white beans, and crisp bell peppers (artisanbistro.com).
NUTRITION (per serving) 200 cal, 15 g pro, 23 g carb, 5 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 6 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 480 mg sodium