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Andrea Wilcox(Registered Dietitian)answered(6/17/2012)Once in awhile it's okay, but I wouldn't recommend this for dinner most days of the week. You're right about the sodium and heating some plastics can potentially be harmful. When in doubt, whole natural foods are the way to go. Some quick dinner ideas are: egg whites, spinach and cheese sandwich; veggie burger sandwich or cut up into a salad; brown minute rice with some vegetables tuna, chicken or beans. Eggs, tuna, and beans are quick and easy protein options and there are so many ways to eat them. Planning ahead or cooking for the week in one batch helps!
Hana A. Feeney, MS, RD(Nutrition Coach)answered(6/19/2012)I totally agree Andrea! Avoid plastics when you can. If you are doing a frozen meal, flip it into a pretty microwavable bowl or plate, heat it up and ten sit down to enjoy. By putting your frozen meal on a nice plate, you will have a more enjoyable dining experience AND minimize your exposure to the toxins in the plastic container.
Miriam Jacobson(Registered Dietitian & Registered Yoga Teacher)answered(8/29/2012)Whole foods are always better than their frozen, preservative-filled
counterparts. Have you looked at the ingredient list on a lean cuisine? I
can't even pronounce half of the foods (which is never a good sign). Also, a third to agree that avoiding plastics when you can is important.
There are definitely cheaper and more delicious options for a quick 5- minute dinners. If you have time on the weekend try preparing meals ahead of time (soups, hard boiled eggs, veggie/meat patties) and freeze them for later. Another favorite of mine is to pan-fry frozen vegetables and add a bit of tofu, chicken or shrimp. You can also make a batch of brown rice or quinoa (which only takes 15 minutes) in the beginning of the week and then there's not even a microwave involved. Waalahh! you have yourself a new, easier diet.