(CONSUMER REPORTS) - Want a healthy dinner in a snap? What about a microwavable, steam-cooked meal?
The packaging suggests they're better for you. But is it truly a cooking revolution or just a lot of hot air? Consumer Reports put 10 steam-cooked meals to the test from Kashi, Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice and Marie Callender's.
Cooking with steam can be healthy, but Consumer Reports found that these meals weren't very different from frozen meals that have been around for years. And if you're watching your waist, read labels carefully. Of those tested, the Marie Callender meals were highest in calories and fat. Roasted Garlic Chicken weighs in with 17 grams of fat per serving!
A lower-fat option is the garlic chicken from Lean Cuisine which stood out for it's flavorful veggies and large white chicken pieces. Kashi's Sesame Chicken is also quite tasty and offers a nice mix of multi-grains, veggies and white meat.
But there's a caution with almost all the steamable meals. Consumer Reports found that the meals didn't cook very evenly. At times in the chicken dishes, the chicken was dry and in the pasta dishes, sometimes the pasta was hard. The tastiest stuffed pasta is Marie Callender's Three Cheese Tortellini. It has a soft filling and a decent tomato sauce.
While steamed meals may not be innovative throw in a salad and some fruit and you've got a fast, tasty and healthful dinner.
Most meals ranged in price from $2.50 to $4.50 per serving, but advises that frozen meals are often on sale. So shop around, and stock up when you come across a good deal.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:19 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:19:17 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:24:15 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:39:00 GMT
MDOT is reporting a large accident at I-55 N before MS 463 in Madison. Skycopter traffic reports that the incident could be 2 separate accidents involving up to 9 cars. All lanes are blocked and theMore >>
All lanes are back open and traffic is flowing smoothly.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:18:35 GMT
We're in the beginning of Fall Harvest season and some Holmes County farmers are already experiencing set backs. A number of thefts targeting farmers have been reported in Holmes County. Sheriff WillieMore >>
Sheriff Willie March says his department has received four reports of stolen farm equipment. Some of the stolen tractors are valued at up to $55,000 dollars.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:23:56 GMT
Fire fighters are on the scene of a massive house fire burning in West Jackson. It started before 4:00am on Patann Street near Boling Street. That's near Medgar Evers Blvd. Flames have completely engulfedMore >>
Flames completely engulfed the home. It's not clear what sparked the flames, but the house was vacant at the time of the fire so there were no injuries.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:42:19 GMT
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there. "It's justMore >>
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there.More >>
WLBT 3 - Fox 40
715 South Jefferson Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201