As a busy mom, I'm all about convenience, especially at lunchtime. I'm often so set on making well-balanced, healthy meals for my son, that I sometimes forget to plan my own lunch menu. I don't eat frozen meals a lot, because of the high sodium content, but once in a while they do come in handy for a simple, no fuss lunch. I was recently introduced to Luvo, a new, healthier way to easily grab a quick meal, and also had the opportunity to try a variety of their Steam In Pouch Meals and Bowls.
What I especially like about Luvo frozen meals, besides being convenient, is that their menu choices are quite unique. I have yet to see any other frozen meal brands come out with a Orange Mango Chicken or Chicken & Harrisa Chickpea dish. Luvo uses real ingredients to put together their meals, with each one containing a full serving of vegetables, whole grains, and proteins. There are even gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Not only are their meals delicious and nutritious, but they are also responsibly sourced.
Each Luvo meal is also free of:
- High-fructose corn syrup
- Artificial preservatives
- Artificial flavors and coloring
- Hydrogenated fat
In addition, Luvo uses antibiotic-free meat and poultry. They also try to include non-GMO and organic ingredients whenever possible. I have becoming more and more adamant about reading my labels for GMO ingredients–and while I wish all of their meals were 100% GMO free, I do appreciate a company that's not only transparent about their use of them, but one that actually tries to steer clear whenever possible. Right now, Luvo sources organic corn and rice, as well as non-GMO alfalfa, canola, cotton, papaya, soy, sugar beets, zucchini, and summer squash.
Let's talk packaging! All of Luvo's meals are packed with 100% recycled paperboard. Each Steam in Pouch is made with unbleached paper and is printed with soy or waterless inks.
Why Steam in Pouch? Inspired by the French cooking technique “en papillote,” which means “in parchment,” our signature pouch creates an aromatic steam that gently cooks each meal in its own flavorful juices. Simply slide it onto a plate for a wholesome, delicious meal that looks chef-prepared. Bon Appetit!
Luvo has also given back to the community by joining WhyHunger to provide high-quality meals to low-income families.
In 2014, we donated over 75,000 nourishing entrées – 150,000+ since our partnership began – and 2.8% of our total retail, vending and online sales to food banks in major cities across the U.S. Working with WhyHunger, we’re helping food banks stock their shelves with nutritious good-for-you food.
So now that you have a little background on Luvo and their products, I'd love to share some of my favorite meals from them:
Turkey Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash & Cranberries: I loved how the Brussels sprouts tasted fresh and maintained their crunch. I'm not a fan of soggy vegetables, and sometimes that happens when they are frozen, but not in this meal. Oh, and the turkey meatloaf was so tasty with just the right amount of seasoning and a firm consistency that wasn't mushy. This one is a keeper!
Orange Mango Chicken with Whole Grains, Kale & Broccoli: This has the perfect blend of sweetness from the mango, and an earthy taste from the cruciferous vegetables–a great quick meal choice to keep in the freezer.
Quinoa & Veggie Enchilada Verde with Black Bean and Corn in a Salsa Verde: This was one of my favorite bowl meal options. It's completely vegetarian with healthy red and white quinoa, delicious salsa verde, and a corn tortilla–and it is so good!
Chicken Chile Verde with Polenta and Black Beans: This one was my absolute favorite of all the Luvo meals that I've tried, although the presentation may not look so hot in this picture, let me tell you, this meal is so good. There is a tiny amount of kick to it, but it's not overbearing. The chicken is nice and tender, and the mix of salsa verde with polenta is fabulous!
The only other variety that I wanted to try, but couldn't find in my local store was their Thai Style Green Curry Chicken. Being such a fan of Thai food, I will be keeping my eyes peeled for this one!
Overall, I've been enjoying these delicious meals. Having said that, there are few things that I would revise if it were up to me. While I appreciate how environmentally-friendly the Steam In Pouch Meals are, transferring them to a plate can be a bit messy at times. The bowls were a way easier option and would definitely be more beneficial if you were taking one of these meals to work where you may not have an extra plate handy. Also, I do wish the portion sizes were a little larger, particularly in the meat area. I don't usually eat big portions at lunch, anyway, so some of the meals did satisfy me (like the ones mentioned above), while other varieties left me still feeling hungry. I guess a part of eating healthy is portion control, so that's one positive way to look at it.
When it comes to preparing my own meals, I often like to use a variety of different grains, vegetables, and sauces. One of my favorite aspects of these meals are the unique blends that are put together, which really do wonders on the palate. I'm often picky about frozen meals, especially when it comes to taste. The meal choices that are offered by Luvo are right up my alley, and a really good option for when I need to grab a quick bite to eat.
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I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.
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