Amy’s New Light & Lean Frozen Meals

As most of you probably know, I try to eat unprocessed, fresh, whole foods whenever I can, however sometimes I need a quick meal that’s ready in a matter of minutes.

That’s where Amy’s comes in! I’ve always been a fan of Amy’s products because they offer vegetarian meals that are made with organic ingredients and healthier than most packaged meals you’ll find at the grocery store. Another great thing about Amy’s products is that they accommodate different needs/special diets by offering options that are diary free, gluten free, lactose free, corn free, soy free, tree-nut free, vegan, no cholesterol, low-fat, or kosher – you just have to read the package to make sure the item you are buying matches your needs!

Some of my favorite Amy’s products include:

Earlier this year Amy’s introduced a new line called Light & Lean with four frozen meals (Black Bean and Cheese Enchilada, Soft Taco Fiesta, Spinach Lasagna, Pasta and Veggies), each containing less than 300 calories and 5g fat. Just this fall, Amy’s expanded the Light & Lean product line up to include five new frozen meals:

Gluten Free Cookies!

Light & Lean 3 Cheese Penne Bowl (270 calories)
Unpretentious and delicious, this is a comfortingly familiar bowl of pasta. Penne is cooked with organic marinara, extra virgin olive oil and a trio of creamy mozzarella, earthy Fontina and savory Parmesan.

Light & Lean Bean & Cheese Burrito (280 calories)
We are thrilled to announce a light and lean version of our popular Bean & Cheese Burrito.

Light & Lean Roasted Polenta (140 calories)
Sweet yellow cornmeal polenta is topped by an organic summer stew of squash, sun-ripened tomatoes, mushrooms and a side of fragrant slow-cooked chard.

Light & Lean Spaghetti Italiano Bowl (240 calories)
Organic semolina spaghetti, meatless meatballs made of of lentils, quinoa and tofu, topped with a sauce of simmered organic vegetables, roasted garlic and seasonings and a side of broccoli florets.

Light & Lean Sweet & Sour Bowl (250 calories)
Organic rice noodles with organic tofu and diced vegetables. Tamari soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and garlic are slowly simmered to form a flavorful sauce.

Amy’s offered to send me the new Light & Lean meals to try out and I took them up on the offer. Just an FYI – I only accept products for review that I would actually spend my own money on and I’m always completely honest in my reviews.

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I’ll start with one of my favorites, the Roasted Polenta with Swiss Chard. This one is really low in calories so it works well paired with a lean protein for a full meal, but I loved the flavor. The polenta was creamy and topped by a tomato based summer stew of squash, sun-ripened tomatoes and mushrooms. The chard was flavorful as well. I was a big fan.

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Next up, the 3 Cheese Penne Marinara. I actually didn’t get to taste this one because I let my friend Laurel have it for dinner last week when she came over after a long day of work. I topped it with some steamed broccoli so she’d get a serving of green veggies in and she chowed down. She said the pasta was hearty and cooked perfectly – especially for microwaved pasta. She also mentioned that the sauce was a standard tomato sauce but quite yummy and three cheeses added a nice flavor profile to the pasta.

The next meals, Sweet and Sour Asian Noodle and Spaghetti Italiano, probably wouldn’t be my first choice when buying a frozen meal at the store because I’m not a huge pasta fan, but I tried them both for lunch over the course of the past month.

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Light & Lean Sweet and Sour Noodles

I liked the sweet and sour noodles better than the spaghetti, but that’s no surprise because I love Asian food and Italian food is probably my least favorite cuisine <– I know some people are gasping right now, but it’s true. Also, the portion size seemed larger for the sweet and sour noodles and I really liked the flavor – soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and garlic are always winners!

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The spaghetti was probably my least favorite (as I mentioned before I’m not a huge pasta fan.) Although, I will admit that I was surprised at how much I liked the veggie meatballs. They’re made of lentils, quinoa, tofu and spices and have a nice texture and flavor. I also liked that there were veggies included in this pasta dish, unlike the 3 Cheese Penne. If you’re a spaghetti fan looking for a light meal you’d probably like this one – it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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Overall, I enjoyed trying out the new Light & Lean varieties and I will most likely be purchasing the roasted polenta and swiss chard and black bean and cheese enchilada (which I reviewed before) in the future. To be completely honest, I still LOVE my Amy’s Brown Rice and Vegetable Bowl and Matar Paneer meals best! They’re both pretty low in calories – the Matar Paneer has 370 and the Brown Rice Bowl has only 260 and they’re both offered in “Light and Sodium.” Their fat content is a little bit higher than the meals I featured today, but they’re still pretty Light & Lean for a frozen meal to me!

What’s your favorite Amy’s product? Have you tried any of the Light & Lean varieties?

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    33 comments
  1. I just tried the sweet and sour noodles for the first time. Looks and smells amazing and tastes like heaven in a bowl!!! <3

  2. Thank you for this post! I love Amy’s but like many find them a little too high in calories and fat for one of my five small meals…the Light and Lean are perfect with a little supplemental veg or protein, but the options were previously very limited. I’m anxious to try some of these new choices!

  3. I usually don’t buy frozen pasta meals either. Pasta is so easy, quick, and cheap to make on my own that I go for something a little more unique in the store. However, I’m a total hypocrite because I love Amy’s brown rice and veggie bowl. There’s just somethin’ about that bowl of goodness!

  4. This was good information. I usually have the Light and Lean Pasta and Veggies w/broccoli (not pictured in your blog, I don’t think) every week or so, and I’ve been hoping for more Light and Lean options. I’m glad they’re offering more — let’s just hope my grocery store does! Some of these sound pretty good, too. They’re definitely good lunch options for work or a dinner w/some added protein and/or veggies.

  5. Omg I *love* Amy’s! They’re my go-to when I’m so busy with work that I forget to bring a meal in and have to go buy something instead. I haven’t seen the Light & Lean ones in my nearby grocery store yet, but I can’t wait till they start stocking up! Maybe I can ask the manager when they plan to get some?

  6. I have to disagree here. I have tried to like Amy’s, but I have read the list of the ingredients and have been overwhelmed by both the calories and the salt content. I guess if I had to “compare” between Amy’s and other ready-made foods, Amy’s is better. But I refuse to eat anything made by this company. I end up feeling sick later, with water retention, and my body responds with a big ‘WHY DID YOU DO THAT TO ME?’ I have turned into a bit of a food purist over the last few months, following a 20 day juice fast. Since that time, my system doesn’t tolerate processed soy products and fake cheese stuff.

    If I’m going to eat any type of frozen/ready-made food, I would go for Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burgers… or hope I’ve made that delightful recipe for sweet potato and quinoa cakes that you posted a while back and stored some in the freezer.

  7. Hmm, of all the items I would think the polenta and swiss chard wouldn’t hold up as well after being frozen and re-heated. I might have to check this out 🙂 I love Amy’s samosa wrap (its whole wheat and full of delicious Indian spices, carrots and potato and better than the fried stuff at most Indian restaurants), but it’s a bit tricky to find.

    I’m glad you mentioned you pair the meal with some lean protein. I think many people believe that the frozen meals with low calories should be eaten as an entire meal and that’s a major set up for hunger! Don’t you agree?

  8. I don’t normally like to buy premade meals…but when I do, Amy’s is always my choice! I’ve been very surprised by them, again and again. These all look pretty tempting, and I appreciate the time it took for you to put this together for us. I’ll keep my eyes out!

  9. I remember the first time I had Amy’s was when I was too sick to cook for myself (but not too sick to drive myself to the store?!) and it’s still good for those times! Glad to hear there is a line of low calorie options now!

  10. No light & lean in the UK yet, but i’d love to get them over here. i love the Amys stuff because it is so different from other ready meals in the UK supermarkets – you won’t get another burrito, Tamale or Enchilada from any other company! They can be hard to find & get hold unfortunately. I’ve seen the soups from the same store i get my egg white cartons so once it gets colder i might give them a try.

  11. I’ve been totally wanting to try the Light & Lean meals, but I haven’t found many of them around! I adore the Amy’s Indian meals the most, especially the palak paneer. Mmm!

    • Watch Walmart and Costco for deals…Amy’s can be outrageous at some flagship grocers- but is fairly inline with what most meals cost at these two places. I stock up when I’m there and never buy them at the higher prices.

  12. Thanks for reviewing these. I like Amy’s but I usually get the same few things – I will be trying some of these new products for sure!

  13. I’m actually in LOVE with Amy’s soups. So hard to find a good vegan soup! It’s funny that you post your review now because I’ve been searching Costco for Amy’s lentil vegetable soup for about two months now, and they finally had it available yesterday! I’ll be sure to try some of these frozen dinners as well

  14. I haven’t had one in a long time but I do like their burritos. I discovered Amy’s in college and like you felt a lot better eating something prepared that contained ingredients I could actually read and understand!

  15. Thanks for such a great review, Amy’s should be thrilled you took so much time on this and its definitely going to make me go try them. I too usually add some fresh veggies to a frozen meal to amp up the nutrients!

    Oh and don’t feel bad about the ‘italian hating’….i’m 1/2 Italian and it’s my least favorite type of food. I’m a family outcast!!! 😉

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