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Luvo is a Vancouver-based company that believes you do not have to sacrifice health and flavour for convenience. Their frozen meals use high quality, fresh ingredients and don’t contain high-fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives, flavours or colourings, and hydrogenated fats. They also use organic and non-GMO ingredients if possible. Meals are flash frozen are peak freshness and heated up in the microwave or oven via their signature steam in pouch packaging. Preserving the environment is clearly important to them. They use recycled materials for their packaging and print with waterless/soy-based inks to do away with extra energy and chemical consumption. There’s so much to love on paper… but do they stand up to the hype? Let’s see…
First… Grab a Plate!
To be honest, when I checked out the food in the website I was too distracted by how pretty the food looked to even read how it’s heated up. I assumed that Luvo frozen meals came in pre-set trays like usual frozen food. It actually comes in a pouch so make sure you have a plate handy when you heat it up 😛 I was at work and had to scrounge for a paper plate to put the food on. The point is to shuffle the food out of the pouch slowly so when it comes out on the plate, it will not be mixed together and look somewhat like the photo.
If you’re trying a Power Bowl, you don’t need another container. You can heat the food in the bowl that it’s served in. I tried a bunch of Luvo frozen meals… here’s what I thought about them:
Orange Mango Chicken
(with whole grains, kale, and broccoli)
- It’s full of flavour. You can really taste the fruitiness in the sauce and the chicken wasn’t dry.
- Very colourful… The broccoli and kale were very green and the sauce and mango were vibrant too. I guess that’s due to flash freezing at optimal freshness.
- Good rice and quinoa! I actually thought it was white rice but it’s brown jasmine rice and quinoa, which I don’t normally eat. That was a pleasant surprise.
- Nut-free and dairy-free and only 280 calories – product info
Roasted Cauliflower Mac & Cheese Power Bowl
(with brown rice noodles in a creamy sauce with panko style topping)
- Delicious even though it wasn’t completely covered with cheese
- The brown rice noodles were good but as I kept eating it felt more mushy. I think that’s normal with rice noodles though… I’ve made brown rice noodles and had a similar result.
- Great idea using roasted cauliflower, it added a nice crunch.
- Gluten-free, nut-free, vegetarian and only 340 calories – product info
Hawaiian Un-fried Rice Planted Power Bowl
- Very colourful, looks really pretty and very healthy
- This wasn’t my favourite because I don’t normally eat vegan/vegetarian food. I think it would probably work better with sauce.
- Vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free, 360 calories – product info
(with quinoa and mixed fruits)
- I’m normally not a fan of oatmeal but I really liked this. I would definitely eat this regularly before a race or long workout.
- The fruits tasted fresh and they didn’t skimp on the servings. The nuts also added a nice crunch.
- The amount of food was just right, in my opinion.
- You have to mix it really well to get the full effect.
- Vegan, vegetarian, 260 calories – product info
Farmer’s Market Frittata
(with sweet potato mango hash and spicy garden salsa)
- Surprisingly tasty for a frozen meal with egg.
- The egg seemed to be mixed with an assortment of cheese so the texture was a little strange. It was delicious though.
- I loved the sweet potato hash. The spicy salsa wasn’t too spicy.
- 250 calories – product info
Chicken Chile Verde
(with polenta and black beans)
- Better than I thought
- I’m not a huge polenta fan but I didn’t mind it. It reminded me of mashed potatoes and as long as it was mixed with the beans and sauce, it tasted really good.
- Generous portion of chicken and again, it wasn’t dry.
- 300 calories, nut-free – product info
Kale Ricotta Ravioli
(with fire roasted tomato sauce)
- One of my favourites!
- Lots of flavour
- The portion is a little small… would’ve liked more because it was so good.
- Nut-free, vegetarian, and 250 calories – product info
- Tastes great
- Big selection
- It’s local and I love supporting local businesses.
- Great website – It’s full of nutritional information and their store locator makes it easy to find the product you’re looking for. It gives you an idea of what meals are available in specific stores.
- Small portion size – This is great for people watching what they eat, without compromising health and nutrients. This is a pro and a con for me though.
- Some serving sizes are too small – Some meals are not enough for me for lunch. I’d have to supplement it with something else like Greek yogurt and a banana.
- A little expensive – At $7-$10 per meal and with the smaller portion, it’s a little expensive. However, I think what you’re paying for here is quality over quantity. I’ve seen prices go down to less than $6 at Urban Fare so keep an eye out for sales and use coupons.
Do you want to buy Luvo Frozen Meals?
Check the website
The Where to Buy section of their website is excellent. Just put in your zip or postal code and see which retailers near you carry them.
Get some extra savings by redeeming some Luvo coupons here.
Costco has some!
The Costco on Expo Blvd. carries a 5-pack of tandoori-inspired spiced chicken for $14.99. Looks delicious!
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