Friday, August 16, 2013

Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods: Review



With the back-to-school season upon us, family planners will soon be busy. While coordinating our crazy family schedules, we'll be looking for convenient meal and snack ideas for our loved ones that are as nutritious as they are delicious.

This is a daunting task made simpler with Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods, perfect for us busy parents, vegans, vegetarians, celiacs and health-conscience meal planners. Dr. Praeger’s all-natural frozen foods are made with only the finest, recognizable ingredients most of which are vegetables that make sensible eating quick, simple and delicious.

With products you can feel good about eating and serving, all are made with no artificial flavors or colors, and are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Also, as more consumers spend more time examining product ingredient lists, Dr. Praeger’s has been leading the way by making the cleanest-label prepared products in the freezer section for 20 years, including:
California Veggie Burger & GF California Veggie Burger - Unlike other “veggie burgers” this tasty burger is loaded with real carrots, onions, string beans, zucchini, peas, broccoli and spinach. Each all-natural burger is only 110 calories and contains no preservatives, cholesterol, saturated or trans fat.
Fish – A great source of heart-healthy protein - Dr. Praeger’s uses only the finest white fish (Marines Stewardship Certified Sustainable) that are lightly breaded in seasonings and crumbs with no added fillers or excessive fatty breading. Gluten-Free and kid-friendly varieties are also available!

Veggie Pancakes – This Dr. Praeger’s line includes highly nutritious Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Spinach and Potato varieties. Getting the family to eat their veggies is simple with these delicious pancakes that prepare crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. An added plus, all pancakes are free of saturated and trans fat, and also low in sodium. Available in fun, kid-friendly shapes too!

NEW Thai & Asian Veggie Burgers - Adding to their line of globally inspired, trend-forward frozen food products, Dr. Praeger’s has recently launched new all natural Asian & Thai Veggie Burgers. Loaded with the finest, recognizable ingredients, these first-of-a-kind veggie burgers are perfect for helping consumers create flavorful, as well as sensible and convenient Thai-inspired burger, stir fry and salad dishes.


I was sent a box full of Dr. Praeger’s frozen foods to try out with my family. I already knew of these because I had attended a gluten free tent event at one of our local stores and they served a few of these products! I think I had tried their spinach cakes and really liked them so I was eager to try more.

I received many varieties both gluten free and non gluten free products. They are marked which are gluten free on the front so no guessing and reading through the list of ingredients before realizing yes they are gluten free. I love that they use simple ingredients, lots of veggies.

Even though they have specific cooking temps and times, I cooked (the below) at 375' for probably 20 minutes (higher temp/time as called for) and they came out just fine.

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 Lunch time included these products to taste test: 
Dr. Praeger’s Lightly Breaded Fishies, Asian Veggie Burger, (Gluten Free) Veggie Littles, (Gluten Free) California Veggie Burgers, (Gluten Free) Potato Crusted Fishies.

The kiddos tried the Lightly Breaded Fishies, Asian Veggie Burger and the (Gluten Free) Veggie Littles. 

The kids did enjoy them, probably the fishies most of all, they wanted more (and I cannot get my family to eat fish). I was also happy that they tried the veggie littles. They also liked the burger.

My lunch munchies: (Gluten Free) Veggie Littles, (Gluten Free) California Veggie Burger in a lettuce wrap, (Gluten Free) Potato Crusted Fishies with homemade tarter sauce.

I also thought the fishies were great, the inside is more of a mashed potato texture, it's not going to be a flaky piece of fish. The veggie littles and the veggie burger were very similar ingredients just in different form I guess. The burger I found to be too delicate to eat in a lettuce wrap, it was very soft, but still pretty good.


*Disclosure* I wrote this review and or giveaway for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods  The product(s) in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting my review and or giveaway. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Product info and stock images if any are provided by PR or Co.

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