This month, our tribute to terrible edibles focuses on the freezer section.
Frozen entrees have long had a bad wrap and it turns out for good reason. Even though they boast less or no preservatives and have come along way since the TV Dinners of yore, nary a manufacturer seems to get frozen lasagna right. Which is kind of odd as a homemade lasagna freezes beautifully.
Here's a survey of not-so-super market items you might want to skip on your next trip:
Though it boasts that it it "Uncompromisingly Italian-Style" and has absolutely no preservatives, Michael Angelo's is simply so-so. Gritty cheese and an overly sweet sauce compromise the fact this dish does have the freshest and truly preservative-free ingredients. $4.29 @ QFC
If your intent was to make a product vile enough to kill one's appetite, thus resulting in weight loss, you have succeeded. LC's lasagna is basically cardboard-esque noodles with a tooth-aching 8 grams of sugar per serving and flat flavorless cheese. $2.20 with your QFC card.
The best of our sad bunch, MSF has a ton of crunchy veggies, faux meat that surpasses the real thing in some of its competitors and the best nutritional statics of the bunch. At only 270 calories, it's light. If they just would add 70 more calories worth of a strong cheese like Romano, this might actually be satisfying. $3.99 at QFC
I'm sorry, Stouffer's, but this is simply awful. Not even a whopping 930 mgs (almost double the equivalent of MorningStar) of sodium can help this tiny little container of evil. Bland Chef Boyardee style sauce, meat that would be questionable in '80s school lunches, and the worst noodles ever make this the stinkiest of the stinkers. $2.50 with your Club card @ QFC.
One of those rare instances where the generic-- in this case Safeway-brand production-- surpasses the original. ER is the one product that vaguely resembles the photo on the package when cooked, and while it is by no means awesome, it's for the most part inoffensive-- which for the bargain price of $2 at Safeway is about as much as you can ask for.