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It's tough to find decent frozen dinners. Most are salt-heavy and whole-grain-poor. And their ingredient lists often look like a year's worth of leftovers from your 8th grade chemistry lab.

Not Organic Bistro Whole Life Meals. The line of eight dinners ranges from 65 to 430 milligrams of sodium ... and you can pronounce the ingredients on the first try.

Take the delicious Chicken Citron (lemon chicken over spin ach with herbed quinoa & sundried tomato edamame). It's mostly edamame (green soybeans), chicken, quinoa, water, spinach, carrots, and sundried tomatoes.

You get 35 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber, 25 percent of a day's magnesium, 14 percent of a day's potassium, plus vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium, all for just 2 1/2 grams of saturated fat and 430 mg of sodium. Not too shabby for a 450-calorie meal.

The Savory Turkey (turkey breast in rosemary mushroom sauce with green beans & lentil-quinoa pilaf), with just 240 mg of sodium, may be the closest you can get to Thanksgiving dinner in the freezer case. And the Wild Salmon (in rosemary orange glaze with cranberry pilaf & broccoli) has no salt added. (You could even add a pinch to the 65 mg that occurs naturally and still end up rock-bottom low.)

Only one variety--the Alaskan Salmon Cake--didn't pass our taste test.

You may have to visit a store like Whole Foods to find Organic Bistro. But organic veggies, whole grains, less salt, and real food packed in recycled paperboard may be worth the trip.

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Title Annotation:RIGHT STUFF; Organic Bistro
Publication:Nutrition Action Healthletter
Article Type:Product/service evaluation
Date:Oct 1, 2010
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