Beetnik Frozen Meal Review

September 18, 2019   14 Comments

This Beetnik meal review is the latest on my quest to find a healthy, delicious frozen meal for those times when cooking is not an option.

Beetnik Reviews

Beetnik organic frozen meals shouted to me as I was standing in Target. I asked a fellow shopper if she had tried them and she said, “No, but I like the name.” Beetnik is cute, right?

I have taken a look at Smart Made and some vegan frozen meals but nothing has won my heart.

First up, Lemongrass Chicken with Rice.

After I noticed these meals, I checked the back of the package and had a nice surprise of no added sugar and 170 mg of sodium per meal. This is SO RARE in the world of frozen food that I got pretty excited. There is also nothing on the ingredient list that you wouldn’t recognize immediately as food (another exciting fact).

Here are the nutrition facts for the Lemongrass Chicken Meal:

290 calories, 7 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 42 g carbohydrates, 4 g sugar, 15 g protein, 3 g fiber, 170 mg sodium, 9 Freestyle Pts

This meal included green beans and carrots - and was in a coconut sauce which is where the saturated fat is coming from.

Unfortunately, I found this meal barely edible as it was a bit watery and the texture of the sauce was very strange. Somehow the meal didn’t do well as a frozen entree and I was sad but I kept trying.

Enter, Chicken Chile Verde:

Beetnik organic is made in Austin, Texas so I had high hopes for chile verde. The Chicken Chile Verde has:

250 calories, 3.5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 42 g carbohydrates, 3 g sugar, 13 g protein, 3 g fiber, 160 mg sodium, 7 Freestyle Pts

Again, there is no added sugar and the sodium amount is perfect for a meal like this. In addition, this meal was lower in calories BUT I wish that they had included brown rice instead of white rice to make it a whole grain choice.

Again, I was sad to discover that this meal was a bit strange. The texture was off and the flavor was flat. Oh man, I so wanted to like this. My rice also came out crunchy which was not good.

Finally, I tried the Shepherd’s Pie with Grass Fed Beef. This meal advertised kale!!

Here are the nutrition facts for the Shepherd’s Pie meal:

350 calories, 17 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, 29 g carbohydrates, 5 g sugar, 18 g protein, 4 g fiber, 210 mg sodium, 11 Freestyle Pts

I supposed I should have realized that meat and potatoes were going to send the calorie count of this meal fairly high. It did include carrots and kale.

This meal was actually good but once I saw that there was 17 grams of fat - I knew why! One tactic that is used in frozen foods is to add more fat so that it tastes good but this fat may have been from the beef.

The texture of the whipped potatoes reminded me of instant potatoes - I wish there had been some lumps. I would not buy this again.

This beetnik review concludes with at $5 per meal, this is not a great choice as these are kinda strange and not worth it.

Have you tired Beetnik organic? What did you think? What is your favorite frozen meal? I would love to review it!”

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Well that’s a bummer. Maybe if they would use more herbs and seasonings? Great feedback and I hope they read it because the nutritional profile is great for a frozen meal.

Amy's Organic Meals are my go to. The enchilada meal, and the mac and cheese bake are my favorites. I enjoy their burritos too.

When I enter the nutritional information lemongrass chicken into my old/former SmartPoints calculator, I also get 9 points. How is the Freestyle version 9 points when the chicken is a point-free food, while it's not under SmartPoints? I guess it doesn't matter, because from the photos I can tell I would never buy this stuff.

Hi - not a frozen meal, but I would love you to review the pre-made meals at Costco!

I stopped trying to find a good frozen meal years ago. Sometimes I'm tempted until I read the amount of sodium. I agree would love for you to review pre-made meals at Costco.

@Cydny - This is a very good question. I have no way of knowing how much chicken they add to the product because they don't include amounts. I decided to use all of the nutrition amounts to calculate the points. This is very tricky with foods like this.

Glad you did this review so I don't waste my money. I'll try the SmartMade instead.

I completely avoid the frozen meals. I will buy the frozen riced and mashed cauliflower and make my own bowls with black beans and vegetables but there is so much sodium in the prepared frozen meals that I just don't buy them anymore.

I have had one frozen meal that was absolutely fantastic!! You have to look into this brand, it's the only I even bother to consider buying!

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The only frozen dinners I've always liked are my own plant-based whole food meals, so easy to pop a couple extra in the freezer whenever I cook. It's surprising how quickly they add up. I'm inspired by the pictures and recipes from this site:…

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BarbL, I don't see any nutritional information on the Forks Over Knives site. Is it listed anywhere? Impossible to calculate points on any Weight Watcher's plan without this information.

So, I work for Kaiser Permanente and we just had a 21-day plant-based challenge. One of the frozen meal companies they suggested was Veestros. I love it! The portion is good and you can narrow meals down to gluten free or ones considered "weight loss". They are all vegan and most of them have tasted really good. I'd love to get your take on these meals. We are using them for dinner Mon-Thurs so I don't have to cook after work.

I tried two Beetnik meals, the shepherd pie and a sesame chicken, I found both of them barely edible, very strange tasting. I like Healthy Choice Chicken Marinara Power Bowl, and Amy's Cheddar and Broccoli bake the most for frozen meals.

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