Kids enjoy skillet meals, but sodium's high

RUSH-HOUR REMEDIES

April 04, 2001|By Joanne E. Morvay

Item: Green Giant Complete Skillet Meals

What you get: 4 servings

Cost: About $7

Nutritional content: Chicken Alfredo - 290 calories, 7 grams fat, 3.5 grams saturated fat, 920 milligrams sodium; Chicken LoMein -- 200 calories, 2.5 grams fat, no saturated fat, 760 milligrams sodium

Preparation time: 9 to 12 minutes on stove top, 12 to 16 minutes in microwave

Review: Green Giant is aiming its new line of frozen meals at youngsters, and the company seems to be on target. Even my picky 4-year-old ate some of the Chicken Alfredo, and my 15-month-old and my 3-year-old goddaughter really chowed down. The Chicken LoMein wasn't as easy a sell, but I think that had more to do with the girls' ages than the dish, which had a mild tang. My only complaint is the sodium content. You couldn't taste all that salt, but it seems a little high to offer regularly to children. The line also includes Chicken Teriyaki.

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