from fat.) In fact, they have about two-thirds less fat and half the sodium of at least four of the regular New American Cuisines (that is, veal parmesan, char-grilled Salisbury steak, marinated slow-cooked beef, and breast of chicken parmesan).
Considering these facts, the healthier choices in this line are Le Menu's newest healthy dinners, which are similar to Healthy Choice, Weight Watcher's and other healthy frozen brands.
Carolyn: There's no question that Le Menu New American Cuisine is one of the most innovative of TV dinner lines. But I liked the IDEA of the frozen yogurt in these better than actually having to eat it. Not being on any kind of diet, I would rather get a bigger piece of Le Menu's good-tasting, sauce- covered chicken and pick out a more sinful dessert on my own.
The real problem here is price. Both Le Menu lines cost anywhere from 50 cents to $1 more than competitors, and unlike Healthy Choice, Stouffer's and Tyson, these rarely seem to be discounted.
Keebler Toffee Sandies. $2.99 per 17-ounce bag of cookies.
Bonnie: Keebler's new Toffee Sandies are rich shortbread cookies containing crunchy pieces of toffee. Other than a drop of artificial flavoring, these cookies are made with ingredients you might use at home.
One cookie provides 70 calories with 4 grams fat, which is a bit high. An Oreo, for instance, contains 2 grams of fat; a SnackWells devils food cake, none. The latter would make a better choice unless you can restrict yourself to just one Sandie.
Carolyn: I doubt if even you could eat just one of these cookies, Bonnie. This new variation on the old Pecan Sandies is just too seductive. For natural combinations, this toffee/shortbread blend ranks right up there with peaches and cream, and peanut butter and jelly. And Keebler's execution of it is melt- in-your-mouth-rich and crispy-fresh.
There are very few cookies without chocolate that regularly show up in my shopping cart. But Toffee Sandies has just been added to the list.