18 Easy Upgrades for Convenience Foods
Best Frozen Pizza
Trader Joe’s Pizza 4 Formaggi
A thin and chewy crust topped with Asiago, Pecorino, Grana, and Edam puts this rustic pie ahead of the competition.
To buy: $4 for 13.4 ounces.
Best Breaded Chicken
Bell & Evans Breaded Boneless, Skinless Breasts
These thick and juicy cutlets are antibiotic-free.
To buy: $6 for 10.5 ounces (2 cutlets).
Best Marinara Sauce
Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce
This unanimous favorite―with a gorgeous color and a luscious consistency―tastes of real tomatoes and good olive oil.
To buy: $9 for 24 ounces.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Best Chicken Noodle Soup
Campbell’s Select Harvest Chicken with Egg Noodles
Not too salty, this hearty soup has real chicken flavor and chunks of white meat―but no tin-can aftertaste.
To buy: $2.50 for 18.6 ounces.
Best Rice Pilaf
Near East Original Rice Pilaf
Praised for its firm, plump grains and rich (not oily) seasoning, this blend is mild enough to appeal to even the most picky palates. Pasta lovers will appreciate the nice helping of orzo mixed in.
To buy: $2.50 for 6.09 ounces.
Best Pound Cake
Entenmann’s All Butter Loaf Cake
Just-baked brown with a creamy gold interior, this versatile treat has a clean, buttery flavor and a pleasing dense texture.
To buy: $4.50 for 12 ounces.