What is LIFE CUISINE?
LIFE CUISINE is an exciting, new brand delivering delicious and satisfying food that feeds your lifestyle, your way. It offers modern and on-trend frozen meals that align with four dietary preferences: low carb lifestyle, high protein, meatless and gluten free. LIFE CUISINE features 15 restaurant-inspired recipes with contemporary ingredients. From layered bowls to cauliflower pizzas and sous vide egg bites, there is a LIFE CUISINE option suited to fit your lifestyle throughout the day.
What is the relationship between LIFE CUISINE and LEAN CUISINE?
LIFE CUISINE is an exciting, new brand developed by the chefs and nutritionists that also make LEAN CUISINE, offering delicious and satisfying foods to feed your lifestyle, your way with recipes that deliver protein, fiber and nutrients to help you eat the way you want to eat. LEAN CUISINE continues to offer portion-controlled versions of your favorite foods to help you stay on track, always with 10g of fat or less, and 400 calories or less. Together, LEAN CUISINE and LIFE CUISINE offer an accessible range of ready-made meals to meet your unique tastes and preferences.
Where can I buy LIFE CUISINE?
Thank you for your interest in LIFE CUISINE! Please use the Where to Buy locator to find stores in your area that carry our dishes. You can also buy our products online by clicking the Buy Now button found on each of our product detail pages. We encourage you to ask your local store manager about carrying your favorites, as they decide which recipes to stock.
How many LIFE CUISINE dishes are available?
LIFE CUISINE features 15 nutritious, delicious recipes. The line offers modern and on-trend dishes that align with four consumer preferences: low carb lifestyle, high protein, meatless and gluten free. From layered bowls to cauliflower pizzas to sous vide egg bites, there is a LIFE CUISINE option suited to fit your lifestyle any time of day.
What is Sous Vide?
Sous vide, “under vacuum” in French, is a cooking technique that uses controlled water temperature to cook vacuum-sealed food to the exact temperature desired. Our egg bites are like those you find at coffee houses and are made using the sous vide cooking technique to ensure a high-quality product.
Are your cauliflower crust pizzas really gluten free?
Yep! They have all of the flavor in a gluten free option. We use ingredients such as cauliflower, rice flour and mozzarella cheese to bring you a deliciously satisfying gluten free pizza.
Is the tray recyclable?
Paperboard: Yes. The paperboard outer carton is recyclable.
Plastic Trays: Look at the bottom of the tray for a triangle with a number in it. That’s the recycling code for the particular type of plastic used in the tray. You can check with your local recycling company to see if they accept that type of plastic.
Can I reuse the tray?
We do not recommend that the trays be reused.
Do LIFE CUISINE trays have BPA?
LIFE CUISINE does not use BPA when creating our trays.
Why is LIFE CUISINE focusing on recipes that appeal to four specific lifestyles? How were these lifestyles chosen?
Our team looked closely at what eating well means today. And what we discovered is that what it means to you might be different than what it means to your neighbor, to your roommate, or to your colleague. We wanted to offer foods that fit different lifestyles and dietary preferences in order to offer relevant choices to our consumers. We identified four key lifestyles, which ultimately became the foundation for our product line: low carb lifestyle, high protein, meatless and gluten free. But we didn’t stop there. We wanted to ensure that no matter what lifestyle or dietary preference, our meals would still offer the nutrients you need. So, we developed our recipes to include an excellent source of protein, or at least 3g of fiber, or contain two or more essential nutrients. That way, whether you’re Gluten Free, counting macros, or just trying to eat less meat, you can still be confident that you’re eating a nutritious meal.
Does LIFE CUISINE offer meatless options?
Yes, LIFE CUISINE offers meatless and plant-powered meals, so check the ingredient statements whether you are flexitarian, vegetarian or vegan to see if our products meet your preference for adding more plant-based foods to your diet. Take a look at our website to learn more about our menu of meatless and plant-powered options.
Are any of the new LIFE CUISINE recipes keto approved?
LIFE CUISINE currently offers modern and on-trend dishes which align with four broader consumer preferences: low carb lifestyle, high protein, meatless and gluten-free. While we do not have a specific ketogenic lifestyle, our low carb lifestyle recipes are keto friendly, with less than 15 grams of net carbs per meal.
How much sodium is in your LIFE CUISINE products?
LIFE CUISINE dishes have between 610-910mg of sodium (avg. of ~780mg). We passionately care about balancing flavor and nutrition in our recipes. On average, eating a LIFE CUISINE entrée would represent about one third of the daily sodium intake recommended by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The guideline is set at 2,300mg but Americans eat on average ~3,400mg of sodium per day.
Aren’t your meals high in sodium?
Our team of chefs work incredibly hard to create nutritious meals that meet your lifestyle. The sodium in our products as in most foods is used to help provide flavor. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise that adults in general limit sodium intake to 2,300mg but Americans eat on average ~3,400mg of sodium per day. On average, LIFE CUISINE products contain one third the % Daily Value of the recommended sodium intake recommended by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
I have a food allergy. How do I find out if your products contain any of the 8 major food allergens?
According to the US FDA 90% of food allergic reactions are caused by: milk, egg, fish, crustacea (e.g., shellfish like shrimp, lobster, crab), tree nuts (almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, etc.), wheat, peanuts, soybean. These are often referred to as the "big 8" and we always label them whenever these foods or proteins derived from these foods are present in our products. Refer to the ingredient panel for more information.
How do I prepare my LIFE CUISINE?
The recommended preparation instructions for LIFE CUISINE are on the package and provide the optimal results for each dish. All of our entrees can be prepared in the microwave and those cooking times are based on the usage of an 1100-watt microwave oven. If alternative preparation methods are recommended for a particular dish, they will be provided on the packaging.
How do I prepare my LIFE CUISINE dish if my microwave is not 1100 watts?
Our cooking times are based on an 1100-watt microwave oven. As microwave ovens vary, cooking times may need to be adjusted. If a lower wattage microwave is used, the cooking time may need to be increased. If additional time is added, it is important to watch the product while it is cooking to avoid bubbling over. For safety, always ensure the product reaches an internal temperature of 165° F.
My microwave doesn't have 50% power. How do I microwave your products properly?
Fifty-percent power is the same as power level 5, medium, medium-low and in some cases, the defrost settings on microwaves. If your microwave only has one setting, you can heat the product on high for half the amount of time, then check it. Continue cooking on high but check every 30-60 seconds to keep it from overcooking. For safety, always ensure the product reaches an internal temperature of 165° F.
Can I eat a LIFE CUISINE meal that has thawed?
Nope. LIFE CUISINE dishes must be stored in the freezer and cooked thoroughly from a frozen state for product safety and quality.