What is LIFE CUISINE?
LIFE CUISINE is an innovative brand that offers delicious frozen food with nutrients and ingredients made to help you thrive. Our goal is to help you get the most out of your food, so you can get the most out of life. LIFE CUISINE® combines quality ingredients and rich flavors to feed four different consumer eating lifestyles: Low Carb Lifestyle, Meatless, High Protein and Gluten Free. Our varieties offer flavor-filled and nutrient-rich recipes, featuring on-trend ingredients like pasta made with chickpeas, cauliflower crust pizza and zucchini noodles. From gluten free pasta bowls and sandwiches, to plant-based snacks and low carb lifestyle meals, LIFE CUISINE has an option for you.
What is the relationship between LIFE CUISINE and LEAN CUISINE?
LIFE CUISINE is an innovative brand developed by the chefs and nutritionists that also make LEAN CUISINE, offering delicious and satisfying foods with protein, fiber and essential nutrients to fit your lifestyle. 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 Buy Now 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.
What type of formats does LIFE CUISINE offer?
LIFE CUISINE formats include bowls, pizzas, sandwiches, snacks and even breakfast items. These formats align with four consumer eating preferences: low carb lifestyle, high protein, meatless and gluten free. From layered bowls to pizzas to sous vide egg bites, there is a LIFE CUISINE option suited to fit your lifestyle for any time of day.
What is Banza and why did Life Cuisine decide to partner with Banza?
Banza is one of the fastest growing dry pasta brands in the grocery store. With so many people now looking for gluten free options, Life Cuisine wanted to partner with a trusted brand to expand our Gluten Free Lifestyle with pasta bowls. By incorporating Banza’s chickpea pasta into our frozen meals, we’re bringing consumers a fully prepared entrée that will allow them to enjoy the deliciousness that is pasta, with a modern twist.
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 and piadas 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 crust.
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.
What is Life Cuisine doing to minimize waste produced when making your meals?
We achieved zero waste for disposal at all Life Cuisine-owned manufacturing facilities in 2020, meaning all locations have found ways to recycle, compost or recover energy from waste materials that would have otherwise gone to a landfill.
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 protein, fiber, and 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 490-1025mg of sodium (avg. of ~750mg). We passionately care about balancing flavor and nutrition in our recipes. On average, eating a LIFE CUISINE entrée would represent ~33% of the daily sodium intake recommended by the 2020 – 2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guideline is set at 2,300mg but Americans eat on average ~3,400mg of sodium per day. Refer to the product label for the most up to date ingredient, nutrition and allergen information.
Aren’t your meals high in sodium?
Our team of chefs works incredibly hard to create nutritious frozen meals that meet your lifestyle. The sodium in our products as in most foods is used to help provide flavor. The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise that adults limit sodium intake to 2,300mg but Americans eat on average ~3,400mg of sodium per day.
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.