What To Look For In The Best Microwave Meals



Added 469 days ago. 2 January 2023

Microwave meals can be a great way to make hot, tasty food ready in no time. They’re quick and easy to prepare, and perfect for when you’re tired or don’t feel like cooking.

However, there are lots of myths and misinformation about ready meals, and many people think they’re unhealthy and bad for you. It’s certainly true that some ready meals, often cheaper supermarket ones, can contain high levels of added salt and sugar and can be unnecessarily high in calories.

But the good news is that you can also buy healthier, more nutritious ready meals full of goodness and great ingredients, with low levels of saturated fat, salt and added sugar, that can help keep you on track with your healthy eating plan. We’ve put together a guide to help you find best quality microwave meals – here’s what to look out for.

1 Frozen or chilled

2 Reviews

This is another important factor in choosing good microwave meals. Check what other people say about them by reading reviews online.

Look at the product pages and use independent services like Trustpilot to find out what other people did and didn’t like.

Here are some of our top selling meals reviewed by our lovely customers:


3 Delivery

Rest assured in these uncertain times, at Wiltshire Farm Foods we are still offering our meal delivery service as usual, bringing sunshine to your door with our same good ol’ fashion service we have always been committed to delivering.

4 Provenance

Understanding where our food has come from is important, and it applies to ready meals too. Does the company tell you where its meals are made and prepared? If not, this can be a warning sign about the quality.


You should also check for information about where the ingredients and meat are from. Look out for meals using sustainable, ethically sourced produce including British and Irish beef and sustainably caught fish.

5 No artificial ingredients

Good ready meals should not contain food additives like artificial flavours and colours. Check that the food is free from ingredients like Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils and Genetically Modified Organisms too.

6 Sides and vegetables

7 Storage

8 Cooking

9 Plenty of choice

Microwave meals can be a great way to make mealtimes easier, as long as the food and ingredients are good quality. 

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