Luvo Flipped™ Bowls: Frozen meals, fresh taste (+discount code)

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I got to test two of each of these Luvo Flipped Bowls for BibRave. Shown in the bowl is the Chicken Meatballs in Creamy Pesto Sauce. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

Disclaimer: I received eight Luvo Flipped Bowls to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!

I licked the bowl of a Luvo Flipped Bowl or two. I know that’s not necessarily something to be proud to admit, and I didn’t count the number of times I did this, but I definitely did.

I received eight frozen meals from Luvo about a month ago — two of each of the new Flipped Bowls. The types of Flipped Bowls are Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce, Chicken Meatballs in Stroganoff Sauce, Chicken Meatballs in Creamy Pesto Sauce and Chicken Meatballs in Garlic Wine Sauce.

I love pasta and could eat pasta pretty much anytime, and I liked that I was able to test a variety of bowls. I thought they all had great flavors. Two had rotini (the stroganoff and garlic wine sauce bowls) and two had penne (the tomato basil and creamy pesto sauce bowls). Although I chose the Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce as my favorite on an informal BibRave poll, I enjoyed all of them.

I don’t eat frozen food often, and we don’t have a microwave at home by choice. I did make some meals in our oven, and I also brought some to work and made them in the microwave. It was much faster to cook them in the microwave — about four minutes compared to 35 minutes plus preheating — but I liked that there was the option to do either.

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Luvo Flipped™ Bowls are easy and healthy for a quick lunch at work. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

I’m not someone who generally reads food labels too carefully, and I don’t follow any particular diet, but these bowls all feature protein, vegetables and whole grains — all good to have, of course. You can read more and see more detailed nutrition information on the Luvo website.

“Our Flipped™ Bowls provide a wholesome, plant-forward twist on your favorite familiar flavors,” the Luvo website says.

I do appreciate that these easy, frozen meals are healthy. I did think they were a little small, but I am also a person who can eat a lot. Maybe I normally eat too much, but I found it helpful to supplement the meal with a side — maybe a granola bar. One day I brought strawberries.

I also noticed that the sauces were not super creamy — probably because these meals are healthy.

I do think I’ve been eating out less for lunch since I received the meals, and at $5.99 a piece, they are cheaper than what I would normally pay to eat lunch out. Although I received this round of meals for free — and they are all gone now — I definitely plan to order from Luvo again.

I also appreciate that Luvo is able to ship the meals. I happened to get home on a lunch break soon after the meals were delivered. They were delivered in a foam cooler with dry ice. They were cold, and there was still some ice in the dry ice bags, so I brought the meals inside and left the cooler outside so the ice could melt.

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At home, pair a Luvo meal with a beer — like this Heady Topper I brought home from Vermont! (Vanessa Junkin photo)

In my town, there are only two grocery stores — Food Lion and Acme — along with Walmart (there’s some food at Target too). However, we don’t have any specialty grocery stores within about an hour or so drive. So, ordering the meals online was helpful. It could have changed by now, but I know after another Luvo campaign with BibRave, I wanted to check out the meals, and I only saw one choice at my local store.

Shipping costs $9.99 per order. This is a flat rate — I put in tests of one meal and 37 meals and it was still $9.99.

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