I kicked off last week with the following in my fridge: 3 bell peppers, an onion, half a clove of garlic, and a few salad dressings and stir fry type sauces. It was a really sad sight which resulted in NO meals being prepped for the week….
Which subsequently resulted in my breakfast consisting of oatmeal and a latte from Starbucks or McDonald’s on the way to the office, and my lunch being a mad dash to one of the dining halls to make a salad to gobble down at my desk or in class. Then there is the issue of what in the world to do for dinner. Stopping off and grabbing some ready-to-go food on the drive home was tempting but instead I remembered my stockpile of frozen noodle/rice mixes with vegetables. When these guys are on sale, I stock up for these exact “emergency” situations (confession: 1 night I did grab some food on the way home. It was 10pm, I had just left the office and I was HUNGRY!!!).
I’m not a big fan of frozen meals since most contain creamy sauces, cheese, etc that I don’t find appealing or particularly healthy. These Kroger brand ones are perfect since they literally just consist of frozen rice or noodles with vegetables. I like that they are healthier and able to be seasoned/transformed in to different creations each time. However, they don’t have enough vegetables to satisfy me, or meet the MyPlate recommendations, so adding extra veggies is key! So here is one fabulous freezer section creation that helped get me through the week.
Freezer Section Meals: Schezwan Ginger Stirfry
1 Bag Frozen Vegetables of Choice (I used the Mexican Vegetable Mix – not the most appropriate selection for an Asian dish, but beggars can’s be choosers!)
1 Bag Frozen Noodles with Vegetables
Stirfry Sauce (whatever you have is fine)
Warm up stir fry pan and add frozen veggies/noodles
Add ginger and sauce. Cook a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
When almost done, sprinkle with sesame seeds and stir
EAT….and get back to work not having wasted much time or eaten drive-thru food!
Not the greatest meal of all time, and certainly lacking in the protein department – BUT, I think it beats a $5 Hot and Ready pizza in both nutrient content and taste.
What is your back up food plan for when life gets hectic and there is no time for grocery shopping?
P.S. – I opted for grocery shopping on Saturday night over St. Patty’s Day festivities, and having a fridge full of food is such a relief as this week gets going! 🙂
P.P.S. – Does anyone else watch the new ABC show GCB? I think it is hysterical!!