In the spirit of recently watching Fed Up and confessing to the world (aka my three readers…but they mean the WORLD to me) that I occasionally indulge in the nutritional sin of popping ready-made frozen food into the microwave, taking it out 3-5 minutes later, and putting it into my mouth, I thought I’d devote this week’s Friday Five to my FIVE FAVORITE THINGS THAT COME OUT OF THE FREEZER. Here we go.
Safeway Eating Right For High Proten
This was about 7 years ago when all I did to stay “healthy” was cut out fast food and count calories. A few years ago, I swore off all forms of TV dinners after realizing the reason they were so cheap was because they are full of simple carbs with minimal protein. Then I found these babies. I know, they aren’t PERFECT. They still have more sodium I’d like in a meal and come on a plastic tray, but for $3 a pop, 3 minutes of effort and the high protein to carb ratio these have, I’ll gladly eat one about 3x/week at work and save the stress and expense of eating out or trying to pack something the night before. My absolute favorite is the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, but I haven’t had a horrible one yet.
DiGiorno Thin & Crispy Garden Vegetable Pizza
Birds Eye Steamfresh Flavor Full Buffalo Cauliflower
Trader Joe's Mahi Mahi Burgers
Dove Miniatures AKA Rondos
These little guys are perfect. I get a mild sugar craving right before bed. It’s kind of like the period at the end of my day. Like, is everything done? We’ve completed the day today? We have nothing else to do? Okay, now you can have a treat (apparently my internal monologue talks to me like I’m a cocker spaniel). I’m a big believer when it comes to indulgences to just INDULGE. Don’t compromise your indulgence with low fat ice cream. It’s insulting to the indulgence. Have full fat ice cream and just have a little bit. The best thing about these is they are already portioned into “just a little bit” pieces, which weigh in at only 60 calories each. Bonus: You don’t need to dirty a plate. (Also, to explain the title, these were called Rondos in the early 90's and my Grammy used to stock her house full of them for me, my sisters, and my cousins. Then they disappeared and came back as Miniatures. Not sure why they ditched the Rondos name and you can't find much evidence on the internet of a product called "Rondos" even existing, but trust me, they did and they were amazing).
Honorable Mention: Trader Joe's Riced Cauliflower
What are your favorite items from the freezer section? Am I horrible person for not treating my body like the temple it is and making all of my food farm to table? And why are Ben and Jerry actively torturing me? I’d love to know.