Friday, October 1, 2010

Food Fridays - Products for the Busy Life

I try to eat fresh, frequently.  It's healthier and it typically tastes better, but there are those days that life is just too hectic to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  I've found a few products that help me get through those extremely busy days, on plan, and without much fuss.  On days like that, I need dinner ready, start to finish, in under 10 minutes.  It takes more than 10 minutes to run through a drive-thru!  I try to keep a couple of these items in my fridge or freezer at all times so we can pull together a quick meal in a pinch.

Steamfresh Brown Rice - I've never been a brown rice fan.  It seemed each time I ate it I had to just choke it down.  Eventually, I stopped buying brown rice all together because I just couldn't do it anymore.  Then I saw Steamfresh Brown Rice in the freezer section. I decided to give this a shot.  I am so glad I did!  It doesn't have any additives and it really is so good.  In 4 1/2 minutes I have rice ready to go.  Steam in the bag and take to the table - it's that easy.  We often throw some lean pork, fish or chicken on the grill, steam the brown rice, steam some veggies in the microwave and dinner is done!  In less than 10 minutes, start to finish a healthy meal is on the table.  WW Points- 2pts per serving.

al fresco All Natural Chicken Sausage - This is an all natural, lower fat, sausage.  With a variety of flavors, the meal options are endless.  They cook in minutes and are absolutely delicious.  I recently made the Sweet Italian Style with frozen peppers and onions, a can of diced tomatoes, fresh basil and oregano.  We put them on lite wheat hot dog buns and topped with low fat Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses.  It was like having an Italian Sausage sub without all the fat.  Pair that with a salad and you have one fast, fantastic dinner!  WW Points - 3pts for 1 sausage

BallPark Smoked White Turkey Franks - No, we don't eat a lot of processed meats but this one needs a mention.  Let me first start by saying, these are not as good on the grill, the flavor just isn't there for that; however, they are fabulous wrapped in a reduced fat crescent roll and baked in the oven!  Pigs in a blanket in about 15 minutes!  The kids love them, they are much, much healthier than eating the high fat option and really do taste just as good (when done in the oven and wrapped in flaky goodness).  Because I do have children I attempt a "fake junk meal" each week just so they do get their hot dog, chicken nugget, pizza fix - but done in a healthy way.  So if you have a craving for a hot dog (admit it, we all get that craving) - pick these up with some reduced fat crescent rolls and enjoy!  Don't forget the mustard!  WW Points - 1pt for 1 frank or 3pts for 1 Pig in a Blanket

Weight Watchers Smart Ones Sante Fe Rice and Beans - Throw one of these in the microwave, open a can of black beans, fat free sour cream, lettuce shreds, diced tomatoes and some high fiber tortillas and you have burrito night!  It's fast, easy and so delicious!  You don't have to use much of the frozen entree for filling, so you can make burritos for the whole family.  It's one of our favorites and can easily be prepared in less than 10 minutes.  WW points - 4pts for 1 burrito (when divided by six burritos)

1 comment:

  1. sound so good and easy!! what a working girl needs!! I get so tired of fast food but I need food to be fast! This sounds like a great choice!