Archive for the ‘Frozen Meals’ Category

It’s no secret around these parts that I love quinoa. I am still unclear as to exactly what the hell it is, but it’s weird and kind of crunchy and kind of AMAZING. Oh, and it’s good for you, so it’ll balance out my new diet of cakes, Double Stuf Oreos, and all savory foods covered in ranch. It’s a slippery slClark Griswold Saucer Sledope to the holidays, kids, and at this point, I’m like Clark Griswold on the saucer sled, greased with EZ cheese, racing toward a fluffy pile of cheesy potatoes. Pants…barely fitting.

CedarLane Natural Foods recently sent me their amazing new Quinoa & Vegetable Enchiladas to sample, and these babies are tasty and delicious. They come frozen, so they’re super easy to pop in the microwave and enjoy al desko. They’re filled with quinoa, black beans, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, with roasted Anaheim peppers, tomatillos, corn, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, yellow squash, black olives, and zucchini. Oh, and they’re topped with a crazy yum Poblano Crema sauce and more cheese! More cheese is my favorite, guys.

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Quinoa Enchiladas

They clock in at 340 calories with 12 grams of protein, 15 grams of fat, 7 grams of fiber and are vegetarian and gluten-free, for those of you who care about such things, which, fortunately, I do not.

Quinoa Enchiladas (2)

I think one of my favorite things about these (besides their overall deliciousness) is that they have black olives. I’ve been known to enjoy a good black olive or two in my day, ever since I was a little kid, stealing them from the relish tray at holidays, popping them onto the end of my fingers with my partner in crime, my brother. Black olives are where it’s at.

CedarLane Quinoa Enchiladas

So – the hard question – would I recommend these enchiladas to my gracious and loyal 2-4 readers (Hi, Mom!)? Yes!! Definitely. They are super good, and I didn’t miss the meat whatsoever. They’re really scrumptious and the sauce is delicious – not too spicy, but with a little kick. They have a ton of vegetables and good ol’ quinoa, so you’ll feel better about eating these than an entire pack of Double Stuf Oreos in less than 30 hours by yourself. Ooops.

For my Chicagoland peeps, you can find CedarLane Natural Foods at Jewel and Mariano’s, and there’s a store locator on their website. To keep up with their social stuff, follow them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Oh, and while you’re at it, if you want to keep up with my adventures in food, go ahead and follow ME on Instagram. I’m on there, hashtagging the ever-loving crap out of all the food I’m eating…it’s a LOT of food and a LOT of hashtags.

Disclaimer: CedarLane Natural Foods sent me their Quinoa & Vegetable Enchiladas (in a lovely box to my work) to sample, but all opinions are my own. Disclaimer Dos: Cedar Lane is also really great song by one of my favorite bands, First Aid Kit:

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I don’t think it’s exactly a secret the grocery store is one of my favorite places. Having grown up the daughter of a grocery store manager, it only makes sense that I feel quite at home in the aisles of Jewel. I like to think all that time spent in the supermarket gives me a sixth sense about new products I’d like to try, and there’s no aisle I’m more familiar with than the frozen “Meals for One” section. Since adhering mostly the Weight Watchers Simple Start/Core Foods program, I’ve tried to eat more fresh foods and rely less on frozen meals for lunch, so these days I’m typically zooming through this aisle, past the green Healthy Choice boxes, the red Smart Ones and the white Lean Cuisines.

Recently I noticed a new line of products (just past the sea of green, red and white) from Jimmy Dean that looked pretty good, and sold me with their low calories. Additionally, for the most part, they used mostly Core foods ingredients, so I didn’t have to worry that I was veering too far off the nutritional course.

Jimmy Dean Delights

Jimmy Deans Delight Golden Roasted Turkey

I had a chance to try three of the new varieties of the Jimmy Dean Delight bowls, including the Southwest Style Grilled Chicken, Hickory Smoked Ham and Golden Roasted Turkey. I really liked the Hickory Smoked Ham and the Golden Roasted Turkey, and for 250 calories or less, there’s a lot to love. I think one of the highlights was the sauce in each of these dishes – not overwhelming in quantity, but delicious and certainly added to the flavor. I love ham, peas and potatoes together, and ham is not a protein usually featured in frozen meals.  The turkey dish seemed like the filling of a pot pie, and was my favorite of the three meals. The Southwestern Chicken was good, but not as good as the other two. If I bought it again, I’d definitely jazz it up with hot sauce and sour cream.

Jimmy Dean Delight Golden Roasted Turkey

 

In the realm of Healthy Choice, Smart Ones and Lean Cuisines, I think the Jimmy Dean Delights line is a serious contender. Inventive ingredient combinations and well-executed flavors make these frozen meals worth a try, and I’ll be adding them into the rotation.

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