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#grocerystoreobsessionjuly11

photo 3Take a good look at this picture.

**SCROLLING DOWN = SPOILER ALERT** 🙂

Take a good look at this picture. What do you see?

At first glance, it looks like breaded chicken cutlets, with broccoli and pasta.

As I have written in previous posts, sometimes I like to get my protein in other ways than meat.

Yes, there is pasta (Kroger Private Selection Gigli pasta), an easy butter sauce I made using Country Crock with calcium,  and broccoli (Green Giant Seasoned Steamers – Tuscan Broccoli), and shaved Parmesan cheese (which is from Kraft already pre-shaved).

This meal was made in about a 1/2 hour, using a combination of microwave and stove action.

But what looks like chicken cutlets, is not in fact, chicken.

It’s my latest grocery store obsession:

photo 1Meatless chick’n scallopini cutlets, lightly seasoned, by gardein.

I found this a few weeks back in the meatless frozen section in Kroger, and was very intrigued, especially at the fact that it says the protein is garden grown.

I also love the listing of the essentials: calories, protein, cholesterol, etc. on the FRONT.

Wondering what’s inside this masterpiece of “chicken” you see in the above pictures? Here’s the ingredient list from its website:

gardein chick’n: water, soy protein isolate*, vital wheat gluten*, expeller pressed/canola oil, organic ancient grain flour (kamut®, amaranth, millet, quinoa), natural flavors (from plant sources), modified vegetable gum, yeast extract, sea salt, potato starch, organic cane sugar, onion powder, vinegar, garlic powder, pea protein, carrot fiber, beetroot fiber, extractives of paprika and turmeric. rub: dehydrated vegetable (red bell pepper, garlic, onion), spices, organic cane sugar, salt. *non-genetically engineered soy and wheat.

You’re getting your soy in there yes, so a.k.a. some tofu-like qualities. But tofu, you do NOT taste in this, in fact this was one of the first meatless items besides meatless chicken tenders/nuggets where it actually had a similar texture to chicken (now not 100 % obviously, but similar). I’m impressed to see there’s quinoa in this as well, along with pea protein, carrot and beetroot fiber. I don’t know about you, but this product alone has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for QUICK meal ideas (and you know I love eating out of CONVENIENCE!).

And here’s how you cook it:

-Put some of your favorite cooking oil (I’ve used olive oil or vegetable oil) in a frying pan.

-Heat stove to medium high heat

-Cook by itself or in the picture up top, I cooked mine dredged in flour, and some herbs/spices (lemon pepper, paprika, garlic powder, etc)

-Saute on each side for about 2-3 minutes

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And voila!

The picture you see at the top of this post.

Now this may not be for everyone, I understand. I’m no vegetarian, but I do consider myself a vegivore from time to time.

But this find is exciting. And as you peruse Gardein’s website, you’ll find not only meatless chicken, but beef, fish filets and even holiday meals!

Bam. Easy, quick meal ideas.

**SIDENOTE: Another meatless #grocerystoreobsession I have right now, not pictured (because I ate them all!) are Kroger Simple Truth Meatless Chicken Tenders. Heat them up in the oven for 20 minutes and boom. Chicken minus the chicken. Delicious.

RECIPES — Trying out some “Hungry Girl” meals!!

Over the past few months I have been browsing Cooking Channel for different shows to watch on my DVR.

I had heard about the Hungry Girl T.V. show through commercials and through seeing some of my friends “liking” her page on Facebook. But it was until I sat down and watched the show did I realize how exciting a new venture I would get into! The first season of the show started in January 2011 and there will be a season two! HG is looking for input on her website right now as to what viewers want to see on the show next season.

Here’s what CookingChannel.com’s article on her 411 says about Ms. Lisa Lillien a.k.a. “Hungry Girl”:

courtesy of bn.com

Hungry Girl – Lisa Lillien isn’t a nutritionist, she’s just hungry.  She’s obsessed with food and wants to celebrate it…while still fitting into her pants.  This apparently has struck a chord since she has about 1 million fans who get her free newsletter, with millions more who read her weekly columns on Weight Watchers and Yahoo!

I signed up for her emails because I was curious as to what she was saying in them. Lillien and her HG team write great tips on what “swaps” to make when buying food and making healthy choices.

After watching a bunch of the episodes on my DVR, I was so excited to actually eat the food. Everything she made on the screen looked delicious and I was excited and eager to try it all!

So I did.

Last week I went out and bought the ingredients to make her “Holy Moly Guacamole,” “Nacho-riffic Stuffed Chicken” and “Mississippi Mug Pie.” I ordered three of the cookbooks online and while awaiting them, I made these recipes.

The guacamole and the mug pie were the standouts for me of the meal.

The finished guac in my green bowl 🙂

The guacamole calls for using 1 avocado and 1 can of peas instead of using all avocado. It still had the creamy texture of guacamole and had a TON of flavor with the lime juice, chili powder and cumin mixed in. I love this recipe and I’m going to make it again this week!

Mug-licious.

The mug pie was decadent, ooey gooey and chocolatey, just as she predicted on her show. It was like eating a big lava cake in your cup. It was warm and satisfied me quickly!

Nacho-riffic stuffed chicken heating in my oven!

The chicken was delicious as well, but it wasn’t the bigger stand out for me. I’ll admit, the recipe called for taco sauce on top and I ended up using hot sauce because I didn’t have any taco sauce. Also, the chicken I used was a little too big for what the recipe called for. It was good, but since I usually don’t eat a lot of stuffed chicken, I probably won’t be making this again anytime soon.

I also made an omelet in a mug after seeing her latest “Rise and Dine” episode. She made a “Denver Omelet in a mug”, but I decided to make it a veggie omelet (my fave!) and added tomatoes instead of ham to the recipe. It was SO yummy, I loved the fresh green peppers, onions and chopped grape tomatoes. While it was a little watery due to the water content of the vegetables, I loved this omelet, and that’s another recipe I cannot wait to make again.

But now I must speak of what I made today…“Hungry Girl-fredo.”

I went to Wegman’s the other night with my friends and bought the House Foods Tofu Shirataki Fettuccine-style noodles. I also bought the spaghetti ones to try another day.

The recipe was very easy to make. There was a process of having to drain and dry the noodles from the bag, cook them for a minute, dry them again and then make the sauce and microwave again. I loved the recipe! The noodles were a little “meatier” and chewier than regular noodles, but the flavors were all there with the light cheese, sour cream, reduced fat parmesan and black pepper. I would definitely make this again. I felt satisfied and comfortably full after it, too.

Here’s me trying the recipe out for you all on camera, and giving you the scoop on “Hungry Girl!”

Hope all is well!

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