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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

photo 2

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.

DAYTON: #grocerystoreobsessionsJune10

I eat out of convenience a lot of the time.

If it’s easy, quick, and delicious, I’m all in.

I’ve been keeping a slight (slight) distance from frozen foods. Not that I don’t like frozen foods, I do. But for a little bit now, I’ve been either eating meals from restaurants, or cooking myself.

But this week, I decided to head down the frozen meals aisle, and take a gander at what’s new. I was at my local Target store, and came across a line of foods that after making one of the meals just now, it’s become one of my grocery store obsessions.

The brand? Evol.

As soon as you pop on its website, you can tell the company is taking a completely different approach to the standard frozen dinners.

Its motto? Taste rules!

Its mission: “Inspire people to care about where food comes from and how it is produced by making real food that tastes delicious. Love what you eat.”

Amen to that, right?

The mission, motto, and packaging are very promising.

A selection of its Skillet Meals for 2. photo credit: groceryheadquarters.com

And based off of the grilled chicken Parmesan skillet meal for 2 (butttt I made mine for one), it delivers.

Several things I’m blown away about with this meal:

The meal in my skillet. From frozen to dinner in 10 minutes. evolfoods.com
The meal in my skillet. From frozen to dinner in 10 minutes.
evolfoods.com

1) From cooking the pasta in the skillet, the pasta did NOT turn soggy!

Sometimes this happens with frozen food, if you overcook, the pasta turns into mush. This was not the case today.

2) It had good flavor!

3) The meat looked and tasted good.

Sometimes with frozen meals I find the meat looks and tastes weird ! Do you ever find that? The chicken in this meal tasted really light, tender and fresh.

Evol has TONS of options for you to try, including another one I bought and am anxiously awaiting to try, truffle Parmesan mac and cheese, butternut squash and sage ravioli, a handful of fun breakfast sandwiches, and several gluten free items too.

If you’re looking for something cheap and very easy to make, try out Evol.

My second obsession comes from a recent trip to the salon.

I’m getting my hair colored one day, and my hairdresser offers its drink selection to me, one option being wine.

Every time I’ve gone there so far, I’ve always opted for a Diet Coke, or a coffee.  But that day, I decided to ask about it, and she told me there was a blackberry Merlot.

“Ooh!” I said excitedly.

And lo and behold, it was a wine brand I hadn’t really drank before until now: Arbor Mist.

WOW, friends.

photo credit: totalwine.com

If I had to choose between sweet or dry wine, I would choose dry, and that I have my parents to thank because they love a good Chardonnay, and so do I.

But the blackberry merlot is magic. It has a little sparkle to it, tasting not overly sweet, and has the nice blackberry tangy flavor.

This experience led me to me driving to the local drive thru liquor store and trying other flavors, which were also delicious (Mixed Berry Merlot and Strawberry White Zinfandel).

If you’ve never swung towards Arbor Mist until now, I say go for the gold and try it. You will NOT regret it, and at its good price,  get the magnum!

Have you had any of these two products? If so, please let me know how you liked them!

 

 

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