Frozen veggies… frozen meals… oh my!

Every day I hear the same thing from my kids… “What’s for dinner?” Of course I follow with some vague answer like chicken or whatever meat we’re having and then they reply back what kind of chicken… what else are we having… and so on. Now, if it’s one of those rare weeks where I actually took some time to do some menu planning for the week they can just look at the plan that I leave on the fridge.

No matter what we have for dinner I always try to make it as healthy & balanced as possible (just don’t stop by on the really busy nights where I make pizza rolls or something terrible like that). Dinner always includes veggies no matter what, like salads and a warm veggie like steamed corn, peas, sauteed spinach, or green beans. I try to throw in something new once in a while to see what I can get away with like creamed spinach (they hated it), kale (it went over so – so), and rutabaga (I love it & a couple kids like it… husband refuses to touch it).

More often than not I resort to frozen veggies that I know they like and steam them. There are fewer faces from everyone when I bring it to the table.

Yes, frozen veggies! Why not fresh? Well, they’re fast, easy, always available, and they’re just as nutritious and delicious as the fresh ones. And I’ll be honest… I do buy frozen meals in addition to the veggies. I find that they’re super easy to bring with me to work and help with portion control!

One of favorites is the new Cafe Steamers from Healthy Choice.

healthy choice meal

Oh my! The Crustless Chicken Pot Pie is amazing! It’s a good thing that it was just a single serving or I would have eaten so much more. It was full of veggies, chicken, and tender dumplings and had a light sauce that you mixed in after it’s done cooking.

healthy choice meal

Doesn’t that look great? Yea… I added a bit of pepper to it, but I add pepper to just about everything that I eat. It tasted like a freshly made pot pie and nothing like that old frozen meals that were blah… bland… and tasteless.

Please tell me that you buy frozen veggies & meals too!

Check out this video from Healthy Choice and Marie Callender’s!

ConAgra Foods frozen meals give families access to real ingredients like crunchy, freshly cut vegetables, homemade pasta and ripe fruit year-round. Just like most people blanch veggies before freezing them – ConAgra Foods does too – to help preserve color, texture and keep them fresh!

Give it a try sometime! Marie Callender’s hearty pot pies are filled with tender meat, freshly cut vegetables and Marie’s authentic golden, flaky crust. And Healthy Choice recipes use chef-inspired ingredients like, apples instead of sugar for tart sweetness and a splash of red wine for a punch of flavor instead of added salt.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ConAgra Foods.

5 Responses to Frozen veggies… frozen meals… oh my!
  1. Mrs. Weber
    March 27, 2013 | 8:12 am

    Yum! That looks amazing…I miss chicken pot pie (I used to eat the horrible unhealthy ones back in the day), so may have to try this so I can get my fix ;)

  2. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    March 27, 2013 | 10:47 am

    Oh!!!! I think I would really like that and those dumplings are the perfect “crustless” alternative. Yum, yum, yum. I really like their cafe steamers anyhow!

    • Jackie
      March 31, 2013 | 7:56 am

      I was really impressed with how good this was! The only fault I had was that it wasn’t enough.

  3. Emmy
    March 27, 2013 | 3:42 pm

    Totally buy frozen veggies, in fact the majority of my veggies are frozen ones.

    • Jackie
      March 31, 2013 | 7:56 am

      Same here. When summer comes and the farmers market is open I like to go there and get a lot of veggies but the one thing that I always get frozen is peas. I’m sure that fresh ones are amazing but I’m not going to sit there and shell them for hours!

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