Category: cooking

Supermarket Meal Kit

I’ve been intrigued by the meal kit services that cropped up a few years ago. I want to try them, but I’m a little scared for some reason. Also, they’re not cheap.

When I saw this Stouffer’s family meal kit in Kroger’s frozen food section, I decided it would be worth a try.

The box contains packaged chicken pieces, broccoli, a rice and quinoa mixture, and some sauce. You start by boiling water in a pan. You’ll use the hot water to melt the frozen sauce.

Illustration of saucepan

While the water is boiling you heat some oil in a skillet to cook the chicken.

Illustration of skillet

You’ll heat the quinoa mix and broccoli on a plate in the microwave while the other stuff is cooking.

Illustration of microwave oven

Put the chicken, the sauce, and the broccoli together and serve the quinoa on the side.

Plated meal

Conclusions

  • Easy to prepare
  • Not too pricey
  • Tasty
  • Healthy
  • Would be good to cook for a small dinner party

I’m glad I tried this meal kit and I will definitely buy it again. I imagine the offerings from Blue Apron and the like are more flavorful since they included herbs, spices, and other fancy food elements. But if you don’t want to spend the extra money, and do a little more work, this kit might be the next best thing.

Nutrition information
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Veggies!

I’ve got vegetables lined up for this week.

I roasted frozen broccoli and a medley of broccoli, green beans, carrots, yellow peppers, wax beans & red peppers (frozen) from Sam’s Club.

I used my FoodSaver FreshSaver handheld vacuum sealer to package them for the freezer.

FoodSaver vacuum sealerFoodSaver bags

Here they are:

Vacuum sealed vegetables

For the moment, I’m very pleased with myself.

Casserole Experiment

We bought a 6-pack of Amy’s canned soups at Sam’s Club a while back because I was going to start eating more soup. It seems that on the days I remembered we had the soup, I wasn’t in the mood for it.

Yesterday I had the thought that I could use one of the soups to make some sort of casserole.

I tried it today

Can of Amy's lentil vegetable soup
Canned soup

I mixed the soup with three eggs and little plain soy milk. I added some shredded parmesan and cheddar, and a little frozen chopped kale.

I sprayed an 8 inch round baking pan with cooking spray, poured in the mixture, and baked it at 425 for 25 minutes.

Casserole in round baking pan
It looks edible.

The Verdict

Casserole serving on plate
It didn’t slice nicely.

This casserole is not great.not It tastes a lot like the lentil soup it’s made with. Apparently, the reason I haven’t been eating this soup is that I don’t like it.

I’m calling this one a failure.

Fail