Sometimes a dinner just can’t be from scratch. Sometimes a meal just can’t be a tender roast fresh out of the oven or a homemade soup that has been simmering all afternoon. Sometimes LIFE happens. Life has been happening to me all week and to be honest, after spending the afternoon running around, I didn’t want to whip up a “from scratch” dinner. Enter Trader Joe’s. Flashback 3 weeks, when after sampling some pasta at their oh-so-wonderful sample station, I thought how genius it would be to have some in my freezer for an easy, last minute meal. I turned the package around an scanned the ingredients. No hydrogenated oils, no soybean or cottonseed oils, no corn syrup, no artificial or colorings, no msg…perfect! I snatched up two bags and figured pairing this with some warm bread and/or salad would be a great, easy, somewhat “whole” dinner. Score!
The key to purchasing a decent, healthy, prepackaged frozen meal is to always read the ingredients. Know what you are putting into your body. So, don’t rule out prepackaged meals in a pinch but be smart about it. It can make life easier when LIFE happens!