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Frozen Dinners

January 9, 2008

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I’m exhausted today—and my brain is function at a minimal level. So I thought I’d take a break from staring at the article I’m desperately trying to write for work, and instead write a blog post about Frozen Dinners. The best thing to make when you’re totally brain-fried. And time crunched. I recently picked up the Kashi Frozen Dinners, and they are surprisingly delicious (apparently they were introduced last year, but I just saw them for the first time). It only takes 4 minutes to heat up, and I usually saute up some fresh veggies to add in. Voila—dinner in under 5 minutes. I’ve tried 2 different ones so far:

Southwest Style Chicken: Grilled chicken marinated in lime juice, cumin and olive oil, served over Kashi 7 Whole Grains Pilaf, tossed with roasted onions and corn, green and red peppers, and topped with southwestern sauce.

VERDICT: Delicious. I added extra green peppers, and the entire meal was incredibly satisfying (for a frozen dinner). The best part about these dinners is the chicken—I get queasy when eating Lean Cuisine frozen chicken, and even chicken in salads at Make-Your-Own salad lunch places. But this chicken wasn’t soggy or weirdly textured, and actually tasted like grilled chicken.
Lemon Rosemary Chicken: Grilled chicken marinated with lemon and rosemary, served with baby Portobello mushrooms and sugar snap peas over Kashi 7 Whole Grains Pilaf, and topped with lemon rosemary sauce.

VERDICT: Still good, but a little watery. I had to transfer the microwaved meal to a bowl to try to drain out some of the excess water. But, amazingly the sugar snap peas actually SNAP when you eat them instead of mushing in your mouth.

So, for $4 at Whole Foods, this is the best frozen dinner deal I’ve found.