Every once in a while, even I get fed up with cooking and (especially) doing dishes! Yesterday, my day did not go according to plan so I was finishing up my errands at 5:30pm (instead of 3pm which I had hoped). Since Whole Foods was my final stop before heading home, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to grab some pre-prepared dinner and take a break from meal preparation and dish doing. There are very few ready-to-eat meal options that I can eat without having some sort of MSG reaction, but I have found a couple “go to” options for such occasions. Here’s what we had last night. Cost of this meal was about $10 for the 2 of us (since we only ate 1/2 of the chicken), but we ate more beans/chips/veggies than show on this plate…
Smoked Chicken from Whole Foods deli ($4, since we ate half) – Contains: “chicken, garlic, sea salt, black pepper, thyme, sage, ginger, bay leaves, celery, brown sugar, onion, red bell pepper, parsley & canola oil”
Organic Canned Baked Beans ($1.50) – Contains: “organic white beans, water, organic sugar, organic tomato paste, organic molasses, sea salt, organic vinegar, organic brown rice flour, organic onion powder, organic mustard powder”
Baked Kettle Chips ($2.99 for a tiny bag; we ate them all) – Contains “potatoes, sunflower or safflower oil, sea salt”
Large organic cucumber ($1.65)
Organic baby carrots (from fridge)
Honestly, I’d substitute something else for the chips in the future, like a side dish from the deli. They didn’t taste very good, I didn’t feel good about eating them, and they were expensive! The chicken was REALLY good, though. Although it contains things we don’t normally put in our chicken (like sugar and oil….especially Canola oil!), at least I understood what all of the ingredients were, none of them were names that disguise MSG…. and the only dishes from this meal were a couple plates and a cutting board! Score!
What are your favorite “strike night” meals? Please share with a comment below, and maybe I’ll feature YOUR meal in a future post!!
Usually leftovers, or my oldest makes eggs and toast. Went to Whole Foods the other day and got hamburger for the freezer, saved half a pound and made burritos with beans, whole wheat tortillas, cheese, and whatever everybody else wanted to throw in there. OK, guess that’s not on strike, but really easy and pretty good for you.