Archive for ‘Frozen entrees’

November 14, 2011

Trader Joe’s Chicken Egg Rolls

It was one of those whirlwind weekends, where Monday showed up way too soon. I simply was not prepared. The refrigerator was already empty again, so I scrounged in the freezer to see if I had any frozen entrees I could send for lunch. Way in the back of the second shelf, I found some Trader Joe’s Chicken Egg Rolls I bought a few weeks ago. It was the first time I bought them, so I’ll report back tomorrow about whether or not S likes them.

I put two in the toaster oven for S and one for me—I wanted to try them, too. The egg rolls are filled with white chicken meat, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, bamboo shoots and carrots. I was afraid they might be a little bland and a little dry, so I served a little sweet chili dipping sauce on the side. Honestly, they’re not anything special. As I suspected, they were on the bland side. But since I’m not the one eating them for lunch, I’ll wait for S for the final verdict. However, if I’m going to eat little spring rolls, I’ll stick with Trader Joe’s Lemongrass Chicken Stix or its Coconut Chicken Stix. Both are more flavorful.

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October 12, 2011

TJ’s Fusilli with Vegetables & Basil Pesto

I got in late from a run this morning and couldn’t bear to think about packing a lunch. Thank goodness the last time I was at Trader Joe’s I had the sense to pick up a single-serving box of frozen Fusilli with Vegetables and Basil Pesto. They’re perfect when you’re feeling lazy about packing lunch. But I only allow myself to get one box at a time; otherwise, I’d be sending S to school with this three times a week.

The ingredients are straightforward, and S digs the pesto pasta so much that she even manages to choke down the accompanying zucchini. She does, however, pick out the red peppers. All you do is nuke the box for five minutes. After it was cooked, I threw in some of the leftover flank steak from earlier in the week to make sure S gets her protein.

P.S. — The fusilli passes my taste test with flying colors, especially for a frozen pasta entree from France. It’s like getting a Thai curry from the Germans. But somehow, it works.

October 7, 2011

TJ’s Chicken Taquitos

Last week when I was at Trader Joe’s, the store had its chicken taquitos on demo. And since I had C and S in tow, the kids insisted that we try them. At first I cringed, but after looking at the ingredients I realized they’re pretty benign. Both kids loved them, so I gave in to S’s pleading and dropped them in my cart.

This morning I was glad to have them in the freezer, because I was out of the usual staples and didn’t have any leftovers. So, I dropped two in the toaster oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, I smashed up half an avocado and mixed in a little salt and lime juice. The lime gives the simple guacamole some nice acidity, and prevents it from turning brown. Then, I cut up an apple and washed some green and red grapes. Lunch? Check.

September 2, 2011

Frantic Friday – TJ’s to the Rescue

It was one of those mornings. I was slow getting out of bed and then, it took me an extra ten minutes to run my usual loop. When I got home, I realized I only had 30 minutes to shower and pack a lunch. It’s the fourth day of school and already I’m resorting to frozen entrees from Trader Joe’s. I would have put together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but unfortunately S is not a fan of sandwiches. So, I shoved three Lemongrass Chicken Stix in the toaster oven and hopped in the shower.

By the time I was done getting ready, the little spring rolls were cooked. For a side, I cut up some carrots, cucumbers and grape tomatoes. And then I grabbed a tube of yogurt from the freezer. Thanks for coming to the rescue, Trader Joe’s!

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