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Convenience Food to the Rescue


As the immortal (though not-yet-dead) Tom Petty once said, “Some days are diamonds. Some days are rocks.” Other days, the chickpeas in your vegetable soup are like small, unyielding pebbles, ruining what could have have been an at-least-edible dinner and possibly a few of your teeth in the bargain. (More on this in my next post.)

Fortunately, cooking catastrophes can now be easily remedied by the almost overwhelming array of healthy convenience foods available. Many grocery stores offer packaged and frozen healthy lunches and dinners that can be ready in 20 minutes or less, and I have a sizable stock of these items in my freezer and cabinets. Here are a few of my favorites, including the ravioli that saved dinner last week.

1. Rising Moon Organic Butternut Squash Ravioli

In its simplest incarnation, this ravioli is wonderful with a little bit of earth balance spread and a tiny bit of sea salt. You also could add parmesan cheese or sautéed herbs. Add a side of vegetables, and you’ve served up dinner for one or two in less than half an hour.



2. Amy’s Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Amy’s Roasted Vegetable Pizza makes for a wonderful (and easy) dinner. Better yet, if you have any leftovers, it’s great  for lunch the next day as well. If you’d like extra tomato, I recommend placing the pizza in a preheated oven for a few minutes and then decorating it with sliced tomatoes for the remainder of the baking time.



3. Seeds of Change Uyuni Quinoa & Whole Grain Brown Rice

Cooking couldn’t be any easier with Seeds of Change Quinoa and Whole Grain Brown Rice packets. Just chop up and sauté some veggies and you’re set! You also may want to consider adding cooked beans. (One of my go-to combinations for this rice and quinoa mix is tomatoes, black beans, avocado and cilantro.)


4. Amy’s Burritos and Wraps

Amy’s burritos and wraps make great lunches or dinners (though if you don’t have a microwave, they take a while to cook in the oven). I particularly like the Indian Samosa Wrap, the Black Bean Vegetable Burrito and the Indian Spinach Tofu Wrap.


5. Arrowhead Mills Organic Buckwheat Pancake & Waffle Mix

Pancakes for breakfast, pancakes for dinner – I’ll eat pancakes at any time of day. Arrowhead Mills makes one of my favorite pancake mixes. To whip these up, you’ll also need an egg (or egg substitute), canola oil, honey, and milk (which can be dairy-free) or water. Top the pancakes with earth balance spread and maple syrup (or honey if you prefer), and consider adding a piece of fruit to the meal. If you have extras, wrap them in aluminum foil and freeze them for another day!


3 thoughts on “Convenience Food to the Rescue

  1. Pingback: chickpea-and-pasta soup | back to the garden

  2. Yum! Now I want to go to Whole Foods. Some girls wish they could be rich and buy clothes, purses, and shoes. I just wish I could shop at Whole Foods all the time. I want to live there.

  3. Me too! Grocery shopping is by far my biggest expense besides rent!

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