I love to cook, but let’s face it, there are times when the last thing you feel like doing is pulling out the pots and pans and preparing a several-course meal. Unfortunately, fast food today doesn’t provide ya with a lot of healthy options and the thought of eating Lean Cuisine (hello super processed food!) makes me gag.
So what’s a girl to do?
I found a couple of really great convenience products that are great for those no-cook days.
Trader Joe’s offers fresh, already washed veggies in single serving packages from Earth Exotics. Just cut a slit in the bag and stuff it in the microwave for 3 minutes. Voila! Fresh baby vegetables without the hassle. Toss them with a little olive oil, tapenade, harissa paste or parmesan cheese for some flavor and you’re good to go. My personal faves are the brussel sprouts and the baby pattypan squash.
For a quick lunch to-go, check out the offerings by Leaf Cuisine. I just tried their Purely Pad Thai today for lunch and was surprisingly satisfied. Leaf Cuisine focuses on raw, vegan foods, so you won’t find anything animal-derived or cooked in these products. Instead of rice noodles in my pad thai, I found crunchy kelp noodles.
The dish would have been a little weird, but the delicious creamy sauce (all vegan) added a spicy, tangy touch. I have yet to try their rockin’ rawsagna, but I’ll be sure to let you know what it’s like.