Flavorful Weeknight Meals
Hi #giantfoodies! Do you like to cook? Do you aspire to curate weeknight meals that have exciting flavors, and exotic yet nourishing ingredients? Yes?! Same- but if you’re anything like me, sometimes my weeknight timing doesn’t align with my foodie ambitions. The good news is that lots of companies have heard our flavor and nutrition loving cries and are starting to provide us with solutions. By keeping some of my favorite lesser- known side dishes around and pairing them with a quick cooking protein source, you can have a uniquely flavored, nutritious dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less!
Dr. McDougall's Quinoa Salad in Black Bean, Lentil, and Pistachio Citrus
These easy microwavable cups technically serve one, but by adding slices of rotisserie chicken and a pack of frozen spinach, you have a 100% whole grain-based meal in under 15 minutes.
I used the Pistachio Citrus Salad for the base of this quick dinner!
Birds Eye Steamfresh Protein and Superfood Blends
I love to tell customers that the frozen vegetable aisle isn’t what it used to be, because the flavor and innovation there is out of control! By picking your favorite blend, like this Southwest Style Protein Blend, and adding a fried egg or two to the top, you’ve got a weeknight dinner that looks and tastes like you’ve been cooking for hours!
Nature’s Promise Quinoa Cup in Sriracha, Basil Pesto, and Sun-dried Tomato
Craving Italian? Want something spicy? Let these quinoa cups cure your cravings. Simply heat, add frozen turkey meatballs and a frozen veg, and let the quinoa cup’s natural flavors do the work!
For this Italian-themed dinner, I used Sundried Tomato. Bon Appetit!
As you can see, it’s not unrealistic to have it all- a dinner that makes you look and feel like a boss in less than 30 minutes. Don’t be afraid to use better-for-you prepared foods to add flavor to your meals- your family will thank you for it.
Until next time, eat well!
Emily is a Registered Dietitian and In-Store Nutritionist for Giant Food. A proud millennial, Emily loves good food made easy and hasn’t met an avocado toast she doesn’t like. If you’re looking for simple and fun, yet better-for-you options, Emily has them! In her series, Emily will serve up creative recipes and uses for trending foods, all of which can be found in-store at Giant Food.