I love to cook! I really do. If I had all the time in the world…I would cook every meal of every day. Well, OK….maybe not EVERY meal…sometimes even people who love to cook need a break. And sometimes we just get so darn busy…that a “frozen dinner” is just faster and simpler and the only way we’re even going to GET a meal on the table.
Add the complication of having to eat gluten-free into the mix (and not being able to take advantage of the vast majority of “fast food” options out there)…and frozen entrees (GF of course) are very handy to have on hand.
Tonight was one of those rare nights when I didn’t have anyone to feed in the house except moi. I really didn’t feel like eating fast food…but I didn’t feel like cooking either. So I decided to pull out one of my “diet-friendly frozen dinners”.
I followed the instructions on the box and when I pulled it out of the microwave and placed it on the kitchen counter….let’s just say I was UNDERWHELMED. :-(
But then I was struck by a flash of inspiration that turned my sad little entree into a healthy, tasty dinner!
Now doesn’t that look more appetizing!?! :-)
Basically I just added some of my favorite “salad” ingredients that I almost ALWAYS have on hand. Tomato, avocado, cilantro, a little lime juice. I just love “dressing up” plain recipes and/or dishes with fresh ingredients. At the last second I decided to throw in a little chicken from last night’s dinner leftovers.
All of a sudden my ho-hum dinner was turned into something quite delicious and I enjoyed eating every last bite. :-)
For more inspiration on how to dress up your frozen dinners…check out this article I found on Oprah.com: Dinner Shortcuts from the Freezer Aisle. Some REALLY good tips there. :-)
So the next time you pull one of those frozen entrees out of the freezer, don’t feel guilty! Just take a few extra minutes and give it some “love”! You’ll be surprised what you can come up with!
What are your favorite frozen entrees to “dress up”?