I'm not going to lie, I work 8 hours a day, and commute 30 minutes each way. When I get home from work standing in the kitchen chopping, slicing and preparing food just doesn't sound like the way I'd like to spend my evening. In the past hamburger helper, prepared foods, and fast foods were the solution. High sodium, high carb, high fat, but - highly convenient.
It's unfortunent that eating good food ends up being such a hassle for the normal every day person (or at least for me). Not to mention I have a lot of extra curriculars that keep me from a "normal" schedule, and I never know when work is going to run late or any of that other business so it makes it hard to plan meals.
I go to the grocery about 2 or 3 times a month (who has time to do it more often?!?!) and I always end up buying a ton of fresh veggies and fruits, and then life happens and before I know it $40 worth of food is spoiled. I needed a solution that allowed me to eat healthy, but on my own *hectic* schedule.
Thank goodness for my weight loss crutch this past month - frozen food!
I am starting to adore frozen food. I know it isn't as nice as fresh food, but honestly it has been working well. Here is a meal I made just the other day:
Shrimp Stir - Fry
1 Bag Peeled and Devaned Raw Shrimp
1 Bag Frozen Veggies (this bag has mushrooms, carrots, onions, and sugar snap peas)
1 Bag Frozen Edamame
Note: This is a low-carb recipe. If desired you can add rice or noodles.
1. Put a tablespoon of sesame oil in a heated skillet.
2. Add 3 cups of shrimp and cook until pink.
3. Remove shrimp from the pan and add the Frozen veggies and Edamame. Cook until veggies are thawed and warmed to the center.
4. Add the shrimp back to the pan, add some stir-fry sauce, soy sauce, and pepper.
Makes 4 Servings
Shrimp ~ 60 cal
Veggie Medley ~ 45 cal
Edamame ~ 85 cal
Oil and Sauces ~ 30 cal
~ 220 cal
Not to shabby for something I whipped up in 15 min.
The best part (other then it tasting great) is I can keep all of these things in my freezer/pantry at any time and they won't spoil. So even if it's a late night and I'm starving I don't have an excuse to eat poorly because good food is readily available and takes only a few short minutes to prepare, and tastes great. Well worth it I think!