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Confession: I love meal planning so much and take great joy in doing it on a weekly basis…only to end up winging it pretty much every night. It’s inevitable that my best-laid plans are usually going to get redirected, so rather than obsess about it, I’ve embraced it the best way I know how: having a back-up plan that’s just as good as the original.
I try really hard to fit vegetables and lean protein into all of our meals, so having on-hand options that fulfill that need make throwing dinner together a breeze. One of my favorite things to do these days is to grill some fish (usually salmon) or chicken breasts and then microwave a bag of Birds Eye® Protein Blends during the last few minutes of cooking. Suddenly our dinner is packed with protein and veggies, and it took literally moments to throw together.
Another thing these days is figuring out lunch at the last minute. If there aren’t leftovers, it can be really hard to find the motivation to eat a healthy and hearty protein-packed lunch at home. But if I can have something ready in 5 minutes flat? Done! That’s where Birds Eye® Protein Blends come in again – 5 minutes and I have a bowl full of warm, flavorful, healthy goodness to fuel me through the rest of the day!
These blends are so simple it’s almost silly – you microwave for the allotted time and then you have perfectly cooked veggies and tender legumes with a flavorful sauce. It’s the perfect amount to share as a side or to have as a meal for one. Every week I stock up on my favorites – Southwest Style, California Style, Italian Style and Asian Style and have them on hand for a dish I can count on when on the fly.