This post is sponsored by Pinnacle Foods. All comments and opinions are my own.
Chicken Fried Riced Cauliflower
So far, this school year has been exceptionally busy – with my busiest work season and Ella’s growing extra-curricular calendar.
We’re eating more meals on-the-go, but I’m not willing to ditch all of our food values and hit the drive-thru (at least not on a regular basis), so meal prepping and finding products that fit our new lifestyle have been so helpful for prioritizing nutrition.
While I still try to make the majority of our meals from scratch, some days I literally have 15-20 minutes before we need to leave the house and we still need to wrap up some homework or track down a missing uniform piece – or, we come home hungry and sweaty from an activity and I need to figure out how to supervise bath time, make supper, and put out any work fires that may have started while we were gone.
My options are:
- To be realistic and plan for those days by having pre-made mealtime solutions ready;
- Or be unrealistic and end up hitting the drive-thru last minute because from-scratch didn’t fit into our day.
Finding nutritious options that I feel good about offering and that Ella also enjoys eating has been a bit of an adventure (to say the least), but we’ve both been happy with Birds Eye® Veggie Made™ Meals from Walmart which I found in the frozen meal section (and there’s an Ibotta offer on the meals that I’ll share below).
What I really love about Birds Eye Veggie Made Meals is that they replace the starches with nutritious veggies – the “pasta” and “rice” are vegetables! The taste and texture are spot on – I’m not a fan of cauliflower and it was honestly undetectable for me.
So far we’ve tried the Birds Eye® Veggie Made™ Chicken Fried Riced Cauliflower and the Birds Eye® Veggie Made™ Garlic Chicken. Obviously the Chicken Fried Riced Cauliflower uses riced cauliflower, while the Alfredo Chicken uses zucchini-lentil penne. Other varieties include Garlic Chicken and Sweet and Sour Chicken.
Prep is really easy – for the Chicken Fried Riced Cauliflower I just added 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to a frying pan and once it was hot, I added in the bag’s content (minus the sauce pouch). It heats up for 13-15 minutes with just occasional stirring, and then you stir in the sauce and serve (or portion out).
(There are also microwave instructions if you really need to be hands-off for meal prep!)
I use portioned meal prep containers for bringing these meals on the go with us – one half is filled with the Birds Eye Veggie Made Meals and the smaller portion spot has a snack or dessert. (If you’re curious, I did a side Caesar salad and sliced tomatoes with the Alfredo Chicken, and raspberries and yogurt mixed with chopped apples and cinnamon with the Chicken Fried Riced Cauliflower.) You could also bring these with you in an insulated container.
Each bag is about 3 servings, so it’s perfect for me to have the final serving for lunch the next day – and if you have a bigger family, you can use two bags! I find the irony of working at home is that I don’t really have time to make my own lunches each day, but I also don’t often prep a lunch like you would if you worked outside of the home so “plan overs” like this are perfect.
Birds Eye Veggie Made Meals are a complete skillet meal with “pasta” or “rice” made from vegetables. Right now, there is an Ibotta offer on the Birds Eye Veggie Made Meals.
Click onto the Ibotta link to find savings on Birds Eye Veggie Made Meals. Offers are available while supplies last.