I haven't been doing much "new" cooking lately. We've been busy and our weeknight dinners have pretty much consisted of things we know and love - baked salmon, BBQ chicken, pasta, and the like. Although, even on weeks where I do have time to test and experiment with new recipes, we try to reserve Fridays for easy dinners like a Chianti Ristorante meat lover's pizza, fajitas at Plaza Azteca, or something from the freezer.
Our freezer is quite full of all kinds of food; it just saves so much time in the kitchen. We attempt to make sure the frozen food we eat often isn't completely unhealthy. Naturally, we do indulge - usually in Stouffer's Frozen Macaroni & Cheese - every now and then. But not all frozen foods are created equal; some of them are tasty and not terribly bad for you.
To kick off this little series that I hope to keep up with, here is one of our favorite things to reach for on Fridays: Trader Joe's Flame Broiled Turkey Meatballs. They come fully cooked and taste savory and tender - pretty darn delicious (for turkey).
Some would say the best part is they don't contain artificial flavors; others would say the best part is they heat in minutes.
We love to warm our favorite jarred marinara sauce on the stove, toss in the meatballs, and mix with whole wheat spaghetti. Dinner is ready in under 20 minutes, which allows us to resume our regularly scheduled Friday night activities - a neighborhood walk, wine, and Netflix (not necessarily in that order).
These meatballs come in at 50 calories each (say what?!). So go ahead, pile 'em up and sprinkle that extra cheese - it's Friday, after all.