As you know, I went to Florida this past weekend. Well it just so happens that Matt was also out traveling over the weekend, so when we both got back in town, one thing was for certain: our refrigerator is completely sans fresh vegetables. Let me tell you how much that is driving me nuts! I guess I could be considered odd in the fact that I love vegetables. Don’t get me wrong, growing up my parents tried many different ways to get me to love vegetables. It wasn’t until high school when I started to really appreciate the goods!
I had a serious craving for tuna today. A sweet tuna combo to be exact! This way of enjoying a tuna salad is lightened up with the use of The Laughing Cow Swiss cheese rather than mayonnaise. It maintains that creamy consistency without all those fatty calories, and adds delicious flavor!
It’s also a great way to sneak vegetables into lunch since you can pretty much add in any of your favorites and it will turn out great. Since I didn’t have any fresh vegetables, I grabbed a frozen bag of peppers and onions and added it into my mix this morning. By the time lunch rolled around, the veggies were completely thawed out!
On the sides I had some Special K multigrain crackers for dippin’ and a sweet crunchy apple.
While I was driving home from class today, Matt called me and asked me if he could help me get anything ready for dinner. He is my designated sous chef and test taster! But since we have zero fresh vegetables, I told him that no chopping was necessary and that dinner was courtesy of the freezer.
I had a bag of Steamfresh couscous with spinach, olive oil and lemon sauce in the freezer that I simply had to microwave for 3:30 minutes. I also had some frozen brussels sprouts that I put in a saucepan with water, brought to a boil, then let simmer for 3 minutes. Once they were cooked through, I cut them in half and sprinkled lemon pepper and black pepper on top.
I cooked a couple filets of hake fish my no fail method with lemon juice, lemon pepper, parsley, and basil flakes. Matt’s verdict: the fish was really good and lacked any “fishy” taste at all! Seriously, my “no fail method" of cooking fish…never fails. Just look how perfectly it flakes apart!
Even though my meals were courtesy of the freezer, they were still healthy thanks to some staples that I always keep on hand. It also made everything come together in no time! I try to make sure my freezer always has these items:
- Chicken Breasts
- Fish (tilapia, hake, salmon, etc)
- Vegetables (pepper & onion blend, brussels sprouts, broccoli & cauliflower, peas, mixed vegetable blends)
- Steamfresh rice & vegetables or couscous with spinach
Apparently today was double the fish, double the fun!