Saturday Stirrings – the easy way out

After a year of near total immobility, dinners at my house either came in a box, or from a drive-thru.  I have finally gotten back into the swing of cooking for my family, and enjoying it.  The meals are more or less planned in advance, thanks mostly to e-mealz (they are a beloved affiliate in my right sidebar) and a well stocked cookbook, filled with tried and true recipes that have not sent any members of my family to the hospital.  And finally, the grocery shopping is back in my capable hands, a fact which no one is more thrilled about than Fiddledaddy.

However.

There are those nights when the best laid plans have fallen by the wayside.  Enter a short cut that I found AT WAL-MART OF ALL PLACES.  The other week when I was perusing the pasta aisle, I came across a box which caught my attention.  And made me a little nostalgic.  I saw a product with the name “Good Earth – Restaurant Favorites” on the top.  Good Earth was a favorite restaurant of ours when we lived in Los Angeles.  And I hadn’t seen one since moving to the far east (code for Florida).

I picked up the flavor called “Herb Crusted Chicken” and thought I’d give it a shot.  It was a bit of a gamble, since the price was $3.00 plus change.  But all I needed to add was the chicken and a vegetable, since the whole grain pasta and all the sauces and seasonings were included.  And I loved that the box boasted of No Artificial Flavors, Not Artificial Preservatives, and 100% Whole Grain Pasta.  But they really had me at “enjoy in about 20 minutes or less”.

Dinner was a hit.  And this week I picked up the Tuscan Chicken with Penne Pasta flavor.  The children declared that it was just like eating at Carrabbas.  Except that they had to do the dishes. As they are now my minions.  (insert maniacal laugh)

After checking out the box, I found they have a website, and on the website, I was able to print out a $1.00 off coupon.  This company also puts out products from Romano’s Macaroni Grill and Wanchai Ferry.

Anyhoo, I wanted to pass on this tidbit for those times you’re in a hurry, and frozen pizza just won’t cut it.  I was able to feed my little family of 5 for just under $10.00 (and that was because I was able to find organic chicken on sale).

I’m kicking myself that I didn’t snap a picture before the whole thing was massacred on our kitchen table.

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

April 16, 2011

8 Responses to Saturday Stirrings – the easy way out

  • Wow thanks for the tip, its just my husband and I at home anymore and we tend to eat out alot, which isn’t the healthest. But making meals for just two isn’t easy either. These sound good and with a coupon will be a savings.

  • Will be picking this up! Thanks for the tip!

  • Thanks for the tip! As a mom of 3 with a deployed husband, dinner can be, er, creative some nights! And I, too, remember Good Earth from LA… good stuff!

  • I heart Good Earth Resturant. The one in Foothill Ranch/Pasadena was my favorite. I’m guessing they are a little too trendy for my Minnesota town that I call home now.

  • I’m liking emealz a lot, but no matter what with a family of 5 picky eaters, SOMEONE is not going to be happy. I still hate to cook. Emealz has made the planning part SO much easier, but honestly I still have to weed through the weekly plan and take out the most offensive dishes (offensive to my family being if they have chunks of tomatoes or onions in them.) At this point I’ve gone on strike and not cooked, told people to starve or eat what I’ve cooked, and told them they can make their own sandwich if they don’t like the meal. Still, hating to do something and then having to listen to people complain about it…well, it can be disheartening.

  • Good Earth has wonderful teas, too! They have a nice cinnamon herbal tea (Sweet & Spicy) that I enjoy! Coupon link didn’t work, though.

  • Thanks for the tip. I noticed it in Walmart but had never heard of the brand or the restaurant. Now I know I won’t be wasting my money!

  • I highly recommend the Chicken Piccata and the Chicken Marsala from the Macaroni Grill line. They’re amazing.