Well. I thought I’d let you in on a couple of my most recent, fast food favorites.
Recently, I went to a state dietetic conference, in which there were all kinds of free giveaways, goodies and snag bags. Yep, just one of the many perks of going into a food-related job. 😉
I sampled my way through delicious (and, to be honest, sometimes not so delicious) chocolate, yogurts, and cheese. Lots of cheese. By the end of the day, I discovered a couple of new (to me) products that I plan on using in my kitchen if ever I need food fast. Fast food.
Fast Food #1: Dell’Amore Tomato Sauce
Supposedly, this sauce is homemade in Vermont. I’m not usually a fan of store bought tomato sauces, but I’m really, really liking this one. The sodium content is reasonable and the flavor is as deliciously close to homemade sauce as I’ve yet to find. Best of all, the ingredients are 100% pronounceable.
It is pretty pricey though. I paid $5.00 for one bottle. But considering how cheap pasta noodles are, this meal really comes out to be a pretty affordable deal.
I like to bulk it all up with some extra veggies: zucchini, mushrooms, onions…
…and a crunchy side salad.
The sauce gets mixed with the cooked veggies and then I smother it all over a plate of whole wheat noodles.
There you have it. Fast food at its finest.
Fast Food #2: Flat-Out Wraps
At the end of the dietetic conference, there were more and more giveaways, as companies tried to just get rid of their products before heading home. I snagged a couple of these flat-out wraps to be used for quick meals and snacks.
The best serving method that I discovered for these wraps, was when I served them alongside bowls of homemade channa masala, which I had pulled from the freezer.
The taste and texture of the flat-outs are fun. I liked them. But I’m still not crazy about that long ingredient list. I wonder if the non-light ones are a little shorter?
Fast food doesn’t have to involve drive through’s, greasy fingers or eating in 5 minutes flat. A little planning can go a long way in preparing foods at home that won’t take hours and hours of your time.
Eating On the Road:
- Stop at a grocery store and make a meal from the deli with a whole wheat bulkie roll, a couple slices of turkey breast, a slice of cheese and some lettuce and tomato. BONUS: Park in the furthest parking spot and get some walking into your day.
- Pack a sandwich into a cooler if you know your day will be a long one. Chop up some chicken, mix it with a bit of mayo, add some grapes and walnuts, and tuck into a whole wheat pita with lettuce. Serve with some fresh raw veggie sticks for crunch and a piece of dark chocolate for dessert.
- Pack a substantial snack to hold you over until you can sit down and have dinner: half a peanut butter and banana sandwich, almonds with apricots, cheese stick and a piece of fruit, yogurt with fresh berries and granola, etc.
Quick Meals At Home:
- Breakfast for Dinner: Scrambled eggs, whole wheat toasts with a pat of jam, and roasted veggies on the side with fruit salad for dessert.
- Tuna Melts: Grilled cheese with tuna salad tucked in between. Serve with raw or roasted veggies and fresh fruit for dessert.
- Black bean burgers on whole wheat buns with avocado, lettuce, and tomato. Serve with homemade french fries and side salads
- Make big batches of soups, chili, stews, salads, etc. on your weekend and stash in the freezer or fridge for an upcoming busy week.
Healthy fast food. What a concept.
QUESTION: What is your favorite “fast food?”
I’m on a huuuuge pesto kick lately – it dresses up any dish in a flash, and a little goes a long way! I add it to scrambled eggs, tuna/chicken quesadillas, turkey sandwiches, and mix it with pizza sauce for a tasty tortilla pizza! 🙂
Out of sheer curiosity, do you have fast food favorites that you like to enjoy every once in a while? For me it’s McDonald’s fries 😛
The pesto idea sounds fabulous! 😀
And YES to the fast food favorites. I’m all about Wendy’s french fries with chocolate frosties for dunking pleasure. 😉
The ingredient list on the “non-light” wraps are still very long. That brand of wraps used to be my favorite until I realized just how lllooooonnnnngggg the ingredient list was. Twas a sad day when I discovered they were made with so much stuff. Recently I’ve been crushing on Brown Rice Wraps. Totally delish!
Mmm..yet another product that I spotted and walked on by at Trader Joes. Next time I’ll pick some up. They looked wonderful. 😀
Channa Masala looks nice looks like shawarwa.
I love buying a rotisserie chicken and making meals out of that. I’ll use the chicken in my salads, sandwichs, wraps… its one of the best ways to make an easy meal.
I am so making that channa masala next weekend!
I love those flat out wraps…their texture is perfect! I like to make veggie sandwiches for a fast meal.
I think it’s the fastest protein to cook.