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Yes, I Make Frozen Meals!

Taking my time back with the help of Lightlife's new frozen meals
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Listen, the truth is sometimes my week is just too busy to cook no matter how well I plan or how much I want to. But, I know myself well enough to know that if I don’t have some sort of game plan to stay on the healthy train I’ll be pulling into that fast food line and completely throwing my 2018 healthy initiatives in the garbage.  So my solution during those hectic weeks where I need to take my time back; frozen meals with a fresh kick.  

Yep, I said it, frozen meals.  But not the overly processed, full of salt, not-real-food, frozen meals of the past. I’m talking about Lightlife’s new plant-based frozen line.  Recently while shopping at my local Kroger, I stopped dead in my tracks when I spied that Lightlife logo shining through those frozen glass doors.  

If you remember I’m a big Lightlife fan, making vegan slaw dogs last summer.  For more than 30 years, Lightlife has been on a mission to provide quality vegetarian and plant-based foods prepared in the most healthy and sustainable manner. And you don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy Lightlife.  

I discovered Lightlife when I was meat-free, and still eat it now even not as a vegetarian it’s that good! By choosing to eat vegetarian just one meal a week you can have a dramatically positive effect on your overall health and the health of the environment. Win, win!

I of course had to try all of the Lightlife frozen meals. While I loved them all the four I kept coming back to where the Veggie Fritters, Southwestern Quinoa Black Bean Bowl, Wild Mushroom Ravioli, and Veggie “Sausage” Ravioli.  Now, these meals are all great on their own, but I like to jazz them up a bit by adding a fresh kick.  What’s a fresh kick you ask? Well it’s fresh ingredients that enhance the meal, but don’t take up any additional time.  You can prep them while your meal is turning away in the microwave, boiling on the stovetop, or toasting in the toaster oven.

For example, fresh dill and homemade tzatziki dipping sauce for the Veggie Fritters.  Organic tomato sauce and fresh chopped mushrooms for the ravioli.  And for the Southwestern Quinoa Black Bean Bowl I find topping it with fresh cilantro, chopped jalapeños, and a squeeze of lime provides that extra heat I’m always looking for.  These easy, fresh add ons, are the perfect way to make your frozen meal feel home cooked.

So now that you know it’s possible to get healthy, great tasting frozen meals I’ve got more good news.  Lightlife is doing a major sweepstakes through the month of February giving away 369 frozen meals! Yep, you heard right…369 meals! That’s meals for an entire year! Next time you go grocery shopping at Kroger, Earth Fare or Sprouts, pick up some Lightlife frozen items. Take a photo of them at home using #HeatWithPride and #Sweepstakes and tag @Lightlife to enter. Easy as that!

I challenge you this year to join me in being a little kinder to our bodies, our environment, and ourselves.  Take some of your time back, and #heatwithpride! Truly, MKR

P.S. Sweepstakes links with rules & regulations are…






Photography, Rustic White | This post is in sponsorship with Lightlife, a brand I love and adore.  Opinions are 100% my own.

Healthy Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa & Spinach Superfoods Blend

A Great Under-30 Minute Meal to Make Any Night of the Week
This Post is in collaboration with Bird's Eye®
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I’ve always been a fan of having frozen vegetables on hand.  They’re the type of pantry staple that can help even the most uninspired nights get a little sustenance.  So when Bird’s Eye® recently came out with the Steamfresh® Superfoods line, I was eager to see what it was all about.  Bird’s Eye has long been a brand I seek out in the frozen aisle at Kroger, and this new addition seemed right up my alley.  I mean, I’ll take all of the superfoods I can get, especially when frozen vegetables retain the same amount of nutrients as those bought fresh.

Big surprise here, but I was first inspired to try the Bird’s Eye® Steamfresh® Superfoods Quinoa & Spinach blend with my take on healthy stuffed peppers!  You know how much I love peppers.  I took a few plump poblanos, halving and deseeding them before throwing on the grill for five minutes—I prefer a bit of a crunch in my peppers, but if you like them more tender, keep them on the grill a few minutes more—before filling with the steamed blend straight out of the microwave.

I kid you not when I tell you that the meal took me no more than 10 minutes from start to finish.  I used some spicy white BBQ sauce I had in my fridge to drizzle on top, though I want to try cheese or even a spicy ranch next time too.  Voila!  So easy.  

The beauty with a blend like this is that its a great pantry staple that’s easy to mix into just about anything.  It would be great on top of a salad, paired with chicken, as part of a nourish bowl and so much more.  

I think you’ll find that the heartiness of the quinoa, paired with the steamed spinach, brown rice, cranberries & red peppers in a light red wine vinaigrette sauce is extremely satisfying however you fix it.  I’m beyond thrilled to find a good frozen staple like this one.  Have you tried anything of the collection yet?! Truly, MKR


Healthy Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Spinach & Quinoa Blend
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  1. 3 poblano peppers, halved and deseeded
  2. 1-2 bag Birds Eye Spinach & Quinoa Superfoods Blend
  3. dressing of choice, I used a spicy white Alabama BBQ sauce
  1. Cook Superfoods Blend per bag instructions.*
  2. Grill the halved poblanos for five minutes. I like them to retain a bit of crunch, but if you like them more tender, grill them longer.
  3. Plate the Superfoods Blend, adding grilled peppers on top, and leaving the majority to fill and stuff the halved peppers.
  4. Lastly, drizzle preferred dressing on top. Here you can also add cheese if you want!
  1. *Microwaving proved to be the best way when I tried cooking it as it creates the perfect steaming bag.
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Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with Bird’s Eye®, a brand we love and adore.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

Lightlife Slaw Dogs

the perfect recipe for summer Smartdogs topped with creamy coleslaw & spicy mustard
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In my seven years of being a vegetarian, one of the main things I always missed was hot dogs.  But if you’ve been a vegetarian, or ever tried subbing in plant based options you’d know that not all faux meats are created equal.  And believe me, I’ve tried pretty much every one on the market so I consider myself an expert in this arena.  

Lightlife Smart Dogs became my go-to brand ever since I discovered them years ago.  In fact I love them so much even though I’m currently not a practicing vegetarian I still choose Smart Dogs over the “real” thing.  So it was pretty much fate when the team reached out to partner on a recipe in time for Atlanta’s Peachtree Roadrace on July 4th.  

The problem with some plant based “meats,” specifically hot dogs, is that they can taste rubbery. But not Lightlife.  I swear, if I made you two identical dogs side by side you wouldn’t be able to tell which was plant based and which was not.  Plus you’ll find comfort knowing Smart Dogs are Non-GMO, Project Verified, and are made with sustainable plant protein.  Yes plants have protein people!!

Now, let’s talk today’s recipe!   Lightlife Slaw Dogs.  Grilled Smart Dogs topped with creamy and crisp homemade vegan coleslaw and spicy mustard.  It’s the perfect summer bite all in one.  And did I mention these Slaw Dogs are easier than easy to make?!  One tip when it comes to grilling the perfect hot dog: cut them down the middle and grill the dog on each side that way, you’ll get that perfect grilled taste in every bite. 

So that’s it; easy summer Slaw Dogs that you can feel good about and will please even the biggest skeptics…promise!  Truly, MKR

P.S. As you probably know, the Peachtree Roadrace is a big thing here in Atlanta, about 60,000 people participate every year in the 10k race, and the streets are shut down for hours while the sea of crowds float through the city.  This year, you can find Lightlife grilling up Smart Dogs on site, while also sharing protein-packed samples to fuel the runners before and after the race.  Seriously, find these guys and tell them I sent you!  xo

Summer Smart Dogs with Creamy Coleslaw, Crisp Apples & Spicy Mustard
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  1. pack of smart dogs (I like the jumbo)
  2. buns
  3. half a head of green cabbage, finely chopped
  4. half a head of purple cabbage, finely chopped
  5. 1-2 Granny Smith apples
  6. 3/4 cups Vegenaise
  7. 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, plus additional for topping
  8. 1-2 teaspoons sugar
  1. Make coleslaw: in a large mixing bowl, combine chopped cabbage, veganaise, dijon, 1 teaspoon of sugar and mix.
  2. Add additional teaspoon of sugar to mixture if you want a little more sweetness. Set aside. (Cole slaw can be made 1-2 days ahead of time.)
  3. Split the dogs down the center, grilling each on side until desired temperature. (I like mine a little charred.)
  4. Build your dogs: in bun, place your dog, coleslaw, garnish of dijon mustard and top with apples.
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Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with Lightlife, a brand we love and adore. All opinions are 100% our own. 

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