10 minute quick, easy, CHEAP, healthy dinner

I’m a big fan of meals that don’t take a million years to make, although I’m no stranger to slaving away in the kitchen on Sundays baking cookies or stirring a huge pot of chili or soup.  Working full time and often working over means usually dragging my feet through the front door and wishing a warm dinner has magically been made on my stove-but that never happens.  Where’s my fairy God Mother when I need her??

Lately, since it’s been getting cooler as we get deeper into fall, the crock pot is almost my best friend.  Almost.  My iPad is my best friend….and my bed….and my cat.  They know the real me, they get me.  Especially my cat.

But, there’s a small downside to preparing crock pot meals.  First of all, I love them because you get to throw things, random things in the pot, close the lid, hit the button and pretty much have a super awesome meal 4-8 hours later.  What’s not to love?  Well, it takes time and since I am ALWAYS running-not walking or even speed walking, but running out the door to get to work on time I barely have enough time to smear lipstick on my lips while unlocking the door to my car.  I do not give myself enough time and therefore, not much ends up in my crockpot.  But I always have good intentions!

Getting on to the point of this post (if you’re still with me-thank you!), I love super quick meals I can eat about 10 minutes after I begin cooking.  I found this amazing meal-in-a-bag at Kroger but you may be able to find them at Harris Teeter, Giant Eagle, Aldi, or any other grocery store.  It’s called Stir Fry Starters and you can eat it plan or add your favorite additions, toppings, or meat if you’re into that.

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Wanna know how much it cost me to have this for dinner?  Just take a guess, I’ll give you a second.

It cost me $0.75….. umm, did I say that loud enough?  Seventy five cents!!!!  I actually made two bags for both my hubby and I and added a can of water chestnuts and some spring greens while cooking, topped it with some gluten free general tso’s which added pennies.  I didn’t capture the amount it made because I was starving and, I’m sorry.  I’ll do better next time, I promise!!

How can you beat having a dinner for less than a dollar?  It was super yummy, nutritious, light, AND it was vegan and gluten free-all things that I need from my dinner nightly.  All other dinners need not apply.  I was so happy with the final product, I plan on stocking up on these bad boys for lunches and more quick dinners when I barely have enough time to kick off my shoes and head to bed.

That’s it!  It literally took me 10 minutes to cook in a pan, all I had to do was heat it up and it was done.  If it was any easier, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.  I’d feel like I wasn’t doing my job in preparing a meal.  It’s like cheating and it feels good.  I think I’ll keep cheating…. Ssshhhh….

Has anyone tried this??  What did you think?  What’s your favorite ready made meal?

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