Meatless Meatballs & A Breakfast Burrito!

by simplylife on March 23, 2012

I feel very fortunate.  I grew-up in a household where canned soup was never purchased, and meat and cheese were always fresh from the deli.

Sure, Saturdays we were allowed to splurge with hot pockets, chicken nuggets and Pasta Roni (why did I love that fake cheesy sauce so much???), but for the most part, our meals were fresh and homemade.

I have kept that mentality into my adult life and place a strong emphasis on making sure we are eating real, whole foods.

But I also work full-time and have a spouse with an equally busy schedule and know that it’s just not always possible to make dinner from scratch every single night.

So when I received coupons from PJ’s Organics and Nate’s Meatless Meatballs I was both excited and skeptical.  Could a frozen meal actually be something I could eat and still feel good about?

Nate’s Meatless Meatballs come in three flavors: Zesty Italian, Classic and Savory Mushroom.  I chose Zesty Italian and loved that the cooking directions were so easy- just heat in the oven, or as I did, with the sauce as it cooks!  In a short amount of time, dinner was ready we ate our first “meatless meatballs!”  I feel like these would be a great product to buy for the host who is clueless about what to make for a vegetarian or vegan guest but wants to have an option available; it’s a no-fuss meal and a great alternative to your typical “spaghetti and meatballs” dinner!

The other coupons I received were for PJ’s Organics.  Now, I may not be the biggest sandwich fan, but roll it up and call it a burrito and I usually can’t get enough!  PJ’s Organics offers hand-rolled burritos in 6 flavors, using only organic ingredients sourced locally wherever possible. They actually make their own tortillas, and all burritos are USDA Organic and free of pesticides and preservatives!  I do wish they had a vegetarian option available but love that they are providing healthier alternatives to other meals found while walking through the frozen section!

I chose to try the Breakfast Burrito that’s made with Organic Turkey Sausage, Eggs and Cheese.  The tortilla was definitely my favorite part and I felt like I could really taste how fresh it was, even after being frozen first!  You can find these products at Whole Foods, Shaws or check here for more locations.

~Do you buy frozen meals/products?  if so, what?

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  • Anonymous

    I grew up in a similar household, and also try to go from scratch whenever possible. We do keep amys burritos and pierogies on hand for quick grabs! I will totally be trying these burritos too

  • http://gowiththedough.wordpress.com/ Hillary

    I’ve tried to stop buying frozen foods, but I still rely on some standbys like frozen veggies and berries and the occasional veggie burger. Convenience is key sometimes!

  • Belinda

    I think we all loved for that fake cheese for some reason….

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Ha, at least I know I wasn’t alone! :)

  • Deepasrideb

    Good quality of frozen meat products were out of our reach in our time as we used to live in a small town. But now I agree sometimes these can be life savers.
    Deepa

  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com/ Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    Annie’s has the best frozen burritos. They are so expensive, though, so I only get them occasionally.

  • Mom

    About the only frozen…ready-to-eat…meals I buy are pizzas and raviolis and oh, of course, ice cream for desert!!! Thanks for letting me know about these meatless meatballs as I could use as many options as I can get!

  • http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com Georgia The Comfort of Cooking

    These are two products I’ve never heard of, but they both sound absolutely delicious and easy for a quick meal. Sometimes there’s no time for anything else! Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a great giveaway today with four potential prize winners, so you should enter!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Great! Thanks for letting me know!

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    I like keeping Trader Joe’s frozen turkey meatballs on hand for a quick dinner when I’m feeling lazy, but I’m intrigued by this meatless version!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Yes! We’ve gotten their chicken meatballs quite a few times-they come in so many different flavors and always taste great!

  • http://yummychunklet.wordpress.com/ Yummychunklet

    I usually buy frozen chicken or veggies when they’re on sale. But, I’m always preparing them myself. To be honest, I was exposed to frozen burritos as a kid, and I thought they were so awesome!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I buy some frozen products … like pizza, appetizers for parties, etc..

  • http://jojoshouse.com/ JoJo

    I recently bought a frozen meatless ground beef, I haven’t had the chance to try it but I am excited to try.
    It’s impossible to cook from scratch everyday! I used to spend more time in the kitchen, and I still do, but the meals are more focused on how quick it could be cooked.
    I buy frozen pizza and add my own toppings sometimes..

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