Fresh Meal Kits For Easy Weeknight Meals
I see you. You are just like me. You have great intentions of having a wonderful meal plan, grocery shopping done by Sunday afternoon and items prepped by Sunday evening. But just like me these are wishes and intentions but not reality.
I can’t not tell you how many times I have looked up from my work, realized it is ten minutes before I am suppose to run to pick up the kids from school and I have not put a THOUGHT into what to make for dinner. I am a food blogger, for pitty sake! I am suppose to have a laundry list of fabulous recipes and a stocked pantry. Here is my secret: It is not like you see on the internet. More times than not, I am stopping my GIANT Food Stores on my way home from kid pick up and finding something to feed everyone for dinner.
Normally I head to the meat department and see what is on sale and go from there. But I have been finding a faster, more economic solution for my family. Fresh Meal Kits from Giant Food!
By the time I have bought the protein, fresh produce and the starch I am usually at or above the $14.99 price point that Giant has set for these meal kits. PLUS they have pre chopped or shredded portions of the ingredients. Time is money and my time is important!
The meal kits are literally a grab and go. There is no need to run around the store to grab the protein to go with the box. No need to swing my the produce section to grab a few potatoes. Nope it is all in the box.
These Meal Kits are available in approximately 20 GIANT locations throughout Central Pennsylvania. Check you local store to see if they have them available. They will be found on a cold case display in the produce, meat or deli section. When I picked my kits up they were in a case at the edge of the produce section, right when you walked in the store.
Meal Kits will be rotated according to season.
I love to eat what is in season and I am glad Giant feels the same way.
Current Varieties include:
- Bacon & Feta Cheese Stuffed Chicken breasts with roasted Yukon gold potato wedges & garlic roasted broccoli
- Asian style pork stir fry with white rice ( I am featuring this one)
- Lemon thyme chicken thighs with zucchini, grape tomatoes and white rice
- Peppercorn steak with creamy blu cheese sauce, chive mashed potatoes, and garlic roasted broccoli and cauliflower.
- Salmon risotto with asparagus and parmesan ( I am featuring this one too!)
Each meal is ready in about 30 minutes! That is fast and fresh!
Here is everything that comes in that nice, neat little box.
This is for the Asian Style Pork Stir Fry
- 2 pork chops ( there are 2 in that package)
- White boil in bag rice
- Diced yellow onion
- Shredded carrots
- Garlic cloves
- Fresh ginger.
- Bag kale
- 4 bouches low sodium soy sauce
- Instruction card with step by step instructions and photos.
Each kit is priced at $14.99 or get two kits for $24.99. Each it is said to serve 2 people but I will tell you that it is a GENEROUS portion. You will have some for leftovers to take to the office the next day.
Let’s Get Started!
Slice the pork into bite sized pieces.
I trimmed the little bit of fat that was on my pieces, that is just how I cook.
The instruction sheet said that there was to be a 1″ piece of ginger root. Somehow I got a small bag of chopped ginger root. It was not a big deal, I just chopped it finer.
If I had a full piece of ginger root I would have peeled it and then grated it on a micro plane grater.
The instructions did say to finely chop the garlic.
Once again I am not following directions and and I am using my micro plane grater to grate the garlic.
Chop if you feel so inclined.
Heat It Up
In a medium saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium high heat.
Brown the pork on all sides.
Keep in mind that color equals flavor. Also don’t move the pork until you are certain that there is color. Once you break the instal sear, you have lessoned the chance of depth of color.
Remove the pork from the pan and add the onions and the carrots to the pan.
My pork did not have a lot of fat rendered off of it so I had to add a touch more oil to the pan.
Start the Rice
In a medium sauce pan, add the bag of rice to 4 cups of boiling water. Cook for 10 minutes, uncovered.
Here is a bounds tip from me: Use your tongs to grab the carrots and onions and work the pork bits off of the bottom of the pan. Those cooked bits are full of flavor and will help enhance your meal.
Add the garlic and the ginger root to the carrots and onion and heat through for a minute. You will know the ginger root and garlic is done when it smells ah-ma-zing in your kitchen.
Add the kale to the pan and saute until the leave begin to wilt.
Return the pork to the pan and add the soy sauce along with 1/3 cup of water.
Stir frequently, cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 165 F.
Use a pair of tongs to remove the bag of rice from the water and drain completely.
Isn’t this beautiful!?
I served it to my 9 year old and she ate all the components.
I think my favorite quote from her was, “That was amazing! I even like the salad.”
I was laughing because she was calling the kale ‘salad’. What ever she wants to call it…. as long as she is eating it!
I was most excited about the Salmon Risotto with Asparagus and Parmesan.
My daughter loves salmon. I am actually kind of shocked at how much she loves it and I will not be questioning it. So I was sure to grab this Fresh Meal Kit for my salmon loving girl.
Included in the Kit:
- Salmon Fillet, flaked
- Diced red onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 lemon
- 1 bag asparagus
- Shredded parmesan Cheese
- Arborio Rice
- Instruction sheet
Let’s Get Started
Saute the red onions for 3 minutes. No chopping involved!
I like a little color on my onions.
Add the garlic. Once again I used my microplane grater to make the garlic nice and fine.
It just ‘melts’ into the onions.
Stir for one minute or until you can smell the wonderful aromas of sauted garlic.
Add the Arborio rice to the onions and garlic.
Stir until all the rice of coated in the oil.
Add the juice of the lemon and 2 cups of water to the pan.
Set the heat to medium and bring the rice to a boil.
Stir for the next 10 minutes. The rice will cook and the stirring will help make a creamy risotto.
Add the asparagus and an additional 2 cups of water to the rice.
Bring everything to a simmer once again and stir for an additional 10 minutes.
Add the lemon zest to the risotto and continue to cook until all the moisture has been absorbed into the rice.
Add the flaked salmon and the parmesan cheese.
This was ANOTHER winner for my family. I am not sure how this is suppose to feed only two people! We fed 4 people out of this meal kit.
If you are a Peapod customer you can add these Fresh Meal kits to your order. Have the fresh delivered straight to your door.
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