Good Food Made Simple
Full disclosure: I'm not generally a fan of frozen prepared meals. I love to cook and most of your standard defrosted microwave meals don't really do it for me. That said, when I heard about Good Food Made Simple's new line of entree meals I was intrigued. As a working mom, finding the time and energy to cook real healthy meals for my family is a struggle-- and while I can make it happen for dinner, I have usually run out of steam once it comes to packing my lunch. And if there aren't leftovers or something I have made ahead of time available, then I'm usually buying something not so healthy for lunch at the office the next day.
Enter Good Food Made Simple. These new entree meals are made of organic ingredients and real foods like whole grains, organic veggies, and humanely raised meats. There is a huge variety of meals available and their focus on big flavor with simple ingredients was really appealing to me. I stocked up on a few and keep them in the freezer at work now. So no matter how crazy my evening is, I know I've got something hot and healthy waiting for me at work the next day.
As I mentioned, Good Food Made Simple offers a huge variety of entrees (and you can find them in the freezer section at many local Target stores), but I had a few clear favorites: The spicy cream Buffalo Style Chicken, Hatch Chile Mac, and the Lemon Chicken topped my list. Spoiler alert: they all include pasta. Because, pasta. In all seriousness though, I was pleasantly surprised by the big flavor, al dente noodles, and fresh-tasting veggies that I found in these meals. And on a busy day at the office, something tasty, healthy and easy like this is exactly what I need!
Argo Tea Garden Direct Collection
I've been on a hot tea kick lately. I love having a cup at work in the afternoon when I need a little caffeine jolt (but not one that's going to keep me up all night) or a little decaf herbal tea when I'm looking for a calming effect. Argo Tea is one of the best spots in Chicago for a wide variety of high quality teas and their new Garden Direct Collection is their most premium offering yet. The Garden Direction Collection is made up of over 24 different varietals in loose leaf format, each coming from a single estate in the world's best tea growing regions.
I've become a huge fan of their Armenian Mint tea. It has a really refreshing mint flavor -- not the stale kind you might find in other run of the mill mint teas.
As I mentioned earlier in this post, packing a decent lunch is next to impossible for me these days. The Eat Purely app has become another secret weapon of mine, ensuring that I get a healthy and delicious meal at the office. Eat Purely is a meal delivery service offering chef-crafted meals featuring locally sourced and healthy ingredients. They feature a few different entrees for both lunch and dinner every day. You simple order it on the app, select the timeframe in which you'd like it delivered, and then your Eat Purely meal shows up at the curb for you to pick up. The app also displays the menu for a week at a time and allows you to order in advance, which is great for planning purposes.
I have ordered Eat Purely a handful of times and haven't been disappointed yet. Some of my favorites so far have been the veggie burrito bowl (I've ordered it twice!), the spiced Moroccan chicken with couscous and roasted vegetables, and the savory penne with squash, kale, and mushrooms. The meals are substantially portioned (I actually couldn't even finish the pasta dish, which is rare for me) and if they need reheating, simple instructions for the oven, stove, and/or microwave are included.
Do you live in Chicago and want to give Eat Purely a try? Download the app and use code ANNEC4 and get $10 off your order!
Amira Smoked Basmati Rice
This rice is so delicious! Basmati on its own is great rice-- it has such a nice light and fluffy texture and it is perfect for pairing with saucy dishes. So when I heard that Amira was coming out with a smoked version, I was intrigued and definitely wanted to give it a try. As soon as you open the bag of rice you get a whiff of that smokiness that permeates all of the rice in the bag. From a health perspective, it is a naturally gluten-free product that has been proven to help with weight management and aids in good digestion and healthy skin too!
I combined the smoked basmati rice with some fresh lime juice and cilantro, making it the perfect base for a Mexican rice bowl. And this simple, hearty and flavorful dish turned out so great that I can't wait to share the recipe with you soon!
Editor's Note: Complimentary samples of some of these products were provided in order to facilitate this post. The opinions expressed, however, are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support A Squared!