As much as I love to cook, there are those days that I’m just so tired and hangry (hunger to the point of anger, a common problem in my life) that I can’t – or as my daughter would say “I can’t even.” For these nights, my non-vegan go to meal was a Smart Ones® Santa Fe Rice frozen dinner and a handful or two of tortilla chips. Can you say SALT-LOVER! Initially, I thought this was still an option for me as the Smart Ones® website considers this dish vegetarian. Well, yes it doesn’t include any meat, but that white sauce on top is cheese, oooey-gooey cheese.
So my mission is to find an alternative quick, easy and delicious frozen meal that is vegan/plant based and somewhat healthy. Off to Publix! Surprisingly, I found a rather wide variety of vegan choices. But, be aware, there are vegetarian, vegan and meat eater dinners all displayed together. Be sure to read the labels and check the ingredients.
I chose Kashi because I’m familiar with the company and I really liked their pictures. The Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl was speaking to me! After reading the nutrition label, I concluded that while its a little higher in sodium and fat than I like, the high protein, fiber, vitamin A and C qualify it as a healthy vegan dinner. Not to mention that a quick 5 minutes and it’s ready to eat! And most importantly, it was delicious! I adjure (Word of the Day) this dinner is a viable choice for a healthy, vegan, quick and easy, frozen dinner.
Word of the Day: adjure – def. to command solemnly under or as if under oath or penalty of a curse