I have yet to figure out WHY, but for some reason February and March kick our family’s collective tails.
Just when we start to feel like we’re getting our feet back under us again…
It’s kickball season and that consumes 4 to 5 nights a week.
Between kickball, school, work, and just living life… March to May make me feel like I’m living in one of those cartoons where the clocks all have hands that are spinning at a crazy fast pace and everything is in fast forward. I feel like if I blink, I’ll have missed a day, a week, a month of life.
Would I trade a hectic, often sweaty, dirt filled, fast paced minute?
I will however, accept any and all advice, help, aid and anything else that makes our days easier.
WAIT FOR IT... (HIMYM reference)
One thing that I try to do even amidst all the crazy, is make sure we eat well, and that doesn’t mean paper bags and drive thrus.
I want real food.
Food that comes from my kitchen, and that’s a hard thing to do when schedules are colliding like kids in a bumper car ring.
If I don’t want it to be drive thru, if I haven’t planned enough for the Slow Cooker, and sandwiches just won’t do… I’m not left with many options.
Unless I want to throw one of those frozen skillet meals together and let’s face it, I’d rather not because I’m not a fan of frozen meals.
I SAID IT.
They are always lacking, Lacking, flavor, texture, taste, substance…. you name it, they’re usually lacking it.
USUALLY being the keyword. As of about a week ago, I ate my words and I blame Zatarain’s.
Apparently March is frozen food month.
Zatarains knew and they sent me a box filled with a whole bunch of CRAZY frozen deliciousness.
I was hesitant, but I threw caution to the wind, especially when I saw the Ready in 10 minutes on the front of the bag.
I tossed the Blackened Chicken Alfredo into my big skillet with a bag of frozen veggies (we were hungry and I wanted to make this stretch), put the lid on it, cooked for 5 minutes, removed the lid and stirred and cooked uncovered for about 8 more minutes until it was all bubbly and Nathan was hovering around the stove drooling.
I have to tell y’all, the smell was amazing.
The taste… pretty damn good.
Nathan actually stood at the counter and ate this out of the serving bowl.
This would be straight up delicious as is.
The addition of the frozen veggie blend and crushed red pepper flakes just takes it to a heightened level of deliciousness.
I’m curious now – do any of y’all doctor frozen meals? If you do, what do you do? What are your favorite tricks?
DISCLOSURE: I’m a Zatarains Krewe Member/Ambassador.
I received a box of frozen meals from Zatarains. I chose to cook them and I chose to write about this meal. I am compensated for my participation as a Zatarains Ambassador, but all opinions, ideas, recipes and thoughts are my own unless otherwise stated.