I feel like I live in this place. I mean who doesn’t, right? There is always that call at work, “Mom, bring some milk home” or “Mom, there’s nothing here to eat” even when you just did the weekly shopping.
When there are kids, a husband, pets and visitors, there is always a need for food. I drive past a Walmart (which I hate) and even another big named grocery store to get to this Kroger, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. They are close, friendly, clean and always have the best selection in the produce department, large selection of pre-made foods (not the frozen processed stuff) and are quick to get customers checked out. Even though it’s huge and you might get your daily workout in just going from one end of the store to the next, they always have what I’m looking to bring home.
To make the grocery store experience even better, Kroger started doing what they should have done a long time ago— making fresh, health foods be the next “in” thing again. They developed these “box meals” called Prep & Pared. They are meals that are in a box, with the ingredients all cut up, cleaned, measured and ready to go. The only thing you have to do is follow the instructions and in about 10-30 minutes, you have a healthy, fresh and homemade meal without preservatives.
This is the second meal we have tried. The box feeds two people— no leftovers. This particular meal was Bacon & Honey Mustard Glazed Chicken. When I read the ingredients, it didn’t sound too bad. The prep and cook time was 20 minutes and it had 510 calories per serving. The box cost $14- still cheaper than going out to eat.
The box contained the following:
* four strips of bacon
* 8 oz of diced chicken breast
* a bag of broccolini
* 1/2 cup of chopped radishes
*1 1/2 cup of wheatberries
2 packets of Dijoin Mustard
2 small packets of honey
The only thing I had to provide was a skillet, knife, salt, pepper and a little bit of water. That’s it. 20 minutes later, dinner was served.
When I put the meal in the bowls, it looked so festive, but did it taste good? Yes, it did. I’ve never had wheatberries before, but found that I liked them. My husband liked the bacon and chicken and the honey mustard flavor.
So, would I buy another boxed meal? Yes!
I love the way Kroger is trying to adapt to working households to make sure that we are not just eating food, but thinking of making better choices in the time that we have.