In my last post, I mentioned using Birds Eye Creamed Spinach in an easy one-skillet recipe. It’s not the first time I’ve tried Birds Eye vegetables, though I do usually buy the Pictsweet brand, but I hadn’t tried the Chef’s Favorite Steamfresh Creamed Spinach before.
Oh my gosh… I am totally addicted now. This stuff is amazing! It’s super low carb, cooks right in the bag in about five minutes (in the microwave), and they really got the taste and texture down to an art! 😉
I was able to enjoy three full meals from one bag. I had used a few heaping spoonfuls in my one-skillet scramble, and put the rest away for later.
Yesterday I managed to skip breakfast – unless you count the six cups of coffee, lol – so I had a super early lunch. Or maybe brunch. Whatever you want to call it. By then I was seriously hungry, and in no mood to cook, so I opened the freezer to see what I could whip up in a few quick minutes.
I opted for the Gorton’s Grilled Tilapia I had picked up on my super fast grocery trip last week. I honestly didn’t have high expectations for it. I mean, it’s “freezer food fish.” It took five minutes in the microwave – and after about three minutes I added in some of my leftover creamed spinach:
Perfect combination! And the Tilapia was surprisingly tasty! Very tender, well seasoned, and a perfect compliment to my new favorite from Birds Eye. Vegetables and fish both are typically better fresh I’m sure, but it’s hard to beat fast when you’re hungry and want to eat healthy. 😉
This made for an inexpensive good-sized five minute meal, and it was fabulous!
I only had a few spoonfuls of the creamed spinach left, so I decided to use it on my dinner as well. I made a huge (more than half pound) hamburger steak, then decided to top it with the creamed spinach and flip it over and fry it into the hamburger steak:
This thing was HUGE. The picture doesn’t do it justice, lol. And I dipped it in mayonnaise, which may sound odd to you, but hey – it was really good. Plus I needed a little more fat in my diet for the day:
The fat is important on a low carb diet, by the way. I discovered last year that eating low carb AND low fat made my weight loss stall. It’s something to do with the science of the low carb diet.
Later I snacked on nuts, cheese and sliced deli turkey – and a Breyers CarbSmart ice cream bar – before bed, while I finished up a good movie. I’ve lost SIX pounds since I started back eating low carb over the last week.
Back to the creamed spinach, though – while I’ve always been a big fan of the Pictsweet brand, I’ll definitely be eyeballing more of the Birds Eye vegetables on future trips to the grocery store. I love the no-mess cook-in-the-bag idea, and was REALLY impressed with the flavor and texture…