An easy shrimp dinner without the prep work – enjoy!
This post has been sponsored by Mrs. Paul’s®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
You know those nights when you can come home, throw some music on, and whip up a delicious meal?
Well, those nights seem to be few and far between. And I know that can’t just be me, right?
While they’re certainly lovely, it can be really tough to find the time to cook a delicious, flavorful meal. I know for me, I’m always running somewhere. Typically when I’m finishing up work for the day, I’m heading right to an event or to the gym for kickboxing (speaking of which – have you tried it? It’s the best!) – which means that having the time to prep dinner is a bit rare.
While I try to not totally book up my days – it happens. Life happens.
I used to have this terrible, terrible habit of planning out each and every meal. Now, I’m not saying that meal planning is a bad thing – it’s not at all! But, I would pick out 5-6 new meals to try out each week without planning ahead for leftovers or even repeat ingredients. This all meant that I was spending a fortune and feeling totally overwhelmed by all the meal prep.
That’s not the way to do it. Tim and I have really improved our meal planning process, though. We’ll select 1-2 new meals (or old favorites) for the week, and for the rest of the days – we simply mix what we already have on hand (grains, sauces, etc.) with fresh produce. That way, we’re using up our groceries AND not spending as much as we used to. Such a relief!
We like to always have a few ‘easier’ meals on hand. Our favorite types of easy meals are frozen! You heard that right. Sometimes we’ll make them in advance and freeze them, while in other cases we’ll pick up a frozen meal that we know we enjoy and save them for those hectic days. Our favorite is to have an easy meal (or two!) on hand for when we’re returning from traveling.
That means that instead of picking up unhealthy fast food on the way back from the airport, we’re coming right home and whipping up an easy – yet delicious – meal in just a few minutes. And this time, we’re trying something new – Mrs. Paul’s Seafood and Veggie Meals.
Have you heard of them? As someone who is still experimenting with seafood (especially with cooking it at home), I was hesitant about how much I would enjoy a steamed seafood meal at home. And you know what, it more than pleasantly surprised me.
I love that it’s a delicious and healthy frozen meal – something you don’t find very often. We had the tasty Garlic Herb Shrimp with Quinoa, Spinach, and Cranberries, but can’t wait to give Mrs. Paul’s other varieties like the Lemon Herb Shrimp with Chickpeas, Sweet Potatoes, and Spinach, the California Salmon with Peas, Yellow Carrots, and Sun Dried Tomatoes, and the Baja Style Cod with Whole Grains, Black Beans, and Red Peppers a go. If you’re wondering where you can find Mrs. Paul’s, we snagged ours at Walmart – it’s in the seafood section!
For being a frozen meal, I have to say that Mrs. Paul’s tasted remarkably fresh. I think it really helps that the meals are steamed – which also means that all you have to do is heat the bag (as-is!) up in the microwave for a few minutes and it’s ready. Their meals are restaurant-inspired, too. If your mouth is currently watering, then you’re in luck – I happen to know that there’s an Ibotta offer running for a limited time.
Now it’s your turn to dish – how do you like to plan out your meals? I’m thinking we’ll be incorporating another easy shrimp dinner real soon!