An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Healthy Weeknight Meals

Monday, April 9, 2018

Healthy Weeknight Meals

Easy to make, fast and healthy meals are a breeze with Kroger's Prep+Pared meals

This post is sponsored by Kroger. All opinions are my own. 

Sometimes I feel like I blink, and within that time frame (we're talking about .06 seconds here) I've gone from Monday morning, rushing to get the kids out the door to preschool, to Thursday night, making the kids' last school lunch of the week. It is no joke that the older you get, the faster time flies! I've been in a particularly busy season lately - mostly with managing this blog - and I found myself looking for any way to make my life a tad easier, especially when it comes to meals. There's only so much takeout I can eat before I'm sick of it! Enter Kroger's Prep+Pared meals. I've tried meal delivery services before. You know, the ones that deliver a meal kit to your door for an insane amount of money and you end up spending an hour in the kitchen cooking it to boot?! Yeah, those aren't for me. Kroger's Prep+Pared meals are actually a time saver, actually a bargain, actually healthy and actually taste good!

And y'all know I know my way around a kitchen. I've been cooking since I was six years old. When it comes to prepared meals, I judge with a harsh eye on my wallet and critical taste buds!

First, the wallet issue. My objection to some of the other meal delivery services out there is the price per head. It's just as much, if not more, than takeout. AND you have to do the cooking, including the chopping, cutting and sometimes even measuring yourself. You've got to wash your dishes and clean up your counters. If I'm spending what takeout costs me, I want LESS work, not equal work to preparing my own meal! Kroger's Prep+Pared is all pre-measured, pre-cut and ready to go. You don't need measuring cups or spoons. And at $14 per kit (serves two adults), you're looking at $7 a person. In fact, I was able to feed two adults and two toddlers with my meal, so it was even less per head!

I stopped by my local Kroger after I dropped the kids off at school, which is on my way home. If you live in the South, odds are extremely high there's a Kroger near you, too! The Prep+Pared meals were right in the front of the deli section - no need to wander the store trying to find! I literally went in, picked out my meal of choice, paid for it at the self check out line and was back in my car in under 3 minutes. Faster than a drive thru line.

I was extremely impressed with my meal choice options! Carne asada steak, chicken curry, black bean burgers, the list goes on! There were two chicken choices, two beef choices, a fish option and two vegetarian choices. Some were gluten free, too. The fettuccine and tomato cream sauce sold me at "cream sauce" so I snatched that one right up!

I initially pulled out a pan to boil water, assuming I'd need to cook that myself, but guys! It was already cooked! I literally needed one pan. And the only ingredient I needed to add myself was a little oil for the pan and salt and pepper. The recipe card was easy to follow with just four steps. One pan, four steps, and under 15 minutes. That was it. It was done before I could even get the table set!

The veggies were fresh, the pasta was al dente, I didn't have to chop onions or mince garlic and the toasted pine nuts provided to garnish it were what made the dish! There was plenty of sauce (how I despise dry pasta aka too little sauce!) I had the kitchen clean in under 5 minutes because I only had the one pan to wash by hand. 

If you're in a busy season of life like I am, and don't want to sacrifice quality weeknight meals for cheap drive thru convenience or you don't want to have to take out a second mortgage on your home to swing a meal delivery service, Kroger Prep+Pared meals are right up your alley! They're right in the front of the deli section so they're easy to find. Start to finish, my meal choice was less than 15 minutes of cooking time. The ingredients were quality and fresh, and the end product was super tasty!  


  1. I never understood the food delivery packages either- it’s more than just buying the ingredients and finding a recipe! This seems like a great easy option.


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  2. I was just thinking about how i needed to get some things for healthy dinners! These are great options.

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  4. Great idea! I cook on Sundays for a few days but around Wednesday we run out and I don’t feel like cooking. Will try these!

  5. Mmmm...these healthy meals look so delicious! I love the idea of prep + pared meal kits. They'll make weekday dinner preparation a breeze! Thank you so much for putting this great concept on my radar.

  6. How cool is this! I have always done Blue Apron and Hello Fresh (which are both super expensive). So interest to try this! Do you know if Kroger's subsidiaries like King Soopers carries these?

  7. I can never have enough weekday healthy meal options. I have four kids and everyone is ALWAYS hungry!!!

  8. The only reason the meal delivery ever appealed to me was because I wouldn't have to take the time to plan the meal. However, I never tried them because of the money. I haven't seen these yet in my Kroger store, but I hope that they make it here soon. I love the healthy options (like bean burgers!).

  9. This is great! I haven't seen these where I live, hopefully they'll be available soon.

  10. I need to get it together and start prepping my meals to be a bit healthy because I've been naughty when it comes to pretending I am eating healthy.

  11. Wow, I really wish there was a Kroger in my town after reading this! These meals look so delicious. Will definitely have to shop here when I’m traveling!

  12. I just heard about these yesterday and they sound brilliant. I want to put fresh, whole food on my table but I don't always have time for the prep work. This is a much better alternative to takeout.

  13. We need these! We are trying to eat better and eat takeout less and this would honestly help a lot

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