The past couple weeks have been crazy for me. I have taken on some more classes at Sweat, a new training client, and am covering a number of other clients for a friend. On top of actually having to leave the house for a lot of the day, I need to make sure that posts get written, writing deadlines get met, and my big book project doesn’t fall by the wayside (sidenote: an email went out this morning for those of you who signed up for the list. If you didn’t get it, please let me know!).
Normally I am good about planning my meals ahead of time so I’m not left devouring the leftover pizza in the fridge, but my game needed some improvement recently. I was eating a lot of bars while on the go and certainly not as many greens.
Luckily I learned about Betty Crocker’s new Suddenly Grain Salad which is saving the day this week.
Suddenly Grain Salad is a blend of grains that can be eaten by themselves or you can add in whatever you want: greens, veggies, nuts, etc. The possibilities are endless!
There are three different kinds of Suddenly Grain Salad:
- Southwest Grains: brown rice, quinoa, black beans, corn, red peppers, and chipotle vinaigrette
- Harvest Grains: brown, wild & red rice, quinoa, cranberries, almonds, and sweet blush vinaigrette
- Tuscan Grains: brown rice, quinoa, wheat berries, almonds, and tomato parmesan herb dressing
I chose the Southwest Grains flavor and since I knew my day today was nonstop, I spent some time yesterday preparing the salad so that when I stop in for lunch today, everything will be ready.
All of the grains and extras (in this case corn and red peppers) come in their own bag and the dressing is separate.
While the package boiled for 17 minutes, I mixed up the dressing using water and a small amount of olive oil.
While the grains were boiling, I switched the laundry I had in the washer (no quick feat since it is all the way in the basement) and got to work replying to some emails. Once the timer went off, I was left with my cooked grains and veggies.
I mixed the grains with the dressing and voila! Today’s lunch. I’m usually not a big dressing person, but this chipotle vinaigrette was light and very flavorful. I also ate a bunch of it before I put it in the fridge for later because I was impressed with how well it turned out.
Suddenly Grain Salad mixes can be eaten hot or cold; they are designed to be good either way. This way if you prepare some ahead of time and don’t have access to a microwave or are simply in a rush, you can eat it right out of the fridge (which may be what I do today). I always have giant bags of greens in the fridge for smoothies, so whenever I make salads I simply fill a bowl with greens and then mix in whatever I want.
To see where Suddenly Grain Salad is offered near you, check out their product locator here.
Finally, there are also loads of recipe ideas in case you want to be fancier than me and prepare something awesome:
Ultimately, I was pretty impressed with the convenience and the low cost. I’m planning on adding these to my list to keep on hand in the future!
- Do you do any kind of meal prep?
- What do you eat when you are in a rush?
- Which flavor would you choose?