I am a busy mama and always looking for easy, fast but healthy ways to feed my family. So when I spotted some Stouffer’s Fit Kitchen meals in the frozen food section, I decided to take a closer look to see what they had to offer. The packaging emphasizes in big bold print the amount of protein, and the carb content is listed in smaller print next to it. I think it’s great they are offering some higher protein options. But if you read the food label, you’ll see the sugar and sodium content is pretty high, and even the carbs are higher than they need to be. This particular frozen dinner comes with brown rice and black beans, so I’m guessing that’s why the carb content is 48g. (Personally, I aim to eat only about 100-120g carbs each day, so this meal would use up almost 1/2 of my carbs.)

The ingredient label sends up some red flags, too. (This is just one of the six meals available in the new Stouffer’s line.) The ingredient that caused me some concern with the Steak Fajita: caramel color (click link to read more). I also try to avoid added sugars in my food – that’s dextrose listed here.

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One package (one serving) costs about $4, too. Figuring I need to feed my family of six, for $24, I can make a much healthier meal (and probably have leftovers, too). If you know you are going to be busy one night, prep ahead and plan for leftovers. :)

Here’s an easy and delicious fajita recipe my family LOVES. It’s from the 21-Day Fix Extreme and Body Beast (see Sagi Kalev’s variation in the notes below). I always double this recipe so I’m sure to have leftovers. I estimate, even with this recipe doubled, I spend no more than $20 on all of the ingredients:

  • I buy the family size pack of chicken breasts for $1.99/lb.
  • The peppers and maybe the avocados are probably the most expensive, from 99 cents to a $1.99/each.
  • I buy a bag of onions for about $2.
  • The limes are usually about 39 cents each.
  • I usually have all the seasonings in my cupboard.
  • The tortillas are about $3 for a pack of 10-12.

This is a much healthier alternative to the Stouffer’s Fit Kitchen option.

Easy Chicken (or Steak) Fajitas

EASY CHICKEN FAJITAS
(Makes 4 servings, 2 fajitas each)
Total Time: 36 min.
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cooking Time: 6 min.
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided use
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound total), cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 8 small corn or whole wheat tortillas
  • 1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
  • Fresh salsa (for garnish; optional)
  • Lime wedges (for garnish; optional)
1. Combine chili powder, salt, cumin, garlic powder and 1 teaspoon olive oil in large resealable plastic bag.
2. Add chicken, bell pepper, and onion; mix gently to coat. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
3. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Empty contents of bag into skillet and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
4. Remove from heat; add lime juice and stir.

5. Heat tortillas in pan on stovetop, or in microwave.6. Serve fajitas with warm corn tortillas, avocado, salsa, and lime wedges.

SAGI’S VARIATIONS: Substitute beef sirloin for chicken and cook to desired doneness. Shrimp is also a perfect substitution for chicken; simply use 1 pound peeled, deveined shrimp, and add a flavorful ground chipotle chile powder instead of regular chili powder.

1 STARCH 1 VEGETABLE 4 PROTEIN 1 FAT

Nutrition Information (per serving):
Calories: 321 / Fat: 9 g / Saturated Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 73 mg / Sodium: 678 mg
Carbohydrate: 31 g / Fiber: 6 g / Sugar: 2 g
Protein: 29 g

2 Comments

  1. Dextrose is actually a great sugar, unlike fructose. It’s a matter of when to eat it and if one is trying to replenish glycogen open lost after a workout. for the carbs, this Is the average amount.

    You gave to understand that these meals are targeting athletes, bodybuilders, powerlifters, fitness type people with an active lifestyle, people who compete, etc.

    Are there better alternatives? Sure!!! But it’s really a great substitute for emergencies, etc.

  2. . We we use carbohydrates for energy Doctors lie. Dextrose is a great sugar and it’s good for you doctor will lie to you. Sitting on your ass you burn 220 calories you would not believe how much energy your brain uses your fat because you didn’t get up and move around. As an American society we need to get up away from the computer and walk once in awhile. Everybody has their own level of cholesterol not high and low

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