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.
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.
(Makes 4 servings, 2 fajitas each)
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)
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
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