Your favorite vegetarian frozen meals and convenience foods?
April 12, 2014 9:42 AM Subscribe
Due to being really busy at work, being sad about something in my personal life, and having just moved and not yet finished unpacking or making space for myself in the shared kitchen, I'm having a problem with food/having no appetite, and I can't (don't want to) cook much at the moment. Basically eating has become a giant chore and nothing seems good. To help get through the next week or couple of weeks, I would like your suggestions for the best tasting vegetarian convenience foods and super easy recipes that you know of.
posted by treese to Food & Drink (52 answers total) 73 users marked this as a favorite
By very easy recipes, I mean things that can be made in one pot or pan if they require cooking, that don't have a lot of ingredients, that don't require much cutting up/prep work, and that don't require any perishable ingredients that I can't use all of in that recipe. For example, a recipe with cilantro wouldn't be good because I would only use a little bit and then the rest of the bunch would probably go bad. Or another example - cutting up a tomato would be fine, but cutting up an avocado would be borderline too much work, because of the messiness and skin removal, and because it doesn't keep very well and I probably wouldn't eat enough to eat a whole avocado in one meal.
By convenience foods, I mean things like pre-made frozen dinners (single serving or something like a frozen pizza where the leftovers keep pretty well) and snacks, stuff from the prepared foods section of a grocery store, energy bars/trail mix/chips type snack foods. I'm looking for specific brand and flavor/variety recommendations, rather than general suggestions.
I'm in the U.S., and I usually shop at Target and Trader Joe's. I can also go to Whole Foods or to any number of regular grocery stores (Von's, Ralph's, Albertson's, etc.).
The only dietary restriction is no meat (but I'm trying to transition from eating mostly vegetarian to mostly vegan, so vegan suggestions would be great too).
Healthiness in terms of protein/carbs/fat or sodium, etc. doesn't matter at all. Cost/price doesn't matter (much/within reason).