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Summer Grilling Made So Fresh and So Easy

We are a family of grilling fools. Lucky for us, it doesn’t have to be summer to fire up the grill with our year round southern California sunshine. Even when Ben is gone, I always love firing up the grill for dinner. Unfortunately, I was traveling all last week in Mexico (more on that later!) so I made sure to empty the fridge when I left. Well that meant I also came home to an empty fridge and a hungry toddler, so the very last thing I wanted to do was think about, much less go out and shop for and then cook, dinner. But with Fresh & Easy, my family’s dinner didn’t have to suffer one bit. 

I’ve always been a huge fan of their simple layout, fresh produce and easy self-service checkout.

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Since I normally cook from scratch, what I never realized was that they have a great selection of Ready to Cook items – everything from main meat dishes, to veggies and side dishes. I was thrilled to see that many of these are made especially for cooking on the grill! Whistler and I took quite a few minutes to select what looked yummiest to us and decided on Smokey BBQ Pork Chops, Garlic & Herb Potatoes, Tomato Balsamic Flatbread and some mixed veggies.

When we got home, making dinner was as easy as opening up the packages and throwing them on the heated grill! (Of course, I added a few more slices of garlic to the flatbread :))

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I was delighted that the potatoes appeared to be partially pre-cooked and quickly dismissed the directions to microwave them. What? Why would I do that when I can throw them on the grill? And even though the instructions for the flatbread said to bake it in the oven, it cooked up perfectly on the top rack of the grill.

In the end, it was the easiest no brainer dinner we’ve had in a long time AND it was probably one of our favorites as well!

Here’s a tip for those of you that shop at Fresh & Easy – make sure you sign up for their Friends Rewards program. It’s free and you’ll earn points towards $5 gift certificates. Even though their prices are already outstanding, you can save even more by adding specific product discounts electronically to your card as well as printing out their regular $ off purchase coupons. They have an awesome $5 off a $20 purchase (um thats 25% off groceries – hello!!!) coupon that I love using whenever I shop there!

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets are located in CA, AZ, and NV. Click here to find a store near you!

This post is written on behalf of Fresh and Easy by me. All opinions are 100% mine.

Jeana S

Jeana S

Research lab rat turned travel mom, Jeana S writes about gadgets, tech, entertainment, weddings and of course, travel. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and playing robots with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in Ben's underwear drawer.

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35 Comments

  1. July 8, 2014 at 2:24 pm — Reply

    All of your selections look tasty! I don’t think I’ve even seen BBQ pork chops at my store. I’ll have to go check tonight! Lol
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  2. July 1, 2014 at 7:48 pm — Reply

    I’ve never heard of Fresh and Easy before. They should relocate some to Texas! Looks great!

  3. July 1, 2014 at 4:59 pm — Reply

    We love to grill, too! I wish there were a Fresh and Easy near me.

  4. July 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm — Reply

    That looks delicious! We grill a lot too! I would much rather grill than clean dirty dishes!

  5. July 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm — Reply

    I love Fresh and Easy. We have them in our area. and they truly are what they say they are. Food is Fresh and very Easy to make, LOL. They also have a lot of other cook items too.

  6. July 1, 2014 at 1:27 pm — Reply

    Everything sounds fabulous, and I really like the rewards program. Those benefits are fantastic!

  7. July 1, 2014 at 10:52 am — Reply

    Thats a good idea to put them on the grill. They look good and looks like something to try.

  8. July 1, 2014 at 10:33 am — Reply

    I have never tried grilling a pizza. I really want to do that this summer. Yours looks so good!

  9. July 1, 2014 at 9:01 am — Reply

    Those smokey bbq pork chops sounded amazing, then I saw them grilled and they looked even better than they sounded! Sooooo yummy looking :)

  10. July 1, 2014 at 9:00 am — Reply

    Wow! That is one yummy meal! We LOVE to grill in the summer!

  11. July 1, 2014 at 7:37 am — Reply

    Wow those look convenient and tasty! Thanks for sharing about Fresh and Easy!

  12. July 1, 2014 at 7:13 am — Reply

    Flatbread pizzas are so the rage in Nebraska, and we were so surprised to see it. We tried it though, and it was pretty tasty. I’d love to have it on a grill.

  13. July 1, 2014 at 5:07 am — Reply

    Fresh and Easy food always looks so delish! I love your grilling supplies

  14. July 1, 2014 at 4:06 am — Reply

    Everything looks so delicious. I really wish we had one near us!

  15. July 1, 2014 at 3:18 am — Reply

    We try to grill a few nights a week in the summer. It is a perfect way to make dinner.

  16. July 1, 2014 at 2:25 am — Reply

    Love the looks of your meal. Seems like they have a lot of choices.

  17. July 1, 2014 at 12:17 am — Reply

    I would be all over that flat bread.. it looks YUMMY!

  18. June 30, 2014 at 10:49 pm — Reply

    i love the idea of cooking the flatbread on the grill! I need to try doing that for my family soon!

  19. June 30, 2014 at 10:18 pm — Reply

    Fresh and Easy has been our go to store for a while now. I love all the stuff that’s ready to hit the grill. So convenient!

  20. June 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm — Reply

    I love grilling with my family in the summer. Your recipe looks so simple, and the options at Fresh and Easy appear to be ample.

  21. June 30, 2014 at 8:13 pm — Reply

    Definitely the best part about summer is the GRILLING! You food looks sooo good too!

  22. June 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm — Reply

    Please expand Fresh and Easy to the east coast! I need to shop at a place like this.

  23. June 30, 2014 at 7:16 pm — Reply

    What a delish post! Love all of your photos. Thanks for telling me about their Rewards Program! So worth signing up.

  24. June 30, 2014 at 6:15 pm — Reply

    This looks beyond amazing! I love Flatbread pizza. My favorite type.

  25. Carly
    June 30, 2014 at 6:13 pm — Reply

    I love love love Fresh n easy! We just moved, and there is one super close by!

  26. June 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm — Reply

    My favorite thing about summer is grilling. But let’s be honest- we grill year round. These photos are making me hungry!

  27. June 30, 2014 at 4:48 pm — Reply

    That flat bread pizza looks amazing. I have been wanting to try grilling a pizza for a while now and this is giving me some inspirations. Thanks!

  28. June 30, 2014 at 4:45 pm — Reply

    That looks really good. I love Fresh & Easy. Such a fun and simple store to shop at. Its never over crowded and I can get in and out so easily.

  29. June 30, 2014 at 3:03 pm — Reply

    That looks so good! Flatbread pizza is such a fun twist on a classic.

  30. June 30, 2014 at 2:15 pm — Reply

    YUM! I love grilling, especially in the Summer time. That thing gets more love than my oven does. I never thought to use it to make flatbread. I am going to try that before the Summer is over!

  31. Amy Desrosiers
    June 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm — Reply

    Man, boy do we need a Fresh and Easy around here! Their stuff looks great!!

  32. June 30, 2014 at 12:09 pm — Reply

    That meal looks delicious.I would love that flat bread.

  33. June 30, 2014 at 12:05 pm — Reply

    I keep reading about the Fresh & Easy Markets. They look fantastic. (Please tell them to open up on the east coast!!)

  34. June 30, 2014 at 11:12 am — Reply

    wow, that does look easy! I love the flatbread pizza on the grill. I’m getting hungry!

  35. June 30, 2014 at 10:27 am — Reply

    That looks delicious. That is totally a dinner that would go over big with my family!

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