Summer Grilling Made So Fresh and So Easy

d433533We 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 :))

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.

35 thoughts on “Summer Grilling Made So Fresh and So Easy”

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!


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