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.
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!