3.16.2012

Low Calorie Convenience Food (Continued)

Hey hey! So awhile back I posted about a new diet technique I was trying. Mainly, my lunches are supposed to consist of a low calorie frozen lunch paired with fresh fruits and vegetables. I'm supposed to only be drinking water, and my dinners are also supposed to be small portions.

Now, if I was following this diet correctly, it would probably work! But I splurge way too often. So I've only lost about 2 pounds. :( But, I'm still trying to do this! And I have discovered a few more convenience foods to share with you all!

Last time, I raved about Amy's Kitchen Indian Vegetable Korma. Since then, I have discovered a few more dishes from Amy's Kitchen that I love just as much!

Source: amys.com

These burritos are great! My husband often gets the inexpensive bean and cheese burritos for lunches that cost about $3 for 8 of them. These are almost $3 for one. But they are so filling and delicious! Often I have to have at least two of the cheap burritos to even feel full. But one of these will keep me going for quite awhile. I also splurge and put some shredded cheese on top when we have some handy just to make it extra cheesy. :)

Source: amys.com

I was hesitant about getting this one at first because a lot of the basic pasta and vegetable dishes are really bland and I often don't finish them all. But this one has amazing flavor and very few calories for as filling as it is. The only unfortunate part for me is that the sauce, while not marinara, is obviously tomato-based, so I can only have this dish when my acid reflux is under control.

Unfortunately at Walmart there isn't a huge variety of Amy's Kitchen meals, but they are priced decently. I was walking around Albertsons the other day and saw that they have a lot more to choose from, but are at least $1 more, which adds up quickly. I'm hoping to convince someone with a Costco card to take me shopping and see what kinds of options they have there. :)


I picked these up a few weeks ago when I was craving pancakes. I wasn't sure how well they would heat up in the microwave, but my hesitations were put to rest when I tasted them. While they aren't as good as freshly made pancakes, of course, they were a very satisfying alternative! I don't have time to eat larger meals for breakfast (I usually just grab a small bowl of cereal), so I eat these for lunch, often paired with applesauce and a banana since the pancakes are still empty calories. 

Source: ozbo.com

In the snack realm, I discovered these little beauties. Something that will fulfill a chocolate/sweets craving without a ton of calories and without breaking the bank. At Walmart, I can get a six-pack of these for less than $1. This is a much better alternative to eating chocolate chips or whatever else sweet I can find around the house. 

Another I have found to be helpful during this diet is oatmeal. I don't like the mushy consistency of microwaved oatmeal, so I just take the extra time to cook it on the stovetop. I usually don't have time to do this for lunches, but for dinners it usually only takes about 10 minutes to whip up. I like to make two servings when I'm especially hungry. With a little milk, some raisins, a hint of brown sugar, and a dash of cinnamon, you have a very tasty and healthy meal!

Have any of you discovered some good diet convenience/quick cooking foods that you would recommend? I need a little more variety! :)

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