Kitchen Favorites: The Precooked & Packaged Roundup

Even experienced cooks take shortcuts sometimes including buying cake mixes, pre-cut veggies and pre-marinated meats. This gave me the idea to share some of my favorite kitchen life savers and cheat meal options. From ready mixed nuts, cauliflower mash to chocolate satin pies, there are so many options. The key is to select good quality packaged food to ensure you are not sacrificing on taste.

Naturebox packaged snacksNaturebox Blueberry Quinoa bites

If you are looking for an easy way to keep your snack arsenal stocked, Naturebox is the best. Naturebox offers a subscription service where snacks are delivered to your door. It’s an easy way to make sure you never run out of your favorite snacks by subscribing to receive your favorite snack monthly. They have a number of vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free snack options as well. My favorite are the blueberry almond quinoa bites and the pistachio almond mix.

Alexia Premium Sides. Mashed cauliflower package.

Another favorite kitchen shortcut of mine are the Alexia premium sides. They are starch substitutes that are full of flavor, easy to prepare, delicious and good for you. I usually don’t trust pre cooked veggies but these are pretty good. I have already tried the mashed cauliflower and riced vegetable pilaf which are great with served chicken, beef or anything you wish.

Marie Calleder's Chocolate Satin Pie package and pie

Last but not least is desert! This list would not be complete without something for the sweet lovers. No joke, thes Marie Callender’s deserts are very impressive. They are made from scratch then frozen for your convenience. I have tried the Chocolate Satin Pie which is made of a cookie-crumb crust, with whipped topping and large chocolate curls. So delicious!

Now I am not saying go eat these everyday but they are certainly a life saver on those days when time is not on your side. I would love to know what your favorite pre-cooked or packaged food items in the comment box below! You can check out more kitchen favorites here.

FYI: This is not a sponsored post however some items in this post where bought by me for a separate brand collaboration. 

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  1. Wow that Marie Callender’s Chocolate pie looks like it was home made. Yummiliciousness in a box works for me. I think my favorite packaged cheat is probably instant mash. It’s just so much easier and if you add loads of butter and cream it tastes homemade, well kinda, there’s no lumps which is better 😉

  2. I really like Nature Box brand, they make very healthy products. This cake desert looks absolutely delicious! would love to try it.

  3. The Marie Callendar chocolate pie looks right up my street! A great post with so many awesome ideas in. I like the sound of the naturebox!

  4. Oh yum! I love the look of the quiona bites, I am always looking for things for work lunches that are easy to pack, eat quickly and wont make a mess in my handbag! Also the cauliflower – yum!

  5. Alexia fries are my favorite! There’s always at least one bag in my freezer. I didn’t know they made other sides. I’m definitely going to have to check my store for them. I always love a good chocolate dessert!

  6. Everything looks so good, I really like Naturebox, they make very nice and healthy products. The chocolate satin pie sounds so delicious, I would love to give that a try.

  7. I love how there is a subscription box for basically everything. The fact that you can get a monthly subscription of snacks! That is so helpful!

  8. I always try to cook from scratch, for many reasons, but the main one is avoiding extra packaging and extra waste, BUT sometimes life brings surprises and it is SO very handy to have some help preparing meals. I appreaciate your list, that gives me a few ideas!

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