Since I was flying solo for dinner tonight, my mom and I decided to have a girl’s night and check out the new Fresh & Easy Market that just opened. While we weren’t planning to make it a full shopping trip, we challenged ourselves to scope out the offerings and find something fresh and easy – and vegan, for dinner. Good thing I wasn’t checking off a long list on this trip, not sure I handle this crowd after a busy day at work!
My first impression walking into the store was good, it seemed to have a warm and clean atmosphere which was a nice contrast to the gray and rainy weather that’s in the forecast all this week. When I started looking at the ready prepared meals, the first thing I noticed was the lack of vegan and even vegetarian options.
Ugh, plenty of beef, chicken, and fish, but no tofu, tempeh, or even quinoa and beans. Even all the salads had some sort of cheese, meat, egg, or all the above in it – very disappointing.
Maybe it’s too soon to judge since the pickings were slim after the grand opening or maybe someone in marketing figured vegans wouldn’t be looking for grab-and-go meals sealed in plastic. After browsing through the aisles and rechecking the fresh take home meal options, I ended up checking out with 4 avocados, veggie chips, organic rice cereal, and these 3 items for dinner for $15.
I was disappointed to not find tempeh among the tofu and vegan meat alternatives section, guess I’ll still be making frequent trips to Trader Joe’s to stock up on it still. And that cute little block of firm tofu was the largest they had for high protein tofu. The exotic stir fry veggie mix was a pretty good value with an easy mix of asparagus, sugar snap peas, red bell peppers, cabbage and other veggies busy people might night buy and prepare separately.
I cubed up the firm tofu and stir fried it by itself in olive oil until the chunks were golden and slightly crispy.
Then set aside while I added the veggie stir fry mix and peanut sauce to the wok and re-added the tofu once the veggies were coated in sauce.
And dinner was served in about 10 minutes, I’d call that fresh and easy.
The peanut sauce had a nice peanut butter flavor to it that wasn’t too strong and didn’t over power the veggies.
After dinner we had a play session with the dogs, but as usual Miko stole the show being the most active and attention hogging of the three chihuahuas because he just loves having company over.
And showing off racing around the house with his toy.