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I am not really into convenience foods. I am constantly making food for my family…generally always from scratch. That doesn’t, however, mean that it isn’t nice to have a short cut every once in a while…particularly, when the shortcut involves fresh food with real ingredients instead of processed packages of unpronounceables. Who knew that my neighborhood Duane Reade had so many such shortcuts in its refrigerator section?
I walked into a neighborbood Duane Reade looking for their fresh foods…and walked right past it. For some reason, this store had a huge section of water, whole fruit and breakfast pastries right up near the front, and a couple of shelves the prepared foods in a fridge (that was mostly filled with drinks) before you get onto the escalator.
I actually walked right past the prepared foods when I first walked into the store and headed towards the large grocery section on the top floor. It was only once I had already given up and was going back down the escalator on my way out of the store that I spotted the refrigerated prepared foods tucked into the top of the ‘grab ‘n go’ fridge.
My family isn’t big sports fans (or really sports fans at all), but that doesn’t mean that we want to miss out on all the fun snacks that seem to surround the big game? I’m thinking to go a healthier root and to use some of the great fruit salad cups that I found to make some fun fruit kabobs–child friendly finger food that I can feel good about giving my kids…and now I don’t have to cut my own fruit. This may not be so impressive to those who aren’t Manhattan-dwellers, but a nice sized fruit salad (fresh enough not to have any mangled strawberries or smooshy grapes) for $3.99 is pretty darn impressive. A total win. Glad I finally found it 🙂
On another day, in the same store, I found these awesome single serving Hummus and Pita Chips–another really good healthy game day option th I am a total sucker for chips of any kind, and I was pretty impressed that these chips didn’t get too soggy from being in the fridge–also nice that they are in a separate container from the dip. I would totally buy this as an easy after school snack for one of my kids as well!
For my friends that don’t cook, there are all sorts of other great options including a variety of sandwiches, quiches and mashed potatoes, which could certainly fill out a great game day spread for a hungry crowd!