Is your family as tired of rotisserie chicken as my family is?
While we still love a roasted bird, serving it three times a week as my quick solution to healthy takeout is
starting to get old. And it sure isn’t make the little bit of time we have together very interesting hovering the same ole meal.
One of my favorite places for lunch also just makes great sense for time-pressed families is Zoës Kitchen. Zoës Kitchen Mediterranean Family Meals are a complete dinner solution designed to serve families of all sizes. You can choose chicken, steak or shrimp kabobs, grilled chicken entrees or Zoës’ famous Roll-Up combos, along with two fresh sides of their choosing, Greek salad, and pita bread. All meals are made from scratch, and prepared by hand using fresh produce and lean proteins that are predominately preservative and additive free. You won’t find any fryers or microwaves at Zoës Kitchen. Mediterranean Family Meals can be enjoyed at the Zoës Kitchen table or at your own kitchen table, making it a simple way to bring the family together for dinner.
In one quick phone call, online click or even their new app, I was able to bring home a hot and delicious meal that we all enjoyed and can look forward to eating again and again. While everything in our Mediterranean Family Meal was fresh and delicious, there were a few standouts that make me want to find another reason to make another order right now:
Braised White Beans
Don’t tell me you don’t like beans because this will be the exception! With an aroma of rosemary, garlic and olive oil, you could devour these beans and their sauce as a mean meal within itself. It’s perfect for those days when you are looking for something to warm you up on a cold day or for me, any day that ends in the letter y.
Orzo Tabouli Salad
Like the White Beans, this Pasta Salad isn’t like anything you’ve ever had, so get the idea of a traditional noodle salad out of your head. Made with orzo pasta (that looks like a fat piece of rice), mint, tomatoes and their zesty dressing, the orzo tabouli salad for a side that can’t be beat. I mean I tried to after I found this orzo tabouli salad recipe from Zoës in a TV segment, but my version didn’t come out quite like Zoë’s . It was an ok second when in a pinch, but it’s just not worth it when you can have the real thing that’s healthy to eat and so easy to get your hands on!
If you’re a hummus eater, you know the difference between good hummus and “it gets the job done” hummus. Zoës hummus is full of flavor with only fresh ingredients, including chickpeas, tahini, virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice and spices – which is why it tastes so good. While nibbling on the sliced cucumbers is a great starter (and magic for getting kids to eat their veggies) when it’s paired with the toasted pita bread, it’s so addictive. Then they went and made it triple amazing with the launch of the Hummus Trio.
Expanding off their traditional recipe, Zoës added a basil pesto hummus and a red pepper version. The Basil Pesto Hummus is infused and topped with a made-from-scratch basil pesto prepared with fresh basil, spinach, chopped garlic and parmesan cheese. The Red Pepper Hummus is a delicious, zesty version of the classic hummus with a variety of additional spices, including paprika, cayenne pepper and crushed red pepper, mixed with roasted red peppers, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper.
While it’s obvious I love my Zoës, what did the rest of the family think? The kids loved eating “off a stick” with their hands and we all came back for seconds on the sides. And the leftovers? Mom and dad both took them the next day for lunch at work AND we even had salad left for dinner the next night.
That’s a home run for us!
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