Even last year as I was in the process of losing 60+ pounds, my weight loss didn’t change the way I feel about cooking. It’s not that I dislike it. I’m just lazy. So I tend to cook the same stuff over and over again and opt for ease and convenience. Now that I’m late in pregnancy during the rush of the holidays, I admit sometimes I’m even less inclined to cook. Exhaustion and all that.
So when Walmart challenged me to provide a meal for my family using only Marketside ingredients, I jumped at the challenge. Because I’m always up for a dinner option that I can get on the table quickly with little effort. Big bonus if it didn’t come from the drive thru at a fast food restaurant and didn’t cost an arm and a leg to feed four people â€” including a hubby and stepson who can both pack it in.
If you’re not familiar with Marketside, it’s a line of food products exclusive to Walmart that includes everything from organic greens to artisan breads, pre-made salads, pasta and more. If you’ve ever bought a rotisserie chicken at Walmart, there’s a pretty good chance it was from the Marketside brand.
We buy the rotisserie chickens and organic baby spinach all the time, so this time, we wanted to try something new. I was actually pretty impressed with the selection of options available, even down to sandwiches made fresh in store and single serving salads.
Still, given that I am the picky eater in the family (sad, I know, with two kids at home), I had to find something that we all could enjoy. And who doesn’t like pizza, right?
We picked up an extra large five cheese pizza for just under $7, cheesy breadsticks, a Southwestern salad kit and some baby spinach to mix with it (picky as I am, I DO love raw spinach), some extra dressing and a bowl of chicken tortilla soup.
You may have noticed the turkey pepperoni smuggled in there. Well, there are a ton of options for pizza flavors, but most of them were topped with either beef or pork â€” neither of which my family eats with any regularity. And I don’t eat red meat at all. So we grabbed some turkey pepperoni to add to half the pizza. My daughter had a ball with that part.
While the pie and breadsticks were in the oven, I put together the salad from the kit, added some spinach to it and warmed the soup.
We took the cheesy goodies out of the oven a few minutes later, and marveled at how good everything looked.Â Seriously, if you’ve been turned off by refrigerated or frozen pizza in the past, you will NOT be disappointed by these. The cheeses and sauce are great quality and taste like it. I personally like to let the cheese get bubbly and a little brown around the edges, so it has almost a fire-baked quality.
Really, this was a delicious dinner that took almost no time to prepare.Â At $7 for such a huge pie, we’ll be eating these more often. For right at $25, we got a full, satisfying meal WITH some leftovers for lunch the next day. And we honestly could’ve been satisfied with just the pizza and salad, even without all the extras. That would’ve cost us right around $10. For dinner to feed a family of 4.
I admit I didn’t give Marketside products a thorough look in the past, but I certainly will be from now on. You can check out the full range of products at the Marketside website.
Â DISCLOSURE: As a participant in theÂ Walmart MomsÂ Program, Iâ€™ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.