A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles and spend some time in the Fresh & Easy grocery store in Manhattan Beach, CA. They’ve tasked me with coming up with a meal plan for 20 freezer meals for $150…and I gladly accepted the challenge! Take a peek at the video and watch me as I shop and prepare one of the meals in this plan!
I walked right into the store and immediately fell in love…and here’s why.
This sign was the first that jumped out at me. As a mom that deals with food allergies and sensitivities to dyes, I’m already a label reader. I decided to put this sign to the test and read a number of different labels…and sure enough…I didn’t find any Fresh & Easy product that had any “unpronounceable” ingredients!
Next impressive feature to me were the prices. Before going in, I knew that the store specialized in organic, fresh and natural products, so I assumed that the prices would be higher than what I see at my regular grocery stores…and to be honest, I was a lot-bit nervous about squeezing 20 different meals in under $150 for this meal plan.
BUT…I was pleasantly surprised at how reasonable their prices were on everything in the store, from produce to meats to canned tomatoes to frozen veggies!
It took a few minutes of being in the store that it dawned on me why I REALLY love the store. It’s got everything you would find at the typical grocery store…without a bazillion choices for all the different types of products. It’s like a natural foods grocery store and a convenience store got married and had a kid, and named it Fresh & Easy!
Fresh & Easy is a grocery store that offers fresh, high-quality food at affordable prices right in the neighborhood. All Fresh & Easy brand products do not contain any artificial colors or flavors, added trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup and only use preservatives when absolutely necessary. As a friend to the environment, Fresh & Easy stores use 30% less energy than a typical supermarket. You can find stores throughout Arizona, California and Nevada.
As a busy mom with 4 young boys, one of my ultimate life hacks is keeping my freezer stocked with delicious meals, without busting my grocery budget. I love taking delicious fresh ingredients and preparing them in batches or in one giant cooking session into amazing freezer friendly meals!
Fresh & Easy is the ULTIMATE life hack.
- Fresh & Easy is a new kind of market that makes your life simpler and easier with fresh, organic, food at
crazy affordable prices.
- Freshly prepared food delivered to the stores every single morning.
- On-the-go, fresh, organic, affordable meals for easy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
- Fresh & Easy is the market for time-starved, socially aware individuals, who aspire to lead a modern,
healthy lifestyle. In short, busy people (LIKE ME!) who want fresh, wholesome food made easy.
Are you ready for MY Fresh & Easy Life Hack – 20 Fresh and Easy Freezer Meals for $150!
Here are the recipes included in the plan and what you can make with all the ingredients in my basket above!
- 2 – Shredded Beef with Cabbage-Apple Slaw
- 2 – Chorizo & Egg Breakfast Tacos (makes 16 tacos)
- 2 – Sausage & Egg Breakfast Tacos (makes 16 tacos)
- 2 – Eggplant Marinara
- 2 – Beef Stew with Butternut Squash
- 2 – BBQ Bacon Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries & Broccoli
- 2 – Southwest Mac n Cheese
- 2 – Hawaiian Meatloaf
- 2 – Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal
- 1 – Orange Peel Thai Chicken
- 1 – Slow Cooker Spicy Sausage & Peppers
I was able to purchase everything I’d need for these meals for $148.25…including organic eggs & organic pasta!
Morgan Musto says
I love to use applesauce in place of oil
How to store lemons the right way!
Sasha Santana says
My favorite cooking hack would be using cottage cheese instead of ricotta cheese which is healthier and less expensive. I also love to make a meal that can go far…like tacos…and use leftover meat in chili or enchiladas!
website is hard to operate on a phone but I always check it out as it is so interesting and helps me plan! Thanks for sharing!
Kelly c says
Mine is using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream
Jen B says
I save all my parmesan cheese rinds..freeze them and add them to soups…amazing!!
karen hiebert says
j/c how did you get all the foods from the store from CA to you back home in TX?
aileen herrera says
My fave is the ice cream sandwich hack
This place sounds a lot like the new Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets that are opening throughout the midwest. I might see if I can do this menu there and compare prices! Thanks!