The problem with frozen meals is that they are rarely the right size for me. The frozen meals I am specifically refering to are those that come in a bag, not the budget gourmet type meals in the subdivided plates. Those kind dont set box in my freezer. Most of the ones I have are from Trader Joes and consist of bell pepper farfalle, chimichurri rice, thai carrots, or the subject of this post - Gnocchi alla Sorrentina. I do apologize for the blurry shot, but all the others were worse (yes, its possible!).
So, instead of finishing the entire package of food as I have in the past, I am making a conscious effort to make it into two meals. This is somewhat difficult for me since I get bored with food easily and dont like to eat the same thing twice in a row. I have managed to find a way around my little problem, at least with the TJs Gnocchi.
First, I defrost and cook the gnocchi via package directions and eat about half of whats in the pan. Then, as any grad student is want to do, I leave it in the pan until dinner time at which point I magically revive the sad little gnocchis with some Tomato and Roasted Bell Pepper soup. The pasta sauce for the gnocchis adds a little pizazz to the soup and makes for a wonderfully delicious and easy dinner meal.