You guys know me. You know that I’m a HUGE proponent of home cooking, preferably from scratch. I try really hard to make sure that most of our meals are made from whole ingredients, include a vegetable and are cooked by me. I do meal plans. I can food. I keep the freezer and pantry stocked. So it might seem a bit out of character that Walmart asked me if I’d like to write about Marketside–their house brand of prepared foods–and that I not only accepted but felt it was a good fit.
How can that be? Well, I am far from perfect and although I strive to cook from scratch sometimes life just gets out of control–especially during the hectic holiday shopping season! I have all the best intentions of cooking and then realize I’ve either run out of time or even just run out of energy.
For me using the Marketside products is a compromise. While it isn’t home cooking, it’s far better than running through the drive thru at a fast food place, both in food quality and price. Here’s what I picked up last week when I was totally beat from shopping:
That’s a large pizza, a medium, a box of cheese & dessert dipping sticks, a salad, some twice bake potatoes and a bottle of blue cheese dressing (because even though the Caesar salad comes with dressing I really just LOVE the Marketside Blue Cheese)–and it cost me less than $30!
They have a really wide variety of both salad kits (ie with croutons, dressing etc) or just salad greens. . . to include organic! The Marketside salad dressings are really tasty, and they are in the refrigerator case right near the salads. I really kind of like the fact that they are not shelf stable and have to be kept in the fridge even before they are opened. It feels like they have less nasty chemicals that way! I also LOVE the nice heavy glass bottles that they come in. They are sort of shaped like old fashioned milk bottles and have a nice screw on plastic cap–I always save the bottles to use as little vases, to put homemade salad dressings and sauces in and things like that.
Please note: I took these salad photos last month–I don’t want you to think there was a “please use by 11/14″ salad still out in December!
The pizzas are not frozen–they are prepackaged and everything but are kept in refrigeration so they bake up more like a fresh made pizza. they come in all sorts of flavors and sizes–the very most expensive is only $10, and they run more in the $5-$6 range. My kids really enjoyed the dipping duos–cheesy and cinnamon breadsticks both. Personally I didn’t care for the cinnamon ones–too sweet– but to each their own!
Marketside has a bunch of other products–all up in the front of the store in the deli/fresh vegetable area. They had pies (which I hadn’t seen before), some really delicious soups (the broccoli cheddar was Princess’s favorite when we did a taste testing last year), Rotisserie chickens and several kinds of fresh bread.
So next time you are out shopping and just feel beat–instead of running through the drive-through and picking up greasy food in a bag, why not try grabbing some Marketside products at Walmart?