Have you got enough on your plate – figuratively, but not literally?
If you haven’t got time to trudge around a grocery store, prep and cook a meal, and clean up after, take heart! Our friends at Marks and Spencer has got solutions for every mom’s dilemma, from eating healthily on the fly to feeding your kids, stat.
Fresh and frozen foods
Recent studies have found that the nutritional value of frozen food is often equal to – if not better than – the fresh version. At Marks & Spencer Food Hall at Wheelock Place, you can nab both! Its extensive frozen selections range from Lightly Dusted Lemon Cod Fillets ($16.90 for two) to Wood Fired Pizza ($15.90). Delivered every other day, the fresh produce covers apples, lemons, asparagus, leeks, pre-prepped butternut squash (from $4.50) and more.
It doesn’t get much easier, tastier or healthier than this: ready-to-cook, sustainably farmed Scottish Lochmuir Lemon & Herb Salmon Fillets at just $17.90 for two. Bonus: The omega-3 fats are good for your heart!
Stock up on bags of Dried Macaroni or Farfalle (from $3.90) for fast, kid-friendly dinners, or serve up Fresh Spaghetti or Penne ($6.90) tonight.
Heat-and-eat soups and sauces
Find flavour-packed refrigerated tomato sauces ($7.90), jarred Four Cheese or Bechamel options (from $7.90) and more than 20 kinds of fresh or canned soups ($9.90 and $3.50, respectively).
Fresh breads and pastries
Shipped partially baked from the UK, then finished in M&S’s Singapore ovens, these are breads, croissants, muffins, pastries and other baked treats that you can be proud to serve to guests. What will you select – the Belgian Chocolate Chip Loaf ($6.90), Traditional White Bloomer ($6.50), Cheese Scones ($1.90 each), White Chocolate Cookies ($1.90) or all of the above?
Tangy, creamy, mild or strong – there are dozens of premium, crowd-pleasing cheeses to choose from: Bavarian Smoked ($7.50), Halloumi ($12.90), White Stilton with Cranberry ($9.90), Mature English Cheddar ($12.90) and Gruyere ($14.90). In a real rush? Go with the perfectly portioned Cheeseboard Favourites ($23.90) that feature five popular picks plus a couple boxes or bags of crackers, flatbreads or crisps (from $5.90). Done!
Ready-made dips and small bites
Host a brunch buffet with piping-hot Fruit Fritters ($9.90) or Classic Quiche Lorraine ($9.90) from the chilled section. Or, put out a savoury spread of Houmous ($7.90) with Mini Wholemeal Pitas ($6.90) and crudite (from $7.90), a Tex Mex Selection of three dips ($9.90) with Lightly Salted Tortillas ($4.90) plus some Antipasti Skewers ($9.90).
Amazingly affordable alcohol and mixers
In case you don’t know, M&S carries some of the best red, white and sparkling wines in SG – with a standing promotion of four bottles for the price of three! It also boasts a bevy of boozes (e.g. London Distilled Dry Gin, $79.90; craft beers and ciders, from $8.90) alongside mixers galore (from $2.50).
Wholesome dairy, grains and more
Known for its English-dairy products like Greek Style Yoghurt with Honey ($8.90), M&S provides everything you need to prepare an energy-boosting weekday breakfast, including 3 Seed & Oat Granola ($8.90), Fruit, Almond & Hazelnut Muesli ($13.90) and fresh berries and easy-peel oranges (from $8.90).
Just because it’s the weekend doesn’t mean you want to spend all Saturday or Sunday morning in the kitchen. Try budget-saving buys – instant Porridge Oats ($4.90) or toaster English Muffins or Crumpets (from $4.90), topped with your favourite fruit conserve or marmalade (from $5.90) plus Farmhouse Goat’s Butter ($6.90) – and spend the extra time bonding with your family. Oh, and don’t forget some fair-trade Lazy Weekend Ground Coffee ($11.90)!
Healthy takeway salads and ready-made entrees
Eating at the office? In between errands? Need to feed the kids – stat? Grab a salad to go (from $7.90), pop an Indian-inspired King Prawn Bhuna entree ($15.90) or kidportioned Taste Buds Tuna Pasta Bake ($7.90) into the microwave or cook up fresh Balanced for You Seafood Linguini ($12.90) in a flash.
Smoothies and juices
If you prefer to drink your vitamins and minerals, M&S has a plethora of smoothies and juices – starting at $4.90! Go with the single-portion Tropical Juice with Kale or Super Berry Smoothie, or grab a litre of pure-squeezed Florida Orange Juice.
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder (Issue 281), April 2017
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