Target’s Archer Farms Brand's New Easy Meal Items Start As Low As $2.99

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Not all generic store brands are worth it, but I will defend Target’s Archer Farms line with my dying breath — and that’s doubly true in light of the new easy meal items from Archer Farms that Target just launched. Ranging in price from $2.99 to $8.99, they’re affordable, well-rounded options you can mix and match to put together a quick meal — and, most importantly, they all sound absolutely delicious. Bless you, Archer Farms. Bless your tasty, life-simplifying little heart.

I love cooking. I do. I am a meal prepper; I plan each week’s dinners and lunches before making my grocery list and shop accordingly; and generally speaking, making a meal and then devouring that meal are activities I enjoy immensely. Sometimes, though, life happens, leaving me with neither the time nor the energy to go full Gordon Ramsey. Since I still need to, y’know, eat when that happens, I find it helps to keep a few prepped things around so I can still throw together a complete meal without needing to do much more than open a couple of packages and throw a few things in the microwave or into a pan.

That’s the market the new Archer Farms items aim to fill — and if the meal plans suggested in a blog post on the company’s website that incorporate the new items are anything to go by, it’s going to accomplish that goal with aplomb.

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The new line encompasses 100 offerings ranging from meats and pastas to salads, soups, and sides which can be combined to create more elaborate meals or simply eaten on their own. They’re all ready-to-heat, so the most you’ll have to do to make them is throw them in a pot of boiling water — and in many cases, you won’t even have to do that: A lot of them just go right in the microwave and come out done a few minutes later. Best of all, they’re all under $9, with some options even running a low as $3.

This isn’t the first time Target has offered a grocery line geared towards providing fast and easy meal solutions; as Progressive Grocer notes, the Archer Farms Mix & Match Meals line debuted in 2014, offering a color-coded system that reportedly yielded 500 different meal combinations. The Mix & Match Meals line seems to have been discontinued, however; it’s no longer available on Target’s website. The new release may be a different attempt to fill the niche previously filled by Mix & Match Meals.

Here’s a look at just a few of the new items; be on the lookout for them at your local Target.

1. Archer Farms Pulled Pork in Original BBQ Sauce

Archer Farms Pulled Pork In Original BBQ Sauce

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love pulled pork? Because I really, really love it. It is my barbecue option of choice. Obviously nothing beats pulled pork that’s been roasting for hours and hours and hours, but I appreciate a quick option for those “Oh god what I am going to EAT” day.

2. Archer Farms Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes

Archer Farms Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes

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You can’t go wrong with mashed potatoes. For the curious, Yukon Golds were originally bred in the ‘60s in Canada; they were released to the market in 1980.

3. Archer Farms Pork Carnitas

Archer Farms Pork Carnitas

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If I had it my way, Taco Tuesday would happen every day of the week, Tuesday be damned.

4. Archer Farms Mexican Street Corn Salad

Archer Farms Mexican Street Corn Salad

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Pair this with the carnitas above, add some tortillas, and bam, you’ve got dinner.

5. Archer Farms Burrata Lemon Zest Herb Ravioli

Archer Farms Burrata Lemon Zest Herb Ravioli

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Not going to lie — these little pasta pockets are the thing from this release in which I am the most interested. Lemon? Herbs? Ravioli? Burrata??? Sign me up! Early reviews are good, too; wrote one customer on the Target website, “Pleasantly surprised! I didn't get much ‘lemon zest’ (really none at all) so I added a little squeeze to the water just before they were done. Just toss these in a little melted butter, throw in some sweet peas, top with fresh grated Parmesan, and you've got dinner.” Yes, please. (And no, this one doesn't actually cost zero dollars; however, its price can vary. Check your store for details.)

6. Archer Farms Creamed Spinach and Kale

Archer Farms Creamed Spinach And Kale

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I will admit that creamed spinach isn’t really my thing, but I might be willing to make an exception, thanks to the Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms recipe Target put together using this ingredient.

7. Archer Farms Apple Pecan Quinoa Salad

Archer Farms Apple Pecan Quinoa Salad

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All of these things are my jam. I can’t wait to shove it all in my face. (Also, it's vegan, which should make the no-animals-or-animal-byproducts folks in the crowd happy!)

8. Archer Farms Vegetarian Pumpkin Bisque

Archer Farms Vegetarian Pumpkin Bisque

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BE STILL, MY PUMPKIN-LOVING HEART. Grab a loaf of really good bread, throw together a salad if you’re feeling ambitious, and voila! You have made my perfect meal.

9. Archer Farms Shredded Chicken

Archer Farms Shredded Chicken

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(Note: Check your store for the price on this one, same as for the ravioli.) Rotisserie chickens are already a shortcut in and of themselves, but you don’t even have to shred this one in order to make a meal happen. Nachos, here I come.

Check out more from Archer Farms online here — and be sure to look for the new options the next time you stop by your friendly neighborhood Target.