We have all had days where we are running from one meeting to the next trying to meet deadlines and take care of all our obligations. The last thing that you want to do after a long day is to come home and have to prepare a meal. 

In the past, quick and easy dinner meant microwave dinners or sandwiches. Several Korean markets in the area now offer a variety of products from Korean firms that are quick, healthy, and easy to prepare. These ready to eat meals come pre-packaged with simple instructions and are ready in just minutes. Most importantly, they are delicious, made from real ingredients, and super easy to prepare. 


As many of you know, the traditional Korean meal revolves around rice and soup. These ready to eat meals, come in a variety of styles to suit any hungry diners cravings on a given day. 

First, there are hearty soups and stews such as traditional soybean soup, beef bone broth, and a tofu and kimchi stew that truly hit at the heart of every Korean diner and provides a comforting warm meal. 

If you are craving something heavier, then there are offerings such as the very popular bibimbap, which is a mixed rice dish with meat and vegetables. This may be a little more filling, but still a terrific and healthy option. 

One final option is the best of both worlds. There are meals that provide a nice soup base and a rice component that is really like sitting down to a home cooked meal after a long day at work. These offerings come in different flavors and range from mild to spicy, so there is something for everyone.  

Until recently, these concepts were not readily available, and the ones that were had to be kept frozen. Now, these new products are shelf stable, and can be bought and stored at room temperature in your pantry. They are currently available and on sale are local area markets such as Zion Mart and H-Mart in Duluth. 

Nothing can truly replace a home cooked meal, but when you are short on time or just do not feel like cooking at the end of the day, be sure to try one of these delicious, simple, and healthy alternatives. You are sure to as pleasantly surprised as I was with the quality and taste. You will also be impressed with the variety of dishes available to suit every palate.