Nov 172013

I received Michael Angelo’s products in order to facilitate my review. All words and opinions are my own.

Italian food has always been one of my favorite cuisines.  Growing up, my Mom would frequently make spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, complete with her own homemade pasta sauce.  The sauce is so good that my brother and his now-wife actually requested it as their rehearsal dinner meal.

My Gram also made Italian meals special, as she often made her own fresh pasta.  I remember seeing those little strips of goodness hanging on the machine, ready to be tossed into the boiling water.  You’d think my family is Italian, but we’re not; we just enjoy good food.

I often make Italian meals for my own family.  Lasagna and spaghetti with my own homemade spaghetti sauce recipe are two of the most frequent, but I’m made Chicken Piccata, antipasto salad, Chicken Parmesan, and other dishes, too.

Michael Angelo's Chicken Piccata at Sam's Club

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Oct 292013

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Social Moms and Tai Pei.  All words and thoughts are my own.

Up until I was a sophomore in high school, I would have told you that I didn’t like Chinese food.  I know, right?  For most of my tween and early teen years I was what you might call a picky eater.  At that point I hadn’t even tried anything from a Chinese menu – other than French fries – but I was sure I wouldn’t like it.

Then my friends and I participated in a scavenger hunt contest and won a gift certificate to a local Chinese restaurant.  I went planning to eat some fries and instead was talked into trying a few things from the buffet.  To my surprise, there were a number of things that I enjoyed: fried rice, sweet & sour chicken, beef & broccoli.

Tai Pei and Tai Pei Asian Garden Chinese Food Frozen Meals #TaiPeiFood

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Oct 142013

This post on healthy lunch ideas is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Lean Cuisine, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #HonestlyGood #ad

When you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle one of the biggest roadblocks can be life itself.  It often feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get all the necessities done, let alone anything extra.  Things like the gym or getting a full night’s sleep sort of fall by the wayside.

One of the easiest ways that I’ve found to stay on track is to stock my freezer with frozen meals.  Breakfast and lunch are both frequently a “lite” or healthy entree that I can pop in the microwave.  They’re huge time-savers and you can’t beat the portion and calorie control that a prepackaged meal provides.

Healthy Lunch Ideas: Lean Cuisine #HonestlyGood Frozen Meals

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Oct 042013

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Michelina’s. All opinions are 100% mine.

I wish that I had more time to savor lunch.  But to be honest, I’m lucky if I get to finish lunch – and even more lucky if I get to sit down to do so.  Bubbles is often most interested in eating whatever we’re eating, so there’s a lot of “a bite please?”.

After she’s eaten her own lunch and loses interest in yours, then she wants to play.  And there’s only so long you can put off a toddler with “Mommy is eating, sweetie” before you just raise your hands in defeat and go to play dinosaurs.  That’s part of the reason I often turn to frozen meals for lunch.  They cook quickly and often represnt most of your food groups in one package.

But when I do have a few extra minutes I like to add my own personal twist.  Michelina’s Lean Gourmet® makes it easy to do so, especially when they provide so many recipe inspirations on their website.  You make their frozen entrees the base of your meal and add in a few extras.  Here are my Top 3 recipes I’d like to recreate from their site:

Make It Your Michelina's: Lettuce Wraps
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Mar 262013

Quick & Tasty Frozen Lunch Options from ConAgra #FrozenFacts

Frozen Lunch Options from ConAgra

I really enjoy cooking which a lot of you probably know from the number of recipe and meal ideas I’ve shared with you over time.  When it comes to lunch, though, I rarely find myself in the mood to cook something.  I also don’t usually find myself with the time to cook lunch for myself, to be honest.  By the time I’m done making lunch for Bubbles and then feeding her, the afternoon is already marching on and there are tasks that need to be completed.

Thankfully there are a number of frozen entries with which I can keep my freezer stocked.  This makes it very convenient to grab-and-go even if the “go” part is only as far as the backyard to watch Bubbles play.  Of course, convenience isn’t the only consideration when it comes to lunch.  I actually have quite a list of requirements.  I want them to be low in fat and calories, use fresh ingredients, and be a decent source of fiber and protein.  Oh – and they have to taste good (kind of the most important part). Continue reading »