Sunday, April 20, 2014

Great Busy Night Dinner! **Annie's Homegrown Frozen Entree Review**

Hello my wonderful readers!  I hope some of you are still with me!  I know it's been a VERY long time since I've posted anything, and I promise you I won't abandon this blog for such a long time again.

To make it up to you, I am going to tell you about a fantastic new item I had the chance to try!  I'm sure you all know how it goes - you want to serve your family a great homemade meal every night, full of fresh ingredients and NOT full of all those nasty chemicals.  The problem is, I'm sure you (like me and pretty much everyone else we all know) also have jobs, kids, husbands or wives, meetings, a home to take care of - or some combination of any or all of these things.  In other words - life.  If you are anything like me, it gets OH so tempting to order a pizza or hit a drive through.  Not exactly that nice home-cooked meal we were hoping to make, is it?

Well folks, this is where that great new item comes in!  See the shiny new icon on the right hand side of my blog?  If you click it, you will go to Influenster.  Go ahead, click it & come back - this post will still be here.  Trust me - you'll want to click it.  They are great!  They gave me the chance to try out a FANTASTIC new frozen meal from Annie's Homegrown.  Yes, Annie's is the company with the cute bunny logo.  You've probably seen them in the natural food aisle, with their pastas & snacks.  They make a lot more than that - Pizza, salad dressings, etc.  Today, though, I'm going to tell you about their new line of frozen entrees.

I know, you're probably all thinking I'm crazy.  Here I was just talking about wanting to make a dinner without chemicals or anything like that and then I go mentioning frozen entrees.  Don't leave in disgust!  I promise - Annie's is different!  We're talking real, fresh food here!  I could even pronounce all the ingredients - so could the husband (and he hates to read).  We got a coupon to try one of these new frozen entrees for free, so we picked up their lasagna with meat sauce.  The husband is a lasagna snob, he won't eat anything other than my homemade-from-scratch-never-on-a-weeknight lasagna.  I mean this guy won't even order it in a restaurant!  Well guess what - he LOVED it!  This stuff had great tasting sauce, the noodles came out perfect, and it even had all that gooey melty cheese we all love! Yum!

I think the only thing I would change was that it was a little on the under-sauced side, but that's really a matter of personal preference.  We like a lot of sauce in our lasagna.  It was a bit small, so if the teenager was there for dinner it might not have stretched quite far enough - but he's a teenage boy, which pretty much means if it's not nailed down or raw he'll inhale it (we don't have leftovers anymore).  For the husband & I, though, it was perfect with some garlic bread & a quick salad.  We were in the middle of moving, and it was a work night (like I said, life happens), and I was able to get an almost-from-scratch meal on the table very quick!

There are three other varieties to try as well - Shells & White Cheddar with Chicken, Classic Macaroni & Cheese, and Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese - something for every family!

If you go to the Annie's Facebook page you can even download a coupon to save $2 on these great new entrees!  Try them out for yourself, and let me know what you think!

See - aren't you glad you read all the way through my ramblings? 


**I received a free product voucher to test this product.  All opinions are my own**