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Old 10-13-2008, 12:55 PM   #21
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Why are you wanting to take the frozen meal route? Why don't you just try some more recipes ?
As a full time working mother, that's easier said than done. I relied on frozen when I first began cooking. If I didn't I'd get bored, my daughter would get bored, and then we'd end up eating out.

The great thing about the new frozen stuff that's out there is it lets you be creative and learn. You can buy a frozen kit and add to it and then look at what they've given you to create your own. There's nothing wrong with frozen and this is the "meals in minutes" section.
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:23 PM   #22
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DH picked up a Bertolli oven bake last weekend, and we had it last night - it was pretty good. It was the 4-cheese stuffed shells with shrimp scampi sauce. The shrimp were rather few, but they had good flavor, and the sauce was good. The only thing I would change is I would sprinkle on the included cheese just before serving, rather than while in the oven and bake 10 more minutes. It was too stringy. But it was nice not to have to cook after a 10-hour workday.
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Old 10-16-2008, 02:02 PM   #23
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DH picked up a Bertolli oven bake last weekend, and we had it last night - it was pretty good. It was the 4-cheese stuffed shells with shrimp scampi sauce. The shrimp were rather few, but they had good flavor, and the sauce was good. The only thing I would change is I would sprinkle on the included cheese just before serving, rather than while in the oven and bake 10 more minutes. It was too stringy. But it was nice not to have to cook after a 10-hour workday.
I saw the stuffed shells when I was at the grocery store over the weekend and it looked really good. I'm glad to hear that you liked it! We actually had the oven bake lasagna last night and I thought it was tasty. And of course, so simple to make. It's a perfect serving size for 2 people so with a salad and bread it was plenty.

Babetoo - thanks for the ideas! I've added the TGIF potato skins and marie callendars chicken pot pie to my shopping list.
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:25 PM   #24
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I saw the stuffed shells when I was at the grocery store over the weekend and it looked really good. I'm glad to hear that you liked it! We actually had the oven bake lasagna last night and I thought it was tasty. And of course, so simple to make. It's a perfect serving size for 2 people so with a salad and bread it was plenty.

Babetoo - thanks for the ideas! I've added the TGIF potato skins and marie callendars chicken pot pie to my shopping list.
i had the pot pie for dinner. they are very good. salad and bread and dinner is done. i do the pies in oven , don't really care for how the micro does them.
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Old 10-20-2008, 05:26 PM   #25
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i had the pot pie for dinner. they are very good. salad and bread and dinner is done. i do the pies in oven , don't really care for how the micro does them.
That's great - I can't wait to try it. The quick and easy preparation is my favorite part of a prepackaged meal. For the bertolli oven bake lasagna all I had to do was have a caesar salad and some bread and it was ready. I also agree about doing them in the oven vs the microwave. It always tastes much better when baked in the oven, I think.
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:06 PM   #26
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I looked and only the lasagna looked like something I would want. Unfortunately the day I went, it was late and 45 minutes was too long for my daughter to wait. As a runner she needs to carb up two days before her race so maybe this Thursday I'll try it.
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:36 PM   #27
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I have a lot of pre-packaged frozen food here because with so many people and different schedules, my kids can fix something when they need to. Or when I'm gone, they can make a meal for everyone. Our stand-bys are lasagne, eggrolls, taquitos, chicken pot pies, breaded shrimp and breaded clams, stuffed shells, cheese raviolis and corn dogs. But most of the time I'm here and I make a meal from scratch.
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Old 10-31-2008, 01:27 AM   #28
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Thumbs up Here is one I put a spin on tonight

I bought a package of Stouffer's Skillets Garlic Chicken awhile back thinking it would be a quick meal for a busy day. This is a package with chicken, pasta, carrots, peas and brocolli in a garlic sauce. You can either nuke it or do it in a skillet. When I opened the package I noticed it had a nice coating of the garlic sauce on it. It just looked like something that was going to need a little extra punch.

I ended up adding a can of chicken broth and a can of water to it. I used the microwave to heat it up. We had a nice chicken soup with lots of pasta and veggies. Sure beats a can of soup! The origional package said serves two but we will have another meal or more by making the soup so I would say it would serve 4-6.
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Old 10-31-2008, 01:36 AM   #29
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Never touch the stuff. I buy frozen veggies and ice cream. And
once in a while a Mrs. Smith's pumpkin pie, 'cause that's the one we grew up on.
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Old 11-03-2008, 03:38 PM   #30
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I looked and only the lasagna looked like something I would want. Unfortunately the day I went, it was late and 45 minutes was too long for my daughter to wait. As a runner she needs to carb up two days before her race so maybe this Thursday I'll try it.
Did you get a chance to try the Bertolli Oven Bake Meals yet? We tried the Chicken Parmigiana and Penne and really liked it. The preparation is really easy and cleanup is even easier just a pan and a couple plates to wash. You can get a coupon online for the Oven Bake Meals if you are interested. Let me know what you think of the meals!
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