Cooking for my family is in this crazy in between stage. Now M, the hubby and I we're ok, sure M is kinda picky but for the most part I think I have a pretty good eater. Now only if she would not take 5 hours to eat one meal that'd be great.
No the problem is K. She eats almost anything we do but she can be pretty picky. Loves veggies and fruit but of course we can't only give her those.
Her Italian roots are strong because Italian food is one thing she lives for (I'm assuming so she she makes the loudest "yumm" sounds while eating). To make true Italian food it takes a long time and I just don't have that kind of time. Letting "gravy" (or meat sauce to normal people, lol.) simmer for 8 hours? Uh yeah no thanks.
I tried the frozen meal thing a while back but M and I hated it and John wouldn't even try it.
The other day I was having a bad day and I just did not want to cook so I gave in and bought a frozen meal. This time I went with Marie Callender's new frozen 3 Italian meat and four cheese Lasagna since on the box it said that it's the preferred lasagna over the "other guys". Plus with their Love Ir or Get Your Money Back Guarantee I knew (well hoping) I couldn't go wrong.
This new lasagna is not like any other frozen meal we've ever tried! Marie Callender's has paired three Italian-style meats (sausage, ground beef and pepperoni) with four different cheeses (Ricotta, Mozzarella, Parmesan and Romano), in a hearty marinara sauce that cooks in the microwave and is ready to serve in just 19 minutes, faster than the competition. I chose the oven setting which takes a whole lot longer (almost a hour and half) so it was crisper but I'm sure the out come would have been the same if I cooked it in the microwave as they suggest.
Right out of the oven I loved what I saw.. and smelled! Even John commented how amazing the house smelled and that's saying something from an Italian man.
First off, no burnt edges! I think everyone who has made lasagna has had the burnt edges problem at least once. Marie Callender's has made a unique baking tray that minimizes burnt edges and cold spots so all you see is gorgeous cheese and bubbly sauce.
What happened next went beyond my wildest dreams - my family ate the whole thing, K included! Everyone loved the lasagna and John is asking that we have it again!
By the way, I did see a pig fly while we were eating.
I saw other Marie Callender's options in the frozen section so now that we found one that we love I am going to slowly test the waters and try other options for my family. If I can fill their bellies without slaving over a hot stove for hours then I am satisfied.
This is a sponsored post. Marie Callender's and TheMotherhood provided me with coupons and I was compensated for my time. Thoughts are my own and my family's.