Well my review tonight was very timely – a meal made in a matter of minutes! Something parents need every now and then; maybe even more times than we’d like to admit! Am I right?
Contessa Meals is a complete meal in a bag. I was first drawn to the fact that they made gluten free options, always nice to have a quick meal that my whole family can enjoy. For tonight though I tried the Orange Chicken and Beef Mongolian varieties (Not Gluten Free). The instructions are straight forward, and quick to follow. I actually forgot to read the instructions at first – I was SUPER distracted! – but no harm done! The foods are cooked, frozen and put into separate bags: Meat; sauce; rice and then veggies in the main bag. I decided to cook both varieties so that I could try the different flavors. My mom had just arrived from South Africa (hence the distraction) so I wanted some extra any way. I also didn’t realize that the bag INCLUDES the rice, until after I opened the bag (as I said, I was majorly distracted!) but it says so right there on the bag, includes rice! I had already started to cook my own rice, because you know how long it can take!, only to read that the Contessa rice would take as little as two minutes in the microwave! URGH! I was kicking myself.
Both my husband and I really liked the Orange Chicken. The chicken was nicely moist and the breading was really yummy! The Beef Mongolian was tasty too, I think we both just have a preference to the flavor of the chicken. I liked that the veggies were quick and easy to cook too. They were very flavorful and colorful, bright green broccoli and red peppers. Overall the meal was fresh tasting. Oh! I almost forgot the best part! ONE PAN! Ha! Yes, it all cooks in one pan (just the rice/pasta gets cooked *in* the bag it comes in, in the microwave, or another pan if you want to). The only thing I’d say is that if you have two big hungry boys, it won’t fill them. This is a great meal for two who want something light and quick and not make you feel overstuffed afterward.
I am going to hit the grocery store and find some gluten free options, so my daughter can have some too. This is a great meal to have in the freezer. You don’t have to think if you have all the right ingredients, it’s all there! Veggies, meat, sauce and rice (or pasta, etc)! There are many flavors to choose from: with meals “from around the globe”.
You can print this coupon for a $1 off. I think the meals were competitively priced to other similar meals.
I met Lynn in MOMS Club and she has two children. One of which is the same age as my daughter and they love to giggle and play together. Lynn Hooper is also a local Mary Kay Consultant while also being a full time mom. “A lot of what the business stands for is true to my heart. Mary Kay Inc. has a foundation that donates funds to help end domestic violence and also funds research into cancers that affect women. Mary Kay also has what’s called "The Golden Rule" which means God (faith) first, family second and business third. A great principal for me and nice to know I am part of a team that believes in this too.”