By Lindsey Rowland:
I am a bona fide workaholic. I have work weeks that can creep into the 60-70hr range, which doesn’t always leave me very much time to be a 50’s style good housewife and have dinner on the table promptly at 5pm. However, as old fashioned as it may sound, I want to have my cake and eat it too, by being a successful woman in the workforce and being able to be there for my family at the same time, dinner in hand.
If you are like me, one of your go to’s can be frozen family style meals. They are not always my favorite option, as I do enjoy the food preparation process and well let’s face it they are not always that tasty, full of all kinds of nonsense. Enter in Michael Angelo’s family and party sized meals in 46 or 80 ounces.
I must admit I had my reservations- for me frozen lasagna can pretty much contain anything, and the sauces can taste really ‘thick’ and ‘gel-like’- not at all resembling a tomato. We tried out the biggest one- 80 ounces, as Mack’s version of a portion size isn’t really the norm.
I was very pleased that I could read all the ingredients on the box-all natural ingredients, no preservatives, no fillers. The price point on it was comparable or better than the ‘leading’ frozen lasagnas so that was a plus before it even came out of the oven. Michael Angelo’s held up to their claims, the lasagna tasted very similar to restaurant take out. You could see the layers and chunks of tomato in the sauce, it actually looked like the photo on the box. It had the right amount of sauce-cheese-noodle-meat ratios, and the noodles were even al dente (something I have yet to have found in the other frozen lasagnas of mushiness). I think the 46oz size is perfect for families of 4, or 2 Mack portions if you are doing a conversion there. We had more than enough food with the 80oz size for dinner, and leftovers for the next few days. I would call that one more of a big family gathering size, maybe Sunday dinner –ish size.
Overall I would say this is a win- Michael Angelo’s family sized meals are a great solution to dinner for a family in a crunch, tastes not only like people food, but restaurant quality food, and is all natural and nutritious!