Healthy Choice Baked Entrees Review

Remember last week when I said that I was going to get creative with my lunch?  I have been having such a great time trying out all kinds of new things to pack in my lunch.  One of my favorites have been the Healthy Choice Baked Entrees.

I love them for lots of reasons, but mostly because they are crazy delicious and come in so many great recipes!  My all time favorite is the Chicken Enchilada Bake.  This dish is a full-flavored  chicken enchilada over cilantro rice and topped with corn, black beans and a queso sauce.  When you peel the film off the top after cooking it the smell of cilantro just hits you in the face!  It’s so fragrant and fresh.  No way does it taste like a freezer meal to me.

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You can really tell that Healthy Choice Baked Entrees combine wholesome, quality ingredients to each of their dishes.  This results in fresh, baked-from-the-oven taste straight from the microwave.

There 10 great recipes to choose from.  My goal is to try them all!  My second favorite is the Italian Sausage Pasta Bake.  It combines fresh made whole grain rotini pasta paired with juicy Italian sausage, tossed in a rich garlic marinara with bubbling mozzarella cheese.  It is awesome!  I swear I want to lick the bowl after finishing it (and maybe I did…).  This doesn’t feel at all like you are eating healthy.  It’s so rich and satisfying.  If this is what eating healthy tastes like, I’m hooked!

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I have really enjoyed trying to spice up my brown bag lunch for the last few weeks.  I have learned that not only is it a treat to pack a Healthy Choice meal, it’s also very good for me.  I don’t have to worry about counting calories or protein.  They have done all of the work for me.

 

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by ConAgra Foods.  I’ve been compensated for my time; however, as always opinions and thoughts are my own.

 

 

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October 10, 2013. cooking, coupon, health, Review. 2 comments.

Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers

I have been working a lot lately.  Usually I take a typical brown bag lunch to work…a sandwich, some chips…you know, the usual.  I really wanted to mix it up a little bit and take something that I would actually enjoy eating.  I had the opportunity to try the Cafe Steamers line by Healthy Choice and it certainly was more exciting than my boring lunch that I usually bring. If you would like to try it out for yourself, click here to get a great coupon.

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The hardest part was trying to pick which Cafe Steamer to buy.  They have so many great choices!  I decided on the Asian Inspired Kung Pao Chicken and the Grilled Chicken Pesto with vegetables.  They were both awesome!  At first I thought it would be annoying to have to cook something in the microwave at work, but it couldn’t have been easier.  You just take it out of the box and stick it in the microwave for around 4 minutes.  No film to peel back, no poking holes in the top, and no changing the power setting stirring  half way through cooking.  Easy. Just the way I like it!

After it is done cooking the sauce is in the bottom of of the bowl and the chicken & other ingredients are on the top in a colander type bowl.  Just lift out the colander, dump the stuff into the bowl underneath, stir with the sauce that was in the bottom of the bowl that was steaming your food.  It’s pretty cool the way it steams your food.  It really makes it taste fresh.  The veggies were so crisp, it was so good!

My Kung Pao Chicken had 21g of whole grain, 17g of Protein, and was only 290 calories total.  I’m sure my old standby brown bag lunch pales in comparison.  I’m hooked!  Not only did it save me time in the morning by not having to pack a lunch, the Cafe Steamers are better for me than what I had been eating for lunch.  It’s really a no brainer…I’m packing Healthy Choice from now on!

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by ConAgra Foods.  I’ve been compensated for my time; however, as always opinions and thoughts are my own.

 

September 26, 2013. cooking, coupon, Review. Leave a comment.

This Will Blow Your Mind!

I had the opportunity to try out Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt and was blown away!  I thought it was going to be an okay snack that might take the edge off of my craving for a big bowl of ice cream.  I mean, at 100 calories and 4 grams of protein per serving how good could it be?  WRONG!  This stuff was amazing, and I now find myself craving Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt instead of  my usual big bowl of ice cream.  Want to try it for yourself?  Download a coupon for $1.00 off here!

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The texture is what really makes if for me.  It is so creamy and smooth.  It feels like I am eating something luxurious and expensive.  Riley and I like to set it out on the counter for about 5 minutes before we eat it – this takes the texture to another level!

Each cup of Healthy Choice Frozen Yogurt is made with real nonfat milk, yogurt cultures and dairy protein to create what is in my opinion the perfect snack.  In fact, the Healthy Choice Greek Yogurt Dark Fudge Swirl was the winner of the Shape Magazine 2013 Snack Awards “Best Night Bite” award.  Way to go Dark Fudge Swirl!

There are 5 flavors to choose from:  Dark Fudge Swirl (Riley’s favorite), Strawberry (my personal favorite), Vanilla, Raspberry, and Blueberry.  I haven’t found the Blueberry or Raspberry in my Publix yet.  I keep checking every week.

In each box you get 4 little cups of frozen yogurt that are 100 calories each.  Those little cups really do satisfy all of my cravings.  They are so convenient too…no scooping, over filling your bowl or dirtying dishes.  Just grab a spoon and enjoy!

I know you will really love this stuff…just like we did.  Click here to download a $1.00 off coupon to try it for yourself.

 

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by ConAgra Foods.  I’ve been compensated for my time; however, as always opinions and thoughts are my own.

 

September 10, 2013. cooking, coupon, food, health, Review. 2 comments.

Just Heat and Go!

 

tanI was so excited to try the new Heat-N-Go mini waffles and pancakes from Pillsbury!  But do you know who was more excited?  My kids!  Actually these perfect for my oldest that is away at UGA.  I stocked her mini freezer with about 5 packages of these…for the days that she wakes up late and can’t make it to the dining hall.

Not only are they delicious…they are so fast and easy to make!  Just microwave them for 45 seconds and then run out the door.  No syrup needed, its baked right in them!  You can eat them on the go right out of the bag that you cook them in.  What a genius idea!

All of the flavors are really good, but our family likes the waffles best.  Have you tried them yet?  You can pick some up at Walmart and give them a try.  Visit Pillsbury.com to find more.

“Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.”

August 23, 2013. cooking, Review. Leave a comment.

I’m Fasting

The Fast Diet.  I purchased the book and was hooked!

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I have been working my butt off to try to get rid of 5 annoying lbs that seem to have taken residence in right smack dab in the middle of my body.  I have been working out like crazy and “watching” what I eat.  My middle aged body was saying “no way are you losing this weight”!

I was drawn to the Fast Diet because of how easy it is to follow.  You pick two days of the week to fast (by fast, they mean to eat 500 calories if you are a woman and 600 for a man).  The rest of the week you just eat normal.  I usually fast on Monday & Thursday, but often change my days according to the week ahead of me.  On my fast days I eat a 100ish calorie breakfast, have a few low calorie snacks (carrots, babybell cheese, etc), and have a 300 calorie dinner.  It really isn’t as hard as it sounds and if you pick the right foods you never feel like you are starving.

The proof is in the pudding (or lack of pudding)!  I started this diet with a group of friends & family.  After the first day of fasting one was down 7 lbs, one was down 1.8 lbs, one was down 2.4 lbs and one didn’t lose any weight.  I’m three weeks in and I have lost over 4 lbs and it is staying off.  This diet is perfect for me because it attacks the fat on your body (aka my muffin top).

I actually look forward to my “fast days” now.  They end up being really productive days for me.  I think it is because I’m not distracted with what to eat, if I’m hungry, or thinking at all about food.  I plan my meals out the day before and just eat what I have set aside.  Believe it or not, I can even work out on my fast days.

Has anyone tried the Fast Diet?  I would love to hear what you think about it!

August 15, 2013. cooking, health, Review. Leave a comment.

An unwatched pot always boils over.

Every single time I walk a way from a pot on the stove I hear the sizzle of the water boiling over and I have to run back in to turn the heat down.  It gets really messy if it isn’t a pot of water – then it takes forever to clean off my stove.

The Kochblume Spill Stopper solves this annoying problem.  No more water boiling over!!  Yay!!

 

October 22, 2012. cleaning, cooking, shopping. Leave a comment.

Cereal & Muffins…collide!

Betty Crocker has created a great morning mash up.  They have turned some of their favorite cereal flavors into muffin mixes!  How cool is that? New Betty Crocker® Cereal Muffin Mixes are inspired by Big G cereal favorites Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, and Reese’s Puffs, and are sure to be a fun way to re-mix your morning meal routine.

My Blog Spark sent me a few boxes and we didn’t waste any time trying them out.  My absolute favorite was the Reese’s Puffs muffin (I have a weakness for chocolate & peanut butter together).  They have this really yummy struesel topping that makes them crunchy on the top.  They were all very good – I mean, who doesn’t go cocoa for Cocoa Puffs, right?

Want to try them out for yourself?  Click here for a coupon good for $.80 off a box.  The hard part will be deciding which box to try first!

Here’s my question to you…if you could turn your favorite Betty Crocker cereal  into a muffin, what would it be?  I would love to try a Golden Grahams muffin…

 

Disclosure: The product,  information, and additional sample have been provided by Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark.

 

September 10, 2012. Tags: . cooking, coupon, shopping. Leave a comment.

All My Chips Are In (the microwave)

Did you know that you could make potato chips in the microwave??  I know, right?  For only $9 and in a few short minutes you can make a batch of healthy (no oil) potato chips!  I think this little gadget is awesome…

September 6, 2012. cooking, shopping. Leave a comment.

Pop It Like It’s Hot

I like to have popcorn every now and then.  I’m trying to eat clean and stay away from the microwave butter filled bags of corn.  I used to have an air popper in college and loved it.  I found one that I am thinking about getting from C Wonder.  I like it because it looks cool and is kind of small.  I also like the $29 price tag!

April 10, 2012. cooking, shopping. Leave a comment.

Batter Control

I really want this!  This Batter Dispenser would make my baking life so much better.  The best part would be the lack of batter drips on my counter top.  $14.95 isn’t a bad price either…

February 10, 2012. cooking, shopping. Leave a comment.

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