Growing up in a youth group in a Southern Baptist church, we had a lot of frozen lasagnas. A LOT. It’s an easy dish that only requires oven time, and throwing together a simple salad and some bread to put beside it makes a filling dish for a lot of hungry teenagers.
When my husband and I married, I learned quickly that he did not like frozen lasagnas — for the exact same reason. Sorry, Stouffer’s.
Seven and a half years into our marriage and two kids later, we can’t eat the way we did when we were in college/early marriage. I also worry now about the amount of chemicals and GMO’s in our food. I would love to eat completely organic, but our budget can’t handle that volume, so I’ve been making simple swaps with good food in our price range. One of the brands we buy now is Annie’s Homegrown, because they run for great sales and they taste just as good or better than our usual mac and cheese or cheddar crackers. A couple of months ago, Influenster asked if I would be interested in trying the new Annie’s Homegrown Frozen Entrees.
YES! How did they know I like to eat? 😉
I received a coupon in the mail and went out to my local Target to pick one up. They currently have four choices: Shells and White Cheddar with Chicken, Classic Macaroni and Cheese, Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese, and Lasagna with Meat Sauce.
We chose to try the lasagna as we know exactly what a frozen lasagna tastes like. In Todd’s words, “If you can’t make a frozen lasagna, none of the other stuff is going to be good.”
When I got it home, we decided to make it for dinner the next night. I thought it was a little strange that you baked it for 40 minutes with the seal on it, and I thought it looked a little small.
Excuse the old cookie sheet! My husband says I need a new one… but I’ll just get it darkened like this one. I put it on a plate with some broccoli and bread as I knew Bluebelle would eat the other two and I wasn’t sure if she’d touch the lasagna.
The verdict? Good. Really, really good! Even B ate it! It filled us up WAY more than I thought it would. It says 3.5 servings and it was appropriate for us (we’re big eaters, too!). It was super cheesy, the tomatoes were not acidic at all, and it tasted truly homemade. Usually we have to spice up any frozen entrees, but not this one!
Best part? Even Todd (who hates frozen lasagnas!) said it tasted awesome and homemade! I deliberately didn’t tell him my opinion on it to see what he thought. He’s super critical of food and I was thrilled to please him! Squishy loved the noodles and sauce too!
I’m actually going to go back to the store this week to try the chicken and shells and the butternut squash mac and cheese. Annie’s is also offering a coupon for $2.00 off — this makes the entree $5-$6! That’s also a great budget price point for me! Especially for something so much better for you. It’s healthier without tasting healthier… which is something that I love. 🙂
I really think you’ll love this. I know I did!
*I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. All opinions are completely and totally mine. Do you want to try new stuff too? Go to Influenster.com and check it out!