Thursday, August 19, 2010

Macaroni Grill review and giveaway


OK, I usually love to cook. I do all the cooking in our family and I love to try out new recipes and old favorites. But, for some reason, during this pregnancy the cooking drive has left me. I just don't feel totally up to it and so I've found myself relying on some boring stand-bys and looking forward to Friday take-out pizza each week.

It will pass, I'm sure. At least I hope so!

Anyway, I was invited to test out the new Macaroni Grill frozen meals and even though I'm not normally a frozen meal kind of mama, I said yes because I need some inspiration! And a break from cooking :-)

I received a package of the Basil Parmesan Chicken complete dinner for two. The dinner is made with "grilled white meat chicken, broccoli florets and tomatoes with cavatappi pasta tossed in a flavorful creamy basil parmesan sauce. It arrived a few days before my husband, son and I were taking off on a short road trip and I thought it might be a perfect meal for us to take along (we were traveling in the evening). So, that's what we did. I cooked up the dinner according to the directions (very easy -- put the contents in a pan, add milk, cook for 15 or so minutes) and then divided up into travel containers and took it with us.

About 2 hours in to our trip, we stopped for dinner and I pulled out the Basil Parmesan Chicken. We had an enjoyable, sane dinner (while those around us were waiting in line for over-priced fast food) at the rest stop. After we finished, my husband told me the dinner was really good and thanked me for making it. Ha, ha! I told him it was a frozen meal and he was completely surprised. Since he had come home from work and seen the meal simmering on the stove, and since it tasted so good, he thought it was a product of my hard labor! Maybe I should have let him believe that . . . :-)

We liked the dinner. It was the right amount for two people, although you would probably want to serve it with a side salad to round it out.

If you would like to try out the Macaroni Grill meals, pop over to their web site and download a coupon for $1.50 off. Or enter my giveaway!

One lucky reader can win one of the frozen dinners to try out! The meal will be sent via FedEx, packaged in dry ice.

To enter:

Leave me a comment and let me know what Macaroni Grill meal you would like to try (find out what they offer here).

Additional entries:

As always, you can gain a few additional entries (leave one comment per entry for the additional ones to count):
  • Follow this blog or my other blog, or let me know that you already do (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from your blog (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook, or let me know that you already are (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from Facebook or Twitter (do as often as you'd like, just leave a comment each time)
The giveaway will run through 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 and the winner will be chosen using random.org and posted on Thursday.

Good luck!


Giveaway disclosure: I received a free complete meal from Macaroni Grill, through MyBlogSpark. I was not otherwise compensated for this post and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

35 comments:

  1. I'd love to try the Grilled Chicken Florentine...yum!

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  2. I linked your giveaway on my blog side bar.

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  3. rOASTED GARLIC SHRIMP SCAMPI SOUNDS AWESOME!!

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  4. i'm a follower of your other blog too!

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  5. http://www.macaronigrillathome.com/products/boxed/garlic-amp-herb-chicken-penne this one

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  6. I follow this blog-jelaws5
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  7. I follow your other blog-jelaws5
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  8. like u on fb-Julie S Laws

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  9. MMMM, I definitely have my eye on Grilled Chicken Florentine!

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  10. I would like to try the Spicy Italian Sausage Pomodoro

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  11. The roasted garlic Shrimp sounds good!

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  12. The basil parm sounds good too!

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  13. I think the Spicy Italian Sausage Pomodoro sounds yummiest! :-)
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  14. I'd pick the grilled chicken florentine.

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  15. I'm a follower.

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  16. nice blog, have a look on my blog too when free ~

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  17. I would love to try the Roasted Garlic Shrimp Scampi.

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  18. I'd like to try their Chicken Marsala with Linguine!

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  19. I'd love to try the Roasted Garlic Shrimp Scampi!

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  20. I'd like to try the Roasted Garlic Shrimp Scampi, although they all look delicious.
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  21. I follow on gfc.
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