Delicious Chinese From The Freezer

This post was sponsored by Tai Pei and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I am always on the lookout for ways to make my life easier so I was really excited to go to Chicago last week for a fun blogger event with Tai Pei. The invite said we’d learn some life hacks along with getting the chance to try some of the meal options from their new line of Asian inspired frozen entrees.

Before the event started we had a chance to chat with other bloggers. It was nice to catch up with those who I hadn’t seen in a while and to meet some new people. Every time I think I know all of the Chicago area bloggers I go to events like this and discover I don’t.

We also had a chance to play a homemade game with ping pong balls and empty Tai Pei containers. I love finding new uses for things and thought this was a great game that my boys probably would have enjoyed as well (and I’m sure they could probably have done a better job at getting those balls into the containers, too!)

After a while it was time to eat and I learned we would be sampling three flavors- General Tso’s Spicy Chicken, Beef & Broccoli and Chicken Chow Mein. I like Chinese food but don’t eat it often since takeout tends to be expensive so I was very interested in trying these because I hoped they would be a great replacement. I was pleasantly surprised that they tasted just as good as delivery!

All entrees are made with real, quality ingredients and tasted freshly made. The rice is also flavor-infused so each bite is full of flavor. Speaking of flavor, I liked that the General Tso’s Spicy Chicken had a bit of a kick to it but wasn’t too spicy that my kids wouldn’t be able to eat it. Nothing worse than serving dinner and hearing “it’s too spicy” and having the kiddos refuse to it. I don’t think that will happen with these meals!

Thankfully I left the event with a couple coupons because I headed right to the store and bought a bunch of them. These are perfect for the days I’m busy working (from home in my pajamas- let’s keep it real here lol) and look up to realize that it’s 2pm and I haven’t had lunch yet. I’ve actually made Tai Pei meals the past couple days and am loving how easy they are. I just heat them up for 4-5 minutes and then eat them right out of the container, which means no dirty dishes to wash.

Want to try Tei Pei single serve Asian inspired frozen entrees for yourself? Get a coupon here!

Lean Cuisine and Skinny Cow Review #31days

One of my goals in 2011 is to work towards a healthier lifestyle. Exercising, eating healthier foods, and drinking less soda and more water are all part of my plan. I recently headed to Walmart to look at some frozen dinner options since I normally eat meals alone.

I bought a variety of Lean Cuisine entrees and snacks and a Skinny Cow dessert. I wanted to share my thoughts on them  in case any of you are looking for quick, delicious tasting foods for yourself.

BBQ-Recipe Chicken Pizza

I normally don’t buy the single serving boxed pizzas because I find that they are normally soggy. This flavor sounded so good so I bought it anyways. I loved that the pizza had plenty of cheese, chicken, and sauce. I made mine in the microwave and found the crust to be cooked just right. The flavor was wonderful also. I would definitely try these pizzas again (maybe the Spinach and Mushroom Pizza- Deep Dish?)

Asiago Cheese Tortelloni

“Asiago cheese and caramelized onion stuffed tortelloni with tomatoes,yellow and green zucchini and yellow carrots in a tomato vodka sauce.” Doesn’t that make your mouth water? This was one of the meals that steams fresh in a microwave and then you take it out, shake the bag, and your meal is ready to eat. I loved the flavor of this entree. I also loved that the vegetables were crunchy.

Spring Rolls

There are three kinds of Spring Rolls but I tried the Fajita-Style Chicken ones and the Garlic Chicken ones. They can be cooked in the microwave or oven. Honestly, I like them baked in the oven best but they taste just as good cooked in the microwave (though just not as crunchy). My favorite of the two was the Fajita-Style Chicken ones. They were so good I had to go back to the store  and get more! They are filling and are great for a snack or as a side (I paired mine with a salad). You can also dip them in something or eat them plain. I tried the Fajita ones with both sour cream and ranch dressing.

Cookies 'N Cream Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches

These Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches were great! I had only tried the Vanilla ones before so I was excited to try the Cookies ‘N Cream flavor. They were delicious! The best part was that they are only 150 calories each!

This is only a small sampling of the meals, snacks, and desserts that Lean Cuisine and Skinny Cow offer. View my Whrrl story to find out more about my shopping trip and my opinions on the products I tried.

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I’m wondering, which is your favorite Lean Cuisine product? Let me know which one you think I should try next!

(Disclosure: I was compensated by Collective Bias but all thoughts and opinions on the food are my own.)