Of all the meals I’m tasked with planning and preparing each day, lunch is, by far, the biggest headache for me. You’d think it would be dinner, right? After all, dinner is usually more elaborate and requires more effort, but nope – it’s lunch.
The main reason for that stress is because I feel the urge to resist the temptation of settling into the usual routine of sandwiches for lunch, but coming up with new ideas for tasty lunches isn’t easy. There’s also pressure to prepare a mid-day meal that’s quick and easy (dinner usually doesn’t have the same constraints).
All of that ended recently when I discovered frozen meals from Michelina’s. Before you scoff at the idea of frozen lunches, know this: Frozen meals have come a LONG way in the past 10 or 20 years and these options from Michelina’s are proof!
Those meals get even better when you add your own ingredients to them. The finishing touch is something Michelina’s encourages with their “Make It Your Michelina’s” contest. Throughout September, the company is encouraging fans to pick a meal, add some personal flair to it, and upload the image to the Michilina’s Facebook page. They’ll pick a weekly winner to win one week’s worth of Michelina’s and a Grand Prize winner will win a one year’s supply of Michelina’s!
For more info about the contest, visit the “Make it your Michelina’s” page of the company’s website. On the page, you’ll also see eight recipes created by the Michelina’s team using the Michelina’s meals. You can Follow Michelina's on Facebook or Follow Michelina’s on Twitter, too.
Here are three of my favorites, along with an idea about how I’d add my personal touch:
Franks ‘n Cheese – Our little one LOVES macaroni and cheese. Instead of adding hot dogs to this classic dish, I’d add some bacon and a little broccoli.
Seafood Alfredo – This meal takes Michelina’s Fettuccine Alfredo and makes it special by adding asparagus spears and shrimp. I’m not a shrimp fan, so I’d swap out the seafood and replace it with diced ham or blackened grilled chicken.
Lasagna Taco – My husband loves lasagna almost as much as our little one loves mac & cheese. This recipe places the lasagna in a flatbread to create a taco. I’m not really sure what I’d change about this one, because he loves tacos, too. Maybe I’d take a page from my mac & cheese recipe above and just add bacon … and extra cheese.