From Tracie: Making Dinner Simple

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Making Dinner Simple

We eat dinner together as a family every night. Sometimes Thomas is home early in the evening, but usually he works until it is dark. I can't have dinner ready when he gets home, because it is different every day. Now that spring has arrived (even though I know it doesn't fell like spring for most of you), the days are longer, and our dinner hour can be very late.

This is why frozen meals are perfect for us. I pull them out of the freezer when Thomas comes home, and dinner is on the table in twelve minutes. Plus everyone gets to eat something they like, which makes dinner nice for picky eaters (like me - I'm the picky eater in our family).

Healthy Choice Meal

When I was a kid, my family ate frozen meals. I remember going shopping with my mom, and there were few choices - none of them very tasty. In the years since then, frozen meals have come a long way. Healthy Choice and Marie Callender’s meals are made with fresh ingredients, and it makes a big difference in the taste. They also have a wider variety of ingredients than I remember in those tv dinners of my childhood. Last night we had Chicken Marsala with mushrooms, whole grain pasta, asparagus, and sauteed onions. It tasted great, and the portion size was just right.

One other great thing about frozen meals? Easy clean up! You could use your nice dishes to eat your frozen meals; I have a lot of friends who do that. But I am all about making dinner simple, and I have no desire to do dishes at ten o'clock at night. When I'm finished with dinner, I prefer to toss my dishes, and move straight on to dessert.

ConAgra Foods frozen meals give families access to real ingredients like crunchy, freshly cut vegetables, homemade pasta and ripe fruit year-round. Just like most people blanch veggies before freezing them – ConAgra Foods does too – to help preserve color, texture and keep them fresh!

Give it a try sometime! Marie Callender’s hearty pot pies are filled with tender meat, freshly cut vegetables and Marie’s authentic golden, flaky crust. And Healthy Choice recipes use chef-inspired ingredients like, apples instead of sugar for tart sweetness and a splash of red wine for a punch of flavor instead of added salt.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ConAgra Foods.

How do you make dinner simple?


  1. I'll may have to give these a try. I have a hard time finding frozen foods that taste like the original thing... perhaps because I keep them frozen for too long.

    1. The freshness of the frozen meal really does make a difference. I try not to leave them in my freezer for more than a week or two.

  2. I have some Healthy Choice on hand for crazy busy nights but my kids prefer pbj, soup etc.

    1. My daughter goes back and forth - sometimes she wants the frozen meal, and sometimes she wants the soup or sandwich.

  3. I love the stouffers chicken and rice bake!

  4. I always have a healthy choice stocked up in the freezer for those lazy...I mean busy nights :)