Thank you to Campbell’s Dinner Sauces for sponsoring this post.
This is a “just for fun” post. The chicken marsala above was one of two meals Todd and I enjoyed on a recent at-home date night. And both meals were made in 15 minutes combined…by my husband, Todd! Intrigued? Read on.
Todd had a little help from Campbell’s. I know what you’re thinking. You’re in shock. This is the first time I’ve used a pre-prepared food item on my 100% cook-from-scratch-all-fresh-ingredients recipe blog. I’ve been approached many times by different brands to do so and have turned them down. But there are a few reasons why I’ve agreed to review Campbell’s new line of Dinner and Slow Cooker Sauces. So just hear me out on this one, okay?
I have a few confessions to share with you. Here they are:
“5 Confessions of a Generally Healthy, Cook-From-Scratch-With-All-Fresh-Ingredients Food Blogger”
1) I don’t always have frozen healthy leftovers in my fridge that I can thaw out to feed my family in a time crunch.
2) Sometimes I’m simply not in the mood to cook and I’ll turn to something that’s quick and requires no brain-power – without having to resort to fast food.
3) I’m not a complete food snob. I don’t always cook every meal entirely from scratch. (I’m a busy wife, mother, counselor, community and church volunteer.) I appreciate convenient meals from time to time, yes from time to time. And when I do turn to convenient meals, I’m very selective about which ones they are.
4) “Dinner ready in as little as 15 minutes.” There are times when I really like the sound of that.
5) Sometimes it’s reeeeeeally nice not to have to cook at all! And if someone else is going to do the cooking for me (ie, my husband) when I’m beat and just want to relax and enjoy a ready-made meal, I’m not going to complain if they reach for something convenient, if you know what I mean. Right, we’re talking gift horse here.
Still, as I mentioned at the end of Confession #3, I am selective. And if I’m going to reach for something convenient, it’s going to be something that isn’t full of crap packed full of chemicals and who knows what.
And so it’s for all of these reasons that I agreed to review Campbell’s Dinner and Slow Cooker Sauces.
Three basic conclusions:
1) I’m impressed with the ingredient lists. They’re simple and clean. I’m also impressed by the fact that not only do these sauces not contain the usual unhealthy soybean and vegetable oils so commonly found in pre-prepared foods, several of them actually are made with very healthy oils, like safflower. Another thing I looked for was sodium content and the general nutrition info. Per serving: 60 calories, 2.5g fat, 10mg cholesterol and 340 mg of sodium. Not bad at all.
2) They taste good.
3) Anyone can make them – they’re that easy. And they’re ready in 15 minutes.
To summarize: Wholesome ingredients, tastes good, quick and easy.
I initially bought 5 sauces to try. So far we’ve tried the Shrimp Scampi, Chicken Marsala, and Thai Green Curry (not in the picture). Next in line are the Toasted Sesame and the Sweet Korean BBQ (and there are several more flavors).
Okay, now with those confessions out of the way, let’s proceed!
It was date night. We had no babysitter. This meant it was going to be an at-home date night. This further meant it would have to be after the kids were in bed – which would leave us with limited time to cook and eat. We knew this would be the case, so we came up with a plan in advance – I thought this would be a good time to try out these dinner sauces. So I gave them to Todd and put him in charge of preparing them. He would do the cooking and I would take the pictures. Perfect!
(Let me add one thing on Todd’s behalf – he’s actually a good cook and has made some wonderful meals for us before. Just needed to throw that out there :)
Todd was on a roll – these recipes were so quick to make that he made TWO at once for us to try some of each. He started with the Chicken Marsala.
While the noodles were cooking he fried the chicken breasts…
Opened up the Chicken Marsala Skillet Sauce…
Poured it over the chicken, and let it simmer while he then prepared the Shrimp Scampi (noodles still cooking).
He fried up the shrimp for a minute or two (leave the tails on – it looks fancier), and poured the sauce over (starting to sound familiar?). That was it!
He plated the pasta and served up each dish. Dinner was ready! In 15 minutes!
Another simple trick – sprinkling over a little fresh parsley makes any dish look fancy!
We had a nice date night. Good-tasting food that was quick to make, with clean ingredients. Thank you, Campbell’s, for helping. And thank you, Todd, for cooking – that was the best part of all!