Sweet Critique: Chef Boyardee Recipes

As I’ve mentioned before, the “traditional” school year is very busy for us, especially when it’s soccer season.  If I don’t plan a crockpot or super easy meal on practice nights, there’s a 99% chance we’ll be eating fast food those nights.  And that’s three nights a week…

Sometimes it has nothing to do with planning, but everything to do with execution.  That roast would have been awesome on practice night, had I taken it out of the freezer…

Get the picture?  I’m imperfect!

I was recently given the opportunity to take a look at Chef Boyardee’s new quick and easy recipes.  They’ve put together six quick and easy dinner options using seven ingredients or less, all ready in 35 minutes or less.

I’m going to go ahead and say it:  for all the organic, pampered cow, no hormone stuff I like to purchase and eat, I still love me some Chef Boyardee ravioli.  The stuff’s yummy!

At any rate, after consulting the family, I chose to make the Pepperoni Spaghetti Bake.  True to claims, the recipe was quick and easy.  The longest time was spent baking the item, but it still was done in 35 minutes.

Overall, we enjoyed the recipe.  Vince really liked the “dough balls” and Babydoll liked the spaghetti and pepperoni.  It was cheesy and gooey and yummy.

The recipe lists six one cup servings, but it did look like such a small amount of food.  I suppose, though, if you actually paired it with some fruits and veggies, you’d be set for a pretty filling dinner.  We polished it off that night.

I think next time I would take the suggestion at the end of the recipe {which I didn’t see before I went shopping} and add a few other ingredients such as olives or mushrooms.  The recipe is actually quite versatile.  And, compared to our normal fast food fare, it’s nutritionally much better for us.

There are five other recipes to choose from, and I think I might keep a few of the items on hand for a quick meal.

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True Confessions:  I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Chef Boyardee and received a gift card to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.  I still would have told you if I hated the recipe…