“Taste Your Way to Italy” with Michael Angelo’s

Disclaimer: Michael Angelo’s sent me product in exchange for this review. All opinions, however, are 100% my own.

Michael Angelo’s is celebrating National Italian Heritage Month in October, and there are a few ways you can get in on the excitement.

First, you can take yourself on your own Italian dining experience by picking up a frozen meal from Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods. You have the choice of individual or family size meals.

Founder and CEO Michael Angelo Renna and his mom Sara are obsessive about quality and authenticity, sourcing the best ingredients from Italy and around the world. They make meals just like the home cook or restaurant chef without relying on the common fillers, flavors or preservatives found in most frozen foods.

I gave Greg the task of picking out our meal and he brought home the family-sized Eggplant Parmesan. Full disclosure here  – the 30 ounce box has about 5 servings in it. I opted to eat two servings because I didn’t think I’d be full on just one. Greg was able to eat what remained and was probably still hungry. Regardless, it tasted great – not like something that came “from a box” (and I have a high standard when it comes to Eggplant Parmesan, trust me). The reason we probably could have had more from a family serving was probably a combination of the taste and the fact it wasn’t as carb loaded as many Italian meals are.

Once you let it cool down, definitely dig it – it’s delicious. And cheese-filled heaven.

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Micheal Angelo’s is also having a sweepstakes for you to “Taste Your Way to Italy”. One grand prize winner will get an eight-day trip for two through the Taste Your Way to Italy sweepstakes. This will include a stay in a private villa with the Michael Angelo’s family, a tour of the region, and an exclusive event at Castello Banfi.

The sweepstakes is open now through November 24, 2013 via entry on their website. Extra entries can be earned by joining the  Michael Angelo’s Family Table reward program, earning points toward additional sweepstakes entries with each Michael Angelo’s meal purchase.

So, time to celebrate National Italian Heritage Month, all while giving your belly something to be happy about, too. Divertiti! Enjoy!

Banana Splits For Dinner?

This post includes mention of a sample provided by Blue Bunny. I was provided with a sample and small gift to participate in a Klout campaign; however, all opinions and decision to have banana splits for dinner are 100% my own. 

There is nothing like aiming to win the Coolest Mom and Wife of the Year award. If you’re trying, you might as well stop ’cause I hands-down have it. Surely Greg thought I was off my rocker when I called home and asked him to set out the ice cream tub before dinner, but too bad.

You see, we’ve been grilling out all week and I needed a break. (Who knew grilling could exhaust one so much?) I was supposed to check out Blue Bunny’s Sweet Freedom Ice Cream line and had spent the day providing my co-workers with fruit trivia, so it seemed like the perfect night to have banana splits for dinner.

When I went to my local grocery store, I couldn’t find the Blue Bunny tub, but I did score a box of 110-calorie “Ice Cream Lite” bars that I decided to try. Eating healthy doesn’t always have to be “funky”. Figuring I could peel one off the stick and plop it in my dinner, I grabbed the box and headed home to the waiting family. (Disclosure–they ate from a tub of regular ice cream because a) the kids wanted pink ice cream and b) Greg wasn’t about to go all healthy with his ice cream, see photobelow. I was the only one to give this bar a try, tonight anyhow.)

Arianna definitely thought I was off my rocker, but she was excited to help make and then eat her ‘nana split.

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Evan wasn’t really sure about the whole thing, but he hasn’t been eating much lately anyways.

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And Greg? I’d say he enjoyed himself very much.

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Me, I put a banana plus a Ice Cream Lite bar in a bowl and added in some almonds, high protein granola, strawberries, dark chocolate, coconut oil, and some fat free whipped cream. Maybe I went a ‘lil overboard, but I have to say it was deliciously worth it. Plus, it was a nice, easy “meal” with not much clean up or effort, leaving me with extra time to enjoy the yard (which I’ll have to share photos with you soon).

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If you are hankering for a nice ice cream treat, give Blue Bunny’s Sweet Freedom novelties a try–they have plenty of healthier choices, too.

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