This past weekend I was excited to get to treat Josh to some delicious food. We share a serious love of food but out of the two of us Josh is the better cook. I do great when I have a recipe in front of me but Josh can think up recipes in his head and play with spices in a way I can’t even imagine. That means I’m usually treated to dinners a lot more than he is. I was especially excited to make this dinner for him not only so I could reciprocate some of the wonderful thoughtfulness he showers on me, but also so I could try my hand at making a tasty, healthy meal for us that goes from prep to plate in less than a half an hour.
Oh yes, the wonders of frozen foods. Frozen meals usually carry a negative stigma, and a lot of times I think it’s warranted. If I’m going to be consuming half of my daily sodium in a meal, I at least want it to taste good! (It usually doesn’t.) I think when people hear the word frozen they automatically think of the bad frozen foods out there, but there are a lot of good ones too. My freezer is filled with bags of frozen veggies, frozen fruits (perfect for winter smoothies!), and Diane’s homemade spaghetti sauce that she makes in big batches and freezes for eggplant parm nights. They’re all healthy and super convenient. I have been hearing good things about Schwan’s for a while now, so when I was offered the opportunity to try some of their frozen food products through FitFluential, I was very excited. Here is what I picked to try:
Schwan’s is known for their incredible delivery food service. From the comfort of your own home you can order food and have it delivered to your doorstep by an incredibly kind delivery man (at least mine was!). What I think they should be known for even more is their Live Smart line. Schwan’s has made a pledge to make foods with minimal additives, lower amounts of sodium, and no trans fat. Hopefully one day that will be a baseline for all food companies. Everything I ordered was from the Live Smart line and had super high reviews (I love being able to read opinions before I buy). Due to Schwan’s offering seasonal items, I did have to switch my dessert choice because of limited availability. I had originally ordered the Live Smart Blueberry Cobbler and thought it would be delicious topped with their cherry frozen yogurt. The delivery man was so nice as he explained the situation and let me know I could pick any other item I’d like to replace it with. I had dessert on my brain and decided to go with their chocolate chip cookie dough. It’s not a Live Smart item but sometimes a girl just wants a cookie!
Something I immediately noticed and loved with Schwan’s products is the resealable bags. It is a huge pet peeve of mine when I buy big bags of frozen goods and then they don’t have a resealable top. As much as I love food I can’t eat for nine people.
While Josh was busy working I got down to business cooking. Everything worked out so well timing wise. I preheated the oven for the sweet potatoes while I boiled water for the tortellini. Once everything was prepped it all cooked for fifteen minutes. All the food comes with microwave instructions but when it’s that easy to make, why not take an extra ten minutes and make the food the right way so you can really enjoy it.
A close-up of my dinner plate of deliciousness. As the food cooked Josh kept remarking how good everything smelled. Once we sat down to eat we both couldn’t stop raving about how good everything tasted. This is seriously good food. The vegetable blend is flavored so well and the tortellini is cheesy and yummy without being heavy or oily. I could eat sweet potatoes for days, which is exactly what I have been doing with how big the bag is. Josh has already told me we need to order some more of the Mediterranean vegetable blend to have in the house.
I fell in love with this tortellini salad. I saw the cooking instructions said it can be prepared for a cold salad as well as hot, so I decided to take some of the leftovers and refrigerate them. I had a delicious snack the next day that had even more flavor after sitting over night.
I love cookies. All cookies are pretty delicious but soft and chewy ones with lots of chocolate chips are my absolute favorite. The box I ordered contains a lot of cookies. To try and be good I only made a handful at once so I could try and practice some self-control.
I loved how these cookies didn’t have the generic taste of a lot of bake and break cookies. They looked and tasted homemade. They were so good they were gone within two days. When I asked Josh what he thought of them he responded with, “Well I loved the one cookie I had before they were all gone.” We must have been cookie-napped…
We enjoyed a lot of delicious desserts this past weekend. What frozen yogurt lacks in taste compared to full-fledged ice cream, it more than makes up for in lack of guilt. Eating ice cream sometimes comes with regret, but I never feel that way after digging into some froyo. This frozen yogurt far and away exceeded my expectations. I completely agree with the reviews on the site when I say it actually tastes like real ice cream. The cherry is flavorful without being artificial tasting and the yogurt has a nice creaminess to it. I will be enjoying this stuff for a long, long time!
If these foods sound deliciously tempting to you, you’re in luck! Schwan’s was so sweet to offer a coupon code worth $5 off a purchase of $25 or $10 off a $50 order. Simply enter the code KIMH2 at checkout. I’d love to hear what you get!
Question of the Day: Have you ordered from Schwan’s? What are your favorite items or foods you’d most like to try from their menu?