Bertolli Weeknight Meal Challenge #BertolliMealSoup

by Alaina on February 13, 2012

I was recently offered the opportunity to try out the new Bertolli Meal Soups along with being issued a challenge. The challenge was to have a special family weeknight meal made in under an hour. We don’t have a lot of the evening chaos that some families do with homework and early bedtimes since we homeschool but we do still have a lot of sports and activities that go on in the evenings. Plus, by the time I homeschool until mid afternoon, get some work done for my work-from-home jobs as well as getting some housework done, I usually am not in the mood to make a dinner that is going to be too complicated or take too long. I try to throw in at least a couple of easy meals throughout the week that don’t take much time.

I am always on the look out for something healthy and quick. Bertolli Meal Soups caught my eye because most of the family likes soup and it sounded really fast. The Bertolli Meal Soups are actually frozen so they can be found in the freezer section of your grocery store. They come in four different varieties including Chicken Minestrone, Roasted Chicken and Rotini Pasta, Tomato Florentine and Tortellini with Chicken, and Tuscan Style Beef and Vegetables. I chose the Roasted Chicken and Rotini Pasta because it sounded like the closest thing to chicken noodle soup which the kids like. I really wanted to try one of the others but was not sure how they would go over with the kids, maybe some other time.

After looking at the directions on the package, I decided accomplishing this in under an hour would be a breeze. I decided to make a dessert to go along with our dinner. Well, apparently that does not happen often around here because when I announced we were making dessert the kids were super excited. Come to think of it, I guess I don’t usually make desserts unless it is someone’s birthday, a holiday or we are having company over. The kids were super excited, I guess that is the benefit of not doing something every night, it really does make it seem special. I also got the guilt trip when one of the girls yelled “This is like eating at Nana’s house!”  Ha ha.

My little helpers helped make the dessert which was basically just a brownie mix poured in to those already made individual graham cracker pie crusts. After you bake them you stick some marshmallows on top and broil them for a minute. They come out tasting like smores, which my kids love.

I also bought a baguette to have along side the soup. All, in all, it turned out to be a great meal. Even with the dessert I was done in well under an hour since they don’t take very long to bake when they are in the individual pie tins. To make the soup you just dump it in to a pot and add a cup of water. I made two packages for our family. You bring it to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes. Really, if you were just doing soup and bread you could have this meal done and ready to go in 15 minutes.

The kids all seemed to like it as much as they like the chicken noodle soup I usually make but this takes a lot less time plus it had more vegetables in it than I usually put in to my soup. We followed up our meal and dessert with a family card game of Rat-a-Tat-Cat. This is another benefit of doing an easy dinner, having more family time after dinner. The kids had a lot of fun and it was a great evening.

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How do you make meals special?

Disclosure: I was compensated by Bertolli to participate in the Weeknight Meal Special Challenge. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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