I'm not a good cook. I try though. I like to try new recipes and I like to change up our menus. I have to keep searching for things that fit into our dietary pickiness (allergies, dislikes...4 year old...). I jumped at the chance to test a bunch of Lawry's products, courtesy of My Blog Spark.
My package included 2 marinades, 4 seasoning packets, 1 bottle of seasoned salt, a Pyrex glass baking dish (with lid) and skewers. (I had a photo and I CANNOT find it...arg...).
The first dish I made was chicken marinated in the Tuscan Sun-Dried Tomato marinade which includes extra virgin olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, sweet red bell peppers and the perfect blend of herbs. I kinda burned it though. It still tasted good. I think this would be a great flavor to put on top of a salad!
The second attempt was with the Chimichurri Burrito Casserole seasoning packet – Lawry’s gives the familiar Burrito casserole a new twist with this traditional Latin American sauce. With a few simple fresh ingredients, mealtime just got a lot more exciting. It was SOOOO good! I used beef and black beans. I still can't place where the flavor of the sauce was taking me, but I will use this again!
Next up was the Asian Style Beef & Broccoli seasoning packet – This easy to prepare stir fry meal will remind your family of their favorite Asian restaurant. The dish combines beef, broccoli and seasonings with a hint of garlic. Serve it over rice and you have a complete, satisfying meal. It really was easy, but a bit too spicy for my taste. The rest of the family loved it. I added carrots to it and it was just really better than what we pick up from the Chinese restaurant.
The final attempt was with the Mediterranean Sundried Tomato & Garlic Chicken seasoning packet– Add a taste of the Mediterranean to your family’s casserole. This easy to bake casserole combines chicken, pasta, tomatoes and Feta cheese to easily make a flavorful meal any night of the week. Again, this was super simple to make. I was concerned about the penne getting cooked since it goes into the oven dry, but it came out perfect. The recipe calls for black olives, but since I dispise the little things, I left them out. I also changed the cheese from feta to mozzarella. (Sorry about the photo, I remembered to take it about two bites into the meal...)
Also included in my pack were:
Szechuan Sweet & Sour BBQ marinade which gives meat a delicious sweet and sour flavor with a touch of Szechuan heat (one main ingredient is pineapple...allergy for husband).
Tuscan Style Chicken Marsala with Garlic and Basil seasoning packet– Chicken Marsala is a restaurant favorite, but it might not make the menu at home. This effortless version comes together on your stovetop with just a few fresh ingredients. Flavorful garlic and basil gives this meal its own Tuscan flair, perfect for serving over pasta or rice. (Just haven't had a chance...it calls for mushrooms...ick...)
A recent Lawry’s survey found that your choice of flavor says more about you than you think. The nationwide poll looked at preferences for tart, spicy, sweet, and savory flavors and found that your choice can reveal some interesting aspects of your personality.
What’s your flavor?
Joyous Joiners - Tart Flavors
If you are one for tart flavors, you tend to be extremely happy overall, particularly with your family, finances, work/life balance and even your health. As a Joyous Joiners you are an extrovert who loves to entertain at home, find it very important to join in social events in your community and are active on the greatest number of social networking sites.
Self-Assured Adventurers - Spicy Flavors
If your preference is for spicy flavors, consider yourself a confident, adventurous individual with a passion for travel and cooking. You are the biggest risk taker and although impulsive, you are not reckless – as a Self-Assured Adventurer you also tend to be resourceful, analytical, and most able to “look at the big picture.”
The Sweet Lifers - Sweet Flavors
As a Sweet Lifer, home and family are close to your heart. You are the kindest and most loyal, although you probably wouldn’t admit that as you are also the most modest. As an individual that prefers sweeter flavors (honey and fruit-infused), you are influenced by your parents, enjoy family entertainment, and consider yourself spiritual.
The Conventionalists - Savory Flavors
Your passion for savory flavors shows you have an enthusiasm for politics, enjoy camping and hiking and love outdoor barbeques and American cuisine. Along with the other Conventionalists, you tend to be more introverted than the rest of the groups and often describe yourself as a homebody.
Lawry’s has something for you no matter what your flavor is!
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I received product in exchange for this review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review. Product was supplied by Lawry's, through My Blog Spark.