Thursday, August 12, 2010

Macaroni Grill Frozen Entree Review and a Giveaway!

It's been ages since I last ate at a Romano's Macaroni Grill restaurant, but I always enjoyed meals there. David and I both love Italian food, so when I was invited to try one of the new Romano's Macaroni Grill frozen entrees, I jumped at the chance.

This afternoon, this sample of the Basil Parmesan Chicken arrived on our doorstep, packed in dry ice. As I unpacked the box, I was amazed that the meal was still frozen. It's been incredibly hot and humid here over the last few days, but the dry ice did the trick!
I also received this very nice serving bowl and tong set as part of the sample package. The serving bowl is heavy ceramic, and it's something I'm sure that we'll use often around The Sweet Life. The tongs are coated in silicone and they extend from 10" to 14". Pretty handy!
The meal is simple and super-quick to prepare. The package suggests using a nonstick skillet, but I used my trusty electric skillet instead...I tend to slop less of my food out of it than when I use a regular stovetop skillet! The only additional ingredient needed to prepare the entree was 1/4 of milk. Then, in about 13-18 minutes, we had a delicious meal! Again, I haven't been to Romano's Macaroni Grill in ages, but I have to assume that this recipe (Basil Parmesan Chicken) is based on one of their restaurant entrees. There was quite a bit of tender chicken, loads of broccoli florets, and a nice smattering of sun-dried tomatoes. But of course, the sauce was the best part! It seemed to me like a cross between a pesto sauce and a light alfredo sauce...a pesto cream sauce, if you will. The frozen entree is intended to serve two. Honestly, David and I could have both eaten more, but we were satisfied with the portions.
We added a side salad and enjoyed a nice Italian meal at home! These frozen meals are great to keep on hand for those nights when you don't want to spend lots of time preparing a meal, but you don't want to go out, either. There are several varieties of the Romano's Macaroni Grill frozen entrees: Basil Parmesan Chicken, Grilled Chicken Florentine, Roasted Garlic Shrimp Scampi, and Spicy Italian Sausage Pomodoro. This Romano's Macaroni Grill prize pack was provided to me by Romano's Macaroni Grill through
And guess what? They want you to have one, too! Macaroni Grill has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway here on The Sweet Life where you can win a prize pack of your own! To enter, please leave me a comment letting me know which variety you'd most like to try. (If you're the winner, I can't promise that you'll get the flavor you'd prefer, but we can try!) You have to be at least 18 to win. The winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, August 19th. If you win, the frozen meal will be shipped directly to you, packed in dry ice.
***This giveaway is now closed.***


  1. this looks great! i have never been to macaroni grill--we don't have one. boo! but this would be awesome to try! I think the garlic shrimp scampi sounds amazing!

  2. The Basil Parmesan Chicken would be my first choice, because I love broccoli! I've never received anything shipped in dry ice before, so it would be fun to win :)

  3. The Garlic Shrimp Scampi please! My children love shrimp and we would love to try this on a busy school night!

  4. I think the grilled chicken florentine would be delicious. Your supper looks great! I'm all about quick and easy!

  5. I think the Spicy Italian Sausage Pomodoro sounds so yummy! I love the idea of red wine sauce and sausage.

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  6. We don't have any Macaroni Grills around here so I haven't had them. They all sound good but I would go with the 'Spicy Italian Sausage Pomodoro' first I think. :-)

  7. Hmmmm....I think the Grilled chicken florentine sounds yummy. We've never eaten there....apparently we need to make a trip! :)

  8. I'd like to try the Grilled Chicken Florentine.

  9. I would like to try Roasted Garlic Shrimp Scampi.

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  10. Erin I think the Grilled Chicken Florentine sounds like something I would like to try. What are the calories- how much sodium I wonder?

  11. The Basil Parmesan Chicken sounds good to me!


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