September was my first month as an Allrecipes Allstar Ambassador and I will admit, as excited as I was to embark on a new adventure, when I got the September assignments I thought "humm, not sure if this
is for me". Why? Well, honestly the Progresso Recipe Starter assignment isn't my cup of tea. More on that later.
We were asked to cook AR recipe's using the various cans of Progresso Recipe Starters. Here's my menu:
Creamy Arroz con Pollo - Progresso Recipe Starters creamy roasted garlic with chicken stock cooking sauce.
Progresso Baked Ziti Casserole - Progresso Recipe Starters fire roasted tomato cooking sauce.
Crispy Garlic-Parmesan Chicken - Progresso Recipe Starters creamy Parmesan basil cooking sauce.
Steak and Mushroom Sandwichs - Progresso Recipe Starters creamy portabella mushroom cooking sauce.
Cheesy Southwest Chicken Skillet - Progresso Recipe Starters creamy three cheese cooking sauce.
After all is said and cooked I would say Progresso Recipes Starters may have their place in the kitchen.
Why I didn't think this challenge was my cup of tea, is because over the last few years I have tried to avoid processed, frozen and canned foods. I have worked hard on finding
easy, cost efficient and flavorful recipes to serve my family. Of course as a working wife and mother of two, time is not always my friend and the inevitable pre-made meal hits our dinner table from time to time!
I dutifully made the above mentioned menu over the course of about 2 weeks. Each meal my kids really loved the Progresso Recipe Starter recipes and my husband and I thought
they were OK. I didn't think the recipes really saved on any cooking time, I used the same amount of dishes as I would have had I made my own sauce, the flavor was nice but a little bland, there is the sodium level to consider and the cost (making my own
sauce would have cost less).
So in a nutshell, I didn't really want to like Progresso Recipe Starters because I thought I had gotten away from using pre-made sauces. But they were good and for so many people that don't like making
sauce and just want to open a "can" for convenience I would recommend Progresso Recipe Starters. You still get a "home cooked" meal and let's face it that's better then a run through the drive-thru!
I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I am not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com