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Progresso Recipe Starters - Not What I Thought! 
Sep. 29, 2012 12:47 pm 
Updated: Sep. 29, 2012 5:23 pm

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! 

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Sep. 29, 2012 1:54 pm
Thanks, I also try to make everything home made but recently came to the realization there is only so much a two career family can do. I often say, I (the wife) needs a wife! A little help once in a while is welcomed.
Sep. 29, 2012 4:35 pm
I am cooking with "Progresso Recipe Starters fire roasted tomato cooking sauce." tonight, the sauce is OK, but to tell you the truth walmart's same size jar but cheaper spaghetti sauce is better, there is a hint of the fire roasted tomato skins.
Sep. 29, 2012 5:21 pm
BB - I agree we can only try our best and realize every once in awhile we have to make life easy and take whatever help is around (even the drive thru!!)
Sep. 29, 2012 5:23 pm
Hi King Sparta - I agree the PRS are OK and there are many better sauce options on the market!!! Enjoy your meal!
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