A Real Dinner - Faster than Fast Food and Delicious too!
Oct. 30, 2011 10:08 am
Updated: Nov. 1, 2011 6:29 am
By now you have all heard about October's AR Ambassador assignments. Let me tell you until last month I had never heard of Barber Foods. As many of you know I am not a fan of processed / frozen foods.
I was pretty skeptical about this assignment.
October was a crazy month for me - packing and moving. I was ill prepared to 'host' anyone for dinner. During one of my mid move trips to the grocery store I took a walk around the freezer cases looking for the product. Their
web site has a product locator and it indicated that Albertson's, Ralphs and Stater Bros. carried the stuffed chicken breasts. I am known to get lost in the freezer section, my shopping cart doesn't know those aisles. For the life of me I couldn't find them. I
had my coupons in hand and asked someone if they could help me. Instead of leading me to the maze of freezer cases they took me to the meat department. There in the case with the frozen fish and shrimp were the Barber Foods chicken breasts.
Unsure about the quality of this product and not sure if I was prepared to invite company over to be my guinea pigs I purchased just one package of the Chicken Cordon Blue, a few red potatoes and enough broccoli for two.
At this point into the move No Baking Papa and I had been surviving on canned soup and sandwiches for far too long. I flew home from the store - preheated the oven, dumped the potatoes in a pan of water and the chicken onto a
sheet pan. Into the 400 degree oven. Cleaned the broccoli - tossed with olive oil and garlic tossed it onto the other end of the sheet pan. Set the timer and went about my business of sorting and packing my cookbooks for the next few minutes.
NB Papa and I sat down for a "real" dinner. What a treat! Hot and delicious. This all came together faster than a trip to Subway for another boring sandwich.
It was only AFTER I had consumed every morsel did I look at the nutrition label. Fearful of what I might find, I didn't want to ruin my appetite. I was pleasantly surprised to see 250 calories / 0 Trans fats / 12 grams of fat
/ 24 grams protein and 490 mg sodium per 5 oz serving. Best of all I could actually pronounce the ingredient list. :)
Fast forward through the end of the month - moving boxes unpacked and the house starting to resemble a home, I started to plan my dinner party. I decided to invite friends who would most likely benefit from the ease Barber Chicken
for a real dinner.
One couple are empty nesters - both work very long hours and commute into Los Angeles 5 days a week. Although they are both good cooks neither of them has the energy to cook much mid-week. I also invited another friend, who
works swing shift and her elderly mother. "Mom" is sharp as a tack but slowly loosing her eyesight and has been banned from using the oven. I thought the Barber Foods pre-cooked microwave able chicken would be good fit for them.
broccoli cheese stuffed breasts were a favorite with the women.
NB Papa & Bill loved the Chicken Cordon Blue.
All in all it was a great evening. Everyone enjoyed the selection of the Stuffed Chicken. They were thrilled to get a coupon courtsey of Barber Foods for a free box of their own.
While at Sam's Club I saw the Barber Foods Chicken Breasts stuffed with Brie and Cranberries in the end cap display. I am going to pick up a box or two of those to have around during the holidays. For example - last night my
brother called to say they would be stopping on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving. As busy as I am going to be in the kitchen that week - Brie and Cranberry stuffed chicken breasts sound like a festive and easy dinner.
If you would like to see where Barber Foods are sold in your area - go to their web site.
I am really enjoying being a part of the Ambassador program.
Thank you AllRecipes!
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