I am about to rant. I fell in love with Michael Angelo’s Foods when I stumbled upon their Baked Eggplant Parmesan by accident. This happened on a simple Thursday night, scoping out Tom Thumb for something quick, easy and healthy. I also wanted something with natural, quality ingredients and a very authentic, Italian flair! The Italian in me will not accept anything less for dinner 🙂
After my first bite of Eggplant Parm, I was sold. I was more than sold. I was prepared to charge right back to Tom Thumb and stock up before the other locals discovered the secret gem tucked away in that first frozen food isle at the neighborhood grocer. Have you ever had Eggplant Parmesan? First of all, get rid of the weird, uneasy feeling you have about eggplant. The name is odd, sure, and you’re probably expecting it to taste somewhere between scrambled eggs and leaves, but that is not the case. Eggplant is the only vegetable with a similar taste and consistency to meat. It is nutritious and filling. Addictive, but surprisingly difficult to make well. I suppose eggplant is the new chicken!
Side note: Do not be discouraged, chicken lovers. Michael Angelo’s happens to make an awesome Chicken Parm!
Anyway, that’s where my journey began and this is how it will continue in the Urtso household. Most recently, I hosted an awesome “Italian Night In” with two of my three sisters. We watched Roman Holiday (my second favorite Audrey movie), enjoyed some wine (the two of us who are allowed, anyway), played Scopa, ate salad, breadsticks, Michael Angelo’s Chicken Parmesan and Michael Angelo’s Baked Ziti and Meatballs and concluded our meal with some chocolate candies. It. Was. Divine.
We started off with the chicken parmesan (as packaged above) and it was AMAZING! I had always been biased to Michael Angelo’s eggplant parmesan because it was all I knew, but having their chicken parm, I finally understood the necessity in variety.1 cup of Michael Angelo’s Chicken Parmesan is only 300 calories. This is the perfect-sized meal for an adult and an incredibly low calorie count for those trying to lose weight. And. . . the protein is sure to fill you up fast.I told you I was Italian. Aren’t you impressed by my twirling spaghetti method?Madison, unfortunately, was not so impressive . . .I think she was just excited to eat.I, of course, couldn’t wait for the wine. I am a big wine drinker – is that okay to say? I always feel weird saying that.Did you know that one glass of red wine could be equivalent to one hour of hard work at the gym? Just something I know.Just getting our daily work out in.Before we knew it, it was time for baked ziti & meatballs!
Oh my goodness. This is my new favorite! Baked ziti and meatballs, and not just any meatballs. The flavor in this dish is out of this world. Well, definitely out of this country, at least, and in the kitchen of some very brilliant flavor genius located in a perfect, little cottage in Italy.Look at that color! None-edited, this is Michael Angelo’s gift to us. And at 360 calories a cup, anyone can appreciate it. We definitely did. We almost ate the entire thing . . . and there were three of us.Then onto Scopa. It was our first time playing, so there was a lot of laughter, a lot of time-outs, a lot of rereading the instructions and a lot of “resorting to Google.” And the funny thing? This game is not difficult to understand. I think when us Urtso girls get together, we just make everything more difficult. In a good way.Before we could finish a game, we decided to take silly pictures and watch Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck on the big screen.That was how we spent our Italian night in! How will you?
** Keep in mind that the featured products were family-sized frozen meals and Michael Angelo’s produces individual-sized entrees as well. **