Michael Angelo’s Foods

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.

Michael Angelo's Foods Chicken Parmesan

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.Michael Angelo's Foods reviewed by Skinny Girl Standard, a low calorie food blogMichael Angelo's Foods reviewed by Skinny Girl Standard, a low calorie food blog1 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.Michael Angelo's Foods reviewed by Skinny Girl Standard, a low calorie food blogI told you I was Italian. Aren’t you impressed by my twirling spaghetti method?Michael Angelo's Foods reviewed by Skinny Girl Standard, a low calorie food blogMadison, unfortunately, was not so impressive . . .Michael Angelo's Foods reviewed by Skinny Girl Standard, a low calorie food blogI think she was just excited to eat.Michael Angelo's Foods reviewed by Skinny Girl Standard, a low calorie food blogI, 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.Michael Angelo's Foods reviewed by Skinny Girl Standard, a low calorie food blogDid you know that one glass of red wine could be equivalent to one hour of hard work at the gym? Just something I know.Michael Angelo's Foods reviewed by Skinny Girl Standard, a low calorie food blogJust getting our daily work out in.Michael Angelo's Foods reviewed by Skinny Girl Standard, a low calorie food blogMichael Angelo's Foods reviewed by Skinny Girl Standard, a low calorie food blogBefore we knew it, it was time for baked ziti & meatballs!

signature_bakedzitiandmeatballs_d_11Oh 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.Michael Angelo's Foods reviewed by Skinny Girl Standard, a low calorie food blogLook 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.Michael Angelo's Foods reviewed by Skinny Girl Standard, a low calorie food blogMichael Angelo's Foods reviewed by Skinny Girl Standard, a low calorie food blogThen 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.Michael Angelo's Foods reviewed by Skinny Girl Standard, a low calorie food blogBefore we could finish a game, we decided to take silly pictures and watch Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck on the big screen.Michael Angelo's Foods reviewed by Skinny Girl Standard, a low calorie food blogMichael Angelo's Foods reviewed by Skinny Girl Standard, a low calorie food blogThat was how we spent our Italian night in! How will you?

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** Keep in mind that the featured products were family-sized frozen meals and Michael Angelo’s produces individual-sized entrees as well. **

10 Comments on Michael Angelo’s Foods

  1. moppie
    December 16, 2014 at 5:14 am (4 years ago)

    Lovely elaboration. Wish I had been there. Running to tom thumb!!!!

    Reply
    • Jordan
      April 4, 2016 at 12:55 am (3 years ago)

      Yay, let me know how you like it 🙂

      Reply
  2. moppie
    December 16, 2014 at 5:16 am (4 years ago)

    Darling pictures.

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    • Jordan
      April 4, 2016 at 12:55 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Moppie! 🙂

      Reply
  3. Stacy
    December 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm (4 years ago)

    Sounds like a great night! Going out on a limb here and guessing…your Mom probably would have loved it…just sayin’!!!

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    • Jordan
      April 4, 2016 at 12:55 am (3 years ago)

      I think she would have! 🙂

      Reply
  4. Tracey
    February 20, 2015 at 5:48 pm (4 years ago)

    First off, I love your red wine glasses! Second, I LOVE pasta, so can’t wait to find these meals. Do you have any recommendations on a low calorie salad dressing? Thank you!

    Reply
  5. Christopher Putnam
    May 23, 2016 at 1:39 am (2 years ago)

    OK, so I found MA’s totally by accident a decade ago when buying some frozen entrees for a family weekend away with only a microwave. I was thrilled: best frozen food ever! The next year, same drill, but no MA in the store, and I just chalked it up to changing distribution, and got something else far inferior, as it turned out. That’s that…or so I thought!
    Last week, I was doing some shopping just for me (the carnivore in the house) at a different, and pricier, store, when I checked out the frozen aisle, something I had long avoided. And. There. It. Was. Meat lasagna, this time from their organic line. Different packaging, and I was prepared for disappointment.
    Ha! I just polished off a little lasagna, and it was freakin’ amazing, at least as good as I remember. Their website shows the original spot as a carrier, and I will be checking them out. Sure, I should actually cook more, but I don’t. And mine would definitely be worse anyway. Once you do the time/cost/mess/cleanup analysts, there is no contest.
    I love your illustrated dinner, and since you’ve actually responded here in recent months, I just thought I’d pile on here.
    Best. Frozen. Dinner. Ever.

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    • Jordan
      May 23, 2016 at 6:20 pm (2 years ago)

      Christopher, isn’t it so great? I had a similar experience. Just figured that I’d give their baked eggplant a shot one day when the Italian in me was seriously craving eggplant parmesan, and I’ve never gone back since. For months, the grocery store I went to to buy Michael Angelo’s stopped carrying the brand. I was so upset. I went grocery store to grocery store on the hunt. Finally, I found them at Tom Thumb and literally changed grocery stores (for a short time, as the other stores began carrying them again) because I was so in love with their food. I totally, totally agree with you. Favorite frozen food brand ever, and let’s be honest: I bake and cook for a living, and sometimes I don’t even want to cook, so there it is! The easy fix is both simple and delicious, and it’s called Michael Angelo’s. Love it!

      Reply

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