Contessa World Cuisine Meals Review & Giveaway

Contessa World CuisineIf you have been hanging out with me for a while you probably know that I do a fair amount of cooking. I typically set aside about an hour and a half each night to cook, eat and clean up. Some nights I am less than thrilled with my nightly routine. Since we live about 20 minutes from civilization there is no chance of running out for fast food. Heck, we don’t even have pizza delivery out here in the boonies.

Like most of you guys, some nights just don’t go according to plan and my dinner routine is shot. Then of course there are those nights when I just don’t have the energy to spend a ton of time in the kitchen! Typically, I resort to whipping up sandwiches for everyone…which is usually not received very well. When the folks at Contessa emailed to ask me if I would be interested in trying the Contessa World Cuisine Meals, I figured – why not.

I got my first chance to check them out a few weeks ago on a Friday night. The boys’ horseback riding lessons started late which meant we would not be  home until after 7:30. By the time we got home everyone was starving and I needed something quick, easy and filling. I remembered the Contessa World Cuisine Meals in my freezer.

I chose the Italian Sausage Rigatoni. The preparation was super simple and I had dinner on the table in about 10 minutes. The bags serve two but I was able to do a quick salad and bake up a batch of crescent rolls and stretch the meal for all four of us. My boys are 5 and 6 so they really only ate a few bites of the pasta. I would say that the bag is a very nice serving for two adults.

Now from a taste stand point – it was fantastic! I hate to admit it but it is similar to a ziti dish that I make and the Contessa World Cuisine Meal was better than my recipe. It was very hearty and had a lot of meat.

Over the past couple of weeks we also had a chance to try the Beef Mongolian, Chicken Sesame and the Shrimp Primavera. Like the first meal, all were super easy to prepare. Basically you just need a skillet and 10 minutes for a hot meal for two.

Both my husband and I really enjoyed the Beef Mongolian and the Shrimp Primavera. I can say for fact that my husband was a very big fan of the Beef Mongolian. I happened to ask him what he wanted for lunch last weekend and he said, “I wouldn’t mind more of that Mongolian Beef that you made.” He was a bit disappointed when I told him that I didn’t have any more and that it was from a bag – tee hee.  He thought I had made it. Asking for leftovers is a sure sign that he really liked it.

I can honestly say for a quick and easy meal – I would definitely happily grab a bag of Contessa World Cuisine Meals to serve at my house.

These meals are a much better quality than some of the other frozen meals I have purchased in the past. From the Contessa website:

Made from authentic recipes, these restaurant-quality meals use high-grade ingredients with no MSG, no trans fat, and no artificial colors or flavors. Prepare as-is, or as a shortcut to cooking other meals like lasagna, salad, soup, or even a breakfast frittata! Sauce packets are kept separate from main ingredients, allowing for recipe variations and special dietary needs.

These meals retail for about $7.99 at Publix and I have a coupon that will help you guys grab a deal. Head over and print your coupon for $1/1 Contessa World Cuisine Meals. Hard to beat a quick and easy meal for two for less than $7…hard to beat that even at your local fast food drive thru!

I have more good news. The folks at Contessa are giving two I Heart Publix readers the opportunity to try out the Contessa World Cuisine Meals for FREE. Two winners will each get FIVE coupons for a FREE Contessa World Cuisine Meal.

Entry is simple, you just need to complete the task below! You can gain two bonus entry as well (just make sure that you leave one entry for each — up to a total of 3 comments.) As a reminder, comments left on Facebook, Twitter or other posts will not be included.  I will choose the winners on Monday 11/26 at 11:59 pm EST.

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  • Head over and check out the varieties of Contessa World Cusine Meals available and tell me which one you think might be your favorite.

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Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by the folks at Contessa. All comments and opinions are my own! 

Comments

  1. Miriam says

    Let me just say that they all look delicious! I think the one I’d try first, though, is the Vodka Chicken Penne. As crazy as it sounds, I’ve never vodka anything! I hear great things about them so I’d try this right away! My husband’s first choice would probably be the shrimp stir fry. That’d be my second :)

  2. Anita says

    I love Italian suasage with pasta, so the Italian sausage rigatoni would be the first one I would try.

  3. Miriam says

    And I just liked them on facebook. They have nothing but people commenting on how great their food is! I’m excited! Hope I win! Good luck, everyone.

  4. ABBY says

    I would love to try either the jambalaya or the sausage rigatoni one. Love easy meals for busy nights!!

  5. George says

    FYI I would love to win,Michelle there is a no yolks coupon on facebook right now for $1 off 2 bags

  6. Cathryn says

    All of the varieties sound great and I would like to try all of them, but the Mongolian Beef and the Shrimp Stir-Fry would be the first two I would try. A quick easy warm meal is always welcome in the Fall and Winter.

  7. CJ Matt says

    I think I would pick the Beef Mongolian. Or the Sesame Chicken. Tho I would totally cook ANY of them!!!

  8. Contessa says

    I already love their seafood products and can hardly wait to try the meals! I reaaaaally hope you pick me to win!

    Looks like I would like just about all of them but what jumps out at me first is the Shrimp Primavera and/or the Shrimp Stir-Fry!

  9. Contessa says

    I also “liked” Contessa on Facebook! (that sounds maybe a bit odd for me to say LOL LOL but I did!)

  10. Lauren says

    Mongolian Beef sounds yum-if they were bogo I’d also get orange chicken and make it a fake-out take-out night.

  11. Kira says

    My 5 year old LOVES shrimp (we all do), so I think we would have to go with the Shrimp Primavera. I love it when you can find a healthy meal that is so easy to prepare!

  12. raluca berger says

    we lobe beef so much heh, so we will always choose Mongolian beef and also “liked” Contessa on Facebook!

  13. jayline says

    I have never tried these but just went and looked to see the different products and the one that seems to catch my attention is the shrimp fried rice.. Thank you for the opportunity

  14. annette says

    I think the Mongolian Beef would be what I try first as it is one of the lowest in Sodium. I really like that the Sauce packs come separate that way you can use less if you want to save calories or Sodium.

  15. Jackie Best says

    I think we would try the Mongolion Beef first. I look for products without MSG. There are days when I need something quick. The fact that it’s healthy is a plus. I look forward to trying this product. THANKS!!!

  16. Linda says

    I would love to try the Paella. It looks different than the one I use to make but it would be a real treat! Thanks for the chance.

  17. Daybreak says

    All looks good, but I would really like to try the Orange Chicken, Italian Sausage Rigatoni, or the Beef Mongolian…..liked on Facebook

  18. Kelly says

    I would the Italian Sausage Rigatoni though your husbands endorsement of the beff mongolian makes me want to give it a whirl.

  19. Angela B says

    Wow, there are so many I’d love to try – Sesame Chicken, Shrimp Alfredo Penne, Shrimp Stir-Fry, Chicken Fried Rice, Chicken Stir-Fry, Orange Chicken!! Yummm!!

  20. Patricia Van Lenten says

    Chicken Florentine – the combo of the chicken and spinach with the creamy parm sauce sounds wonderful!

  21. Linda Burgoyne says

    I think I would like to try the sesame chicken. Or maybe the orange chicken, or Beef Mongolion, chicken fried rice, beef and broccoli….ok, maybe I just can’t pick one. They all sound so good!

  22. Ashley Moses says

    There are several that sound really good, I would think the Shrimp Alfredo Penne would be great!

  23. Hannah says

    My family would love the Sesame Chicken. We do not have a good Chinese place where we live and we are always craving it. I can’t wait to try all of these flavors. Thanks

  24. Jennifer Vukicevic says

    I would like to try the Beef Mongolian (and everything else) and I am a fan on facebook, I do not tweet

  25. Stacey M. says

    Hmm, this is a tough decision. I know my family would love the Chicken Fried Rice as well as the chicken Alfredo. I think I would also love to try the Sesame Chicken. They all look so good.

  26. Aaron says

    I liked them on facebook, And read all about them.. The Meals look so good. I would have to try all of them to figure out a favorite… Did you have a nice thanksgiving..

  27. Julie says

    lots of great looking choices! I would probably go with the Beef Mongolian &or maybe the chicken stir fry…decisions decisions!

  28. melissa thompson says

    Mongolian beef sound yummy, but they all look good. I love that you have given them such a good review! Thank you

  29. Adele Solis says

    I love Paella!
    I would say Paella especially since I have not seen that meal packaged anywhere else.

  30. Annette says

    Followed on twitter, i have to said that my big daugther is a pasta freak. If she sees this new pasta she will go crazy beggin for me to buy some. Sadly with this economy I cant buy everything she wants. If I get good coupons for this we would try the Shrimp Primavera, shrimp penne, shrimp fried rice, chicken stir-fry and the paella for me… :-)

  31. Jillian says

    I would definitely try the Italian Sausage Rigatoni first. My family loves anything with Italian pasta.

  32. Ana says

    They all look very good, but i think the chicken stir fry would be my favorite and would be perfect for those days when i dont get home from work until 7pm.

  33. Theresa says

    Wow- this is a fun giveaway and there are several I would love to try, but I think the Sesame Chicken will be the first one when I win the coupons! Thanks!

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