My First Giveaway!

I had planned to make Shrimp Alfredo (a light version) for dinner last night. But when I arrived home, I found a box on my porch. It was a box of Romano's Macaroni Grill Restaurant Favorites, Creamy Basil Parmesan Pasta, complete with a spoon, colander, grater and 3 coupons for free boxes of Romano's Macaroni Grill Favorites!

Courtesy of BlogSpark!

Since I was planning to make pasta anyway, I figured this fit right in to my meal plan.

All you need to do is add 1 lb of chicken or your choice of proteins (I used shrimp) 2 T of butter (I actually just used a bit of olive oil) and 3/4 c of milk.

It took less than 20 minutes for the meal to be done. And it was really good! It's it definitely great for a quick, easy weeknight meal. The box includes linguine pasta, seasoning packet, creamy sauce packet, sun-dried tomatos, and grated Parmesan cheese.

I served it with Pillsbury Garlic Bread sticks.

And now, for the GIVEAWAY!

I am giving away 3 of these great gift baskets (one per person), complete with one box of Romano's Macaroni Grill Favorites, a colander, a serving spoon, cheese grater and 3 coupons good for a free box of Romano's Macaroni Grill Favorites.

For more information about the product, or to download a $1 off coupon, click here.

Here's what you need to do.

Leave me a comment answering this question: What's your favorite 'cheater' meal? You know - that box/can/bag of something that's quick and easy to make?

The contest will end at 5:00 PM EST on Thursday, April 16. The winners will be chosen by the Random Integer Generator.

Make sure you have a valid email address, so that you can be contacted when you win!

Winners will be announced on Friday, April 17.



Haha...this one, actually!! I LOVE the Macaroni Grill Basil Chicken box meal!! I was skeptical the first time I bought it, but I was amazed at how good it turned out. We've had it many times since!! What an awesome giveaway!!


WOW...I've never seen this box meal before, but it looks wonderful! What a great giveaway!

My favorite cheater meal is box mac & cheese, added chicken, broccoli.


My favorite cheater meal is definitely Hamburger Helper! haha. I love the cheesy enchilada (or whatever it's called) and putting it in taco shells. It's like an easy taco night!


My favorite cheater meal is the shrimp alfredo from Schwans, great giveaway!


Great Giveaway! My favorite cheater meal is definitely Velveeta Shells! Sometimes I just get this huge craving for it and have to give in!


Great giveaway! My favorite cheater meal is Lloyd's shredded bbq beef and frozen tater tots ;) So gourmet!

Carrie Crocker

My favorite meal is the reduced fat velveeta mac and cheese. Throw in some frozen broc and left over chicken. yum- I could eat some now!


What a great giveaway! My favorite cheater meal would have to be ordering take out or delivery! But if you mean actually putting more effort in the kitchen, it would be tossing together prepared pesto, freshly prepared pastas and adding presliced, pregrilled chicken and calling it a meal. :)


That is an awesome giveaway! My favorite cheat meal is grilled chicken over salad. I usually have salad fixin's on-hand at all times, so I throw together a couple of salads while the Foreman grill works its magic on a couple of chicken breasts. DH loves it, and it's super easy.


I love to make chicken helper fried rice...i always add extra scrambled eggs and peas...it's really yummy!


My cheat is Wanchai Meals. Actually, most of the time its what my husband cooks for us when I am working late.


My favorite cheater meal is the Wanchai Ferry Kung Pao Chicken. All you have to do is add chicken breast and you get a delicious, SPICY, Chinese dinner. YUM!


Great giveaway!

My favorite cheater meal is Tuna Noodle Helper - just open the box and add tuna! I know not the healthiest, but hey, it's yummy! Also, I like the occasional Kraft Mac and Cheese :)


My favorite cheater meals are the "Helper" boxes. We've tried tuna and beef helper. It's quick and easy if we're in a pinch.


I love the boxed au gratin potatoes. so easy to make and they're really tasty!!! :)
they're always on sale so i'm always buying boxes for those "in a hurry" type of days. :)


Those look good! My favorite cheater meal is a Digiorno Pizza - quick & easy & always satisfies the hubby!


I'll admit, it's Mac 'n Cheese and Digiorno Pizza. So, not too original from the previous entries.

Great giveaway!

penniesonaplatter at yahoo dot com


My favorite cheater meal is mac and cheese or pasta with spaghetti sauce.

Molly Jean

Oooh my favorite cheater meal is the frozen bag of Jennie-O turkey. Throw it in the oven in it's "special" bag and it's done! Tastes just like Thanksgiving meal any day of the week!


My favorite is hot dogs rolled in cresent rolls, so simple and so homey!


This is actually a couple of boxes, but my favorite quicky meal is Tacos. They take like what, 15 minutes? And I feel like I am getting a full meal with the meat, veggies, and cheese. :D


Hamburger Helper is definitely my "cheater" meal. I made that a lot in the late stages of my pregnancy. Ha!


My favorite cheater meal is a Freschetta frozen pizza. So easy and delicious!

evitawylie at hotmail dot com

Kelly Rose

I'm a little embarrassed to admit my favorite cheater meal is Shells and Cheese, lol! :)

Thanks for the giveaway, Erica!

McBridetobe at gmail dot com


My favorite cheater meal is to do an appetizer night and just reheat a bunch of frozen finger foods. We do it about once a month. I always keep the freezer stocked with mini hot dogs, quiches, quesadillas, and others.

Laksrach at hotmail dot com


Great Giveaway! I was so sad when our local Macaroni Grill closed down. I've been craving Pasta Milano for months now!

My favorite cheater meal is frozen Birds Eye Garlic Chicken. Throw it in a pot, cover and forget about it for 12 minutes. Done! So bad for you, but every once in a while, it's SO tasty!


My favorite cheater meal is to use organic roasted red pepper soup. I chop up a bell pepper and an onion, add in some garlic, and a can of rinsed black beans, and heat it all up until it simmers, and then toss in some chopped cilantro at the end. Takes seriously 5 minutes, and it's yummy, healthy, and filling!

Email is on the about page of my blog.


I really don't do those boxed things, mainly because I never think to buy them! I do love Annie's mac & cheese though :)


My favorite cheater meal, is hamburger helper beef stroganoff. Throw it all together and cook it and yumo!


Oh what a great giveaway! Mine is hamburger helper. Everybody likes it too, so it works ..lol
Thanks for the great giveaway and the chance to win!


I have eaten at Macaroni Grill but didn't know about the box meals and will be looking for them. My favorite cheater meal is Hamburger Helper Cheesey Enchilada, we make it then roll the mixture into tortilla's cover with Enchilada sauce and bake.. They are super yummy, and fast. Thanks for the introduction to the Macaroni Grill meals and the chance for the giveaway.
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Carolyn G

I have 2 cheater meals. I use zatarains Jambalaya Mix and DIrty Rice Mix. Hubby loves them and they are done in under 30 minutes and are delish. Just add meat. If I get crazy, I add veggies but boy it's so quick and delicious.


Boxed Red Beans and Rice with some smoked sausage thrown in...YUMMY!!
This sounds great! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!!


My cheater meal is the Bird's Eye Meal for Two. It is great when I find it on sale.


My favorite meal is Velveeta shells mac and cheese. Yum! jnmiller at mywdo dot com


What a great giveaway! Embarrased to say but my family loves Manwich sauce with ground beef added...


Our all-time favorite cheater meal is frozen pierogies, Hillshire Farm kielbasa, and onions, bell peppers, jalapenos and mushrooms, all cooked up in a skillet ... absolutely the best!!

jenevere68 at hotmail dot com


My favorite cheater meal is a box of the blue box mac and cheese and a rotisserie chicken. I shred the chicken, stir it in the mac and cheese... and yum!


Oodles n' Noodles aka Ramen Noodles. Chicken flavor... sometimes I switch it up to creamy chicken... mmmmmm!


My favorite cheater meal is a bag of frozen Bertolli 10 minute meals. 10 minutes in a pan and they are ready, and they taste home-made. Thanks!

Heather Lynne

Hi there! Great blog! My favorite cheat is the light caesar salad that's in a bag, ready to mix! SOOOO easy! I just put some grilled chicken or steamed shrimp on it and there it is, easy meal!

Leslie Craven

I buy seapack popcorn shrimp & put in quesidilla's or salads ~ good & easy!


Cute giveaway!
My favorite cheater meal is pesto pasta...jarred pesto, frozen veggies, pasta and evaporated milk. Easy and tasty!

Mrs. Musketeer

Crockpot meatball stroganoff. Frozen meatballs, cream of mushroom, french onion soup. Cook all day in crockpot, mix with cooked egg noodles, all done!

Debbie Anderson

My favorite cheater meal is some frozen shrimp sauteed with whatever veggies I have on hand. Easy and quick. I like to saute them in a blood orange vinegarette dressng.

Tamara B.

My favorite cheater meal is spagetti and meatballs. Box of pasta, jar of Ragu spagetti sauce and a bag of Rosa's frozen meatballs. I doctor it up with garlic powder and Italian seasonings and no one knows the difference :)

Jessica Bartels

We call it poor mans. Hamburger, cream of mushroom and rice, if I have green beans I add those too. My kids love this meal!


I love to make Lasagna but heck it's to much work! So I cheat and buy Stouffers and nobody knows! Ha! I wonder if I have the family fooled or am I the fool?


We're big on jarred alfredo or pesto sauce. Add it to pasta, whip up a salad, and maybe throw some frozen garlic bread in the oven, and dinner is done in just a few minutes.


My favorite cheater meal is canned Select Harvest Clam Chowder with grilled cheese. The soup is pretty healthy and so easy.

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