April 13, 2009

He stuck a noodle in his cap

Thank you to those who entered this contest....the winners have been chosen and will be announced shortly!


and called it macaroni
. LOL. Yeah. That is exactly what went through my head when I received the email from my sponsor about Romano's Macaroni Grill Restaurant Favorites. I'm 45 years old and the first thing that comes to my mind is a kids song!

The dinner kits include everything needed to create a high-quality meal in one box including premium ingredients such as such as vine-ripened tomatoes, select cooking wines, specialty herbs and 100% semolina pasta. All you have to do is add one pound of chicken or your choice of proteins such as shrimp or Italian sausage. Varieties of Romano's Macaroni Grill Restaurant Favorites dinner kits include Garlic & Herb Chicken Penne, Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken & Pasta, Chicken Alfredo with Linguine and Chicken Marsala with Linguine.

THIS IS GRUMPY APPROVED!!! He told me as he was eating the Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken & Pasta that it was really good. He even asked me if all the ingredients came in the box - must be it tasted close enough to homemade that he had to ask me that question!

Three (3) of my readers will have a chance to win
the:
"What's For Dinner" gift basket which includes a sample of the Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken Pasta variety, three coupons for you to try the other varieties the next time you visit your local grocer, a colander, serving spoon and cheese grater.
All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what is your biggest struggle with preparing dinner for your family? I know for me it is not always knowing what time Grumpy is going to be home for dinner AND making it Grumpy friendly!

Winners will be chosen on Friday, April 17, 2009 by 7 PM EST. When leaving your comment, please make sure to leave me a way to contact you if you are a winner. I am sorry, but you must be in the US to be eligible for this giveaway. You may earn an extra entry by doing the following:

  1. Tweet this giveaway (leave me another comment and let me know you tweeted)
  2. Post the giveaway blogpost on your Facebook (again, leave me a comment and let me know you did this)
Good luck!

62 comments:

  1. My biggest struggle is planning ahead so that I have some sort of protein thawed out. Although my lack of foresight would make it pretty easy to be vegetarian :)

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  2. Meal-planning has helped A LOT with dinner time struggles. My mini-chicks are pretty adventurous eaters, so that's not usually an issue (unless I go waayyyyy out there on them). hmmm.... my biggest struggle I guess would be cooking healthy, I guess. Even though I know HOW to do it, and it even tastes great - sometimes a potato salad with full-fat mayo can't be beat!

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  3. My issues are trying to find new things everyone will like. I get stuck in a rutt too often and when I ask them what they want, it's always "I don't know". lol.

    One thing we all do like lately is pasta alfredo with broccoli. I think this sounds like its along the same line!

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  4. I am really big on meal planning because it saves a lot of trips to the grocery store.

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  5. I love love love Macaroni Grill! My biggest problem is getting motivated to cook at the end of the day. Unless I have a new recipe or something I'm excited to cook, I'd rather eat out.

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  6. I tweeted too!
    http://twitter.com/MommyImHungry/status/1513289661

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  7. My biggest struggle is wanting to make wonderful creations every night and know I can't because of time...oh and wanting to try thousads of recipes!!!
    Nice giveaway! Linspj@aol.com

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  8. My biggest struggle is figuring out something quick and easy for dinner on nights when we have afterschool sports activities! we get home later and then I have to rush to throw something together.

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  9. It is just the two of us and Josh is a huge help in the kitchen, but sometimes nothing sounds good ya know? So we eat cereal:) Josh also likes chicken and pork but I don't eat meat. He is good about making it for himself though. Great giveaway! I hope you are well!

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  10. One of my problems is planning ahead. I also have a problem knowing when Hubby is getting home - by the way, I need a nickname for him. I really try to have good meals most nights, but it doesn't always happen. Glad you are feeling better and blogging!!

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  11. Great giveaway! One of the hardest things about planning dinner is making sure to time it perfectly so that everything is ready at the same time.

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  12. My biggest struggle cooking dinner for my girlfriend is finding something she will eat! She is the pickiest adult I have ever cooked for.

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  13. Cool giveaway! Thanks for giving us the chance to win!

    Toughest part of dinner is making something EVERYONE likes. My youngest is the toughest to please if she hasn't been an active participant in the dinner making process. The twins are not picking at all except they do not like to eat a dish more than once a month. I'm actually very fortunate as all three of mine love their fruits and veggies. Now that I think about it the toughest part of dinner is that my kids won't eat anything pre-packaged. They want their meals from scratch and fresh!

    Yikes, sorry this is so long!
    ~ingrid

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  14. I totally agree about planning ahead with my frozen proteins. I am always thinking at the last minute "oh I could do something with chicken" but it is still a frozen brick. I have learned to love tofu since it stays in the fridge instead of the freezer :)

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  15. Definitely meal planning. I've had a hard time lately just getting to the grocery store to make sure I had the ingredients for dinner. Must try harder!

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  16. Erin from long islandApril 14, 2009 at 1:53 AM

    this is my first comment..yay!

    my biggest struggle in the kitchen is comming up with, and executing, new ways of preparing dinner, other then just minor variations on what I am used to

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  17. Erin from Long IslandApril 14, 2009 at 1:55 AM

    I also tweeted this give away

    my email (i forgot before) is erunuevo@hotmail.com

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  18. I also posted this on facebook

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  19. The struggle is getting my youngest child to try something new!

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  20. I think my biggest struggle is finding something everyone will like...some like spicy, some like bland, some won't touch a veggie, etc.

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  21. My biggest struggle is to make sure that there is something being served that everyone likes....what a pain that can be sometimes!!!

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  22. My biggest struggle is finding something my entire family will enjoy, everyone has different preferences and sometimes I feel like a restaurant, short order cook, and waitress all in one. Als I feel like a bratender for myself and hubby:)

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  23. VARIETY!!!!
    VARIETY!!!!
    VARIETY!!!!

    After so many years it's hard for me to be inspired to experiment - & hard for my victims to subject themselves to another experiment.

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  24. Since my "family" is just myself, my biggest struggle is making something that is just 1 or 2 servings, especially with casseroles. Thankfully grilling season is coming so I can just grill up some chicken or other meat (as long as I remember to take it out of the freezer to thaw!), and make meals with that for a couple days!

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  25. First, Shelby, it's good to know there is another "quality" meal kit available in the stores. As Ros said, cooking for one is difficult not to have a refrigerator full of leftovers! LOL
    Kathye

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  26. The hardest thing is finding something that everyone wants!

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  27. Looks great! My biggest struggle is to make something healthy and tasty.

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  28. My biggest struggle in preparing meals for my friends, who ARE my family and we eat together at least 3 times per week, is that I'm a rather picky eater. I love cuisines but I'm fairly picky in my meat or lack of meat requirements to those cuisines, so I'm always looking to try something a little different. Sauces are fairly new to me, and a great way to change around the standard.

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  29. Figuring out how to keep the chicken dinner interesting and not resorting to eating out and using all my WW points.

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  30. My biggest struggle is TIME. I don't get home from work until 6 or 6:30 and immediately have to jump start dinner or we'll be eating at 10. That's why I love healthy meals that you can get on the table in under an hour.

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  31. Tweeted it here: http://twitter.com/JMom/status/1518117646

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  32. My biggest struggle is finding a meal that EVERYONE likes! Between 2 picky eaters and one who likes everything spicy, it's hard to please everyone!
    friedalovesbread@gmail.com

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  33. thankfully, it's just my husband and i (for now) and we have similar tastes so our struggles are few and far between. my biggest struggle is probably staying away from dessert :)

    great giveaway!

    by the way, we made your pasta with asparagus, peas, and tomatoes last night and LOVED it. it was so fresh and light!

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  34. My biggest struggle is that I eat the same foods everyday, by choice, LOL. So it does get boring and there are times I just want a pizza. On the plus side I never say, "what's for dinner?".

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  35. My biggest struggle is pleasing everyone!! When all I really want to do is please myself since I'm cooking it.

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  36. My biggest struggle is my SMALL kitchen. I have about a 1 1/2 foot working space on my counter..I have my stove, unless I'm cooking on it! I'm ready for a bigger kitchen!

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  37. It's only Mr. Noodle and myself so the issue is not quantity or trying to appease several tastes. Instead, it's figuring out how to make enough for just two so that there are no huge amounts of leftovers that tempt us to have second servings or force us to eat the same food for 3 nights in a row!

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  38. Is it stuck a noodle in his cap? I thought "he stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni" Or at least that was what I was singing when I was a kid....LOL

    MMMMMMMacaroni Grill....

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  39. My main struggle is making something that everyone will love. I just can't stand it being a short order cook. Pasta is one thing that everyone will enjoy to eat together in this house.
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

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  40. I Love to cook, my biggest struggle is deciding what to cook. If someone just handed me a Menu and said "have at it" I would be OK!
    Leslie
    LeslieVeg@msn.com
    http://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

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  41. LeslieVeg left a tweet
    http://tinyurl.com/dgas3v
    Leslie
    LeslieVeg@msn.com
    http://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

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  42. Leslie Mayorga added this post to her Facebook Profile
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=513273983&ref=profile

    Leslie
    LeslieVeg@msn.com
    http://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

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  43. My problem is time. My boyfriend doesn't get back from sports practice until after 10 some nights and he doesn't like to eat before he goes!

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  44. My biggest struggle is working the evening shift and wishing I had every night off so I could make some wonderful creative dishes.

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  45. Great giveaway Shelby!! I am a HUGE menu planner!! It really saves me time, effort and $$$!! I notice that if I haven't planned a week and our week is crazy, I'm less likely to have the energy or desire to think through planning a last minute meal. That's no fun for anyone!

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  46. My problem is the times that I have to go to work, 3 days out of the week I go to work in the afternoon so dinner has to be made before I go! Then heated up when everyone else gets home.

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  47. When I get home from work, I just want to sit & veg (ha, or workout...sometimes) and neither leaves very much time to make the kind of meals I'd like to.

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  48. I have two struggles! The first is getting an accurate time frame from my husband regarding his arrival home! The second is getting my 3 month old to allow me to put her down long enough to make a nice meal! :)

    www.delectabledining09.blogspot.com

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  49. The biggest difficulty here is probably getting everyone to the dinner table! I have eaten so many dinners with just my Mom because my Dad stayed downstairs an extra 15 minutes watching the game, or because my brother was busy working on a paper and didn't want to leave in order to do something as (gasp!) trivial as eating.

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  50. The biggest challenge for me is finding something everyone will eat and also getting everyone to eat at the same time- nearly impossible with two active teens in the house!!

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  51. I 'tweeted' your give away and also added it to my facebook- hope you get some hits on your awesome blog!

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  52. My biggest problem is remembering to grab all of the ingredients needed to make a complete meal at the grocery store. I have been slacking in the list making department here lately.

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  53. My problem is a fairly picky DH that gets home at different times and that, with three kids underfoot, I can't spend a ton of prep time in the kitchen.

    klounder33@gmail.com

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  54. I tweeted about this
    http://twitter.com/kristylounder

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  55. My husband insists on having "meat and three" for every meal. Sometimes I prefer lighter fare...

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  56. I think that after years of raising our family and cooking for 4+, i've lost the enjoyment of just cooking for just my husband. It also doesn't help that he is away so much. I never know when he'll get home! to eat dinner.

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  57. The hardest thing to do is get everything done at the same time and keep everybody happy.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  58. This is my first time visiting your blog...my sister suggested I take a look :) I'm looking forward to taking a closer glance once the kids go to bed!

    My biggest struggle is finding things to make that my husband will actually eat. He refuses to eat ALL condiments (mayo, ketchup, mustard, etc) either plain or within a recipe! He also refuses to eat anything that contains mushrooms and it seems that nearly every good recipe I find, contains some form of mushroom! Thank goodness for my non-picky children :)

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  59. The biggest challenge is trying to think of something to make that fits the criteria --- quick to make, liked by all, has all ingredients on hand, will work well as leftovers for lunches the next day.
    lakeloverhh@yahoo.com

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  60. Finding the energy to cook after a hard day of work is my biggest challenge. I need quick ideas! Come over and sign up for my giveaway too!

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  61. My big challenge is that I live by myself! I find it difficult to cook for one, and I get tired of trying to finish up the leftovers every time I cook. I'm also not so good at trying new things-- I tend to make the same things over and over again.

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