Thursday, August 21, 2014

Quick Family Meals with Lemon Grass Kitchen and a Coupon #mc #sponsored

I love planning out my weekly menu. It has proven time and time again to save me time and money. No matter how well I have planned I have learned over the past few years to be really flexible with a busy household. Do you plan weekly meals? What tips do you have on dealing with feeding the family when meals don't go as planned? I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for InnovAsian Cuisine. I received coupons for Lemon Grass Kitchen frozen meals to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Sometimes a scheduled meal doesn't turn out as planned. Other times I find that I can't cook a planned meal because of schedule changes and no one will be home to eat. Do you ever have these problems? There are also times when I don't want to plan a meal and hope to have easy meals in the freezer ready to go. Do you ever use prepared freezer meals?

I have recently learned about InnovAsian Cuisine Lemon Grass Kitchen and that they are one of the first Thai frozen food lines created by Chef Mai Pham. They offer a variety of easy cooking entrees such as Chicken Pad Thai, Beef & Broccoli Noodles and Red Curry Chicken. These are high quality frozen meals which the ingredients are individually packaged for superior freshness. The meals work both on the stove top and in the microwave.

Red Curry Sauce with Chicken - Family added in extras such as sticky white rice, thai basil, basil or cilantro

Have you heard or tried these meals? Does your family love Thai food? My family does and it is always a special treat when we travel to a larger neighboring town to enjoy fresh Thai food. We don't do it very often because it is too expensive and it is too far away to just hop over for a quick bite. 

With the Lemon Grass Kitchen meals we can now have Thai food on those super busy nights when plans change. One box would be find for up to two people. Sometimes a 6-12 minute meal from start to finish is the best choice for the family. These meals are free of MSG and trans fat which is an extra bonus. 

Thai-Style Chicken Fried Rice- Family added in chilies, fish sauce, lime or Sriracha sauce

As part of this sponsored post I picked up Lemon Grass Kitchen's Red Curry Sauce with Chicken, Thai-Style Chicken Fried Rice, Beef & Broccoli Noodles, and Shrimp Pad Thai for my family to try. I loved how quick the meals were to prepare. Everything was separated into packets for ease of preparation and to keep the meal as fresh as possible. So for example, the Red Curry Sauce with Chicken had 3 packets: chicken, vegetables and sauce. The Beef & Broccoli Noodles had 4 packets: beef, noodles, vegetables and sauce. The directions were easy to follow and yes, it was super easy to prepare. 

Beef & Broccoli Noodles - Family added in chilies, basil, Siriacha sauce

We are Thai food fans so we know that certain Thai dishes get peanuts, bean sprouts, basil, cilantro, chilies, sticky white rice, and limes. I purchased all the extras for the family to pick and choose what they wanted to add to their meal. One box is 3 servings so for my family I would have to make 2 boxes for one meal. 

Overall the meals were as stated, quick to make. I wasn't so thrilled at the salt content but most companies can't make processed meals without the extra sodium. My family thought that the meals were ok over all and agreed that they would be handy to have in the freezer. Sometimes a quick meal is needed and since we love Thai food this would be a good alternative to going out to a restaurant. This can also be a quick meal for the teens to make when we are out of town. The meal is complete as is and can be made in the microwave or stove top. 

Here are the steps to make the Shrimp Pad Thai which was our favorite pick overall. 

Frozen Noodles
Thaw noodles
Thaw sauce

Add all ingredients to skillet
Cook 2-3 minutes until hot

Family added in extras such as lemon, lime, basil, peanuts or bean sprouts. This really makes it more fresh!

Do you think this is something you would try with your family? Do you ever buy or prepare frozen meals? 

The Lemon Grass Kitchen line can be found at Walmart and Safeway stores. Right now you can get a $1.50 off a Lemon Grass Kitchen product to give them a try. The Lemon Grass Kitchen coupon can be found here It is a digital coupon on and once you click the link it will go into your print queue. 

So which quick meal will you try first? 

Downey Wrinkle Releaser Back To School Giveaway

Wrinkles, wrinkles and more wrinkles! Do you wish that they would all just disappear! Oh and I'm talking about the wrinkles on our clothes, not our faces! haha I saw this because I asked my husband if he thought that the Downy Wrinkle Releaser would work on my face. He said, "for what!" 

All kidding aside, this post is about the wrinkles in our clothes. I personally LOVE to iron when I have time to iron. During the daily back to school rush or when traveling I do not love to iron. Check out this fab product and enter to win the giveaway by doing all the entries! So easy to be wrinkle free! Oh and as a bonus, this product states having 101 uses!

Wrinkles always seem to materialize at the most inconvenient times. Smoothing them around the eyes, out of life plans and from clothes used to require intensive labor. The new and improved Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus makes releasing wrinkles from fabric as easy as delivering a renewing spritz of the fabric-relaxing spray.

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The Giveaway

Sending the kids back to school can be expensive and stressful so Downy wants to help families get back into the school year groove with a Back to School Survival Kit. 

The kit will include two bottles of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus so mom will never have to iron school uniforms or clothes on picture day again. 

A $10 Target gift card to help with buying school supplies, a notebook for class, Boogie Wipes to soothe runny noses when back to school germs strike and a robe to help mom relax when the kids are out of the house. 

To enter, just fill in the Giveaway Tools form below.  This giveaway will end on  9/11/14. Open to the US only. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply. Thanks again to Downy for offering this fantastic prize.

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