Not Your Mama’s Frozen Dinner

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Hey friends, I’ve partnered with Kroger to share Stouffer’s Complete Family Meal Kits with you today. In spite of the fact that I literally wrote a book on quick and easy weeknight dinners, (see The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook for proof), there are still nights when I just don’t want to think about a recipe.

So, when I heard about these complete meal kits, I knew I’d be trying them soon. After I tried them? I’ve been pretty excited to tell you all about them.

And because I am all about making dinner prep easy, I’m giving away three gift cards to help you get dinner on the table too. {Don’t miss the giveaway info at the bottom of this post!) GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Stouffer's Complete Meal Kits are an awesome option for quick dinners with zero planning required in advance. Pick one up on the way home tonight and you'll have dinner on the table in no time.

Each of the meal kits comes with pre-chopped, pre-measured ingredients to help you cook a meal that you will feel good about sharing with your family.

There is an individually packaged protein, vegetables, whole grains, and a sauce for each dinner.

Frozen Dinners

Do you remember the frozen dinners that you tried when you first moved out of your parent’s house and before you learned to cook? The ones where everything comes in the same bag and gets dumped in a skillet?

Was that just me? Well, this is not that frozen dinner.

The alternate title for this post was “Frozen Dinners That Don’t Suck” and let me tell you these dinners are tasty.

Stouffer's Complete Meal Kits are an awesome option for quick dinners with zero planning required in advance. Keep a kit stashed in the freezer and you'll have dinner on the table in no time.

Best Frozen Dinners

Stouffer’s has three different kits available and we’ve tried them all.

Braised Pork Medallions with roasted redskin and sweet potatoes, broccoli florets, and a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce.

Roasted white meat chicken with broccoli florets, brown rice & quinoa, and a garlic basil sauce.

Tender strips of marinated beef, with a broccoli, onion and carrot blend, rice and an Asian style sauce.

Each of these meals was voted a keeper by my crew.

Stouffer's Meal Kit's are a great meal option on the night when you don't have a dinner plan ahead of time. Check out the full post for your chance to win a $40 gift card to help get YOUR dinner on the table fast.

These meal kits are so easy to cook, my boys took turns cooking each one. There’s something kind of awesome about a meal you can pull straight from the freezer and have on the table with zero hassle at all.

Our favorite meal was the Tuscan Chicken and it really was a breeze to pull together. Nate was the cook for this one and he had fun. He handled it almost completely on his own.

The chicken in the Tuscan Chicken meal kit was my personal favorite and my kids especially loved the steak in the Beef and Broccoli meal kit.

From warming the rice, to sauteing the beef and vegetables, and then drizzling that Asian sauce over everything, he was in charge of dinner – with just a little help from his big brother.

Stouffer's Tuscan Chicken Complete Meal Kit is a hit! Visit the blog to enter to win a $40 gift card to help get dinner on YOUR table fast!

For today’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, I’m giving away (3) $40 gift cards to the grocery store or online retailer of your choice. To be entered for this giveaway, leave a comment telling me your favorite quick and easy dinner! 

Giveaway sponsored by Barefeet In The Kitchen. Giveaway ends on December 18, 2018, at 11:59pm EST. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S to enter. Three winners will be randomly selected and notified via email.

Get Dinner On The Table - Grocery Giveaway - enter to win a $40 gift card at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Kroger to share these meals with you. Giveaway is sponsored by Barefeet In The Kitchen. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. GIVEAWAY CLOSED

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Pam says

    Pancakes or waffles and eggs. If that isn’t appropriate, a stir fry. Your honey siracha chicken is a favorite. Beef and potatoes and carrots in the pressure cooker, or chicken and noodles. All are fast!

  2. Lynne Marie says

    My favorite quick and easy dinner is Sloppy Joe’s. Made a batch recently that I added ground pork sausage to because I was a little short on the chop meat.

  3. Lauren S says

    My quick dinner is rotisserie chicken shredded in chunks added to a pan of sautéed onions and red and green peppers seasoned with salt, pepper, oregano and cumin. Toss with cheese on a tortilla and salsa or over rice. And it’s great to snack on for days.

  4. mary sampson says

    My favorite meal that is easy quick and tasty is a one pot spaghetti with some chicken sausage….It takes little time, the pasta cooks in a marinara sauce and the chicken sausage makes a good protein the entire meal comes together fast and the results wonderful…I would love to try all 3 meals you mention on your blog..Happy Holidays~~~~~~!!!!

  5. Jennifer Blalock says

    My fave easy and delicious dinner is chicken and noodles. I make it in the instant pot but it could also easily be made on the stovetop or in a slow cooker. Ingredients are minimal and there’s little prep except to chop a few vegetables. There are no canned soups involved but instead, a simple white sauce is used for thickening. I make enough for the two of us plus my daughter and her family and everyone loves it!

  6. Paula D says

    My favorite dinner to make is a Sundays roast with carrots, potatoes, celery and onion! It’s time consuming but absolutely delicious 😋

  7. Tim says

    Hot dogs are my favorite quick dinner, aside from cereal, which just feels lazy!! Hot dogs can just be thrown together in a matter of minutes, and can easily be adjusted to serve one person or 20,

  8. Tina W says

    Spaghetti and meatballs. I always have meatballs in the freezer. Since I make a big batch and freeze them in FoodSaver bags it’s easy to just drop the bag of meatballs in the water while it is heating up for the pasta. Add a salad and maybe bread … BOOM. Dinner is served.

  9. Tonnette Hoffman says

    Omelets! I usually have leftover ham in the freezer or lunch meat ham, add cheese and dinner is quick, and comforting. You could get more balanced by adding peppers, onions and a side of fruit.

  10. Amy L says

    My favorite is smoked sausage, potatoes, and carrots sheet pan meal. I toss big chunks of potatoes and carrots, and a package of smoked or kielbasa sausage, cut into 3 or 4 pieces, with olive oil, a big spoonful of Dijon mustard, garlic salt and pepper. spread on a sheet pan and bake at 400 until the Veggies are tender.

  11. Alison C says

    My quick and easy dinner would have to be pierogies and a salad. Nothing like a quick and comfort food kind of meal.

  12. Teressa Mullins says

    My quick go to is breakfast for dinner. Eggs .. bacon, sausage or chorizo..really whatever I have on hand, cook up some frozen potatoes..grab some red chile out of the freezer a splash of cheese and throw it in a tortilla. If I have leftover veggies I will add those too.

  13. Saundra Bowers says

    My favorite quick and easy meal is one sheet fajitas. Cut up red/green/yellow peppers, onions, mushrooms, slice chicken breasts. Bake all on one pan.

  14. Elle says

    My favorite quick & easy dinner is pan cooked tilapia with fresh lemon juice and a fresh salad with a vinaigrette dressing.

  15. Peggy says

    My go-to quick dinner would have to be spaghetti because I make my own sauce and freeze it to have handy. Pair it with a salad and some garlic bread. Easy peasy.

  16. Cheryl Allen says

    I use cooked ground meat (chicken, pork or beef) add veggies, rice and nice meal. Add some cornbread and good. Another variation is making this into taco soup, or goulash. Depends on mood. Quick and easy

  17. Debbie Maxwell says

    Burritos or tacos are quick and easy for us. Usually by time the me at and beans are ready the vegetables are cut up and we are ready to eat.

  18. Liz says

    My favorite fast dinner is to take leftover taco meat from taco night and throw it in some rice as the rice cooks. Stir in corn, black beans, cheese and a little salsa and then serve with your favorite taco toppings- burrito bowls. Bonus points if you have an instant pot I throw the meat in with the uncooked rice and water and then throw the corn and beans on top. Run it in the instant pot for the amount of time you would to cook the rice and when it’s done stir it up. It’s perfect!

  19. Rexanne says

    Our yummiest quick meal: Store roasted rotisserie chicken, cherry tomatoes, broccoli and mushrooms. Saute mushrooms, remove from pan. Add Evoo, garlic and halved cherry tomatoes to mushroom pan on med high. Lightly steam broccoli or use frozen broccoli in microwaveable bag. When tomatoes are slightly softened add back mushrooms, pat butter, chicken and gently toss. Then add broccoli and toss again. Fresh parsley. Yum. We serve over linguine.

  20. Valerie says

    Our go-to quick and easy dinner is usually frozen pizza or rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Thank you so much for the chance.

  21. Joy Ratini says

    My favorite quick and easy dinner is my version of a tuna casserole…uses Kraft macaroni and cheese (yes, the blue box), tuna, extra cheese, and frozen peas…I’ve been making this since I was about 12YO….so for over half a century (man I’m old!) 😄

  22. Diane Sexton says

    Easy dinner for my husband and I is tacos. Groud beef/taco season pkt, when too tired to make my own seasoning. I prefer fresh ingredients .

  23. Pamela Anderson says

    These kits sound amazing! Our favorite quick and easy dinner is store bought/frozen stuffed chicken breats(30 M in the oven)microwave baked potatoes and pre-made salad from a bag! Just add some chopped onions and tomatoes,dressing and done!!

  24. Jasmine says

    My quick meal for dinner is hamburg, cream cheese, milk, salt and pepper! We make it all the time for our meat then add sides and good to go!
    (Idk what to call it)

  25. Nona Matherne says

    I’ve had 9 children, so for them my favorite go-to was frozen pizza & frozen french fries side-by-side in the oven. /For me it was Banquet’s Salisbury Steak/ broccoli.

  26. Debbie Flory says

    Chicken in rolls! Canned chicken mixed with a little cheese and rolled in pillsbury crescent roll-bake according to crescent roll pkg directions!

  27. Denise Fedor Falicki says

    Our favorite quick meal is bread pizza on gluten free bread. Kroger is SO wonderful that I travel 60 miles to shop there!

  28. Danielle Anderson says

    Spicy brown butter garlic shrimp pasta. Using frozen, peeled and deveined shrimp, I can have it on the table in 20 minutes. Thanks!

  29. Tammy Brace says

    My favorite quick and easy dinner is always spaghetti! Who doesn’t love spaghetti and it is one of the best comfort foods.

  30. Janet Hagen says

    Favorite easy dinner is chili. I make a big pot, takes about 30 minutes then we have leftovers which are always better the next day.

  31. Danielle says

    My favorite quick dinner is veggie soup in the crockpot with grilled cheese sandwiches! I rely on quick dinners. 🙂

  32. Kim Henrichs says

    My go-to quick and easy dinner is cheese tortellini in some chicken broth with some shredded parm and sometimes I throw in some roast chicken if i have it available. Easy and warming.

  33. Janelle says

    We throw together chicken and noodles in the crockpot if we have a busy night. I also love sheetpan dinners of all sorts for a quick and easy meal!

  34. Diana B. says

    My favorite quick and easy dinner is a bag of Trader Joes frozen party meatballs heated up with a bottle of their Sweet Thai sauce. Then I heat their frozen brown rice in the microwave to serve under the meatballs. Add steamed broccoli and you have a complete meal!!

  35. Sara Jimenez says

    These sound amazing. My favorite meals are quick frozen things like this that you can just throw together, like the frozen chicken with veggies that I believe come from Birdseye. I was a cook in the military so I love making meals from scratch for my family, but sometimes, convenience is best, lol

  36. April was in CA now MA says

    We love the new frozen Digorno pan pizza for a quick meal. Much cheaper than take out pizza and really good for a frozen pizza!

  37. Jill Smith says

    Now that it’s only me at home, my husband passed away and my son moved out of state after college, I find myself raising more and different veggies in the oven. Vegetables, and most proteins, are hard to beat prepared that way with some evoo, salt and pepper and maybe a red pepper flake or two. 😉 not to mention how easy it is to prepare! Thanks

  38. Stacy says

    My favorite easy meal are Morningstar corn dogs, Annie’s Mac n cheese and a frozen veggie or quick salad. Nothing fancy here but no one complains when it hits the table. 😁

  39. Carol Stankunis says

    I would use the $40 grocery gift card to buy a beautiful beef rib roast and feed my family a delicious Christmas meal or New Year’s Meal!

  40. Tammy says

    It’s called fiesta chicken. Cook some chicken breast and season, add in some frozen peppers and onions and a few cans of veggies, mix in some rice in the end and done!

  41. Anita P says

    My cheaty, quick dinner of late is frozen prepped shrimp (coconut shrimp, shrimp tempura) with a vegetable and maybe a potato. Fifteen minutes in the oven and the protein is ready!

  42. Elizabeth Zurakowski says

    Spaghetti with meat sauce I make a big batch of crockpot marinara sauce and freeze it in freeze a meal bags and always have frozen bags of cooked ground beef,turkey, and sausage on hand. So I simply have to put on water for the pasta.

  43. Lynn says

    Chicken salsa is my easiest go to dinner. A jar of salsa to which I add corn and black beans and chicken or leftover turkey. I cook chicken first. This can be served over rice, pasta, baked potatoes or quinoa. plus it freezes well.

  44. Cynthia Frederico says

    My favorite quick and easy dinner is a good cut of steak, baked potato and vegetables cook out on the grill!! Great flavors and no fuss no mess!!

  45. Rebecca says

    We make a lot of tacos/Mexican food. We do different kits from the grocery store, mostly just grocery store brands and so far most seem to be pretty good. Old El Paso kit is the one we usually buy.

  46. Rose says

    We refer to these as our “cheater meals.”
    Either breaded shrimp or clam strips get pulled from the freezer & baked, and paired with soup & salad.

  47. Peggy says

    I make so many quick and easy meals that choosing one is difficult. From crock pot roast, potatoes, and carrots to grilling to skillet meals to breakfast for supper-all fairly quick and delicious. Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Kristin G says

    My favorite quick and easy dinner is meatball subs! If I don’t have time to put them in the crockpot I just throw them in the oven.

  49. Gladys Berkemeier says

    If we are really in a hurry, we make chicken quesadillas! We love them! I also have a recipe for a cashew chicken that is super fast!

  50. Aisha Fish says

    My easiest dinner is breakfast for dinner! We have backyard chickens, so we always have plenty of eggs. Scrambled eggs, pancakes, and some sausage or bacon are always a hit around here!

  51. Linda Little says

    I’m very curious about these meal plan services. If chosen, I’ll be able to settle that curiosity. Thank you for the chance!

  52. Mariah says

    When I need a super fast dinner, we do “taco bar”. If there is meat thawed/cooked it goes on the bar, but it’s often just beans with Mexican spices heated in the microwave and all the toppings put out. Everyone can decide if they want tacos/burritos/nachos/taco salad.

    My new favorite fast meal is your Enchilada Bake with ground beef. I’ve made it three times since Halloween. But it’s not QUITE as fast as the taco bar.

  53. Sherry says

    I would love to win this and go bye some dinners with it. My life is so hectic with working, commuting in horrible traffic daily this would make life a little easier.

  54. Teresa says

    My favorite quick meal is pan seared chicken thenadd spicy mustard and cream to the pan to make a quick sauce, quinoa and beans. Quick any everyone loves it.

  55. Cindy Kinney says

    The easiest meal I make is meatloaf with baked potatoes (just throw them in the oven along with the meatloaf) and a bag of frozen veggies that I just steam in the microwave. Easy peasy.

  56. Ashley Fae says

    When it comes to an easy-fix meal, I go straight for pasta–plus it’s extremely inexpensive. In order to change it up, I had to get creative. Typically, I use a pound of any type of pasta I happen to have in the pantry and a pound of browned ground hamburger meat.
    The way I get creative with it is to have a collection of McCormick spice packs on hand (like sloppy joe, taco, or something like that). I add it to the ground meat to give each meal a different taste instead of just having a tomato sauce on it.
    After it’s combined, you can add frozen veggies, cheese, or even sour cream to add even a little more pizzaz to this inexpensive, quick-fix meal.

  57. Maggie Broglin says

    I love my Hawaiian Chicken. Chicken breasts diced, an onion diced, a can of pineapple tidbits and bbq sauce served over rice.

  58. Nancy Anne White says

    My go to quick & easy meal is stir fry. I can incorporate anything into a tasty, beautiful looking meal!
    An impressive meal I personally did not make was a 30 minute start-to-finish (from the “what’s in the fridge” to on the plate stage) chicken & fresh vegetables created by a chef boyfriend when we were starved & exhausted.

  59. Katie says

    My favorite quick and easy dinner would be grilled cheese. All ages like it so during family parties I tend to make some too!

  60. Rebecca Wright says

    the favorite quick dinner in this house is anything from Marie Callenders pot pies. That is the only kind I buy anymore because they have real vegies and big chunks of meat

  61. Michele A. Moore says

    The quick and easy dinner that is my go-to is homemade pizza. Fresh dough out of the bread machine, good sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil leaves…doesn’t get much better than this.

  62. Patricia Jewett says

    Chicken tenders in crockpot covered in bottled Italian dressing. Cook till chicken is done. Serve over cauliflower “rice”.

  63. Bettie Tomlin says

    Hmmm, this prize would certainly make me a keeper in the kitchen instead of eating out to avoid my not-so down home cooking.

  64. Patricia Worley says

    My favorite quick and easy dinner is: “Grandmother’s Spanish Pork Chops & Rice”. Brown seasoned pork chops in a large skillet – remove chops & add a cup of rice to brown or until no longer translucent. Pour large can of diced tomatoes over the rice, stir then add the chops back into pan (they will sink to bottom of skillet). Cover and cook 20 minutes or until rice is done. When you take lid off pork chops will have re-appeared on top of the rice “-) Very easy, very quick and very delicious!

  65. Maureen Parrow says

    My favorite quick and easy meal is one that I have already prepared and frozen for these moments. In the winter I make up several kinds of soup, maybe some chili and some stew to freeze for the evenings that are cold and I want something delicious and warm.

  66. nancy carlton says

    Our go-to quick and easy dinner is risotto (yes, you heard that right!) with any vegy or meat left-overs (in the frig), mixed in. We always have boxes of various risotto rices, chicken stock, onions, and garlic on hand to create a delicious creative dinner meal.

  67. Theresa Hale says

    My easiest and quick dinner is sloppy joes. Love them since I was younger and I always have tater tots with them

  68. Sherry Laferriere says

    My easy dinner to cook up week nights is Shepard’s Pie, deconstructed. I cook the hamburg, I add gravy and corn in one pan, cook potatoes in another pan, and serve without putting in the oven. Why bake it another 30 to 40 minutes.

  69. Susan B Irwin says

    These dinners sound yummy. I guess one of my favorite quick meals is the grate a potato and some onion for hash browns and then scramble an egg or two.

  70. Kamille says

    Orange chicken from Trader Joe’s! For super quick we serve with white rice and packaged salad. If I’ve thought ahead then I make the rice the day before and then make fried rice and some frozen veggies.

  71. Janice R. says

    My favorite quick and easy dinner is grilled fish of some kind and some kind of vegetable either cold salad or steamed or grilled.

  72. Natascha Studdard says

    Quick and easy dinner for my family is when we have breakfast for dinner!! Bacon, buscuits, eggs, fried potatoes, tomato salad and sliced beets!! So yummy!

  73. Rita Reedy says

    One of the favorites for our family is oven-grilled tuna and cheese sandwiches with soup on the side to dip them in. If we have no tuna my daughter makes her favorite oven-grilled cheese sandwiches.

  74. Kim says

    My go-to is either pasta since I always keep sauce and meatballs in the freezer, or simple breaded chicken cutlets and roasted potatoes

  75. Christina Olson says

    Tacos are my favorite quick dinner – healthy and tasty and even picky kids will eat at least part of it. 🙂