Tastefully Plated Review: High Quality Meals From The Microwave

Disclaimer this Tastefully Plated review is sponsored. I received samples and compensation in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

There are conveniences when it comes to microwavable meals – they’re quick and easy to make, they make for an inexpensive meal, and there’s a huge variety of them. That being said, most of them lack quality ingredients and taste. But after reading this Tastefully Plated review, I bet you’ll change your mind and want to try these chef created, restaurant quality microwavable meals yourself!

Say goodbye to boring frozen meals! After you read this Tastefully Plated review you'll want to try these chef created, restaurant quality frozen meals!

What is Tastefully Plated?

Tastefully Plated allows you to enjoy the convenience of a prepared frozen meal, without sacrificing quality and taste. Their see-through packaging allows you to actually see your meal before you buy it – you can literally see the quality. The simple, white plate that the meal comes on looks great from microwave to table, too.

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You know when you buy a frozen meal and you open it up and all the different parts of the meal are mixed up? The veggies are in with the potatoes. The chicken has mixed in with the veggies.

What I like about Tastefully Plated is that the sealing system that they use keeps the food exactly where it’s supposed to be. The sealing system seems to be some kind of vacuum, and it also comes off of the plate easily and mess free for quick, clean serving. Because of the sealing, the meal stay beautifully plated and ready for your dining room table (or in my case, desk.)

The BPA-free sealing expands like a balloon during cooking. The steam heating warms the meal evenly and keeps the food moist, fresh and delicious.

You can learn a bit more about it by watching this video.

Now let’s talk about the actual food. YUM! There are a ton of different Tastefully Plated meal options to choose from. You’ll find beef, pork, chicken, and vegetarian selections. You can see that the food is high quality; the chicken looks like chicken and the veggies look full of color and crisp. The meals are chef-crafted with the freshest ingredients and healthier than traditional ready-made meals.

Say goodbye to boring frozen meals! After you read this Tastefully Plated review you'll want to try these chef created, restaurant quality frozen meals!

I was sent a few different ones to try out: Chicken Marsala, Lemon Oregano Chicken, and the Coconut Spiced Rice with grilled vegetables. All of them are delicious, the Chicken Marsala is my favorite.

Say goodbye to boring frozen meals! After you read this Tastefully Plated review you'll want to try these chef created, restaurant quality frozen meals!

The description reads: Roasted chicken breast in a Marsala wine sauce with mushroom risotto and steamed baby carrots in a butter sauce.

This is what it looks like before it goes into the microwave. You don’t need to remove anything from the dish except the yellow description tag.

Say goodbye to boring frozen meals! After you read this Tastefully Plated review you'll want to try these chef created, restaurant quality frozen meals!

I popped it into the microwave for 3 minutes.

Say goodbye to boring frozen meals! After you read this Tastefully Plated review you'll want to try these chef created, restaurant quality frozen meals!

Here’s what it looks like out of the microwave.

Say goodbye to boring frozen meals! After you read this Tastefully Plated review you'll want to try these chef created, restaurant quality frozen meals!

And here’s the finished product.

Say goodbye to boring frozen meals! After you read this Tastefully Plated review you'll want to try these chef created, restaurant quality frozen meals!

It was absolutely delicious! The chicken tasted like I made it myself. The risotto was perfect and the mushrooms were plump and full of flavor. The carrots were crisp, brightly colored, and tasted like carrots (which makes sense if you have ever eaten a frozen meal and only know what your supposed to be tasting because it looks like a carrot!)

I actually was not expecting the meals to be so good. I didn’t expect the food to taste like a real meal that I’d make myself. I didn’t expect the freshness or such high quality. I was pleasantly surprised and absolutely will be ordering more from Tastefully Plated! At just $6.99 a meal, it’s cheaper than eating fast food and more healthy too.

Check out Tastefully Plated on Facebook to find locations near you and order some of their delicious meals. You won’t be disappointed.

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Quick Chicken Spaghetti With Bacon And Spinach

It’s rare that I find a recipe that I love, that Jason loves, AND that the kids love, too. This quick chicken spaghetti recipe was definitely a hit at our house! The kids loved it and even asked that I make it once a week. I was shocked that they liked it that much!

If your family loves spaghetti, this quick chicken spaghetti recipe is perfect for busy week nights! It's has bacon and spinach and is loaded with flavor.

Not only is this quick chicken spaghetti delicious, it’s super easy to make and perfect for busy weeknights. It’s also versatile – use whatever pasta you have on hand, try kale instead of spinach, add chopped basil before serving…make it your family’s favorite!

Quick Chicken Spaghetti With Bacon And Spinach

I found this quick chicken spaghetti recipe at Delish.com. I would definitely recommend making more of the sauce if you like a lot of sauce – this amount coated the spaghetti but didn’t really leave enough to make it rich and creamy.

Quick Chicken Spaghetti With Bacon And Spinach
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Ingredients

  • 12 oz. spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenders, chopped into one-inch pieces
  • salt and black pepper
  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Cook spaghetti or angel hair according to package directions until al dente. Drain and reserve 1 cup pasta water.
  2. While the spaghetti cooks, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook with the bacon until cooked through.
  3. Pour off half the bacon fat and add garlic, tomatoes, and spinach and season with salt and pepper. Add heavy cream, Parmesan, and 1/2 cup pasta water and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add spaghetti or angel hair and toss until fully coated.
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Quit waiting for a pan full of water to boil! I’ve got a tip here on how to make pasta fast. And I love this pasta pot! The lid also acts as a strainer so you don’t have to have a separate one.

If your family loves spaghetti, this quick chicken spaghetti recipe is perfect for busy week nights! It's has bacon and spinach and is loaded with flavor.

I’ve got lots of chicken recipes that are super simple and fast to make. I’ve got even more of them on Pinterest!

Follow Natalie Hoage – Mommy of a Monster’s board Chicken on Pinterest.

Follow Natalie Hoage – Mommy of a Monster’s board Pasta! on Pinterest.

I’m always looking for quick and easy recipes…do you have one to share? Find out how to get your recipe or kitchen tip featured here on Mommy of a Monster!

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An Easy Chicken Pasta Recipe Made FAST!

Last week, I shared a recipe for Chicken Pesto Pizza that was a huge hit and that the kids have been asking for every night. So I decided to come up with a recipe that was similar to the pizza that I could make a big batch of, and then freeze it so I have it available when the kids ask for it. I do that a lot with pasta. This easy chicken pasta is made really quickly because I take a shortcut on the chicken. I bought already cooked chicken.

Love chicken pasta? This recipe for easy chicken pasta will knock your socks off! It's full of flavor with chicken, bacon, spinach & more. It's a family favorite!

Let’s make some easy chicken pasta!

Easy Chicken Pasta

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb pasta of your choice
  • 3 tablespoons of jarred pesto (or make your own!)
  • 1 lb cooked chicken (or uncooked - just cut it into chunks and cook. It will take less than 10 minutes)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces turkey bacon, cooked and chopped (you can find pre-cooked bacon in the deli aisle)
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups low-fat Alfredo sauce
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Chopped basil to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pasta as instructed on the box.
  2. Heat the pesto over medium heat in a nonstick skillet; add the chicken, garlic, and bacon and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the spinach to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes, or until wilted. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the sundried tomatoes and Alfredo sauce and stir until mixture is coated. Cook until warmed through, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked pasta and stir until well blended. Sprinkle with fresh basil, if desired.
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Super easy to make and delicious! It’s rich and creamy, and is good even without the pasta!

Love chicken pasta? This recipe for easy chicken pasta will knock your socks off! It's full of flavor with chicken, bacon, spinach & more. It's a family favorite!

Looking for more chicken recipes? You’ll find them here on my blog and on my Chicken Pinterest board. Got an easy chicken recipe to share? Please do! I’m always looking for new ones.

Chicken Pesto Pizza (Loaded With YUM!)

Pizza. Pesto. Cheese. Bacon. These are a few of my favorite things. So when I found this pin for Garlicky Kale and Chicken Pizza, I knew we had to try it.

We tried it, and it was good, but it was kinda blah.

If you love pizza, why not make your own at home?! This Chicken pesto pizza is loaded with YUM...bacon, kale, garlic, mushrooms, and alfredo sauce. Kids love it!

So I took everybody’s advice for what would make it better – maybe some alfredo sauce, bacon, mushrooms….less chicken, more kale and pesto – and re-created the pizza again. This chicken pesto pizza is really delicious. It’s also very simple to make!

Chicken Pesto Pizza

If you’re all kinds of fancy, you can make your own pizza dough as instructed here. If you take shortcuts and save yourself time when you can, do what I do and stop at Trader Joe’s and get ready made dough. Often times, your local pizza parlor will sell you dough too! If you love pizza, why not make your own at home?! This Chicken pesto pizza is loaded with YUM...bacon, kale, garlic, mushrooms, and alfredo sauce. Kids love it!

Follow the instructions on the package, and while the dough is resting, you’re going to saute your garlic and mushrooms with your bacon and a little bit of olive oil  for a few minutes. Then add in the kale and cook until it wilts. After that, throw in the chicken and some alfredo sauce and mix it all up. It can rest there until you’re ready for it.

If you love pizza, why not make your own at home?! This Chicken pesto pizza is loaded with YUM...bacon, kale, garlic, mushrooms, and alfredo sauce. Kids love it!

Next, roll out the dough and put it on a pizza stone in the oven or directly on your outside grill. Cook it until it starts to get brown, about 8 minutes or so.

If you love pizza, why not make your own at home?! This Chicken pesto pizza is loaded with YUM...bacon, kale, garlic, mushrooms, and alfredo sauce. Kids love it!

Take it off, and let it rest for about 5 minutes. Add a bunch of pesto to the crust. According to my family, you can never over-pesto anything. Then add all of your chicken mixture to the top of the pizza and top with mozzarella cheese.

If you love pizza, why not make your own at home?! This Chicken pesto pizza is loaded with YUM...bacon, kale, garlic, mushrooms, and alfredo sauce. Kids love it!

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Throw it back in the oven or on the grill another five to ten minutes, and boom! You’ve got the best Chicken Pesto Pizza you’ve ever tasted.

If you love pizza, why not make your own at home?! This Chicken pesto pizza is loaded with YUM...bacon, kale, garlic, mushrooms, and alfredo sauce. Kids love it!

Now if you’re like me and want the actual recipe, here’s the recipe for my Chicken Pesto Pizza.

Chicken Pesto Pizza (Loaded With Kale, Bacon, Garlic and More!)
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Ingredients

  • Premade pizza dough (or you can make your own - get the recipe here )
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 8 ounces of mushrooms
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, cubed or shredded
  • 1 cup Alfredo sauce
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 small jar of pesto (or make your own!)
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Let the dough rest as instructed on the dough package. Lightly flour your work area and knead the dough for no longer than 5 minutes.
  2. Line a baking sheet or a pizza pan with foil and spray it with cooking spray. Spread pizza dough onto the pan, using the palm of your hands and fingers to stretch it out to about a 1-inch thickness. It totally doesn't have to be perfect.
  3. Bake in a 400 F oven or on the grill for 8 minutes; remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes.
  4. While the dough is cooking, prepare the chicken mixture. Heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet; add garlic and bacon and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  5. Add the kale and mushrooms to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes, or until wilted. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Add the chicken and Alfredo sauce and stir until mixture is coated.
  7. Brush the pesto on to pizza dough. Add the chicken/kale mixture to the top, and top with the mozzarella cheese.
  8. Bake until cheese is bubbly and dough is thoroughly baked (about another 10-15 minutes.)
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We’ve tried to cook it both ways: on the grill and in the oven, and it’s delicious no matter how you do it. Our newest favorite thing to do though is to grill pizzas, and we’ve been getting pretty creative! So if you have any more fun ideas, please send them my way.

You could also cut this into squares and serve it as a tasty appetizer. It won’t last though so you might want to make 2!

If you love pizza, why not make your own at home?! This Chicken pesto pizza is loaded with YUM...bacon, kale, garlic, mushrooms, and alfredo sauce. Kids love it!

If you have a pizza recipe that your family loves that you’d like to have featured on Mommy of a Monster, find out how here.

Make A Difference At Your School With Tyson & Walmart

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all mine.

It happens at the beginning of every school year, so I don’t know why I’m always surprised. It feels like we are always rushing and there’s never enough after school time to come up with healthy meals that everybody will eat. So when I found Tyson Project A+ at Walmart, I knew that it would allow busy moms to make delicious, healthy meals in less time AND make a difference at your school at the same time!

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It’s a fact: Schools never have enough money and spend a lot of time and energy finding ways to make it easy for parents to help support their fundraising efforts. So when I recently learned about the Tyson Project A+™ program, I was excited to help spread the word about it!

Make a difference at your school with Tyson & Walmart! For every label submitted from participating Tyson® products, your school can earn .24¢!

What is the Tyson Project A+™ program? It’s a simple way to help raise money for your children’s school. For every label submitted from over 40 participating Tyson® products your school can earn .24¢! Look for the label on participating products and start collecting today. It looks like this:

Make a difference at your school with Tyson & Walmart! For every label submitted from participating Tyson® products, your school can earn .24¢!

Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips are ready to go right out of the bag because they are already fully cooked. These chicken breast strips are 100% all-natural and made with all-white meat and 97% fat-free. You can make a quick, easy and healthy dinner without even cooking by throwing them in a premade salad or eating them with some crisp veggies. They ‘re also an effortless way to make healthy home cooked meals, like my Ridiculously Delicious Baked Chicken recipe…just mix all of the delicious spices together with the chicken and heat it up! Serve with a side of my Best Brocolli Ever for a simple home meal. Or add the chicken to my Arugula Pasta Salad (it can be made in advance and stays delicious for days) for a simple no-cook meal. Yum!

Make a difference at your school with Tyson & Walmart! For every label submitted from participating Tyson® products, your school can earn .24¢!

Now head to Walmart and purchase Tyson Project A+ products like Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips to kill two birds with one stone: you can create quick, healthy meals and make a difference at your school while doing it!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.