I talk about food a lot here. I share my weekly meal plan and talk about all the lunchbox ideas and after school snacks that I give my kids. Planning and organizing our family’s meals helps me keep things running smoothly around here. I work from home as a freelance writer and handmade business owner, but I still put in forty hours every week. Even more on some weeks. One of the areas that I have the hardest time planning is my own lunch. Hubby comes home from his day job for an hour lunch break, so that sets a definite time for me to take a lunch break too.
You would think with all the organizing that I would have mastered lunch for adults too. No such luck. Most days, Hubby arrives home about ten after noon and I’m still typing away at the computer, oblivious to the clock. I always intend to stop right at noon and make us some food, but the lure of “just ten more minutes” is too tempting. We need quick and easy lunch options, so leftovers are a common choice. The bigger my kids get, the smaller the leftovers do too. More often than I’d like to admit, I open the refrigerator – now at 12:15 – and stare blankly. Um, food? Plenty of it, but nothing is literally jumping out at me and time is a-wasting. Not to mention, Hubby had to be back before 1:00, so his clock is ticking too.
I was recently offered the chance to try a new quick and easy lunch option called HERDEZ® Cocina Mexicana Frozen Bowls. I was hesitant, but hungry to try something new.
About HERDEZ® Cocina Mexicana Frozen Bowls
Herdez frozen bowls are frozen Mexican food entrees. They take all of the ingredients in an authentic Mexican restaurant meal and pack them in an easy microwaveable container. There are ten different flavor varieties:
- Chicken Chipotle
- Chicken Tinga
- Chicken Mole
- Chicken Chilaquiles
- Beef Barbacoa
- Carnitas and Charro Beans
- Pork Chile Verde
- Pork al Pastor
- Pork Chile Colorado
- Huevos Rancheros
Every product is made with authentic ingredients to create a flavorful meal that is ready in minutes.
My HERDEZ® Cocina Mexicana Frozen Bowls Experience
I was a bit skeptical when I first heard of the product. Since I live in Texas, I have access to some really great authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex food. I do buy other Herdez products (I love their salsa verde) so I know they are an authentic brand. I don’t buy a lot of frozen food though, because it is usually expensive and not too great in quality. I’m happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve tried the Carnitas and Charro Beans and the Chicken Mole. Both are things I’ve had in nice restaurants before, so I figured that made for an easy comparison.
The flavors were spot-on: spicy, savory, complex. The food also did not taste like the average microwaved frozen entree. It was fresh and tasted like real ingredients. I was also really impressed with the portion size. I have found that most frozen meals are made for people who need something quick and low-calorie. This was a really good size and I could barely finish my lunch. Even though Hubby is on a temporary restricted diet, he couldn’t resist just a bite and thought both varieties were good. (Also, I think he may have hidden some of the other flavors in the freezer so that I don’t eat them before he can.)
For the health-conscious, I found that most of the ingredients were things I would’ve cooked with if I was making the meal from scratch, but there was MSG and two MSG-alternative additives. The sodium, carbs, fat, and calories were just fine for me, but if you are trying to watch your diet, be sure to read the labels.
Try HERDEZ® Cocina Mexicana Frozen Bowls
This product is available at grocery stores nationwide. Use the store locator for your zip code, but Wal-mart, Albertsons, Kroger, and regional grocery stores were on the list. Before you shop, be sure to print off this coupon for $1 off of any 1 HERDEZ® Cocina Mexicana Frozen Bowl. (Your price may vary, but I found mine at Wal-mart for $2.50 each; that’s $1.50 after the coupon!)
The bottom line: For a few dollars per meal, this is an easy product to keep stocked up in the freezer for busy days – or as I call them, days. I did have to go to a grocery store I don’t regularly shop at, but since these are new, I expect they will be easier to find in the future.
Which flavor do you want to try?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Herdez as part of a Linqia campaign. I was compensated for posting, but all opinions are still my own.