Daily Archives: November 9, 2009


A while back (don’t ask me when, my brain doesn’t work that way), I signed up for General Mills’ Pssst… program. It’s been a busy couple of months and I sort of forgot all about it… but General Mills didn’t forget about me (which, when you think about it, is kind of nice of them).  In my mailbox last week was a package from those nice folks and inside the brown wrapper were TWO meals, each serving 4 people!  PLUS there were a handful of coupons to purchase more or pass on to friends.

So on Wednesday night, when 2 of the 4 kids were off doing other things, I made this meal:

Romano’s Macaroni Grill® Chicken Piccata

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The green beans were my own addition.

I was asked to share my opinion with friends, so here it is:

+ I found the flavor to be pretty good and not too salty.
+ I doubled the chicken amount because I feed hungry boys, but we had plenty of leftovers, so I really didn’t need to do that.
+ It was truly ready in about 20 minutes, as promised by the advertising on the box.

– The sauce was a little too strong on cornstarch.  I understand the need to thicken a sauce, but it shouldn’t taste like you thickened it, KWIM?
– It was lacking in what I’ll term “improved healthy choices”… meaning, it could have been whole wheat pasta instead of pale white pasta.  I’m a whole wheat kind of gal.  But I suppose you could skip the angel hair pasta and use your own… that would certainly be easy enough to do.

Overall, it’s okay as a quick meal.  With some imagination, I could come up with this on my own, but for someone who needed to reach for a quick meal in a hurry, it serves its purpose.   I confess I’ve never eaten at a Macaroni Grill, so I can’t tell you how it compares.

I haven’t yet made the Wanchai Ferry® Orange Chicken.

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I’m waiting for another night when I am looking for a quick meal for 4 people.

You, too, can sign up for General Mills’ Pssst… program:  It’s easy, it’s free, and you get freebies! I’m having personal technical trouble giving you a direct link, but feel free to put in a quick search (google, bing, whatever) for “General Mills pssst” and you’ll get there. 😉

And, hey! Yesterday was my 365th post. Who’da’thunk it?