Monday, December 19, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Bon Appétit™ Steam-Baked Meals are healthy with easy cooking & cleanup - ENDS 12/28 (CLOSED)

Perfectly plated meals that cook in parchment pouches ....

As Christmas and the New Year approaches and schedules fill-up with holiday planning and shuttling the kids around, we parents often find ourselves searching for inexpensive and convenient ways to create a delicious meal at home. I know I am often "time challenged" and don't feel out cooking when I get home.  But I still want a good tasting healthy meal that is not take out.

So I was excited when I was approached to try out Bon Appétit™ Steam-Baked Meals. This new product offers perfectly plated, chef-inspired meals that cook in parchment pouches, the classic French cooking technique. As the meal is cooking in the parchment, steam bakes the food quickly while retaining the flavors, nutrients and moisture from the food and sauce.

Creamy Pesto Chicken
All Bon Appétit™ Steam-Baked Meals come with vegetables, a meat and a starch in flavorful sauces. Two pouches are in each package and the meals retail for $8.99 but the meals that I bought at Walmart were each under $8.

Bon Appétit™ Steam-Baked Meals come in seven varieties:

· Lemon Butter Chicken

· Roasted Garlic Chicken

· Beef in Red Wine Sauce

· Pork in Chipotle BBQ Sauce

· Smoked Apple & Bacon Chicken

· Rosemary Chicken

· Creamy Pesto Chicken

Rosemary Chicken
My Experience
I was given two Bon Appétit™ Steam-Baked FREE Meal coupons so that I could try out the products for myself.  I looked through the meals that were available at Walmart and decided to try the Rosemary Chicken and the Creamy Pesto Chicken.

At first I thought the $8 price was very high, until I realized that each bag contains two complete meals.  I cooked my meals in the microwave and they were totally cooked through in only four minutes on the high setting.

Plating each meal is easy.  I just cut open the bag with scissors and poured the contents onto my plate.  Everything came out looking (and smelling) great.  The Rosemary Chicken, in particular, looked wonderful.  I could not believe that the whipped potatoes still came out solid without running into the vegetables. I ate one of the Rosemary Chicken meals at work and I loved that I could just cut open the parchment bag, plate the food and neatly fold up the bag and throw it the trash.

The food tasted wonderful.  I especially loved the Creamy Pesto Chicken and I cleaned my plate in no time.  The Rosemary Chicken also tasted very good, especially the whipped potatoes.  Since I am trying to cut calories, I really loved that the Rosemary Chicken meal is only 360 calories and 13 grams of fat.

Bon Appétit™ Steam-Baked Meals are yummy and an easy way to have a great, healthy meal with easy cleanup. The meals are not rolling-out nationally until late 2012 but they are now available at Meijer, Walmart and Spartan stores in the Detroit area.

Here’s a link to a $2 off Bon Appétit™ Coupon to help out everyone that wants to try out Bon Appétit™ Steam-Baked Meals while also watching your food budget.

FIVE (5) FREEISMYLIFE readers will each win a Bon Appétit™ Steam-Baked Meals "Dinner for 2" Prize Pack which consists of the following:
1) 1 large branded soft cooler bag
2) 1 branded chef’s hat
3) 1 branded apron
4) 2 Bon Appetit logo candles
5) 1 Bon Appetit wine opener
6) 1 wine pairings sheet
7) VIP coupons


 -  Fill out the information in the form below.

 - One entry per person please.  Duplicate entries will be removed.

 - USA addresses only.

 - The contest ends on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 11:59am EST.

 - The winner will be selected by random number generation.

 - Prize will be fulfilled to the winners by Schwan’s. No P.O. Boxes please.


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Disclosure: I was given two FREE product coupons so that I could try out the Bon Appétit™ Steam-Baked Meals for myself and write this review. All opinons are my own. The giveaway prize will be provided to the winners by Schwan’s or their PR company. has spoken! Out of 277 entries, has picked the following 5 winners of the Bon Appétit™ Steam-Baked Meals "Dinner for 2" Prize Packs.  Congratulations to: 
#004 - Marlo of Pontiac, MI
#011- Adrienne of Duluth, MN
#092 - Danae of Dearborn, MI
#225 - Amanda of Waterford, MI
#231 - Dave of Troy, MI

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