Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My First Giveaway - Free Dinner at Home!

You never know who is reading your blog, or at least searching keywords that bring your blog to the attention of a marketing department! A couple weeks ago I got a note from a very nice person at Birds Eye, asking me to try a product, then share with y'all.

A few days later, I was in the store, free coupon in hand, shopping for Birds Eye Steamfresh Meals for Two. We chose the Asian Style Chicken Vegetable Medley.
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I have to admit, this is easy to do. You put the bag in the microwave (face down)
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for 10-13 minutes (depending on the strength of your microwave). When the microwave is done, wait two more minutes, then open the bag, pour out the food, serve and eat. If you already have it in your freezer, it's easier (and very likely less costly) than going through a drive-through or picking up take-out.

We thought the food was pretty good for frozen. It had a little kick to it, and the vegetables came out properly cooked. The chicken was tender. The noodles were maybe a little on the doughy side, but not awful. There was a lot of sauce, and we thought that if we were instant rice people, some of that would have been a nice addition. (We are brown rice people, so brown rice cooking time was prohibitive.)
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As far as "Meals for Two" is concerned, we each had a good size bowl of food. In fact, all three of us ate this for dinner. When I checked the nutrition information, there are two servings in the bag, 290 calories each, 6g. fat each. Awesome if you're watching calories and/or trying to lose a few, but on the low side for a high-metabolism husband. You have that 12-15 minutes while the food is cooking/resting to whip up a salad, slice some fruit, maybe nibble on a veggie tray if you need additional calories.

$5.96 for a single supper for us is on the high side, but then again, we are frugal with a capital FRUGAL. For a two-income family with busy schedules, this may be a more cost-effective alternative to takeout, and healthier than fast food. I would rank it as pretty good, but possibly not filling enough for some family members. The price is out of my self-imposed range, but probably not out of line. I'll be honest: I thought it tasted good, but I cook...so I probably won't buy it simply because I can make something like this for less money. If you don't cook, or don't have time, this may be a good product for you.

Here's the thing. You won't know if you like it or not until you try it. The good news? The nice people at Birds Eye sent me two more coupons to give away! Each coupon is good for one free Birds Eye Steamfresh Meals For Two dinner. If you leave a comment on this post, you are entered! I'm going to leave this open until Friday, since I'm such a little fish in the big blog pond, but I'll announce winners on Friday.

So, the official rules for this drawing - enter (only once please) between right now and whatever time I log on Friday. Just leave a comment on this post, preferably with a contact email. There are two coupons, so two people will win. If you are not comfy leaving a contact email in your comment, then please check back to see if you've won! I'm going to want to mail them out Monday, so be sure and follow up.

By the way, if you go here, Birds Eye is doing a big promotion. Enter and you have two more chances to win. They are giving away 100 free meals per day, plus one person will win a free meal every day for the next year. (If you win that many, you can let all of us know about the other flavors, K?)

Good luck! Don't forget to leave a comment! :)

54 comments:

chrisnallynkids said...

yay!
ahenley at gmail dot com

Linda and Greg said...

Would love to try these--thanks for a great giveaway!!

Becky said...

I've been wanting to try these meals. A free coupon would be a great way to do that!!
decker_becky@yahoo.com

silverhartgirl said...

That dose look good and super easy. I would love to try that.
silverhartgirl@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

These look really yummy. I've been wanting to try them! Thanks for the opportunity!
Stacie
cutetxncowgirl@yahoo.com

Sue said...

I'm in. One won't feed our family of 6, but it would be nice for a dinner "out" with my husband after the kids are in bed.
Connie Sue
csuejacobs at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Sounds good Would love to have a coupon.

Patricia said...

I love reading your blog entries! Thanks for the great giveaway, crossing my fingers on winning.

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the opportunity--I really appreciate it! You have a nice blog--keep up the great work!

Kristen said...

These look great! thanks for the giveaway!
Kristen.Lee17@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting to try these!

Katherine
kccuties(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

THanks for the entry! I would love to win!

Karen
klnlovesmickey(at)yahoo(dot)com

Abigail's_Mommy said...

Wow! Thanks!

MDefiore727@yahoo.com

Miranda said...

I'd love to try these! They look easy AND healthy!

Milk Donor Mama said...

Yum! jessicaannelietz at gmail dot com

SAHallock said...

I would love to try these. Thank you

gallupsue@msn.com

Kristen said...

Great! Nice blog :-D

Joanna said...

Thanks for the giveaway! What a great opportunity.

(My email address is on my blog.)

Jenn B said...

I would love to try it!

Emily said...

I really enjoy these meals when I am in a time crunch for dinner.

emmyj1979@yahoo.com

Melissa said...

These are delicious and quick meals! Thanks!

homeschoolmom4 said...

Pick me, pick me! ;)

Pat said...

This would be a quick-to-fix meal.Would love to try it.
pkildow at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I love the Steamfresh vegetables and am interested in trying the meals. Thanks for this chance to win one!

Lora, readingcoach (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

Riannon said...

I have not tried these yet, would love the chance!

rebecca said...

Yum. While I usually cook, an occasional frozen pizza finds its way onto our plates. It would be lovely to have something quick and easy, especially since we're moving right after Christmas!

gitrecca at gmail dot com

Gazelle Intense said...

I love quick meals!

lyn said...

wanted to try, now maybe we can!!! thanks for chance!!!

Jay said...

I am game for a free meal. We like to have quick meals like these for when we don't want to cook!
Thanks for the opportunity!
rbjj32825[at]lycos[dot]com

Roseann said...

We have not tried thse yet, but this will give us a great reason to go ahead and try them!

moose77 said...

I love them! cloudmatthew@sbcglobal.net

Susan said...

I've been wanting to try these!

Paige said...

I would love to try that!

superpaige at ericksonfamily dot com

HisEllieMae said...

Oooh! Oooh! Over here! Heehee

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I've seen these in the store and have wondered if they are good. Thanks!
thegood3 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Love your blog. Would love to win a free coupon.
closeto402002@yahoo.com

rachel said...

These look tasty!
rmbronson@gmail.com

soon to be MRS. K said...

Sounds yummy!!

couponsrgreat1@gmail.com

wildandfree said...

Sounds worth a try! We have a lot of late nights!

Toni Toni Toni said...

CIH, look at how many comments you have already!! You are well known, hee!

yellowandtoni at gmail dot com is me!

Steph said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to win!

Steph S.
ms0812@zoominternet.net

Erin said...

I would love the win, I never win anything.

stacey said...

i love how many responses you've gotten to this so far! and i love the fact that birds eye contacted YOU and asked you to write a review even more! (yes enter me in the contest)
love you cih, oh and got your christmas card last night, thanks!

Eric and Sheryl Nelken said...

great giveaway...

sherylnelken at yahoo com

life--as best we can said...

Those look yummers!

kyokstate@gmail.com

life--as best we can said...

Those look yum!

kyokstate@gmail.com

Yarnin_Mama said...

Great!

Kimberly

yarnin_mama at yahoo dot com

robin said...

hey there laura, robin here, from ky mind ya, lol. you have my email, we're going to have to keep in touch through there, and me posting here (i read all the time anywho, lol) for some reason my puter won't let me in the tavern anymore :-0 i've fallen overboard
if you will, and there is no life preserver!!! i may holler at you soon...once i find my addy book.
xoxo mwah robin

Anonymous said...

We love steamfresh veggies, these probably are delicious.

Cherylslife67@charter.net

GritsGirl said...

Have always wanted a chance to try these ! Thanks for the giveaywa!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog, especially the Christmas surprise for your daughter. I linked here from Prairie Homemaker and appreciate all you contribute there as well. Sign me up for the giveaway.
Merry Christmas,
Georgia
surfingaccount(at)yahoo(dot)com

Ingrid Lanford said...

Great giveaway!

lanford66@comcast.net

Busy Mommy said...

Crossing my fingers!

The Neighborhood Team said...

This is my first visit to your blog! I love the lay out.

Count me in for the dinner giveaway. This is something I'd love to try.

~Allie Z
freebieallie at gmail dot com

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