I have been signed up with House Party since 2008 and really enjoy the opportunity they give me to try the various promotions that they have. The most recent party that I hosted was the Chef Boyardee House Party. The purpose of this party was to showcase Chef Boyardee in a new light. For most of us Chef Boyardee means opening a can, dumping into a bowl or pot and then reheating the product. Chef Boyardee has actually come up with a few recipes that incorporate their product into main meal entrees.
sent me a Party Pack with 6 Coupons for FREE cans of Chef Boyardee product, Coupons to save on Chef Boyardee product, a Chef Boyardee tote bag, Chef hat, Chef Boyardee recipe cards, and Chef Boyardee notepads. For my party I chose to make three of the 5 recipes
that we had been given. The first was a ravioli lasagna, the second was a taco roni, and the third was a chili mac. I also made cornbread and garlic bread to go with these as well as a Cesar salad. My guests began to arrive at 5pm for the party. Once everyone was here I went over the purpose of this party and the recipes that we would be tasting. I then asked if any of the guests would like to help in making any of the entrees so they could see the ease in making this dishes. A few of the guests did. So while we prepared dinner the other guests socialized. Dinner was rather easy to prepare. All of the recipes took less than 30 min from prep to finished.
The results from two of the recipes though were not all that favorable. My guests unanimously agreed that something was definitely missing from the Ravioli Lasagna and the Chili Mac. The Taco Roni though was awesome. Some of the guest suggestions for the Ravioli Lasagna was to use fresh spiniach instead of the frozen and to use ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese. For the Chili Mac guests suggested that it just needed more seasoning. That it was just bland. In the next month or so I will try the guest suggestions and see if it changes the response to those two recipes. I will be sure to blog about those results.
Here is the recipe for the Taco Roni:
Close up of Taco Roni
- 2 cans (15 oz each) Chef Boyardee® Beefaroni®
- 1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes, drained
- 1 can (15 oz each) Rosarita® Premium Whole Black Beans, drained, rinsed
- 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 cup shredded reduced fat Mexican cheese blend
- 1/2 cup broken yellow tortilla chips
- Place Beefaroni, drained tomatoes, beans, corn and cumin in large saucepan; stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and broken chips just before serving.
It's Chef Boyardee time!!!
Ravioli Lasagna, Chili Roni, garlic bread, cornbread and Caesar Salad.