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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Taste of Top Chef at Home

I am a Top Chef fanatic.

Not only do I have to watch every episode, but I'll rewatch them, knowing who wins and who loses, so that I can dissect the show and see what led to the results.

Fabio Viviani is my all-time favorite Top Chef contestant. He follows me on twitter. Squeeeee!!!

The newest Top Chef is just getting started this season. As I watch, I always think I wish I could be a judge.  To get to try all that yummy food!

I'm pretty adventurous and will try anything.

But, I'll admit that my food at home tends not to have the variety in it that I would like. Especially lunch. My oldest two are at school for lunch, the youngest gone for two days of the week, and Hubs always at work. So, I'm either making lunch just for me or for me and a 3 year-old.

I tend to reach for whatever is easy and quick.

Yogurt and fruit some days, soup another, and I'll try different frozen meals.

Thanks to The Motherhood, I was able to try the new Healthy Choice Top Chef Inspired Café Steamers. Top Chef? Oh yes, I'll try!

I tasted the Grilled Vegetables Mediterranean with Rice and Grilled Chicken Marinara with Parmesan.  Both were tasty. They do seem to have more flavor than your average frozen meal.

Nothing like what you'd eat if you had one of the Top Chefs cooking for you in your kitchen(Fabio, want to come test that theory?), but if you are looking for a quick meal, try these new Healthy Choice meals. At just $2.75 - $3.50 each, they beat eating out!

For more info, you can check out www.healthychoice.com or www.bravotv.com/showdown.

This is a sponsored post from The Motherhood and Healthy Choice, though the opinions and Fabio-love are my own.



Anonymous Stephanie said...

I despise most frozen dinners but the Healthy Choice ones are yummy! I used to watch Top Chef all the time but then we cut cable back to basic and I don't get it anymore :( I have to try to find it online I think.

November 22, 2011 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Not a Perfect Mom said...

those are the only Healthy Choice ones I like...
though I haven't been eating too healthy as of late...sigh

November 22, 2011 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I haven't gotten a frozen lunch in a long time. I need to start getting them again as I need more variety in my work lunch!

November 22, 2011 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I like Healthy Choice meals.

November 22, 2011 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

I like Healthy Choice meals. They actually taste like FOOD and not plastic lumps of nothing.

November 22, 2011 at 9:23 AM  
Anonymous Cindi said...

Only problem with Healthy Choice and most of those frozen meals is the sodium content. Some are sky high.

November 22, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

I agree that when dining with my 2 tiniest terrors...it's not always "cuisine"! Healthy choice frozen meals is a great idea! how did I not think of that???

November 22, 2011 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

When I go out of town, I love to leave my husband frozen dinners. These sound good!

November 22, 2011 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Hutch said...

I am still SO jealous Fabio follows you on twitter. He is definitely a fave with the brothers! There's a new hottie this season, but they haven't given him much attention so I'm worried he goes home early :/

November 22, 2011 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

I love frozen meals in the freezer so I always have a lunch.

November 22, 2011 at 10:22 AM  
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November 22, 2011 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I love Top Chef with all my heart. I think Top Chef and Amazing Race are really my two fave reality shows. I was trying to think who my favorite chefs were and of course I really can't decide. I loved the Voltaggio brothers and Stephanie, and Sam. But I am sure there are a whole bunch of other ones too!

I eat frozen meals for lunch a lot too, but for some reason I can't eat the ones with meat - I don't know the texture throws me off.

November 22, 2011 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger TheUnSoccerMom said...

I don't watch Top Chef, but I do love me some "Chopped" on Food Network!

Healthy Choice has always produced some quality heat ups. :o)

November 22, 2011 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Lourie said...

Lunch is sooo hard for me. Especially now with all of them in school. I have recipes for soups that are really good, but I am the only who will eat them and they make a ton!! haha.

November 22, 2011 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger The Mommy Therapy said...

I loathe thinking about lunch. If we don't have leftovers then I basically eat whatever is around, which might mean things like sugared tortillas and yougurt. Yikes!

I have never seen Top Chef. So I'm missing out. I'm a bit of a foodie so I keep thinking I should watch one of those cooking challenge shows.

November 22, 2011 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Hines-Sight said...

Glad to hear that chicken parm. is good.

November 22, 2011 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

I haven't watched Top Chef, but I love reality cooking shows. And I also appreciate a tasty frozen dinner. :)

November 23, 2011 at 12:46 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

I love Top Chef too. I fell off but this makes me want to start watching again :) YUM!

November 25, 2011 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I'm a huge Top Chef fan too! Doing the same as you, watching episodes over and over. Richard Blais is my favorite and though I haven't met him in real life yet I have had the opportunity to sit next to and talk to Fabio! He follows me on Twitter too - so does Richard!

This season though I can't get into it. I don't know if it's the Texas "theme" or what? I just like good, nitty gritty competition without all the stupid fluff. This is why I liked All Stars the best of all the seasons.

Girl, next time you're in California we'll have to meet up at Fabio's restaurant!

November 29, 2011 at 6:55 PM  

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