Mealtime is Quality Time + $100 Giveaway!


Mealtime is an important occasion at the end of a long day, to gather together and decompress, share stories and, most of all, spend quality time together.  But if you're anything like us...two full-time working parents, with a young toddler, two pets and a household to run...you know that mealtime is not only precious but also fleeting.  At the end of our day, we're exhausted, so to cook a full meal is not always realistic.  What's more likely is that we rush home and squeeze in as much time with Ethan between dinner, bath and play before it's time for bedtime.  And oftentimes, when we're cooking, that cuts into time we could be spending with Ethan.

Anyone else with me?!

And of course, you see me post recipes here, which are usually thanks to my dear husband.  He's the cook of the family...I just document and take credit for it!  ;)  But in all seriousness, we don't cook like that every night.  It's usually something easy and healthy and quick!

Enter Bertolli.

Bertolli recently introduced new recipes to its frozen line of skillet meals, perfect for two (or three in our case!) that literally come together in under ten minutes.  It's so easy and takes away all the time that goes into prep and cooking.

Intrigued, we chose to try the Chicken Parmigiana & Penne.


Looks tasty!


The meal comes with penne pasta, parmigiana chicken, tomatoes, and chunks of mozzarella.


And in less than ten minutes... it looks like this!


There was plenty of food for Ryan and me...and even enough for this little guy...


Ethan gobbled up the pasta and chicken...it was a total hit!

What's more important is that we all got to have quality time together the evening we made this meal.  Not only during mealtime, but also for playtime, bath time, story time and bedtime.  It really opened up our evening for quality family time.

I know frozen meals aren't for everyone, at least not all the time.  But for us, it was a great compromise.  The pasta tasted great {even Ryan, the resident chef, gobbled it right up and couldn't stop talking about how good it was.  That's a score in my book!}, it was quick and easy, and it fed everyone for dinner.  It was a great win-win for us.

In celebration, Bertolli and BlogHer is offering one reader a $100 gift card.  For a chance to win, all you have to do is tell me...

Which Bertolli meal is your favorite or which would you most like to try?

Be sure to check out their website for their meal selections or Facebook for updated info.

xo natasha

This is a sponsored post, but as always, all opinions expressed are my own.  And in this case, who doesn't love great Italian food?!  ;)

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115 comments :

  1. I would choose the Chicken Parmigiana and Penne since I always love a good meal with Penne pasta. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. I would love to try the chicken florentine! I love creamy sauces :)

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  3. Chicken Marsala, yum! elisagruss@gmail.com

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  4. Chicken Marsala, yum! elisagruss@gmail.com

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  5. Chicken Marsala, yum! elisagruss@gmail.com

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  6. Chicken Marsala, yum! elisagruss@gmail.com

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  8. Chicken Marsala, yum! elisagruss@gmail.com

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  10. Chicken Marsala, yum! elisagruss@gmail.com

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  11. Chicken Marsala, yum! elisagruss@gmail.com

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  12. Chicken Marsala, yum! elisagruss@gmail.com

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  14. Chicken Marsala, yum! elisagruss@gmail.com

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  15. Chicken Marsala, yum! elisagruss@gmail.com

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  16. We love these and probably use once a week! We like the chicken parm as well as the farfalle vodka!

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  17. Mmmmm, I'd like to try that Florentine & Farafelle!

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  18. We are a big fan of Bertolli meals, so easy and delicious! One of my favorites is the Chicken Florentine but I would love to try the one you have pictured above!

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  19. I would love to try the chicken florentine! thanks for the offer

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  20. The only one Ive tried is the Italian Sausage Rigatoni, but it was wonderful. Very impressive for a frozen meal!

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  21. Chicken Marsala for sure, but the Italian Sausage Rigatoni sounds wonderful too!

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  22. I would like to try the Lobster Ravioli, sounds great!
    Kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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    https://twitter.com/Kellydinpa/status/398496754019995649
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  24. I want to try the Lobster Ravioli

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  25. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/398503157275189248

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  26. We love the Chicken Parm! It's one of my go to items when I don't have time to cook!

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  27. Looks yummy! The Pappardelle Bolognese also looks delish. And I totally agree... whatever you can do to streamline dinner and maximize that precious after work/pre bed time with your child is totally worth it!

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  28. On super-busy nights, we defer to Annie's organic frozen pizza. Filling and really yummy! These look great, too! jputrich@gmail.com

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  29. Meals like this are a must every now and then! I'll have to check these out next time I'm at the store...of course my pick would be anything super creamy! :)

    xo
    Megan
    Hello Newlywed Life Blog

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  30. Oh, we love Bertolli meals - we usually get the shrimp, penne and cherry tomato one. Delish!

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  31. i would love to try the lobster raviloi! Yum Yum!

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  32. I'd like to try the Italian Sausage Meatball Rigatoni.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  33. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/398581762701266944

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  34. The chicken florentine alfredo sounds great!

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  35. Easy and delicious? That is my kind of meal!

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  36. I would like to try the chicken parm and penne one! I've had frozen meals similar and this looks delicious!

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  37. I'd like to try the Grilled Chicken & Roasted Vegetables.

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  38. The lobster ravioli sounds great.

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  39. I've tried the Chicken Florentine, and it's delish! It's one of my favorites!

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  40. I'd love to try the Ricotta and Mozzarella Ravioli!
    kendall608(at)aol(dot)com

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  41. I would most like to try Bertolli® Chicken Alla Vodka & Farfalle

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  42. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/398881276016332800

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  43. We love the Florentine & Farafelle one, I always have a bag in the freezer for nights when I just can't get it together. The whole family loves it. (2 adults, 2 picky kids!)

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  44. The Lobster Ravioli! Yum!! lana756(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  45. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/Wild4Wednesdays/status/398884182962618368

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  46. I love that Chicken Parm! It's a fave here.

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  47. I'd like to try the tortellini margherita

    cgies25 at hotmail

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  48. I would love to try out the Ricotta and Mozzarella Ravioli. amypugmire@live.com

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  49. tweet. amypugmire@live.com
    https://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/398961283568918529

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  50. The Chicken Parmigiana and Penne sounds good to me :+)

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  51. We've had the chicken florentine but man the lobster ravioli sounds amazing!!!!

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  52. I would like to try Bertolli® Chicken Alla Vodka & Farfalle

    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  53. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/399280189059784704

    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  54. Their Chicken Florentine & Farfelle frozen meal is our favorite!

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. I would like to try the Ricotta & Spinach Cannelloni
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  56. my tweeet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/399310728726736896
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  57. mmmm there are so many great ones to choose from - i think the chicken risotto would be wonnnnderful! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  58. The Ricotta and Mozzarella Ravioli sounds good!

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

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  59. I would like to try Italian Sausage & Meatball Rigatoni
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  60. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/399757933241581568

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  61. My favorite is Bertolli® Lobster Ravioli
    dealsfan32 at gmail dot com

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  62. https://twitter.com/Dealsfan32/status/399797721713737728
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  63. I'd like the lobster ravioli.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  64. I would love to try the chicken Florentine. Sounds delicious and creamy.

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  66. The Italian Sausage Rigatoni - YUM!

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  67. The Pappardelle Bolognese sounds good. My whole family would eat it.

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  68. I've never tried them before but the chicken florentine alfredo sounds delicious.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  69. https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/401011694819749889
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  70. I'd love to have the stuffed shells bolognese!
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  71. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/smash906/status/402257662252826624
    oldnavyash@aol.com

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  72. i want to try the Manicotti Alla Vodka
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  73. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/403364415229018112
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  74. I would like the chicken Marsala! Thanks

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  75. I like the Italian sausage rigatoni!

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  76. I haven't tried any of them, but the Bertolli Shrimp Scampi & Linguine sounds yummy!

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  77. We like the Stuffed Shells Bolognese

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  78. https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/404121253914505216

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  79. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/404684038939484161

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  80. I'd really like to try the Ricotta and Mozzarella Ravioli

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  81. tweeted https://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/405454017351790594

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  82. I would like to try the chicken parmigiana and penne. It looks good.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  83. My favorite is the Bertolli® Shrimp, Asparagus & Penne!
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  84. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/405846517317001216

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  85. Bertolli Tuscan Style Braised Beef with Gold Potatoes.

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  86. Love to try the Shrimp Scampi & Linguine
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  87. I would love to try the Chicken Portabella Ravioli
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  88. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/406765225556180992

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  89. i’ve tried the Chicken Parmigiana & Penne and it was very good!

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  90. i posted a tweet:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/406824331210010625

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  91. I am looking forward to trying the Stuffed Shells Bolognese.

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  92. Italian Sausage & Meatball Rigatoni is what I would like to try thanks
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  93. Bertolli® Chicken, Rigatoni & Broccoli sounds delicious and I can't wait to try. My kids love broccoli. :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  94. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/407064281297870848

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  95. I really want to try the Tortellini Margherita!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  96. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/407703923617574912
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  97. I haven't tried these yet although I've been seeing them in the freezer section. I'd like to try the Chicken Portabella Ravioli.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  98. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/407900207360143361

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  99. I've tried several but would love to try the Creamy Spinach Rollatini

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  100. I’d like to try the Italian Sausage and Meatball Rigatoni. Sounds delicious.

    karin56381 (at) gmail.com

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  101. Id like to try the Chicken Florentine Alfredo
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  102. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/408292966860464128
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  103. Ricotta & Spinach Cannelloni sounds really good! I would love to try it! Would be great for lunch at work!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  104. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/408314652225830912
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  105. I want to try the Italian Sausage and Meatball Rigatoni.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  106. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/408322325528862721

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  107. I like the stuffed shells bolognese.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  108. https://twitter.com/LuckyDuckyToo/status/408340899827965953

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  109. I would like to try the Bertolli® Chicken Alla Vodka & Farfalle

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  110. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/408375165282566144

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  111. The Chicken Alla Vodka & Farfalle looks yummy!

    clarkie at agentintellect dot com

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  112. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/mrsstodgybottom/status/408450477018193920

    clarkie at agentintellect dot com

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