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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Michael Angelo's Taste & Tell Family Review and Giveaways, exp 2/2/13

I've been part of Michael Angelo's eFamily since 2006, trying out their frozen foods with friends and family all along. Their latest word-of-mouth campaign is called the Taste & Tell Family. They sent me a DVD and some coupons, both the free food kind and for $1 off. I love free food coupons, especially when their value is just shy of $10.
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I like frozen Italian food, especially lasagna. Thanks to their free coupon, I recently picked up a box of Michael Angelo's meat lasagna to try. I do have to go out of my way to get this as Michael Angelo's isn't available where I usually shop. And I had to get the family size since the single serving wasn't available there. That is probably my biggest complaint about them. I want more varieties in more stores of their food. I really wanted to try their veggie lasagna, but it just wasn't an option there.

Three things they stress with their foods are family owned, natural, and small batch cooking. The family-owned highlights Michael Angelo and his mom Sara, who starred in the DVD, and how they're cooking their grandmother's recipes. Yes, there really is a Michael Angelo. His grandmother emigrated from Sicily through Ellis Island some time ago.

By natural, we're talking no fillers nor preservatives in their ingredients. Their lasagna ingredients are literally just tomatoes, pasta, cheeses, water, beef, egg, soy oil, salt, spices, garlic, olive oil, sugar, and fresh parsley. Sugar? Yes, they add sugar. I never add that to mine when I make it. Comparing their ingredients to Stouffer's, Stouffer's has nearly all of the same as Micheal Angelo's, and then some. Theirs also includes potassium chloride, lactic acid, calcium lactate, corn starch, soy protein, and even colour. Wow, and I eat this? Guess they're shooting to save money with the soy protein instead of all ground beef. I really should read ingredients more. Taking things a step further, Michael Angelo's even has a Natural line of products. Think organic and antibiotic free here for instance.

The last of the three is small batches. Here, they just stress more intense flavors by cooking in smaller batches. I don't know how small a small batch is, but I'm pretty sure the batch is still larger then when I cook a lasagna.

As far as the actual food goes, I'm big into frozen lasagna, too, typically Stouffers since that is what is available where I regularly shop. It is a go to item when dinner plans go awry. Going a bit out of my way, I picked up a box of Michael Angelo's meat lasagna. Just three selections at that grocery store, which is three more than my regular one.

Cooking is either 15 minutes in the microwave or 40-ish in the oven. I went the microwave route. And, no, I didn't wait the 5 minutes to let it stand when done. Here is what it looked like fresh out of the oven.


cooked lasagna dish

The family size is four servings at 290 calories each, 90 from fat. I ended up cutting it into sixths, and had two, or a third of the box. Pulling out the first corner showed a pool of oil that wasn't pretty.

oily lasagna dish

Apart from that, the lasagna actually tasted pretty good. A little too much tomatoes for me, but the flavors were otherwise strong and much more intense than that from Stouffer's. A good amount of cheese, between the ricotta, mozzarella, and romano. Smell was there, too, but I'm not a big food smeller, at least not after the cooking is done. It certainly smelled good while cooking and I couldn't wait to eat it. My six year old liked the smell, too, but not the taste. He got something else for dinner.

I really need to hunt out their sausage lasagna and veggie lasagna, as well as their single serve trays. I'm not sure how long I want to travel though, but their lasagna is definitely better tasting than the Stouffer's. They offer a store finder on their website to help you locate where they are available. Two problems here. First, it doesn't say which varieties are available at the stores, but more importantly, the information is dated. The supposed nearest store has been closed long enough to have been redone into a Whole Foods. At least two years. I just can't trust the locator.

Web: http://www.michaelangelos.com
Facebook: MichaelAngelos
Twitter: @Michael_Angelos

And now onto the giveaways. Yes, two. I was going to go with just one and two prizes, but not everyone is into couponing, but nearly everyone loves the free coupons. So, the first giveaway is for a coupon for a free box, 20-38 oz, up to $9.49 in value. The second is for FIVE $1 off coupons. The free coupon expires end of May, while the $1 off ones expire end of year. Both giveaways end at 11:59 pm on 2/2/13. Good luck.



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69 comments:

  1. I like to have Shrimp Scampi

    agnesye@hotmail.com

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  2. I'd like to try the Chicken Piccata
    Thank you!

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  3. I would like to get the chicken alfredo.

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  4. I would like to have the signature variety!!

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  5. The Natural Chickem Parmessan looks good!

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  6. the meat lasagna is my fave.

    dani marie ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. I would like to try the eggplant parmesian.

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  8. HORTON111@AOL.COM

    Four Cheese Lasagna

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  9. Eggplant Parm

    rugerpuppies at hotmail dot com

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  10. I usually get the Meat lasagna.
    http://www.michaelangelos.com/products/signature/meat-lasagna

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  11. At my house, we'd love to try the Four Cheese Lasagna! THANKS!

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  12. The Meat Lasagna or Veggie Lasagna would be my top picks

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  13. I'd choose the Stuffed Tilapia.

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  14. Signature - Meat Lasagna. ~ Angie B.

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  15. I would get the Eggplant Parmesan
    KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  16. Vegetable Lasagna. s2inamug at aim dot com

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  17. I would get the lasagna we buy it allthe time and its great

    cathycasper@hughes.net

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  18. I would get the Chicken Alfredo.

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  19. i want to try the stuffed talapia-that sounds really good.
    amandajoyrauch at yahoo dot com

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  20. I would choose the FOUR CHEESE LASAGNA!

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  21. I would get the chicken parmesan

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  22. I'd get Chicken Piccata -- if I could find it...
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  23. I would love to try the CHICKEN PARMESAN

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  24. I would get the veggie lasagna.

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  25. Chicken Parmesan (Corey Olomon)

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  26. I would try the Chicken Piccata first

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  27. Chicken Alfredo looks good.
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I would love to get the Meat Lasagna

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  29. One of the Signature ones maybe Four Cheese Lasagna or Chicken Parm!

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  30. I would love to try a Signature dish like Chicken Florentine! jessicapeeling@yahoo.com

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  31. I'd like the four cheese lasagna. ml_mcafee@yahoo.com

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  32. Chicken Parm...bluejeansrosary69@yahoo.com

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  33. I'd get the meat lasagna. Well, unless I could find a family size of eggplant parm..I love theirs!
    Michelle Tucker

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  34. I would love to try the lasagna
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  35. i would love to try the chicken alfredo
    cindymomx4@msn.com

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  36. My family loves their eggplant parmesan

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  37. Easy question, I LOVE eggplant parmesan but it is such a pain to make. The Michael Angelos brand is pretty darned good and really easy!

    Aaron Bretveld

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  38. I would choose the FOUR CHEESE LASAGNA

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  39. The four cheese lasagna! Or possibly the baked eggplant parm! so many good choices!

    sugarsweet7202@yahoo(dot)com

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  40. i would get the four cheese lasanga
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com
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  41. I would get the sausage lasagna.

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  42. i love the eggplant parm and buy it regularly

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  43. Thanks for the giveaway... Vegetable Lasagna !

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

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