I was recently given the opportunity to try out Schwan’s Home Delivery and I must say was a bit hesitant at first. I’ve you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of fresh local food, so frozen really isn’t my thing. But I’m always open to trying new things and Schwan’s LiveSmart line of products looked like there were some tasty options.
I went online to www.schwans.com and chose a few products that I thought would go well together and make balanced meals. All LiveSmart products have a minimal amount of additives or preservatives, a moderate amount of calories, sodium and fat, and zero grams of trans fats. That sounds like a win!
A few days later a large styrofoam box pack with dry ice arrived at my house…I love getting packages! It was full of all the goodies I ordered and I was actually really excited to start dinner
The first meal I was going to make was cod with broccoli and wild rice pilaf. I read the cooking instructions for the cod and was surprised to find that I didn’t have to defrost it before cooking. Hmmm… I have to say the cod looked really well seasoned, like something I would do myself. Well I followed the instructions, popped the frozen cod filets in the oven and hoped for the best.
While the cod was cooking, I started on the rice and the broccoli…both of which were to be microwaved. I never use my microwave, so once again I’m hoping this will be good. But what I’m also thinking is, this is a really quick and healthy meal!
In less than 25 minutes, dinner was served and I was actually surprised at how good it was! The cod was still moist and extremely flavorful. The broccoli needed a little seasoning and the rice was a little over seasoned, but having them together balanced each other out.
A few days later I wanted to try out the roasted vegetables I got, so I popped 2 more cod filets in the oven and evenly spread the vegetables out on a sheet pan to roast. This was a great mix of potatoes, broccoli, green beans, onions and bell peppers. The flavor was very good, but the vegetables didn’t have that nice roasted texture I’m used to from fresh vegetables. Maybe I should just keep them in the oven longer next time…
While I still prefer making my meals from scratch, this is really a great, healthy option for a quick weeknight meal. There are many days that I don’t get home until after 7:00 pm and this saves a lot of time in the kitchen! And seriously, I was surprised at how good the cod is. I have had other frozen fish before that is dried out and completely inedible. This was still moist and had great seasoning.
What I really think is great about these products is that they are affordable. Both of these meals cost just over $6 per person. You would end up spending more at a takeout joint and it would probably take more of your time!
The nice folks over at Schwan’s want to give YOU a discount for trying their products. Use discount code KIMH2 which is good for $5.00 off a $25.00 order or $10.00 off a $50.00 order. So get to ordering…I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed
Have you ever tried a home delivery service?
Schwan’s Home Delivery via FitFluential LLC sent me these products free of charge for this campaign. As always, all opinions are my own.