Everyone on the Gulf Coast loves and appreciates good food. At the same time, we are all real people, with jobs, families, busy schedules, and many things to do each week. It’s hard to live up to that fine food standard every single day while balancing the other facets of our life, even if we do have fantastic restaurants and great take-out food as well.
That’s when we all reach for a quick fix for dinner from the grocery store aisle, and in today’s world, we have a lot of choices for what we can make with the assistance of a boxed mix. At the same time, most of us are not particularly interested in another version of macaroni and cheese for dinner.
Every once in a while, something really good comes our way, and General Mills has produced one of those rare real winners with their Romano’s Macaroni Grill Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken & Pasta. Costing under $4, and readily available at local markets, there are multiple packets hidden inside that package, and the directions are printed on the back of the box. It includes everything but the one pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts needed to complete the meal, and dinner for five arrives on the table in less than thirty minutes without the cook breaking a sweat.
Ample and tasty sauce, good pasta, flavorful chicken, and ease of preparation means that with the addition of a green salad and some French bread, it is easy to prepare a meal worthy of any Italian restaurant. Unlike most mixes, no additional seasoning is needed—it comes seasoned perfectly.
Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken & Pasta mixes are available at most local grocery stores, and are typically located in the same area as other boxed dinners. Keeping one on your pantry shelf, along with some frozen chicken breasts, mean that any night when Murphy’s Law has gone into effect can still mean that dinner is fast, delicious, and only 300 calories per serving.
I’ve served this to guests, and never confessed to it being a boxed mix as I collected compliments. I did hide the boxes under some papers in the trash can, but we all do what we need to do to keep our little culinary secrets a deep dark secret.