When my friend Claudia asked me if I would like to review a Pampered Chef Dinners Done Kit, I jumped at the chance. I really wanted to go to one of her parties where everyone gets together and makes 10 freezer meals in one night. The only problem is, I don’t live anywhere near her. I was excited to be able participate in this Pampered Chef workshop without leaving my own home. In less than three hours, I was able to make 10 freezer meals for the average family of four to five people.
Since I am staying with my parents for a few weeks, I thought there was no better time to try out the kit. The Pampered Chef Dinners Done Kit B1 Choice comes with seven different spices, one bottle of sauce, and one bottle of balsamic vinegar. Also included in the kit are 10 recipes, a shopping list of ingredients you will need, and cooking instruction labels for your finished freezer bags. The kit costs $67.25 plus tax and shipping. I went to ShopRite in the morning on the day I decided to make all 10 meals. I bought all of the ingredients for less than $90. I already had a few ingredients at my house which saved me a few dollars: butter, olive oil, rice, garlic, and brown sugar. My dad helped me with this cooking project because I knew that having a 6 month old would cause some unexpected distractions. This would make a great afternoon activity for kids, partners, or friends to do together, but it could definitely be done by yourself.
What I loved most about these recipes is that besides the spices from Pampered Chef, there weren’t too many more ingredients. Many recipes just required meat, veggies, and cans of tomato products and/or broth. I often see freezer meal workshops that require you to buy tons and tons of spices and you end up with so much left over. Although I used the majority of the Pampered Chef spices in the kit for the ten recipes, I do have enough left over to many of the meals again. I will be making the meals for only two people next time, making it even easier to use some of the spices again by cutting the recipes in half.
The 10 meals that I made with this kit were: Italian Chicken Pasta, Crockpot Lasagna, Unstuffed Bell Peppers, Balsamic & Basil Beef, Asian Pulled Pork, Brown Sugar Balsamic Pork Tenderloin, Maple Balsamic Pork Chops, Maple Herb Chicken, Tomato Basil Pasta, and Sweet & Sassy Chicken. I started off by making the first meal that was going to go right into my Crockpot for dinner. The one benefit of doing this in your own home is that you can start eating your meals that same night. Another benefit of doing this in your own home is being able to use your own tools that you are comfortable using, even though most of my favorite cooking tools are Pampered Chef products.
Jimmie liked helping with the cooking. He also really enjoyed chewing on this wooden spatula. Who knew that it would make an excellent teether?
I made each recipe from start to finish before starting the next one so that I wouldn’t get confused. After making each meal, I would label the freezer bag and the box of pasta, if need be.
Another cooking tip: if you are making these meals by yourself, set the freezer bag in a bowl so that the bag doesn’t tip over when you are adding ingredients, especially liquids. Many of these meals have a lot of liquids in them and if you are trying to hold a bag with one hand and pour with the other, a mess could occur.
As a busy mom, I love the fact that after prepping for a few hours and cleaning up, I don’t have to think about putting dinner together for at least ten days (note: many of these meals make leftovers if you are feeding less than 4-5 people). There actually wasn’t too much to clean up after prepping all of the meals. All we had to wash were a few cutting boards, knives, and measuring items. Now, all I have to do is take one bag out of the freezer and throw it into the Crockpot and then clean the Crockpot after dinner so that it is ready for the next day. Also note, you don’t have to use the Crockpot to cook your meals. You could also use: the Pampered Chef Dutch Oven RockCrok, the Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker, or 11’/12′ skillets. I prefer the Crockpot because I can turn it on in the morning and forget about it until dinner.
Here are nine of the meals we made. The tenth meal is in the Crockpot ready to eat.
So far, I have cooked the Maple Herb Chicken and the Crockpot Lasagna. I enjoyed the chicken because it was moist and full of flavor. I absolutely loved the lasagna because it was so easy to just throw the pasta in the last hour of cooking, I had never cooked pasta in the Crockpot before. It also tasted amazing, and that’s coming from a girl who is 75% Italian. I can’t wait to try the rest of the meals and try more of the Pampered Chef kits.
I was given a Pampered Chef Dinners Done Kit in exchange for an honest review. If you would like to order your own Pampered Chef Dinners Done Kit, or any Pampered Chef products, please visit Claudia’s Facebook Page for contact, website, and ordering information. If you are looking for paleo, vegetarian, and gluten free options, Pampered Chef also offers recipe kits to fit those needs.