I first heard about Del Monte's Chef's Pantry Meal Toppers on the radio a few weeks ago. Another quick dinner solution... but this commercial was a little different... focused on adding vegetables to the dinner plate?! I was intrigued. Then Del Monte reached out to see if I wanted to review their product, I wanted to see just how healthy and quick it could be.
There are six or seven flavors, and right now it is only available in Columbus. Each pack has sauce and three servings of vegetables. The package says all you need to do is cook some chicken and rice... but really, you could go vegetarian and just make some rice, pasta, or quinoa... so that takes about 10 minutes!
I tried the pot pie medley packet. It's been a while since I've had chicken pot pie, but when I opened that packet, even before it was warmed up with the chicken it smelled like the chicken pie I used to wait for an hour to come out of them oven as a kid... definitely some nostalgia there.
It was really easy to make! Cook the rice, cook the chicken, then dump the sauce and vegetables into the skillet to let heat up a minute or two and serve. Ten minutes, done! It definitely tasted like pot pie... although I'm used to the frozen pot pies... so both kind of have that canned soup taste to them. I think Del Monte would agree that if you had an hour, fresh veggies, and someone to clean up the mess... you would have something that would taste a bit better. But recently there have been at least a few nights every week that a ten minute meal is the only way we're going to eat dinner before 9pm.
So, at $3, definitely worth a try to add some vegetables in a super easy way. You can find Chef's Pantry at Giant Eagle, Kroger, Target, and Walmart, but only in Columbus. Give them a try and let me know what you think!