I don't know about you, but I love to fix my family a homemade meal most every night. It can get hard on weeknights after I've worked and driven back home, but it's something that I feel is important and good for my family. I don't like pre-packaged meals, freezer entrees, or things like that, but I do love a little help here and there in sauces and gravies that can make a boring meal exciting. Enter, Progresso Recipe Starters! It's not a pre-packaged meal, it's a helpful tool to get your dinner that extra pizazz it needs to make it tasty and different.
Recipe Starters come in five delicious flavors:
- Creamy Parmesan Basil Sauce
- Creamy Three Cheese Sauce
- Creamy Portabella Mushroom Sauce
- Creamy Roasted Garlic Sauce
- Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce
I chose the Fire Roasted Tomato sauce and made the Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe that I found on their website. I made a couple of substitutions to their recipe....I used black beans that I made in the crock pot instead of canned, and I used 3 cups of chicken because that's how much I pulled off of the rotisserie I bought. I'll probably use chicken that I've precooked, shredded and frozen next time because it's cheaper than buying one already cooked. I think this soup would also be good with about a cup of corn added as well.
I used a pizza cutter to make the tortilla strips and then put them in the oven as directed while the soup was cooking.
The finished product, with avocado, green onions, and cubed fresh tomatoes. I also put a little shredded cheese on after the photo.
This was an extremely easy meal to make and I will definitely make it again. My husband thought the base sauce was a little too sweet, but I liked it just fine. I can't wait to have this today for lunch!!
You can purchase these in the soup aisle of your grocery store and Kroger in my area has them for $2.19 (sale $1.99). Throw in the $0.50/1 coupon you can find in recent inserts or on their website and you have a really good deal, especially if your store doubles coupons! Have you tried the Recipe Starters yet? If so, did you use one of their recipes or develop your own? Please share....I'd love to know what you thought of it. I have bought the Parmesan Basil sauce to use next....now just to find a good recipe for it!
As a BzzAgent, I was provided a can of Progresso Recipe Starters at no cost in exchange for my honest review. I purchased the remaining ingredients and additional can of Recipe Starters on my own and all of the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and honest.