Delicious Options from Contessa World Cuisine

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Don'??t get me wrong, I love to cook. I adore spending hours on a Sunday planning the week'??s menu, then taking time at the local farmer'??s market to buy all the right ingredients.

Realistically, there are only so many moments in time when hand-rolled chicken and grated Granny Smith apple sausages with a side of homemade corn and scallion fritters fit into the hectic dinner plan. Most of the time I keep things homemade, but then there are the crazy nights where I have about 10 minutes to get something on the table.

That'??s why I love two things '?? my crockpot and now Contessa World Cuisine dinners. Coincidentally, these frozen bag dinners fill those 10 minutes with cook time. Then they fill your plate with delicious and nutritious meals for two.

These aren't piecesofchicken nuggets or nitrate-laden hotdogs, which I know sometimes are the quick heat-and-eat favorites of busy moms including myself. Instead, they'??re made from authentic recipes with high-grade ingredients with no MSG, no trans fat, and no artificial colors or flavors.

The trick is that the sauce packets are kept separate from main ingredients. That way everything stays über-fresh and you can vary if you want to add extra ingredients or leave something out. The prep is next to nothing, and the one pan execution makes clean up just as quick.

The '??world cuisine'? part comes from the 18 unique, global gastronomy-inspired flavors. Think Chicken Alfredo, Beef Mongolian, Italian Sausage Rigatoni (our favorite), Jambalaya, Shrimp Fried Rice and Paella. There's no question that the flavors are unique and taste very fresh. The only thing I question is the portion size. I'm a little hesitant to agree with these dinners being "for two," unless you have a few sides on the menu as well. Although these have saved me when my husband is home late and my daughter is hungry. Mommy and me quick dinner plan.

Now instead of making time to plan out a dinner and a trip to the local grocer's, you can take 10 minutes to take a trip around the world. Sounds like a solid plan to me.

Contessa World Cuisine is available your grocery store in the freezer section for $7.99-$8.99.

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines.'?¨

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