When shopping for quick and easy meals to pack in the motorhome, I picked up a bagged dinner in the frozen food section of my Fred Meyer grocery store. It was a bag of Shrimp Primavera, made by Contessa Premium Foods.
This is a large 22 ounce bag, measuring 10″ x 9″ in size. There is no ziplock closure at the top, but there are two tabs, one on each side, to help rip the plastic top off.
This meal contains premium shrimp, linguini, broccoli, carrots, petite green beans, red bell peppers, garlic and a garlic & herb butter sauce.
The front of the bag says that it will taste great in 10 minutes, and that the meal is restaurant quality. It should remain frozen until ready to prepare.
A Meal in Minutes!
There is a packet of sauce inside the bag, and you will need to let warm water run over the top of the bag for a minute to thaw it.
Next, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet , and then cook the contents of the entire bag, and saute this for only 2 minutes.
Last, add the packet of thawed sauce, along with 2 tablespoons of water, and cover your pot. Cook this over medium high heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring on occasion. The directions give you a tip that the shrimp will turn opaque white inside when they are cooked completely.
*Serving size is 1 1/2 cups
Calories from fat: 110
Total fat: 12g
Saturated fat: 1.5g
Trans fat: 0g
Total carbs: 26g
Why I’d Buy This Again
This was amazingly easy to prepare! While it was cooking, I could smell the strong odor of garlic, and it make the entire motorhome smell wonderful! (I love garlic!).
In less than 10 minutes, our dinner was ready to eat, and all we had to clean up was one large pot that we cooked this meal in!
I was very surprised by how many good sized pieces of shrimp were in this dinner! Usually there are more of the vegetables and less of the more expensive foods, like shrimp, but this had enough shrimp to have a piece in every bite. My husband doesn’t usually pay much attention to things like that, but even he mentioned that there were plenty of shrimp!
The noodles were thick egg noodles, and almost tasted like homemade noodles. If you have ever purchased those frozen thick egg noodles that come in large bags, that’s what these tasted like. They were delicious, and not the least bit mushy. The broccoli was made up of small flowerettes, and the carrots were sliced into small julienne style pieces much like you’d find in a restaurant.
The red bell peppers did come out a little mushy, and that is the only negative thing I have to say about this frozen meal. The butter sauce had a great balance of salt, spices and garlic, and it complimented each of the other foods wonderfully.
This meal was a bit expensive, around $8.00 – and my husband and I polished off the entire meal (even though it says one bag serves 3 people), but we didn’t have any other foods with it, this was our only dinner. Both my husband and I enjoyed this meal very much, and I would not hesitate to buy it again.
The Contessa name isn’t one that is well known to me, but it is certainly one that I will look for in the future.
This meal was produced by an environmentally responsible food manufacturer. The food in this dinner was produced in the world’s first LEED certified frozen food manufacturing plant. (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.)
The bag of frozen Shrimp Primavera will taste best if used within 3 months of purchase.