My Secret Weapon for Lazy Cooking Nights | Chili's at HomeThe Newlywed Notebook

The Newlywed Notebook



September 2014

My Secret Weapon for Lazy Cooking Nights!

Written by Lindsay Ropella

This post is sponsored by Chili’s at Home. My obsession with this amazingness is purely of my own doing…

You all know cooking is not my thing. Heck, I try to get away with the whole “popcorn is totally a dinner food” thing at least twice a week. But if you remember, last Friday I talked about how I was really excited to get back into a daily routine and wanted to start cooking more and trying to be more intentional about meal planning.

Well, I’m happy to report that the recipes have been all picked out, the groceries have been purchased, and I’m all set to start cooking at home this week! Nights around here are always pretty hectic, so Eric and I always enjoy being able to eat a good meal at home. But when the weekend rolls around, all bets are off! Saturday nights we typically like to go out for a meal together to get out of the house, but Sunday’s are generally a pretty lazy day for us. Once we get back home from church in the morning, we typically like to spend the rest of the day relaxing, and leisurely getting stuff done around the house. Sunday nights, the absolute last thing I want to do is cook a meal.

So when I discovered that one of our favorite restaurants is now selling some of their signature meals at the grocery store…well, let’s just say I was a little bit more than intrigued.


What do you do on nights were you have a million things to do and dinner still hasn't been started? Check out what my secret weapon is for a quick meal!
Eric and I ran out to our local Walmart Sunday afternoon to track these guys down. We did have to do a bit of searching, but once we found the Chili”s at Home meals I was pleasantly surprised! Our Walmart had probably about 15 different meals to choose from. Eric and I just stood and stared for a minute or two before we finally jumped into gear.

One Tip: Our Walmart had the Chili”s at Home frozen entrees in 3 different locations within the store. The individual meals were by the frozen-dinners-for-one, the big bags were near the family-sized meals, and some of Chili’s famous appetizers like their queso dip (to die for) was in the appetizers section.
What do you do on nights were you have a million things to do and dinner still hasn't been started? Check out what my secret weapon is for a quick meal!
After looking at every single meal option they had (twice), we decided on three different selections to try. We purchased the Chicken Bacon Ranch individual meal, the Cajun-style Chicken Alfredo family meal, and the Seasoned Chicken Bites with Honey Chipotle Sauce.
What do you do on nights were you have a million things to do and dinner still hasn't been started? Check out what my secret weapon is for a quick meal!
That night we made the Cajun-style Chicken Alfredo, and I was in heaven! This one was pretty spicy, so if you aren’t a big fan of spicy dishes, you may want to try their Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese or their Cheesy Chicken Pasta Florentine. Eric and I however loved it – We are big spicy food fans! This stuff made our entire kitchen smell mouth-watering, and in less than 10 minutes we had an amazing meal all ready to eat! In fact, I didn’t even get a chance to snap a picture of the finished produce for you because Eric ate all of it before I could even blink! I guess that means it’s husband-approved.

We had every intention of saving the buffalo wings for the next Packer game, but I’m a bit ashamed to say they didn’t even last the night. A few hours later we popped these babies into the oven for 20 minutes, covered them in the  honey chipotle sauce, and completely devoured them. Hey, at least I managed to get a photo this time!
What do you do on nights were you have a million things to do and dinner still hasn't been started? Check out what my secret weapon is for a quick meal!
Today I had the Chili”s at Home Chicken Bacon Ranch individual meal for lunch. It was just as amazing at the first two! I have to say – I’m usually a little bit weird about frozen meats, especially chicken, which is why I tend to avoid frozen meals. The chicken in all 3 of these meals though was delicious! Extremely juicy and not chewy or rubbery at all!
What do you do on nights were you have a million things to do and dinner still hasn't been started? Check out what my secret weapon is for a quick meal!
These Chili”s at Home meals have definitely made me a frozen food fan! So full of flavor you would never guess they were frozen meals! They are just so nice to have on hand for those nights where you have a lot going on, or time gets away from you, and you have to whip up a complete dinner in just a few minutes. Eric and I are excited to purchase a few more very soon. Next on our list of meals to try? The Nacho Potatoes with Beef and Bacon, the Pepper Jack Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and a few of their famous appetizers!

Easy, inexpensive, and delicious! What more can we ask for, right?!

Chili’s has even been so kind as to provide you with a coupon for $1 off your next Chili’s frozen food purchase! Just go to the Chili”s at Home website, click on the coupon tab, and print it off!
Have you tried any of these before? Which Chili”s at Home meal sounds most delicious to you?!

Liked This? Share it:
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestGoogle+
  • chelsea @ the new wifestyle

    what! my husband is going to flip! i had no idea these existed…glad to hear they are as tasty as they look!

    • Lindsay Ropella

      They really are! I know I was pretty excited too – they even have some of their famous appetizers, which totally isn’t a meal but I really want to try some of those as well!

  • Madison | Wetherills Say I Do

    Did you like the chicken bacon ranch?! I bought that one, too but I haven’t tried it yet!

    • Lindsay Ropella

      Yes! I loved it! I’m a huge fan of spicy food so I think I liked the Chipotle Chicken one a little better, but the bacon ranch one was great too and perfect for people who aren’t a huge fan of spicy food because it was’t hot at all. :)

  • Morgan

    I loved this post and had to comment because… I was reading this in the elevator at work and when I got to our break room my coworker was warming up the chipotle chicken one! I was like, whoa I was just reading about this!!!

    • Lindsay Ropella

      haha wow that’s really funny!!! The Chipotle Chicken one was the bomb!!

  • Mandy V

    I had no idea Chili’s made freezer meals like this!

    • Lindsay Ropella

      Right?! Me either! They are seriously amazing though!!

  • Diana

    The bites look so good! I loved the chicken and rice. Need to get back to Walmart to try more!! :)

    • Lindsay Ropella

      They were seriously delicious!! :)

  • Paige Gunter

    Justin and I fell in love with Chilis while we were dating. Those were some of the most relaxing dates when we think about it. What a great find! I been looking for new meals to try in the kitchen lately too. I used to think my mother was crazy for trying to “update” her cooking every few seasons, but now I completely understand. I’ve had my own kitchen for less than a year and yet I am ready for some new recipes. I wonder if we have these around here. Hmmmm…

    • Lindsay Ropella

      Aww! You will have to surprise these with him some night as a little impromptu ” at home” date night or something! :) I couldn’t find these at any local grocery stores, but both Walmarts I went to had them! If you can’t find them, I’ll mail ya some. ;)

  • Terri

    I want to try them, I saw them here, now i know they are good, I’m gonna get me some

    • Lindsay Ropella

      They are soo good!! Let me know what ones you try out!!