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Oh, well, that’s quite a mouthful. In referring to this meal, I usually just thought of it as the giant lasagna that was taking up valuable real estate in my freezer from when I became a famous food blogger. I’d go to the grocery store, buy way too many frozen meals, take the lasagna out to make room for the others, slam the door shut and then silently curse when I saw this thing still sitting on the counter. But, still, I toiled on, always somehow making room for it, never seeming to find the perfect occasion to make this family-sized entrée.

Stouffer's Farmers' Harvest Meat Lasagna

Well, I finally found one. I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been absent from blogging for almost two months. I know, I know, it’s sad for everyone. I’ve had a lot going on lately – in particular, the trials of finding a new roommate. My previous roommateship sadly ended as quickly as it began, so I’ve been trying to find a suitable alternative. After posting an ad on the cesspool that is Craigslist, I received quite a few prospective roommate inquiries – from guys. Now, up until this point, I’d just never really thought about having a dude roommate, but with all of these guys wanting to shack up with me, I figured it might not be a bad idea. I chose one that seemed like he could string together full sentences, and made a time for him to see the place. Now ladies, it’s important to remember that when meeting strange men off Craigslist, you should employ the use of a “heavy” – a male friend to protect you from harm’s way. I chose my friend Trevor for this task, and we embarked on this journey together.

When the potential roommate arrived, I felt he posed no great risk to my life, so I briefed him on the place, gave him the grand tour, and then we settled in for a little potential roommate getting to know each other time. I offered the potential roommate and Trevor a drink, and before we all knew what was happening, we’d spent the greater part of the evening clearing out all of the vintage Miller Lites in the fridge.

Naturally when you spend a lot of time drinking a lot of old light beer, you get a little hungry – hungry to the point where you remember a family-sized lasagna sitting in the back of your freezer – one that can be microwaved, no less! After microwaving for the instructed time, it was scarfed down and declared scrumptious by all three of us. Even though our judgement may have been slightly skewed, it’s pretty hard to mess up lasagna, so I feel comfortable recommending this Stouffer’s lasagna to even the most sober diner.

I didn’t have much interest in the Points value of this lasagna at the time, and since the first time I’d be likely to buy it again would be to feed a group during the dead of winter while watching football, I’m going to continue to be disinterested in how it would affect my diet. PLUS, I’ve signed myself up for a 7 mile “race” (well, for me it’s more like a 7 mile “hope I don’t die”), so I can clearly eat anything I want!

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How do you know when you’ve reached a gigantic level of fame as a blogger? Is it when you have thousands of readers that breathlessly await your every blog post and make insightful comments that eventually garner enough attention to land you on The Today Show, even if it’s just the Hoda and Kathie Lee 4th hour? Well, no, in my case its none of those things…not a single one. For me, it’s being selected by any corporation that wants to send me their products for free in hopes that I’ll blog about them. And guess who’s not too good for that? That’s right, ladies and gents – this post comes to you because someone took notice of this blog and sent me some gratis Stouffer’s Entrées.

Now that I’m an ultra famous food blogger and basically am being showered in fabulous and extravagant gifts of frozen food, you’re probably thinking that I won’t continue to bring you the same sporadic and mediocre blogging as before. Wrong! I can personally guarantee that my blogging will be as mediocre as ever, and on absolutely no discernible schedule. Plus, even though I love free food gifts, the fact that they’re free doesn’t dismantle my distinguished and highly-trained frozen food palette. So, if a frozen meal is terrible, I’m going to tell you, regardless of the means of purchase.

Now, let’s down to my favorite part – the eating.

I had the Stouffer’s Farmer’s Harvest Grilled Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo with a Vegetable Medley last night for dinner. Described as “Grilled White Meat Chicken and Fettuccini in a Creamy Alfredo Sauce with a Medley of Buttery Seasoned Broccoli, Carrots and Grilled Red Peppers,” this meal clocks in at 12 ounces with 530 calories, 29 grams of fat, 44 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fiber and 22 grams of protein for a whopping 14 Points Plus on Weight Watchers. Additionally, the package says there are no preservatives, and that the meal has olive oil and sea salt, plus flash frozen vegetables, if you care about such things.

Stouffer's Farmer's Harvest Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo

Yikes – 14 points for a frozen dinner that’s not pizza. Was it worth it? I’d give that a strong “maybe.”

Although there are both oven and microwave directions, I decided to bake this particular meal, even though I was starving. With a bake time of 35 minutes, I had plenty of time to pretend like I was cleaning my room while it warmed in the oven. When it was finally done, it looked really good – the cheese and cream had formed those delicious perfectly browned spots along the edges, and the vegetables (flash frozen) looked crisp.

Stouffer's Farmer's Harvest Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo

Overall, I was impressed. The chicken was your typical run-of-the-mill frozen meal chicken, but the fettuccini tasted rich and creamy – almost homemade. I put a dash of salt on the veggies, but I think they would have been fine without it. When I got to the bottom of the veggies, they did seem to be in a butter sauce, and for once it wasn’t because I had doused them in spray butter. In fact, I used no spray butter whatsoever in this entire meal – shocking.

This is way, way past my normal points range for a frozen meal, so I might buy this once in a blue moon, but Lean Cuisine (also Stouffer’s) has a great Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo that is half the points if I need a  fettuccini fix. I was on the full side after eating this, but by no means stuffed, and for 530 calories, there are a lot of other things I could eat and be completely full. I give this meal high marks on taste, but for a person that is trying to watch what they eat, you could probably find a lower calorie, lower fat frozen alternative.

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