Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Land O' Lakes Saute Express Saute Starter - Review + Giveaway

If you read this blog, then you know I love to cook. But I'm really more of a lazy cook. I don't like recipes that involve a lot of ingredients or take a long time to prep and cook. That's why I was excited to receive a free sample of Land O' Lakes Saute Express Saute Starters through BzzAgent.

What are Saute Starters? They are little squares of easy-to-use, pre-measured portions that melt in your skillet, turning chicken, pork, fish, and veggies into a delicious dinner! They come in five varieties: garlic & herb, lemon pepper, savory butter & olive oil, Italian herb, and teriyaki.

Because my family is gluten-free, I checked the Land O' Lakes website to see if the Saute Starters were gluten-free. The website says to refer to the packaging for ingredients. I found that every one of the Saute Starters is gluten-free EXCEPT for teriyaki, which clearly states on the package that it contains wheat. Just an FYI.

If you visit the Land O' Lakes website, you'll find a variety of recipes to make using all the different flavors of Saute Starters. I wanted to use the savory butter & olive oil, and I found a yummy-sounding recipe for BLT Pasta with chicken. It didn't require a lot of crazy ingredients, and the prep and cook time was low. Perfect, especially for a weeknight meal.

Well, my local grocery store didn't carry the savory butter & olive oil variety, so I went with the garlic & herb variety instead. I figured that it wouldn't really make that much difference. And I don't think it did! The flavor was still really good!

You basically heat two squares of the Saute Starters in a skillet and then add your chicken. I pre-cut my chicken because I find that it's easier to cook chicken that way, but you don't have to. I just hate cooking with whole chicken breasts, and the chicken I purchased was THICK.

Follow the directions to add the rest of the ingredients, and you're done! I left out the tomatoes because I don't like them, but if you're really making this a true BLT pasta, you'll probably want to keep the tomatoes as part of the recipe.

We used gluten-free pasta, of course, but that was the only thing we had to change in this recipe. Love that, too.

Just look at how colorful it is all mixed together in the skillet:


I was really impressed with how easy the Land O' Lakes Saute Express Saute Starter was to use. Each box comes with six squares, so I used two in the above recipe, and I still have four left! That's basically three meals in one box! A very good value. (And depending on the recipe and how much chicken/pork/fish you're using, you might only need one square.)

If you want to try out Land O' Lakes Saute Express Saute Starters, I've got four coupons to give away to four lucky commenters. Each coupon is good for $1.25 off the Saute Starter flavor of your choice! Just leave a comment on this post telling me what meat (chicken, fish, or pork) you'd like to make with a Saute Starter. I'll randomly pick four winners. You have until November 1 to enter. (This giveaway is only open to residents of the contiguous United States - sorry, no Alaska or Hawaii.)

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