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  • Mama’s Money Advice: How to put the Fun into Tax Refund

    Once the holidays have come and gone, and the New Year seems like eons ago, we all dread the day the W2 form comes in. Though the optimistic thought of, “oh I have a few months to complete this” plays in your mind, chances are you waited until last minute to file your refund.  Now that April 15th has passed, we’ll just put that on the list of resolutions for next year so you’re not scrambling to get them done! Tax day is over, and it’s time for you to take a deep breath, relax and decide what to do with that extra chunk of change. From historic and successful experiences, here are some of Mama’s suggestions for how to put the fun into your tax refund and make the most out of that little bit of extra income!

    1. Splurge on something new. You work hard for your money, and everyone deserves a little “to me from me” gift. Go ahead, buy that silky blouse or new tech gadget you’ve had your eye on all winter. Then, put the rest of your tax money in your savings account to save for your next big purchase.
    2. Plan a trip. This winter has been one of the longest winters yet! From the chilly winds to snow showers in April, a sunny escape may be just what you need in order to avoid cabin fever. Whether it is a road trip to the sandy beaches with your friends, a cruise or an all-inclusive resort, your tax money would be well worth some sunny rays!
    3. Kitchen Remodel. Cooking is a great way to express creativity, so why not put your hard earned tax dollars towards sprucing up the room you create delicious recipes in. Need some inspiration? We all know that Pinterest goes a long way—find a new color scheme, pattern mixture, unique utensils and some awesome DIY activities and get to work!
    4. Stock your freezer with Michelina’s. Now, we may be a little biased in suggesting filling your freezer with our beloved green boxes, but what a great way to effectively and efficiently spend your money! Life moves fast, and the days pass by quickly, so stock up on the food that is the fuel that keeps you going when you need a quick pick-me-up or tasty meal in order to live life to the fullest.

    So friends and family, the time to choose how to spend your money is now. While mulling over the monetary decision you are about to make, do so while enjoying one of our Michelina’s entrees like a  Santa Fe Style Rice & Beans or Chicken Fried Rice. There’s no need to find justification for any of Mama’s suggestions on how to spend your tax refund dollars, her words of wisdom are known to be great ones.

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    Mama’s Money Advice: How to put the Fun into Tax Refund

    Once the holidays have come and gone, and the New Year seems like eons ago, we all dread the day the W2 form comes in. Though the optimistic thought of, “oh I have a few months to complete this” plays in your mind, chances are you waited until last minute to file your refund.  Now that [...]

  • Make It Your Michelina’s Recipes – Part 2

    Make It Your Michelina’s Recipes – Part 2

    As a part of last September’s  Make It Your Michelina’s campaign, we designed several custom dishes for our fans to try. Here are some of our favorites!

    1. Lasagna Taco

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    Our Lasagna with Meat Sauce is tasty right out of the box, but for a different spin on this classic, try our Lasagna Taco Make It Your Michelinas creation instead.

    Ingredients:

    Cook Time:

    10-15 minutes

    Preparation:

    • Mix the garlic powder and olive oil
    • Brush the olive oil and garlic powder onto the flatbread
    • Open the corner of the Michelina’s Lasagna with Meat Sauce box and place in the microwave
    • Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes
    • Stir entrée and microwave for an additional 1-2 minutes
    • Scoop the Michelina’s Lasagna with Meat Sauce onto the flatbread
    • Top with with shredded mozzarella cheese
    • Microwave the lasagna and flatbread for 30 seconds or until cheese is melted
    • Top with red pepper flakes
    • Serve and enjoy!

    2. Taco Bowls

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    If you like our Santa Fe Rice & Beans, then you’ll love our #MakeItYourMichelinas idea for Taco Bowls! They make a perfect appetizer or afternoon snack.

    Ingredients:

    Cook Time:

    10-15 minutes

    Preparation:

    • Open the corner of the Michelina’s Lean Gourmet Santa Fe Rice & Beans box and place in the microwave
    • Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes
    • Stir entrée and microwave for an additional 1-2 minutes
    • Place desired amount of tortilla chips on a plate
    • Scoop the Michelina’s Lean Gourmet Santa Fe Rice & Beans into the scoop chips
    • Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on tortilla chips
    • Microwave prepared tortilla chips on HIGH for 30 seconds
    • Optional: Spoon salsa and sour cream on individual taco bowls for additional flavor
    • Serve and enjoy!

    3. Michelina’s Gyro

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    With  just a few extra ingredients, you can turn our tasty Ziti Parmesan into a Michelina’s Gyro. Here’s how it’s done!

    Ingredients:

    Cook Time:

    5-8 minutes

    Preparation:

     

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    Make It Your Michelina’s Recipes – Part 2

    As a part of last September’s  Make It Your Michelina’s campaign, we designed several custom dishes for our fans to try. Here are some of our favorites! 1. Lasagna Taco Our Lasagna with Meat Sauce is tasty right out of the box, but for a different spin on this classic, try our Lasagna Taco Make [...]

  • Make It Your Michelina’s Recipes

    Make It Your Michelina’s Recipes

    Are you looking to take your Michelina’s meal to the next level? Last September, we asked our fans to customize Michelina’s dishes by adding their own flavors and ingredients. Below are some of our favorites. Enjoy!

    1) Lily’s Whole Wheat Dough With Sante Fe Rice & Beans

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    Ingredients:

    Cook Time:

    • 25-30 minutes

    Preparation:

    • Divide your whole wheat dough in medium size balls and roll it flat with rolling pin.
    • Put 1 tbsp of Michelina’s Lean Gourmet Santa Fe Style Rice & Beans in the middle and start pinching dough around the filling until it’s round with a hole in the middle.
    • Lay it out on the cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 min
    • Enjoy!

    2) Diana’s Stir Fry With Hot Dog & Veggie’s

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    Ingredients:

    Cook Time:

    • 5-10 minutes

    Preparation:

    3) Karen’s Game Day Tacos

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    Ingredients:

    Cook Time:

    • 5 minutes

    Preparation:

     

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    Make It Your Michelina’s Recipes

    Are you looking to take your Michelina’s meal to the next level? Last September, we asked our fans to customize Michelina’s dishes by adding their own flavors and ingredients. Below are some of our favorites. Enjoy! 1) Lily’s Whole Wheat Dough With Sante Fe Rice & Beans Ingredients: Michelina’s Santa Fe Rice & Beans Whole [...]

  • Mama’s February Favorites

    Mama’s February Favorites

    It might not feel like it, but spring is just around the corner. Whether you’re getting pummeled by the polar vortex, or living as far south as Atlanta, this winter has been downright dangerous! Here are some of Mama’s favorite Michelina’s dishes as well as some recipes from around the web to help you make it through the last few weeks of winter.

    Penne With White Chicken

    Penne pasta with tender white chicken in a light and creamy parmesan sauce. Simple and flavorful for any night of the week!

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    Tomato Basil Penne Pasta 

    A mediterranean-style family staple featuring grape tomatoes, basil and garlic. Yum!

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    Vegetable & Rice Stir Fry 

    Tasty long grain white rice and with a blend of crunchy vegetables, tossed in a light Asian-inspired sauce.

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    Chicken & Vegetable Quinoa Stir Fry 

    Here’s a new take on an old stir fry classic recipe. A delightful mix of quinoa, fresh vegetables and spices.

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    Chicken Sante Fe

    Nothing beats a classic Mexican dish. Our tasty Chicken Sante Fe features chicken, seasoned rice and cheese.

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    Mexican Lasagna 

    A delicious Mexican take on an American favorite!

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    Mama’s February Favorites

    It might not feel like it, but spring is just around the corner. Whether you’re getting pummeled by the polar vortex, or living as far south as Atlanta, this winter has been downright dangerous! Here are some of Mama’s favorite Michelina’s dishes as well as some recipes from around the web to help you make [...]