Wednesday, January 7, 2015

I'm Sampling....#DiscoverCampbells New Products

I was chosen by Crowdtap to participate in a Sampling of the new Campbell's products! I have always used Campbell's in my kitchen, whether it was a big bowl of Chicken Noodle soup for my kids or tricking them into getting enough veggies with a glass of V8 juice. We use Pace salsa on Taco Tuesdays & Prego pasta sauce on Pasta Sundays & we are very familiar with Campbell's, so I was really excited to find out that there are new products for us to try!

When the box arrived, I barely got it into the house before I started opening it because I wanted to see all of the goodies that we were going to get to sample!

I wanted to get started right away so I looked through the booklet that was full of recipes & coupons & read the Sampling Checklist that Crowdtap provided. The instructions pointed out that this program will last several weeks & that new challenges for using these products will be presented so I decided to wait a bit longer to get started.

The first product that we tried was the Spaghettios Micros. It's been a long time since any of us had Spaghettios but I was ready to try them again. These take about a minute in the microwave to cook & need to stand for another minute. Then we got our spoons ready! One of my older sons agreed to try this with me. We both took a few bites, well he had more bites than I did, but they taste just like I remember. The only complaint that I have about this product is that it is difficult to peel the plastic off of the top. We ended up having to get a knife to cut it off!

Next I tried the Slow Kettle Style Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup. It comes in a 15.5oz plastic tub that can go in the microwave, but the cooking directions say "For best results use the stove top instructions". So that is what I did because I did want the "best results"! It smelled so good while it was cooking. I could smell the aroma of the herbs & I couldn't wait to try it. I poured it into my bowl, got some bread & butter, then sat down for lunch. It was a cold day & this soup was just what I needed to warm my insides. It had lots of pasta with big chunks of chicken & carrots. It was really good & reminded me of the homemade chicken noodle soup that my Mom made when I was younger. I saw about a dozen other flavors of Slow Kettle Style soup on the Campbell's website so I'm going to see what I can find in my grocery & try some more of these.

Then I was presented with a challenge to use the Campbell's Creamy Parmesan Chicken Skillet Sauce with leftovers. I had some leftover broccoli so I decided to use that. I also had some yellow squash in my fridge that I needed to use pretty quickly so I sliced it up & mixed it with the broccoli in a skillet. Then I poured the Creamy Parmesan Skillet Sauce over the veggies & waited for it to get hot. Wow! It smelled so good that I wasn't sure if I would actually wait for supper or just eat it with a spoon right out of the pan! I put some potatoes in the microwave & when the buzzer sounded we were ready to eat. I cut the potatoes into quarters & spooned the Creamy Parmesan veggie mix over them. This was such a quick, easy & totally yummy meal!

Next came instructions to use V8 juice. I really wanted to try the V8 Spicy Mango but none of the stores in my area carry it. So I used my free coupon to buy V8 Bloody Mary mix & I also grabbed a bottle of Original V8 juice to make my famous Chili Spaghetti which is a family favorite. So we did the obvious & made Bloody Mary's with the V8 Bloody Mary mix to enjoy while we waited for the Chili Spaghetti. This meal takes over an hour to bake & it's agonizing to have to wait that long when the amazing smells from the kitchen come drifting through the rest of the house, So when I finally took it out of the oven, we were already lined up with our plates waiting to eat!

When we tried the Campbell's Chunky Beer-n-Cheese with Beef & Bacon soup, there were differences of opinions on how it should be served. I love a good bowl of soup, so that is how I ate mine. But those who wanted a bit more substantial meal opted to pour the soup over a baked potato. Either way, it was good. I mean, these are our 4 favorite food groups all in 1 can! There are so many flavors of Chunky Soup & I'm going to stock up because soup is great to warm your insides on a cold winter day.

I used the Prego Light Alfredo sauce to make Fettuccine Alfredo. I had some leftover shredded chicken so I mixed it into the Alfredo sauce & poured it over the cooked fettuccine. It was simple, it was convenient & it was delicious! And this sauce only has 3.5 grams of fat & 50 calories per serving. That's a lot better than the regular Alfredo sauce products that have a lot more fat & calories.

The Swanson Cream Starter was just the thing that I needed to make our favorite Potato Corn Chowder. I usually use chicken broth to cook the veggies & then thicken it with a packet of Country Gravy mix. Using the Cream Starter instead makes the chowder creamier & I'll use it from now on. Our dinner was creamy, warm & yummy!

I was really curious about the new Latin Inspired line of soups. Living in Texas, we love foods that are flavored with cumin, cilantro, peppers, spicy cheeses & other Mexican/Latin herbs & spices. So I am happy to see these soups that use the flavors that we love. I used this to make the Creamy Poblano Mac & Cheese. It was really good but we like things a bit hotter so next time I'll probably add some diced jalapenos just to spice it up. The other flavors that Campbell's offers are Black Bean, Cumin & Cilantro plus Tomato, Chipotle & Olive Oil. Both of these sound good & we will definitely try them.

The last product that we sampled was the Soups for Easy Cooking. They totally nailed the name for this one! Is is SO EASY to make a great tasting meal with just this little carton. I used the recipe that I found on the back of the box & we were not disappointed. This soup has such a great mushroom flavor & it was a nice change from our normal pasta dishes that use a red sauce. I'm going to get a couple of the other flavors of this soup the next time I'm grocery shopping. The Sweet Onion flavor would be great in a meatloaf & the Mexican Style Tomato can be used in enchiladas or chili.

This was a really great sampling & my family enjoyed trying all of these new products. We will be trying more of the other flavors offered & I know that we will find some favorites that will stay in rotation on our monthly meal plans.

Do yourself a favor & go check out the Campbell's Soup website to find all of the products that they have available, including these new lines. Also check out the Campbell's Kitchen website for great recipe ideas & I'm sure you will find some that your family will love!

#DiscoverCampbells #CampbellsTasters #sponsored
I received these products free for the purpose of my review. The opinions expressed above are 100% my own.