Thursday, June 9, 2011

Product Review - McCormicks Recipe Inspirations

PhotobucketWith both me and the hubs working full time and the hubs in school, we are lucky to get cereal down for dinner at night so I'm totally game for anything thats easy to make and actually tastes like a real, thought-out, homecooked meal.  So, while perusing the grocery store aisles this weekend - which by the way I try to avoid because it always results in random things in my cart - I came across these McCormicks recipe inspirations packets, which consist of just the right amount of spices and seasonings necessary to make the recipe provided on the back.  I LOVE any and all things Mexican so the Quesadilla casserole was a no brainer for me.  I made this for dinner last night and here's what we found:
Price: $1.99 at Harris Teeter for the spice pack.  I estimate the total cost of ALL of the ingredients, including the spice pack would run you about $16.  This meal has a serving size of 8 - so that's about $2 per serving.
Easy to make: Yes - The times on the package were right on - 25 minute prep time and 15 minutes to cook.  I also REALLY liked that the ingredients were pretty basic and the directions were super simple - ground beef, onion, black beans, corn, tortillas, green chiles, tomato sauce, and cheese.  Even the spices included in the pack were pretty basic - next time I will just use these spices from my pantry.  
Success or Failure: success - even the hubs who really enjoys fancy stuff loved this and told me it was "a keeper" - I rarely get that!  This recipe will be a staple in my book.

Pros:  This dish was very easy and quick to put together and we LOVED the recipe and the end result.  I really like the idea behind these spice packages, especially if you have a recipe that uses spices or seasonings that you would otherwise not keep on hand.  I also love that everything was already measured out so you just pretty much dumped everything together and your chances of putting too much or too little of something were slim - again, a great time savings.  

Cons:  I feel like I'm always listing "pricey" as the con in my reviews.  However, if you already have these ingredients on hand, $1.99 for perfectly measured portions might be a little much!  However, finding a wonderful recipe thats easy to make is worth $1.99 to me and if this recipe had required something I don't usually keep on hand - this would have been perfect.

Other info:  In case you decide to pick this up and try I thought I'd share that I made this recipe as prescribed with the exception of leaving the canned corn undrained.  In looking at the consistency before adding the corn, I thought it would be too watery to leave the juice in so I did drain the juice off the corn and I think that was the right decision.  Also, each of the spice packets are individually sealed and labeled which I thought was great in the event there was something you didn't want to add and hold onto for later use.

Would I buy again or buy for a friend? Yes - not this recipe because I now have it and I keep all of these spices and seasonings on hand.  However, I am eager to try some of the other recipe inspirations they have!


Lindsey B said...

Thanks for this review! I know I need to find some time savers as we move forward in this journey and this would help with dinners!

I think I might pick one up at the grocery this weekend!

Samantha said...

OMG! I sooo wanted to try these, but was nervous! I am picking it up TODAY!

Cheryl E. said...

I have seen these in the store and have always wanted to try them out. We love mexican in our house so this would be perfect for us.

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

I've always wondered about these but have been too cheap to try them. Sounds easy enough and who doesn't love easy on a work night! Plus Mexican is a fave in our house. Thanks for sharing!

Kelly said...

Like the others, I've wondered about these myself! I'm trying to slowly build up all my spices and seasonings inventory this summer so I can have these things on hand. I totally understand the busy hard to cook dinner stuff. I made something the other night that was SOOOO easy and my husband loved it. It's from Gina's Here's the link

Like I said, 10 minutes of prep tops and it's ready when you get home. I did the crockpot 8hr on low thing. If yours is too spicy, add a couple dollops of honey and it cures the spice!

Um sorry for leaving the longest comment ever :-)

Jennifer S. said...

Thanks for the review! I have seen those before but I guess I never realized that there were recipes on the back. Silly me :) Will be picking one up the next time I am at the store!

Cajun Cowgirl said...

I always wondered about these packs and with your review, going to give it a shot!


Natalie said...

Looks like a great time saver! I also love quesadillas :)

Raven said...

awesome! I'm totally getting into cooking (only because it was forced upon me by three hungry males who live at my house) and this is awesome! totally trying this out next time I go to the store.

Happiness Is... said...

I've been curious about those - thanks for the review!