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Can You Really Make a Great Meal in 60 Seconds?

“Raising a kid is part joy and part guerilla warfare.” – Ed Asner… Yep, being a mom is a hard job. Taking care of kiddos all day and managing a household is a seriously hardworking job – add on a job you do from home, or a day spent outside the home at work, and you’ve got some serious multi-tasking going on. Time management can be tough for us busy moms – and what is the one thing that is usually first to neglected? YOU! We all know how important it is to take the time to keep ourselves healthy, happy, and hanging strong, but we often neglect to really follow through with finding the time. So – today, I am here to help you make one super simple change that can improve your energy level, your waistline, and your wallet: Barilla Microwaveable Meals.

one minute meal idea for busy moms

“I’d like to be the ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my kids.” – Unknown

Ok – I know what you’re thinking… “Um, Meagan, how is some packaged meal option going to make my day that much better?” I hear ya. That’s what I thought at first too. But, let me give you a super quick {because I know you’re a busy lady!} run-down of why these rock, and how they’ll improve your day:

  • They’re fast. Seriously – The package is shelf-stable, not frozen. Take it out of the outer cardboard packaging. Peel up one corner to let the sauce vent some steam. Pop it in the microwave for ONE MINUTE. Then simply peel the plastic off, stir the sauce cup into your pasta, and enjoy. Even the busiest of us can spare 60 seconds to make a meal, right?
  • They’re not junk. 99% of the meals you can make in a minute or two are going to be super processed and full of weird ingredients. Not these babies – 100% natural ingredients, no preservatives, two whole grain options, filled with veggies, and – NO JOKE – I recognize every single item in the ingredients list. No funny business. That is almost unheard of in a pre-packaged option.
  • They’re affordable. These sell for under $2 bucks at Walmart – and you can even get some money saving coupons on their site: Awesomesauce, I know.
  • They fit into your diet. One of these little meals to go are around 300-ish calories – add a shake of parmesan cheese, a side salad packed with veggies, and some ice water flavored with lemon, and you’ve got an amazing lunch or dinner that can fit into just about any diet plan. LOVE that.

These come in a bunch of different options, depending what type of pasta you’re into – Traditional or Spicy Marinara, Tomato & Basil with traditional noodles or whole wheat, and my fave – The Whole Grain Vegetable Marinara, shown above. It’s got a mix of zucchini, red and yellow bell pepper, carrot, and eggplant – all simmered together with chunks of sun-ripened tomatoes, olive oil, onion, and a super tasty blend of spices. You pour it over their Barilla Whole Grain Fusilli pasta that’s made with 51% whole wheat, for a totally perfect “Mom-on-the-Go Meal” – Amazing.

Keep Calm and Eat Pasta

Keep Calm and Eat Pasta

Love this pic. And, you can find more fun stuff on the Barilla Facebook page – follow them for updates on new products and promotions, as well as sweet contests and coupons. You can also learn more about the new Barilla Microwavable Meals on their website – Discover the best of Italian cooking… Without cooking!

Find more meal-time inspiration on my Momma’s in the Kitchen board on Pinterest!

Enter to WIN a Free Week of Barilla Microwaveable Meals too!


{Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Barilla and received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. All photos and opinions are my own – Only the best products we test make it onto Sunshine and Sippy Cups – these rock, and I know you’ll love them as much as we do!}



  1. I had a couple of coupons for a $1 off for these meals and I bought two, and they were delicious! I like the Parmesan cheese flavor in these meals, and they are so easy to make! I can take them with me, and I know that they are not loaded with fat, and they have only 300 calories!

  2. All 100% natural no preservatives I am going to have to try these~

  3. they look yummy and I like the available flavors… quick for the kids, and perfect to keep at work for a nutritious lunch

  4. Love that they have vegetarian options and are not a calorie bomb!

  5. i love anything that I dont have to cook! ANd…. I love Barilla pasta!

  6. Great for a quick, nutritious meal on nights my kids have sports-which is every night. These would be a life saver!

  7. They make good pastas and sauces.. I would love to give these a try.

  8. jeanette sheets says

    no preservatives easy to make and fast plus delicious count me in yes i can and i will ! thanks for the giveaway

  9. I love Barilla products, and can easily tell a difference when I try a lower-priced brand. I have never tried these single-serving dishes, but I trust Barilla to make them great! They would be perfect for weekday lunches at work.

  10. Angela Kinder says

    I’ve never tried Barilla products but now, I am intrigued that I might want to!

  11. I love that they use 100% all natural ingredients and have no preservatives

  12. I like Barilla products!

  13. Brad Merrell says

    These are really good

  14. Debbie Ritenour says

    ok thats not a bad price and no perservative is great! Thats for the detailed post! its appreciated!

  15. Those look delicious!

  16. these look really good and would be so quck and convenient after my sons soccer games when we dont have time to cook

  17. Jennifer Peaslee says

    These look really good!

  18. Love the quote (too busy with actually raising the kids is right! :) ). These would be great on game nights around here, thank you for the review.

  19. Deborah Wallin says

    They are a great “take to work” option.

  20. susan smoaks says

    i am always looking for a quick, healthy meal option, this is going to be a keeper!

  21. Laurie Emerson says

    I like how these are quick meals but not junk meals! These would make me feel so less guilty about making quick meals for my family as the ones I make now are pretty bland.
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

  22. Whole Grain Vegetable Marinara sounds great for a lunch at work.

  23. Natural ingredients! I’m in :) That looks great!

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