Hey there, awesome readers!
When I first told my teens that Lean Cuisine was interested in working with me to help promote their Lean Cuisine Rewards program, it was their reaction that told me that this campaign and I were a great fit.
Daughter: “Oh yayyy! Real food on demand!”
Son: “Maybe we should buy a bigger freezer.”
If this is your first time here, let me explain. I have a disability in the kitchen and over the years I’ve managed to ruin just about every food group:
Red meat ends up behaving like rubber.
Pizza somehow manages to become one with the pizza tray.
Vegetable casseroles, which are supposed to show kids that veggies are not only good for you, but yummy as well, never quite live up to their expectations.
If nothing else I’m consistent. In fact, my superhuman power for ruining meals is actually renown far and wide. And when I say “far and wide”, I mean all the way down the street to my mother’s house (where you can usually find my teens during dinnertime).
The honest-to-goodness truth is that I come from a long line of great cooks – from my mother and stepmother, to all my aunts and both my grandmothers. Which makes me the weakest link in my family heritage and an unnatural phenomenon. Both my parents swear that I am not adopted. (A question often asked during family get-togethers.)
“How can you not ever get a meal right when you work from home?” My mom often asks. (Mostly under her breath.)
And she’s right. I’m a freelance writer and blogger; emphasis on FREELANCE, which means I should be able to fit in a little meal planning and preparation time, right?
The only logical explanation that I can come up with is that I get consumed by whatever I’m working on.
In my own defense, my intentions are always good . . .
The teens start to complain that they’re hungry so I get up from my desk and walk into the kitchen. (Possibly this is the first sign of impending disaster.) While I’m preparing said future ruin, the words continue to work themselves out in my mind until my brain is charged with word strings and ideas that are just begging to be birthed. I turn the stove on low and head back to my desk.
“Mom! What about supper?” My daughter asks.
“I just need a minute,” I say from behind my computer.
The next thing I know the kitchen is full of smoke and there’s a note on the fridge:
Gone to Mamie’s.
And then Lean Cuisine came into our lives. Yummy, foolproof and with every meal providing just the right amount of protein, grains and vegetables, these little boxed meals come guilt-free. (This is important because as a mom, I have an overdeveloped sixth sense – also known as a sense of guilt.)
Then of course there’s the fact that the teens and I are REWARDED every time we eat with Lean Cuisine Rewards program.
The program is as easy peasy as throwing a Lean Cuisine meal in the microwave. Just register online and enter the PINs found inside the meal boxes. Then you can either automatically redeem your points as a free coupon for a Lean Cuisine Frozen Entrée OR save up for a Reward of your choice from the Reward Catalogue. Things like kitchen appliances, exercise equipment and even electronic accessories.
A Happy Ending
Now I can write until I’ve finished delivering all the words AND feed my kids a tasty meal AND feel rewarded – thanks to Lean Cuisine Rewards.
I’m sure that you’re just as busy as I am and so I need to ask:
How do you reward yourself?
Bonus! I’ve been provided with bonus PINs just for you, awesome readers! Simply send me an email at Moxie@Moxie-Dude.com and tell me how you like to reward yourself, and I’ll send a free Lean Cuisine Rewards PIN to the first five readers to reach out to me! What are you waiting for? Email me now!
This post was generously sponsored by Lean Cuisine Rewards, but the opinions and image is my own. For more information, visit www.leancuisine.ca/en/rewards
Anne @ FoodRetro says
All right, Mona! And you managed to cook it, without putting the whole box in the microwave or something! 😀 Baby steps!
Mona Andrei says
Thanks for the encouragement, Anne. Baby steps indeed!
Tara (nerdgirlmom) says
My kids are genuinely shocked (and fearful) when their dinner doesn’t come from a box! We should never be sister wives! I love lean cuisines for lunch – my husband and I both work from home and it’s nice to get a real meal that’s quick and doesn’t destroy the kitchen I just cleaned up. Great post!
Mona Andrei says
Thanks, Tara! And yes – the easy clean-up is just another thing I love about Lean Cuisine!
Jessica @ Just a Mum? says
We’re going to have to stock up on these for the move. We’re going to need something in the freezer that can be ready in five minutes. 😉
And the rewards look great!
Mona Andrei says
Their perfect for moving – fast AND healthy (tasty too!)
I hope cooking lessons is one of the rewards you can earn.. Happy to know you’re now eating more than crackers as usual.. Thanks Lean Cuisine for saving my friend and her kids.. Lol!!
They are always welcome to come over here too .. Lol!!
Mona Andrei says
Lol – Thanks for stopping by, Wendy!