Is Frozen Food Really the Way to A Man’s Heart?

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this is a sponsored post but all of the opinions are my own because i’m a lady with a voice!

not to jump the gun or anything, but i may have just won the “wife of the year” award. remember how i told you my husband loves chili’s and that that’s where he asked my parents’ blessing for my hand in marriage? and that he makes us visit them in foreign countries? and that there is only one in oregon and it’s 2.5 hours away from us?

Apparently the way to a man's heart iswell…i was reading lindsay’s blog and saw that she was eating something by the name of “chili’s at home!” and knew i needed to get my hands on this!


i chatted with their PR person and she said “be around tomorrow because we are overnighting you a package that needs to be frozen immediately.”


i assured her that i would look out our window every 5 minutes to see if the UPS person had dropped it off yet.


we meandered over to our leasing office while i primed my husband for a surprise:


me: i got you a surprise and it had to be overnighted!

him: is it a monkey from thailand?

me: no. well maybe. actually no, i don’t think so.

him: can i wear it?

me: yes?

him: hmm. i give up. i’m hungry so what are we going to have for lunch?

me: get ready to have your mind blown.


we headed to the leasing office and looked around the back room trying to find it when suddenly my husband squealed and said “OMG is that it?! is that ours?! does it have your name on it?!


it did.



IMG_8676while we have no small children of our own, i have heard from friends that do, that sometimes when you get them something and it comes in a box, they end up playing with the box more than the toy. of course the insides of this box would be throughly enjoyed but let me take a moment to reveal that i got overly excited about the cooler and frozen pack things.

chilis frozen foodi immediately thought “this is so perfect! if one of us sprains our ankle or gets bitten by a spider and needs something to get the swelling down, these will be PEFECT!” call me crazy (but prepared).


they sent us 4 delicious looking single-entree meals at which point the hubs said “oh, were they going to send you something? because i’m eating all of these.” he’s hilarious.

chilis frozen food packageit was pretty easy to split these meals between us because two of them contained black beans and i hate beans more than dogs hate wearing shock collars.


i decided to try the chicken bacon ranch first (mainly because i wanted to save the pepper jack mac-n-cheesy for a time when my husband didn’t have access to it. sometimes i’m selfish).

IMG_0430please note the pill bottle did not come from chili’s. that is indeed my antibiotics because some fool on our plane ride back from thailand who gave me strep throat. don’t worry i’m all better and cured now and using extra methods of birth control because antibiotics can alter the effectiveness of birth control pills. the more you know.


ravery opted for the ‘cheesy chicken pasta florentine’ and we sat on our newly updated balcony after zapping these meals in the microwave.


my husband proceeded to tell me that i ‘look like a mom’ in that top and we can’t have that because my biological clock isn’t ticking so i burned it. fiiiiine. i didn’t. i just told him to zip it and popped the collar.

chilis frozen food reviewmy husband LOVED his cheesy chicken pasta from chili’s at home and said he would absolutely buy it for an easy meal every now and then. we don’t buy a ton of frozen food because we try to eat fresh and local (ugh. it totally sounds like i’ve lived in portland, oregon for 5 years doesn’t it?!) but he would keep this stashed in the freezer for an easy dinner! he later tried the chicken fajita one and said that one had a good flavor with just a bit of spice.


i didn’t love the taste of the bacon chicken ranch one so i don’t think i would buy it. the chicken had a better consistency and quality than a lot of the other frozen foods with chicken i’ve had so points for that but didn’t love the taste.


back to when i’m sometimes selfish…i did save that delicious looking pepper jack mac-n-cheese for when my husband was keynoting in south carolina last week and i had a lady date with myself and netflix.

IMG_0590i decided to eat only half of the mac-n-cheese because it is pretty high in sodium and i didn’t need all that in one sitting. i made some broccoli (in the microwave) and drank my pinot. then i curled up with my little dog and watched ‘the west wing’ where i became acutely thankful that i’m not the president.

IMG_8848this mac-n-cheese tasted delicious and had only a very mild spice to it. i tried hard to eat only half of it but somehow found my way opening the fridge, unlocking the tupperware and eating some more bites. i feel like i get points for trying here, folks.


chili’s at home is even offering $1 off coupons that you can score right HERE because who doesn’t love saving money and sending it to me.


stay tuned because something new and exciting and very cool is happening on the blog tomorrow (queue anticipatory music).

1) do you like surprises?
2) what do you have in your freezer?
3) what is a fairly common food item that you don’t like to eat?


  1. Lindsay @ The Newlywed Notebook

    September 23, 2014 at 8:36 am

    This stuff is AMAZING! Next time Eric and I are our monthly “junk food and a movie” night, I’m totally buying the queso dip! P.S. Eric reacted the exact same way when he discovered what we were running to Walmart to buy…pretty sure our husbands would be BFFs in real life. 😉
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    • chelsea

      September 23, 2014 at 10:46 am

      ohhh they have queso dip?! we may need to that add to our ‘junk food and date night too’ and too bad we live so far away otherwise they would totally be chili’s BFFs 🙂 haaaa

  2. Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties

    September 23, 2014 at 9:55 am

    You don’t like beans?! Hah, too funny. everyone has their thing, I guess! I used to hate mushrooms but recently decided that I do like them in chicken marsala. Not really anything else though 🙂 can’t wait to hear your big exciting news! (PS probably for the best that you talked about your non-ticking biological clock or else I’d assume it’s baby related 🙂 )
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    • chelsea

      September 23, 2014 at 10:48 am

      beans and seafood are two things that i cannot even politely just choke down and eat anyways. i will literally gag and make a scene…it’s ridiculous really! also add mushrooms to that list too but i’m glad you are liking them now with chicken marsala!

      no babies on board over here but exciting things none the less, ashley! 🙂
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  3. Brittany

    September 23, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I like surprises but not when someone tells me its coming and then I have to wait and ANTICIPATE it. Rude.
    My freezer basically contains Ezekiel Bread and frozen fruit for smoothies. I might be a little bit Portland myself.
    And the only food I really CANNOT do is olives. Just no. Please keep olives far far away from me. I will spit on you. And that’s just not ladylike.

    • chelsea

      September 24, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      ohhh good point about surprises brittany! the anticipation can be deadly-ha! actually…i really hate almost all forms of anticipation except for holidays. sounds like you are a little bit portland yourself but healthier because of it!

      ew. keep always far away from me too but more importantly you since you’re a spitter HA!

  4. Carissa Dunlap

    September 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Chelsea this was a great post! Every time I see a Chilis commercial I want to hope in the car or get on a plane! 15 years later their salsa is still my favorite. Can they ship that?? 🙂 I’ve seen the salsa recipe on Pinterest but am too lazy to try it. I like mini surprises but not big ones and can’t think of any common foods I don’t eat.

    • chelsea

      September 24, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      thanks carissa! isn’t it weird how there are basically none in oregon?! what the heck. mmm their salsa is really good and lindsay mentioned queso and mmmmmmm.

      you are my mother’s dream because the pickiness my sister and i have towards food is sometimes absurd. i made her a list once because i’m helpful like that.

  5. Rachel G

    September 23, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    His expression while holding the Chili’s package is too funny–you can tell he was excited! In Malaysia, Chili’s was a “fancy” restaurant reserved only for celebrating special occasions because I think it’s literally the only place where you can get chips and salsa on our island–but I never actually went to Chili’s in the USA!
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    • chelsea

      September 24, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      it was pure joy to this man, rachel! and wow so interesting that chili’s in malaysia is the only place you can find chips and salsa. that’s a staple in my diet so a good reminder that if i ever move there i will need to bring a plethora with me 🙂

      funny that you’ve never been to a chili’s in the USA, i’d be curious how they differ for you!