Although frozen meals have come a long way since the first 1950s era TV dinners and pot pies, a recent survey suggests Americans still hunger for more from their convenient cuisine. In an effort to end frozen meal mediocrity, H.J. Heinz and T.G.I. FRiDAY’S® Frozen Foods have launched an anything-but-boring line of flavorful “Entrées for One” that combine restaurant quality with the convenience of a ready-made, individual frozen meal, officials say.
“It’s time to shake things up in the frozen food aisle and rethink the possibilities. Although frozen meals are designed to be quick and convenient solutions, it doesn’t mean you have to settle for the same old boring, bland meal every time,” said Michelle Fuscaldo, associate director for T.G.I. FRiDAY’S Frozen Foods. “With T.G.I. FRiDAY’S new line of frozen ‘Entrées for One,’ you can enjoy convenience, quality and exciting new flavors all at once – whether you need a quick weeknight meal or a jolt of unexpected flavor to get into that FRiDAY’S fun mood.”
Officials say the the new line of T.G.I. FRiDAY’S “Entrées for One” has nine new entrées inspired by the bold and fun flavors of the famed T.G.I. FRiDAY’S restaurants. The Carrollton, Texas-based restaurant chain is part of Carlson Restaurants, Minneapolis.
New frozen food entree varieties include:
Sizzling Chicken Fajitas– Grilled white meat chicken, seasoned strips of bell peppers and onions paired with a side of cheesy rice. Includes three flour tortillas.
Sizzling Steak Fajitas– Seared beef steak, seasoned strips of bell peppers and onions paired with a side of cheesy rice. Includes three flour tortillas.
Grilled Chicken Mac & Cheese– White meat chicken and cavatappi pasta in a classic American cheese sauce topped with Cheddar, Romano, Parmesan and Monterey Jack cheeses.
Prime Rib Stroganoff – Prime Rib beef, whole grain curly pasta, mushrooms and onions tossed in a creamy rich brown sauce with black pepper.
Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo– Grilled white meat chicken, broccoli florets and cavatappi pasta tossed in a Parmesan Alfredo sauce.
Loaded Chicken & Cheese– Grilled white meat chicken, roasted potatoes, broccoli florets and red peppers tossed in a rich cheddar cheese sauce.
Cajun-Style Chicken Alfredo– Blackened white meat chicken, ciufetti pasta, red peppers and green onions tossed in a creamy Cajun-style Alfredo sauce.
Sesame Orange Chicken– Sesame-breaded white meat chicken, Asian-style vegetables and white rice tossed in a sweet orange sauce.
Creamy Chicken Pasta Carbonara– Grilled white meat chicken, penne pasta, vegetables and crumbled bacon tossed in a creamy Carbonara sauce.
Heinz says new FRiDAY’S frozen entrées are available in two formats – trays and bag meals – that are both ready in less than seven minutes. The bag meals feature a dual-prep function and can be conveniently steamed directly in the microwaveable bag or cooked in a skillet for some extra sizzle. Plus, the Sizzling Fajitas come with flour tortillas packaged separately, allowing consumers to fill the tortillas with meat, veggies and cheesy rice – just like in the restaurant.
Designed with sustainability in mind, the entrées are efficiently packaged in either bags or trays that use minimal material and freezer space. Plus, the eco-friendly trays are composed of a hybrid material that uses 40 percent less plastic than traditional frozen tray meal formats.