Final Update And Giveaway! Kraft And Sam’s Club Two Week Meal Planner

retrochick.JPGIvy says:

It’s been a great two weeks with the Kraft and Sam’s Club Two Week Meal Planner! I’d like to thank Kraft and Sam’s Club for giving me this opportunity. I was glad to not have to do much thought on meal planning for a couple of weeks, and my family had a good time trying out the recipes and rating them.

There’s a giveaway at the end of this post, so stay with me here while I talk about the other recipes we tried.

The next recipes we tried were generally a much bigger hit with the family.

Weeknight Taco Salad

This was the biggest hit with the family by far, and this will definitely be added to our family recipe box. Everyone enjoyed being able to fill their own shell with the things they liked, and we had fun making the shells. I had no idea you could make one as easily as you can! Be sure to check the recipe, it was easy peasy.

BBQ Toasted Patty Melts

These were also well received by the family. My family loves a tasty burger, and these patty melts hit the spot. I must admit, as non-proficient cook as I am, I burned the crap out of the onions and we had to leave them off. Watch your onions carefully, kids!

Cheesy Salsa Mini Meatloaves

This had split reviews. I don’t really care for meatloaf. This was no different. My 8 year old liked it, my 5 year old really liked it, Mr. Ivy liked it, and my teenager, like me, didn’t care for it. It was really easy to make, so that did gain some points with me.

Creamy Home-Style Tuna Melts

Everyone liked these pretty well. I really thought they were very tasty, as did my teenager and my 8 year old. Mr. Ivy wasn’t home, and my 5 year old thought they were “just okay.” They were really quick to make, and my teenager helped me with the chopping, so it helped me to work on his cooking skills as well.

Italian-Style Chicken Roll-Ups

Here was one that nobody really liked. Theoretically, the cream cheese filling should have been good, but along with the spaghetti sauce, and the chicken, which turned out dry, it was just not good. It was edible, but it’s not anything we’ll be making again.

Di Giorno Pizza With BLT Topping

We made two pizzas, one for the kids as cheese only, and one for us with the BLT topping. Unsurprisingly, the kids loved the pizza, haha. We thought the BLT topping was okay, but we thought it was a bit more work than really necessary for something that’s supposed to be really easy like pizza night. That’s right, we’re supremely lazy, haha.

Quick Pasta Carbonara

We all thought this was pretty good. It really is quick, and I think for nights where you just need to make something quickly before heading out, it’s perfect for that. How can you lose, with bacon, really?

Easy Cheesy Barbecued Sloppy Joes

Yum. Sloppy Joes. How can you beat them? They’re easy to make and messy to clean up. We all loved the sloppy Joes, especially my (very messy) five year old.

Crispy Santa Fe Chicken

This is what we meant to make last night, but ended up having dinner with my mom at her house instead. I’ll come back and update this one, because I’m interested to see what it will be like.

Now, for the giveaway.

We are giving away to one lucky winner, a $40 Sam’s Club gift card and a $40 Sam’s Club Membership, which can be used to renew your previous membership. There are 4 ways to win, so each person has up to four chances! Here are the ways you can enter to win:

1. Leave a comment on this post, telling us which recipe sounds the best to you. Go here to download a Two Week Menu Planner to see all the ingredients and how they come together to give your best opinion.

2. If you have Twitter, send a tweet linking about this post and telling your followers about this giveaway. Come back here and leave us the direct link to your tweet in the comments.

3. If you belong to a message board, leave a post on your message board telling about this contest, linking to this post. Come back here and direct link to your post in the comments.

4. If you have a blog, blog about this contest, linking to this post. Come back here and direct link to your post in the comments.

That’s four easy ways to enter to win! Hurry, because you only have from now until midnight on July 15, 2009. (Central Time.) A winner will be announced the next morning on July 16th.

Good luck, and thanks for entering!

Transparency Statement:

I was one of five bloggers selected by Kraft Foods to work on the Kraft Foods and Sam’s Club Two Week Dinner Planner program.  I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program which includes my trip to Sam’s Club, my interactions/experience with the two week dinner planner and my posts about my experience.  I have also been compensated for the food purchased for the two week dinner planner.  However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.


  1. Bill Roberson on July 16, 2009 at 12:05 am

    I also posted in my blog. I am new to blogging, and do not know how to get the direct link, but will get you to the blog.

  2. Pam on July 16, 2009 at 12:00 am

    I really like the quick pasta carbonara! It sounds delicious and easy. I already make the taco salad. It really is good, too.

  3. Bill Roberson on July 15, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    I sent a tweet.

  4. Bill Roberson on July 15, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Looking forward to trying the “weeknight taco salad”

  5. Staci on July 15, 2009 at 11:17 pm

  6. Staci on July 15, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    I tweeted this giveaway:

  7. Elizabeth Barrow on July 15, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    I signed up for twitter just for this!

  8. Elizabeth Barrow on July 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    I’m looking forward to trying that taco salad. Thanks!

  9. Cori Westphal on July 15, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    I’d love to try the Cheesy Fiesta Pasta Bake. Thanks!

  10. LInda Papin on July 15, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    (sam’s Club)Went to this site and downloaded all the recipes, I am with you on the weekly taco salad night, its easy and kids love to make their own. Makes them feel like they actually helped with the meal, Thank you for the info!!

  11. Phyllis Gauker on July 15, 2009 at 11:56 am

    I’ve been on a diet for a year and holding firm until this summer where the lbs are starting to creep back. I decided I’d try the tomato pie with toasted 40 calorie bread instead of pie crust, to save some calories (and make myself feel like I was dieting). For this recipe to work you MUST take out the seeds and let it drain (just save the juice for your spaghetti sauce or other dish) or you’ll have a mushy crust. Recipe is so versatile. You can add anything, like jalapenos or olives, too.

  12. Joleen Krogman on July 15, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Those tuna melts sound fast, easy and wholesome! Thanks for the ideas!

  13. Amy on July 15, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Taco Salad!! 🙂

  14. Kayla on July 15, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Blogged it! We had the quick pasta carbonara, WOW was it delish! loved it and so did the kids and best of all so did Dh, whos the hardest to impress!

  15. gracie on July 14, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    The: quick pasta carbonara, sounds the best to me and we will most probably have it this weekend 🙂

  16. Nicole on July 14, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    The south of the border chicken and pasta skillet looks so yummy and easy, not to mention there doesn’t seem to be a lot of prep work!

  17. Kara on July 14, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    The weeknight taco salad looks so good!

  18. Christine Johnson on July 13, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    These all sound like things my kids would like. I’m going to try this plan next week.

  19. Tara Miller on July 13, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I love sloppy Joes. I usually just use hamburger meat and a can of sloppy joe mix. I am excited to try something a little different.


  20. DanielleCorrelle on July 12, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Actually, none of these really sounded good to ME as I’m a vegetarian, haha…but I guess I could do modifications on some.

  21. Karen on July 11, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Out of all the two-weeks’ worth of recipes, the Velveeta Tuna Noodle Casserole looks the best to me. Plus, it includes a lot that you need from the food groups: protein, dairy, vegetables, and whole wheat, if you use whole wheat pasta! I can’t wait to try it!

  22. kv on July 11, 2009 at 10:55 am

    loved the taco salad!

    enter me to win!

  23. Annemarie on July 11, 2009 at 9:58 am

    All of the recipes sound good but the BBQ Toasted Patty Melts look good to me, although my family would prefer one of the Mexican entrees.

  24. Heather @ Not a DIY LIfe on July 10, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I have the recipe booklet and have tried the easy carbonara. It IS easy and the taste is very close to my old-fashioned carbonara recipe. I am looking forward to trying the mini cheesy meatloaves too!

  25. Rechelle on July 10, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I was thankful to just find out how to make taco shell bowls that easily! so – the next thing I’ll be making is the Weeknight Taco Salad-

  26. Cricket on July 10, 2009 at 9:09 am

  27. Need A Nap2 on July 10, 2009 at 1:01 am

    I like the idea of BBQ Toasted Patty Melts, I love bbq! Great giveaway – we’ve let our Sam’s membership expire so this would definitely be helpful! 🙂

  28. silver on July 9, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    The mini meatloaves look good, as does the taco salad. My family is having taco salad tomorrow night, I may just have to make some bowls for it and impress my husband!

  29. Staci on July 9, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    I think the taco salad sounds divine. I love mexican style food because it’s so economical and my kids devour it with a quickness!

  30. Danielle on July 9, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Actually, the Crispy Santa Fe Chicken sounds the most interesting to me. I will keep an eye out for your review of it.

  31. Tina on July 9, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I LOVE Tacos, so that is going to be my favorite, no contest.

  32. Angela on July 9, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I would have to go with the weeknight Taco Salad and that would be a win with my family.

  33. Caanan on July 9, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    The taco salad looks pretty good, and I could really go for some pasta carbonara right now. Yeah, time for #bacontrack.

  34. Princess Leia on July 9, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Hubs _loves_ pasta carbonera, so we would definitely try that one (especially if it’s really that easy!), although several others look tasty as well!

  35. Carol on July 9, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    The pasta sounds delish, and I think everyone would enjoy the taco salad. I just got back from shopping for Sam’s, I think I accomplished a month’s worth of meals and snacks. hahaha

  36. Danielle Smith on July 9, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I would go with the Creamy Home-Style Tuna Melts, but I would make it with tofu instead of tuna since I am a vegetarian.

  37. JimK on July 9, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    I love the Pasta Carbonara idea. I’ve re-introduced pasta to my diet after a long break. I need the carbs…I’m riding 50 miles at a time almost every time I go for a bike ride.

    I’m all over some carbonara. 🙂

  38. Courtney on July 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm

  39. Courtney on July 9, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I think the Pasta Carbonara sounds the best. Who doesn’t like Pasta? And bacon? mmmmmm bacon….

  40. Milehimama on July 9, 2009 at 2:40 pm

  41. Milehimama on July 9, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I tweeted it too.

  42. Milehimama on July 9, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Weeknight taco salad looks good!

  43. Stephanie on July 9, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Mmmm Mmmm BBQ Toasted Patty Melts sound wonderful to me!

  44. Meg on July 9, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    The Taco Salad! I love Mexican, and this could easily be made with black beans instead of ground beef for a cheaper vegetarian alternative. If i’d known Taco shells were that easy I wouldn’t have been buying them all these years!

  45. Nanna on July 9, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Cheesy salsa meatloaves sounds yummy.

  46. chocolatechic on July 9, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Sounds great.

    Sign me up.

  47. Cricket on July 9, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I love carbonara, but I’ve always been intimidated to try it at home; the Pasta Carbonara recipe seems *way* easy and indeed…how *can* one go wrong with bacon?? 😀

  48. Bri on July 9, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    What an awesome giveaway! It has been so interesting to read you and your families reviews of these dinners! I think the pasta carbonara sounds wonderful and will be trying that with my husband next week. Also, that tuna casserole dish is VERY close to my granma’s recipe for tuna casserole, so I will be giving that one a try also (it doesn’t use the canned cream of chicken soup, like my granma’s does, which would be much better for me) 🙂 Thanks for the update!

  49. Heather on July 9, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I tweeted about it!

  50. Heather on July 9, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I’m already hunting down the way to make the taco shells for taco salad night! So yum.

  51. Becca on July 9, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    The BLT pizza sounds really yummy. I have always been a fan of taco pizza, but my husband’s dislike of seasoned meat means we never have it. He probably wouldn’t argue too much about bacon on a pizza (just the tomatoes).

  52. Melinda on July 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I’ve been doing this two week thing, too. So far, I really like the tuna noodle casserole, but I’m also looking forward to the Pasta Carbonara. Tonight is the Santa Fe Chicken.