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Michael Angelo’s New Line of Seafood Options

We are excited to announce that we have a new line of flavorful seafood options to satisfy our seafood loving consumers.

Our Sicilian heritage inspires an appreciation for the Mediterranean Sea, and now you can find new flavorful seafood meals made with clean, simple ingredients that are free of preservatives in select stores.

These new meals are cooked with the same care and love as all of our meals. We find the best shrimp, scallop, tilapia and salmon and cook them with a diverse array of savory spices and flavors so that you don’t have to. You can spend more time with your family while enjoying meals and ingredients you can trust – seafood without a catch!

While you will see new packaging for the Shrimp Scampi, we still use the same recipe – linguine pasta, shrimp and our perfectly blended heirloom garlic butter sauce. In addition, we are bringing four new meals into the mix:

  • Stuffed Tilapia: Made with tilapia, sautéed spinach, fresh garlic, tomato strips and a cracker filling.
  • Shrimp & Kale Piccata: Made with shrimp, tender kale, zesty capers, brown rice, and a flavorful lemon piccata sauce.
  • Seafood Primavera: Made with shrimp, scallops, spring vegetables, and durum semolina pasta in a parmesan cream sauce.
  • Salmon Piccata: Made with Alaskan salmon and spring vegetables over brown rice in a piccata sauce.

Check the frozen food aisle of participating Walmart, Publix, Kroger and Ingles stores near you to pick one up and taste them for yourself. Use our Store Finder to find a store that carries our products in your area.

Don’t forget that you can get a FREE* $1 off coupon for signing up on our website. Enjoy!

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It’s National Lasagna Day!

Did you know today, July 29, is National Lasagna Day? Well it is, and we can’t wait to celebrate!

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As a third-generation Italian-American family, lasagna is a staple at Michael Angelo’s – we currently sell nine different varieties, with options like the classic Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Vegetable Lasagna Made with Organic ingredients, Florentine Lasagna and more (check out our products page to find your favorite).

In honor of this delicious holiday, we’ve found some fun facts to share with your dinner companions as you enjoy your lasagna of choice:

  • Lasagna originated in Italy (no surprise there), and the earliest recipes date back to the thirteenth century
  • You can assemble a homemade lasagna ahead of time and store it uncooked in the fridge overnight or in the freezer for a dinner down the line – this is what Michael Angelo’s mom Sara used to do on weekends so her family of five sons would have delicious dinners on weekday nights
  • Lasagna can be made with either flat noodles or rippled noodles; rippled noodles are the most popular in the U.S. and are common in southern Italy but rarely used in Northern Italy
  • Lasagna is the favorite food of the popular cartoon cat Garfield
  • The plural of lasagna is lasagne, which is the proper Italian word for the dish

To celebrate National Lasagna Day in style, you could hover over a hot stove for hours to create a homemade lasagna. Or, you could pick up Michael Angelo’s lasagna at your nearby grocery store for a quicker and stress-free celebratory meal. Pair it with a simple side salad, some fresh bread and a bottle of wine, and spend the time you save cooking with your friends and family – it’s our little National Lasagna Day present to you. Buon appetite!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Mother’s Day is one of the most important holidays for our family, and we would not be serving the meals we serve today if it wasn’t for our mom Sara. From preparing multiple delicious from-scratch dinners every Sunday so we’d always have homemade meals to eat, to teaching us everything we know about cooking and enjoying good food, our mom – like most moms – is the heart and soul of the Michael Angelo’s family.

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Now, how can you make mom feel EXTRA special for Mother’s Day? Gifts and flowers are nice, but a home cooked meal is a perfect way to express your appreciation. While one of our family-sized meals are baking in the oven, create a light appetizer such as Sara’s Caprese Stacker recipe – a sure way to make your mom feel like she’s at a five star restaurant. Chill a bottle of her favorite wine, and start the prep for an easy but decadent Tiramisu to serve for dessert. Once the entrée is finished cooking, pair it with a quick salad and . . . voila, dinner is served. If you need even more cooking tips to help you prepare, check out Sara’s Cooking Tips on YouTube; she can help you score a tomato, cut an onion without crying, cut garlic, sweat an eggplant and get to the heart of an artichoke! We can’t brag about this amazing woman enough.

We’d love to hear from you and why your mother deserves the best treatment on Mother’s Day (and every day). Post your Mother’s Day dinner on Instagram and tag #MichaelAngelos to share your story with us! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for behind-the-scenes looks, more of Sara’s tips and hacks and some of our favorite meals shared with family at @Micheal_Angelos.

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Michael Angelo’s Named One of the Top 25 Best Frozen Foods for Families

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Parents Magazine has recognized our Lasagna with Meat Sauce Made with Grass Fed Beef as a Top 25 Best Frozen Foods for Families!

Every year, Parents Magazine scours the supermarkets and examines the nutrition information and ingredients of family-oriented frozen-food products to find the best of the best for their readers. This year, after taste testing dozens of different entrees, the Parents team put Michael Angelo’s at the top for its great taste and time-saving preparation.

“This kid-pleaser just got a whole lot easier (you pop it into the oven for 45 minutes) without compromising on the healthy ingredients you use, including imported cheeses. 320 calories, 12g fat per serving.” -  Parents Magazine, April 2016 Issue

While being recognized by Parents Magazine means a lot to us, being invited to your family’s dinner table means a lot more. We started making our homemade meals with Sara’s recipes because we loved them and believed in them—and being able to share them with you makes it all worth it. If there’s one thing we know besides Italian, it’s that good people know good food. We take great pride in only using the best ingredients – we never add anything artificial. Plus, our mom Sara wouldn’t have it any other way!

Want to try our Lasagna with Meat Sauce Made with Grass-Fed Beef? Check us out in the freezer aisle at participating Sam’s Club Stores near you.

Read more in this month’s issue or Parents Magazine, or online here.

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Label Love: How to Read Labels

We’re often asked: why do you make the the food the way you do? As cliché as it sounds, it’s because of love. Love is the most important ingredient … in everything we do. Love for each component we choose, love for the meals we serve and love for the families we feed every day.

We always say you should be proud of what you serve to your family, so why fill your meals with unnecessary fillers and preservatives when you already have real flavor from real ingredients? In our Big Kitchen, ‘Less is Amore,’ and you can see that philosophy come to life just by looking at our Nutrition Facts Label. Overwhelmed by all of the information? Here are a few tips to help you navigate:

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Serving Size

This number is usually at the top and is quite an important one. The Serving Size tells you how much food is in the package and are standardized to make it easier to compare similar foods. This number also influences the number of calories and all the nutrient amounts listed, as all following numbers are based on one serving.

Percent of Daily Value

Remember that Nutrition Facts are measured based on a 2,000 calorie diet. This number helps you determine if a serving of food is high or low per specific nutrient.

Calories (and Calories from Fat)

Calories provide a measure of how much energy you get from one serving. It’s an important number, but not the only thing to consider. A meal can be very low in calories but also low in protein and  important nutrients, leaving you hungry again shortly after eating.

Nutrients

You’ll notice that nutrients are listed in order of how the general public consumes them. For instance, since we normally get adequate amounts of fat, cholesterol, sodium and carbohydrates, they are listed first. On the flip side, Vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron are not always present in everyone’s diet. Creating a healthy balance between all nutrients is vital to maintaining proper health.

 

Ingredients
Now, here’s the part we think is the backbone to everything on the label – the ingredients. Ingredients are listed in order of quantity and the major ones are listed first – for us its vine-ripened tomatoes. The Ingredients List is one of the most important sections for us as this is where you may learn more about a company’s ingredient philosophy and learn more about how each one is processed. For example, in our ‘Made with Organic’ Lasagna with Meat Sauce entrée, you’ll notice that 70% or more of the ingredients are organic and listed as such. We also list the type of pasta we use – Organic, ancient grain Kamut® Khorasan wheat – as well as the fact that our beef is grass-fed. You’ll notice that our meals are never stuffed with preservatives such as Glycerine, a non-natural sweetner, or fillers like soy deriviatives to bulk up the weight of food. We want to make sure our customers know and understand what our meals are made of – Just real ingredients with authentic flavor.

 

Read more about reading nutrition facts labels from our source: http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/LabelingNutrition/ucm274593.htm  

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A Letter from Michael Angelo

Dear Friends,

As February starts up, I wanted to take a minute to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016. The start of February is an interesting time. Resolutions have either become habit or lost their luster. It made me think about the commitments we’ve made at Michael Angelo’s. We started our business with one seemingly simple resolution—do things the right way. For us, that meant using clean, real ingredients, with absolutely no preservatives, nothing artificial and cooking in small batches made to order. It makes us proud to think we’ve kept that commitment for more than 30 years. It’s been an incredible journey for us, but more importantly, we’ve kept our promise to the families that choose Michael Angelo’s.

So this year, take it from us—don’t give up. Pick up that book, get in your 10,000 steps each day, or grab that old guitar. Whatever your resolution is—stick with it, and see how far you can go. Maybe you’ll look back in 30 years and be happy you did.

Good luck and Happy 2016.

Mike.

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Michael Angelo’s Wins Retail Patriots Award for Continued Support of Troops

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We could not be more honored to announce that Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods was presented with the Retail Patriots Award at the 2015 National Frozen and Refrigerated Association (NFRA) Convention in October. This annual award recognizes retailers that have gone above and beyond in support of our troops.

Understanding the importance of love and family, we are honored to give back to our soldiers. As a provider of meals to military bases, Michael Angelo’s works to ensure our meals fit the needs and tastes of those in the armed services and their families. Over the past several years, we have supported various events for returning soldiers and supplied meals at warrior support service centers to celebrate holidays and special functions.

It is an honor to serve the men and women that serve our country, so from our family to yours, Grazie.

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Michael Angelo’s on Food Factory USA TV Show Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 CT

We’ve had some big news for a while now, but we can’t hold it in any longer; this coming Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 CT, Michael Angelo’s will be featured on the fyi network’s Food Factory USA show, profiling American food manufacturers throughout the nation.

The Food Factory USA episode will go behind the scenes as we make our famous Chicken Parmesan. Michael Angelo and mom Sara will also be on the show discussing our company heritage and dedication to using only real, clean ingredients you can recognize when you read the label.

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But that’s not all! If you hop on Twitter while the show is airing and tweet with us using the hashtags #MichaelAngelos and #FoodFactoryUSA, you could win free Michael Angelo’s meals! Sweet deal, right?

We look forward to Tweeting with you on Saturday, and please enjoy the show!

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Your Favorite Michael Angelo’s Meals Are Now Made with Organic Ingredients

Michael Angelo’s has always been dedicated to providing families with quality meals made with fresh, never frozen produce and clean ingredients … but we’ve just stepped up our game. We are proud to introduce our new Made with Organic line! Your favorite Michael Angelo’s meals, like Meat Lasagna, Eggplant Parmesan and Chicken Parmesan are now available with 70 percent or more organic ingredients.

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The Made with Organics line is certified by Quality Assurance International (QAI), one of the leading authorities in the organic field. Just like every other Michael Angelo’s meal, each of the new Made with Organic meals is made with specially selected, clean ingredients. What’s the difference? The tomatoes, ancient grain Kamut® Pasta, butter, cream and vegetables like eggplant, mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, kale, squash and zucchini are certified-organic.

When Mike and Sara first started this company, they made a promise to ensure that every meal be made with the best ingredients possible, leading to great-tasting Italian meals. We don’t need to depend on preservatives, additives or fillers to artificially enhance the taste. We make our meals just like we would in our own kitchens at home. It may not be how other companies do it, but that’s just who we are – we’re uncompromisingly Italian.

There are currently nine Michael Angelo’s meals available in the Made with Organic line:

These and our other meals are available at select grocery stores, natural food stores and warehouse club stores nationwide. To find a store near you, enter your zip code on our store locator here.

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Keep the Romance Going Past Valentine’s Day!

Now with the busyness of Valentine’s Day behind you, we know you don’t want to think about cooking this week, so let us do it for you! Michael Angelo’s is an easy answer to the perfect night in. With these simple ideas you will be able to spend a relaxing, low-key night at home with that special someone (and of course our delicious Italian food) to keep the romance going a little longer.

Choose your favorite Michael Angelo’s meal: Our meals are known for their quality ingredients and fast cooking time, so any Michael Angelo’s meal you and your honey can agree on is an easy choice for a night in. If you are looking to spruce the meal up a bit, pair it with some sautéed vegetables, a salad and Italian bread, plus Italian chocolates or gelato for dessert.

signature_meatlasagna_d_11Grab some wine: As Italians, we love wine, and fortunately it goes great with a Michael Angelo’s dish. Grab a glass of your favorite variety to relax and savor the evening while enjoying dinner on us. Need ideas? Here is a full list of great Italian wines!

Set the scene: A romantic night is made perfect when the atmosphere is just right. This can be easily done with a couple of candles and the right music. Setting the table with your favorite linens and some flowers is a simple way to make any at-home dinner seem special.

More food … of course: Meals are never quite complete without a little taste of dessert at the end. Check out these 12 Deliciously Easy Italian Desserts for a few Italian dessert suggestions.

Pop in a romantic movie: Movies are always a great choice for a night at home. There are many different options but we love the classics: Casablanca, Roman Holiday, Under the Tuscan Sun … you get the idea.

Enjoy your evening, and viva amore!

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