To say my days are busy would be an understatement. There are times when I get to 4pm and wonder what happened to all the time that I was supposed to have during the day to get stuff done. I realize that I’ve spent the day taking the kids here, there any everywhere and now, even though I’m exhausted, the family needs dinner before we head out for our evening activities. I’ve made no secret of the fact that one of my goals this year was to prepare better dinners at home and break the cycle of picking up fast food to fit in with our fast lifestyle. And while I did great during the summer months, things are getting a little more challenging with school now back in session. So, what’s a busy mom to do when dinner matters but time is short? Well, this mama has come up with weeknight dinner solutions that get my family excited about eating without leaving me stressed out.
So, before you go thinking I’ve achieved Super Mom status, let me let you in on a few weeknight dinner solutions that are perfect for the busy, on-the-go family. Ready to get started?
Tip 1: Batch Cook Your Meats
We’d all like to think that we have plenty of time during the week to cook a meal from scratch and serve it in our apron and pearls. Well, I don’t you about you mamas but what’s the saying….ain’t nobody got time for that! However, it’s important to me that I have well balanced meals during the week. Inspired by those super organized mamas who batch cook their meals and then simply heat them back up, I decided to batch cook my meats. Twice a week, I can pull out chicken, fish, steak and hamburger and cook it all on the grill at one time. Then I seal it in containers and am able to pull out a meat, heat it up quickly and have the protein for weeknight meals ready in no time at all!
Tip 2: Add Signature Russets as Your Side
I’ll be honest, while coming up with a main course is important, for my guys it’s all about what I serve with my meal that matters. Both the hubs and my boys are always up for creamy, delicious mashed potatoes and in the past, that’s only been an side that’s served on special occasion or when I have tons of extra time (like on the weekend). But as part of my better way of cooking weeknight meals, I’ve discovered the ease and convenience of Idahoan Russets mashed potatoes that are ready in minutes and bring all the guys in my house running to the table.
With the Sunday dinner flavor that we all know we wish we could have every night, Idahaoan Russets are a perfect side to help me make any day taste like Sunday. Now, I know what you’re thinking…these can’t possible taste homemade. But the truth of the matter is, they do! And there is a secret to creating this amazing weekend taste that’s designed for busy weeknights!
It all starts with the great taste of Idahoan potatoes grown to perfection in Idaho’s rich volcanic soil during the warm summer days and cool summer nights. Once they reach perfection, more than six pounds of premium Idahoan russet potatoes go into every 16 ounce pouch. Can you imagine how long it would take you or me to peal, cook and mash that many potatoes. Again…ain’t nobody got time for that…except Idahoan!
But what makes this side dish truly amazing is not just the real potatoes in every bite. Idahoan goes beyond that with a new proprietary processing method that maintains the potato’s natural goodness and texture, resulting in smooth, creamy mashed potatoes with just a hint of butter and cream that seriously taste like you peeled, boiled and mashed them yourself!
And the best part is…wait for it…..new Idahoan Signature Russets only take five minutes to make and can be made with milk and butter or even with just water! WOW, right? Honestly, this busy mom can say it just doesn’t get any simple…or more delicious!
Tip 3: Take All The Credit
Now, you guys know my secret; it’s Idahoan Signature Russets that are sold in a resealable pouch that keeps my potatoes fresh and ready to make any day of the week. But let’s just keep that between us. Because when I call my family to dinner and serve up Sunday-style potatoes on a weeknight, they notice. I get a few extra hugs. A little more appreciation for all I do. And acknowledgement that all the hard work I do as mom doesn’t go unnoticed. So, let’s just keep how easy Idahoan Signature Russets are to make between us, ‘mkay? That way maybe our families will continue to think that all day, we salve away to give them the dinner they deserve!
Ready to make weeknight dinners that taste like what you serve on the weekends? Start with New Idahoan Signature Russets! Available NOW at retailers like Walmart and Kroger nationwide, they are the perfect way to make weeknight meals unforgettable!
Now tell me, what would you pair with your Idahoan Signature Russets for an unforgettable weeknight dinner?