It's already September and most kids are going back-to-school. For some parents, after spending a nice summer with their children, they are more than ready to see them leave, in the morning, to go learn and meet new friends. For most of you back-to-school means frantic schedules with your kids in extra-curricular activities after school like hockey, music, dance or other activities.
Some parents come home after work and only have ten to twenty minutes to prepare a meal. Just thinking of what they will feed their family that night can be overwhelming. That's why meal planning is important and can be done during the weekend. It will save you time at night and at the grocery store. One way to help with your meal planning is to have a chalkboard in the kitchen and write your menu on it. Then write a list of things to buy at the grocery store. I find that an app on my iPhone is the best for doing that. When planning your weekly meals, get the kids involved and ask them what they would like to eat. They often come up with great suggestions and you will not waste the food because they will be looking forward to eat what's on the menu that night.
Since most parents are on-the-go, it's best to plan meals that are quick to prepare, nutritious and delicious. Forget about takeouts, and instead of throwing your money away make a meal at home with big taste in no time. Some of you might be wondering how can it be possible to cook dinner in about ten minutes. I can tell you that it can be done with Cardinal Ready meats. They have a great selection of products available at select Sobeys locations across Ontario. Recently I had the chance to try their pulled pork and sausages and prepared delicious meals for my family. You can find my recipes here. Cardinal Ready items are fully cooked which helps speed up dinner, all you have to do is add a salad or a plate of vegetables to complete your meal.
When I went to the grocery to pick up a Cardinal Ready to make a recipe, I had the choice between Pork Back Ribs in Chipotle Sauce, Butter Chicken, Meatloaf, Slow Cooked Diced Beef, Pork Steak and more. Everything looks delicious. I decided to get the ground beef. Because Cardinal Ready products are already pre-cooked, I just need to heat and serve!
Back at home I made sloppy joes. It's a meal that my family enjoys. Next time I might make spaghetti, tacos or ground beef cheesy mac. You can find so many delicious meal ideas on the Cardinal Ready page that will be ready in 10 minutes. Don't forget to make extra and enjoy leftovers the next day!
1 pkg Cardinal Ready Ground Beef
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
125 ml water
30 ml tomato paste
10 ml chili powder
10 ml vinegar
10 ml Worcestershire sauce
10 ml brown sugar
1 garlic, minced
pinch cayenne and allspice
salt and pepper, to taste
Sauté onions until soft in a large non-stick pan. Place all remaining ingredients in the pan and bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer about 10 minutes. Serve over lightly toasted buns.
COUPON: You can save $2.50 when you buy a package of Cardinal Ready Fully Cooked Protein at participating Sobeys retailers in Ontario, please get your coupon here.