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My dad was in international sales when I was growing up. This job required him to travel quite a bit. When I was little and adults asked me what my dad did for a living….I would tell them that he worked at the airport—because every Friday and Sunday we would pick him up and take him back. He was a hard worker, and weekends were spent filled with family time. That is when we would build projects and play. Since he traveled most weeknights, my mom was left with dinnertime duties, along with everything else like homework, activities, school projects, play dates…everything. She too was a hard worker :) My mom never ever ever failed to put a meal together and have dinner on the table for all of us. I grew up knowing that mealtime was family time. It was a top priority. You don’t answer the phone, you don’t answer the door, and the TV is off. You talk, you share, you find out how everyone’s day went. We still hold dinnertime very sacred. We sit down to the table every week night.
Even during busy basketball season, my son will eat the meal that we eat—it’s just how we roll. I know that everyone is busy. Everyone has places to be and things to do, but I would urge you to take just 20 minutes and eat together. The meal does not have to be grand; it can be put together in a matter of minutes, and there are so many products available to you in the grocery freezer and dairy sections that can help you do so. You can have dinner on the table faster than you can go through any drive-thru. Healthy, enjoyable, crowd-pleasing dinners that will get everyone talking….and that is the whole point, my friends. Because before you know it, your dinnertime conversations will be centered on what colleges to visit, what cars they want to drive, and you will feel so good that you took the time. I wrote a post awhile back—a few tips to getting dinner on the table….that might be a good place to start :)
Here is another great place to start….this Slow Cooker Tomato Soup + Cheesy Green Salad + Chicken Taquitos (a new twist on the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup combination). All of these items are fan favorites. They can be pulled right from the fridge and freezer to your table in a moment’s notice. Dinner will be done and done!
Here is another great place to start….this slow cooker tomato soup, green cheesy salad and Taquitos. What is great about using freezer products is that everyone gets involved in the prep and getting dinner to the table. My peanut made the El Monterey Taquitos…hubs made the Cheesy salad…I whipped the soup and my son set the table. Having everyone participate makes the meal personal….no matter what is on the plate:)
What is great about using frozen products is that everyone gets involved in the prep and getting dinner to the table. My peanut made the El Monterey taquitos (so simple and delicious, just heat and eat straight from the freezer!) My hubs made the cheesy salad using Sargento, I whipped up the soup and my son set the table. Having everyone participate makes the meal personal, no matter what is on the plate :)
You can be assured that you are feeding your family quality food at a reasonable cost…and quickly! An easy soup paired with a healthy green salad topped cheese with bite-size taquitos add up to a complete meal in no time flat! You don’t even need a recipe for the salad or taquitos – almost any dish is fail-proof when the hardest prep is already done for you. Simply assemble together and you’ve got yourself one heck of a dinner!
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 72 oz. can whole tomatoes with juices
- 14 oz. roasted red peppers (drain the oil from jar)
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- ¼ cup fresh basil
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and pepper
- Place everything in a large slow cooker and let cook on low all day (8 hours) Blend with an immersion blender and serve. Makes enough to eat all week long!
- Getter done friends!
FYI: this soup makes a TON! Be prepared to share:)
Now it is your turn….please comment below and share with me why YOU feel meal time is a priority? How do you accomplish this in your home? Tell me what works! I will be selecting my best tip and forwarding on a VISA gift card for $100 to help you with your mealtime prep!
I am a brand ambassador for the NFRA (National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association) & a member of the Cool Food Panel. I have been compensated for my time spent writing this post. All opinions, photos, and thoughts are 100% mine own.