When the kids go back to school, I tend to stock my freezer full of ready made products. You know, the ones that take minutes to cook or heat up? I do this because A) The kids are usually starving right after school and supper isn’t ready until 6 and B) back to school usually means I’m the one helping with most of the chores here on the ranch instead of the kiddos, well, because they’re at school! That means my time will get eaten up by chores, the little cowpoke (since the kids won’t be around to help watch), and trips to and from school helping out.
I love to cook from scratch and do it often but there are times when the kids need something fast to hold them through until supper or sometimes we need a meal in less than 30 minutes because we’re headed to town or school function.
Something I buy are Hot Pockets, Fully Cooked Chicken, and Stouffer’s Easy Express Skillet meals. I’m obsessed with the Stouffer’s lasagna but don’t always have time to cook the family version of it so the express meals come in handy!
We have two freezers, one big one for our beef and other stuff and our top freezer on our fridge. This is where the quick foods are easily accessible.
As you can see, it’s not very well organized. I’ve got veggies on bottom, hot pockets, chicken, Popsicles and bacon on top. My other freezer holds the Stouffer goods because well, obviously I can’t fit much else in here!
Here is one of my 20 minute meals using the Stouffer’s Easy Express Meals. First, I use Easy Express Skillets Grilled Chicken & Vegetables. It has the vegetables already in it but I still need one more filler. Since these meals literally only take 20 minutes, I need something that takes the same amount or less. That’s where biscuits come in! Bread is always a great filler and I’ve got a recipe that takes 20 min or less.
- 2 c. flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- dash of salt
- 2 Tbl. sugar
- 1/2 c. butter
- 3/4 c. Carnation Evaporated Milk
Mix dry ingredients. Add butter, milk and form into soft dough. Do not over knead! Pat into a ungreased 6Ã—6 pan. I use a pie pan myself so you can use whatever. Cut into serving size portions before you cook. Bake at 400â€² for 15 to 20 minutes or until done and golden brown.
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I usually make my giveaways pretty simple, and while this one is still simple, it requires a bit more thought than the others I’ve done in the past. Hey, it’s $500, if you wanna the chance to win something big like that, it’s gonna take a bit more work!
Leave a comment here with a recipe using one of these Nestle products that would be great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack:
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- Nestle Raisinets
- Haagen Dazs Ice Cream (any flavor)
- Nestle Coffee-Mate Creamer (any flavor)
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