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With an (almost) teenager, juggling a 50-plus hour a week career, and solo parenting, I struggle during the week nights to make a meal that both my daughter and I can enjoy that is still quick and easy. I admit, I pick up take out more times than I really should, or we eat “leftovers” from the weekend meals for several meals during the week.
I pin so many meals on Pinterest with the intention of making them, but after a 30-minute commute battling traffic, I just don’t have the energy to tackle an hour-plus prep on a meal. I am looking for ways to cut that time in half.
Thankfully, the new InnovAsian Frozen Cuisine (available at Walmart), allows me to stress less about what’s for dinner, and spend more time catching up on middle school gossip.
So for a week night dinner last week, I tried out three InnovAsian products: General Tso’s Chicken, Orange Chicken and Chicken Lo Mein.
For an added vegetable option, I made a Thai Sweet Chili Brussels Sprouts dish that complimented the flavors perfectly.
The entire meal – start to finish – was ready in less than 20 minutes. You heard me. 20 MINUTES. That’s faster than takeout, and definitely as good.
What I love is that all the flavors were bold, thick, and weren’t watered down like some of their competitors. The all-white meat chicken had a great, light tempura batter that crisped up right in the oven. The vegetables in the lo mein were fresh and crispy, not soggy and bland.
The brussels sprouts were cooked on the stove top while the chicken dishes warmed up in the oven. I cooked the brussels sprouts according to the package directions: I boiled them on the stove top, but you could also steam them in the microwave. I made a side Thai Sweet Chili sauce while the veggies were cooking, with ingredients I had on hand.
This meal was bold, tasty, and a perfect weeknight meal for my daughter and I. It brought both of us together to sit around the table and enjoy a delicious meal, before tackling homework. I really enjoy dinners together, where we can connect, at a pivotal time when most 12-year-olds want nothing to do with their parents. Food helps us gather together.
Try out these new InnovAsian Frozen Cuisine dinners and sides, with a money-saving coupon. Join the rewards program and earn free meals too: http://cbi.as/32zys. Find them at your local Walmart in the freezer section.
How does food bring your family together? Do you struggle with getting a great meal to the table during the week nights? Share your thoughts below!