Ok mamas, let’s have a little talk why don’t we? If your kids are anything like mine, they can be summed up in two words; busy and picky. It seems like the closer we get to the holiday season, the less time I have to put meals on my family’s table, and the more back talk I get from the kids about what they want to eat when I actually do have time to cook. My youngest thinks veggies are a bad word (seriously, you should see him say it) and my oldest thinks we should live on takeout. Coming up with easy meals that I feel good about serving and that they will actually eat is a battle I fight constantly, and one that I’ve finally found a way to win. So, pull up a chair, get ready to have your picky eater problems solved in a quick and painless manner, and let’s talk about veggie filled 15 minute meal ideas that are kid and parent approved!
Now, let’s see if my daily schedule sounds familiar to any of you. Once I’ve survived the chaos of the mornings, I work the day away until it’s time to do school pick up and mom taxi service as I like to call it. I get the kids from school. I take them to clubs and practices and games. Usually somewhere around 7pm I drag my tired butt home and stand for a good five minutes in front of an open refrigerator contemplating how to get a delicious dinner on the table by 7:30 so that homework and bath time can start by eight. Whew! Are all of you nodding along with me right now? I’m sure you are because what I’ve just described is what is referred to as mom life. Add to mom life the fact that both my kids are P-I-C-K-Y when it comes to food and you’ve got what I call my life. However, I’ve recently discovered that there is a light at the end of the dinner time tunnel and it’s called Birds Eye® Veggie Made™ Meals (woot, woot!). These quick (how does dinner in 15 minutes sound?), easy (can you open a bag and pour it in a skillet?) and perhaps most importantly for this mama, veggie-filled (there’s an entire cup of veggies in each serving) meals are the perfect solution for busy weeknight dinners and even better, they are kid AND parent approved, meaning mom gets a big win at dinner time. If I’ve got your attention (and I know I do, you smart mama, you!) read on to find out why Birds Eye Veggie Made Meals are the perfect solution for that thing called mom life.
Trust me, I know that when it comes to feeding your family enough veggies, the struggle is real. I’ve experimented with a number of techniques including but not limited to: hiding veggies in cheese, grinding up veggies into itty-bitty pieces that can’t be found with a microscope but somehow can immediately be seen by my children. I’ve even tried bribery. But now, I’ve found a quick, easy and did I mention, delicious way to add veggies to my family’s table with Birds Eye Veggie Made Meals from Walmart (get your Ibotta offer to try them here. Offers are available while supplies last). Let me tell you how this discovery went down. I was at Walmart doing my weekly shopping (in my yoga pants of course because who has time to get dressed?) and looking for frozen meals in the freezer aisle. In my home, frozen meals are a must, especially for those nights when games run long and I can’t even think, much less put together a recipe from scratch. As I scanned all the usual suspects, I happened to see that big NEW! wording that I always get so excited about. Upon further inspection, I discovered that I had found meal options that had some of my family’s favorite words in the title (rice and pasta) but had a little twist….the rice and pasta in the meals was made from veggies (happy dance, happy dance!).
Knowing that these meals were new takes on some of my family’s favorite dishes like Chicken Fried Riced Cauliflower, Alfredo Chicken and Sweet & Sour Chicken, I sneakily added them to my cart (it’s been so much harder to fool my littlest since he learned to read!) and headed home to see if I could pull off the ultimate switch-a-roo and give my family a veggie-filled meal that they would actually enjoy eating.
Once I got home, I took inventory of my new purchases and stocked the freezer for those busy weeknights when I need dinner FAST. Then, I pulled out my wok, tore the top of my Birds Eye Veggie Made Chicken Fried Riced Cauliflower off and simply followed the directions on the bag for a complete, 15 minute meal that rivaled the takeout I had considered ordering.
Now, when I say 15-minute meal, I’m seriously telling you that this entire, balanced meal is cooked to perfection and ready to serve in….wait for it….15 minutes. While that in itself is a small miracle, let me tell you the other thing that makes these meals so awesome. Remember how I told you earlier that the rice and pasta in the meals are made from veggies? Well, you’d never know it! These meals taste just like my family’s favorite rice and pasta dishes but the final product is minus all the starches and filled with nutritious veggies!
I was honestly surprised not only by how much my Birds Eye Veggie Made Chicken Fried Riced Cauliflower looked like the yummy Chicken Fried Rice we order from takeout, but how it also tasted spot on!
In fact, I didn’t say a word to my family when I served it up and instead, just sat back and let their reaction do all the talking.
At first, they were simply excited that mama had served up takeout (haha!) and with each bite they took, my chest puffed out a little more and my smirk grew just a little more noticeable because I knew I had pulled off the ultimate switch in a way that not only ensured dinner wasn’t stressful, but also guaranteed that my family is getting a full cup of veggies that they need per serving of Birds Eye Veggie Made Meals!
Truthfully, I let them rave for a few minutes about how good dinner had been and how awesome I was to order up something so delicious. Then I dropped the bomb that I’d been waiting to unleash on them and pulled out my package of Birds Eye Veggie Made Chicken Fried Riced Cauliflower. Of course, I handed the bag to my veggies-are-a-four-letter-word thinking youngest and asked him to read the whole bag out loud. And when he did, the look on his face was priceless.
He looked up and me and said “But mama I don’t like cauliflower!” and I might have had the slightly mature response of “Na-na-na-na-na, oh yes you do!” All my guys looked perplexed for a minute but then they simply shrugged and asked when we could have this easy meal again. In that moment, I pumped my fists, did a victory lap around the kitchen and patted myself on the back for getting in a mom win that we can all feel good about.
And it felt great. Really, really great.
So, to all you moms out there who are tired and struggling to come up with veggie-filled meals for your family, I challenge you to join me in a victory lap around the kitchen after you watch these Birds Eye Veggie Made meals disappear from your dinner table. Start by heading to Walmart today to pick up a variety of frozen meals that use veggies in the place of rice or pasta. You can choose from the Birds Eye Veggie Made Chicken Fried Rice Cauliflower that I served up, Birds Eye® Veggie Made™ Garlic Chicken, Birds Eye® Veggie Made™ Alfredo Chicken or Birds Eye® Veggie Made™ Sweet & Sour Chicken. Or you can buy them all like I did and stock your freezer so that anytime you’re in a pinch, you’ve got an easy, delicious and veggie-filled meal that can be made in minutes!
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Then tell me, how will Birds Eye Veggie Made Meals make serving up an easy, delicious and veggie-filled dinner easier for you?