Balancing busy weeknights with a nutritious meal that my kids will eat and doesn’t take forever to make can be tough. Picking up fast food or resorting to cereal and milk may be easy and something my kids will eat but neither idea is a very balanced meal. So, I like having a few easy meals up my sleeve that I can rely on when I am feeling overwhelmed. One idea that works well for my boys is macaroni & cheese. I pair it with a side of veggies that they like and I am ahead of the game with a balanced meal that’s also easy to make.
We know that everyone wants to eat better but needs inspiration and simple solutions to choose from so they can make it a reality more often. One combination that works great for us is garlic green beans paired with Stouffer’s Family Size Macaroni & Cheese. Both dishes start out frozen but can be quickly made with a little prep. Frozen prepared foods are a great time saver and there are so many new dishes and flavors to choose from.
Garlic Green Beans Recipe
- frozen green beans
- 2 T olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- salt and pepper
I buy the frozen green beans that can be steamed in the microwave. They are so easy to make but any green beans will do. Cook the green beans according to the directions and then drain.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and saute 2 cloves of garlic for a minute. I keep this step easy by using frozen minced garlic cubes. Then toss green beans in sauteed garlic until well coated. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Pair the garlic green beans with delicious mac and cheese. There are a variety of mac and cheese products on the market but my boys really prefer Stouffer’s. It can be baked in the oven or in the microwave, it’s great to have both options depending on how much time I have. Stouffer’s Mac & Cheese recipe includes real, simple ingredients, like freshly made pasta, cheddar cheese, milk, and butter. Clearly, a box of dry pasta and powder can’t really compete.
Other easy side ideas that keep our meals balanced are fresh veggie crudites, roasted broccoli, and a green salad.
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