I’m a busy mom. Our weeknights are spent running to and from a variety of activities, events and lessons. I’m plain tired when it comes time to prepare dinner and sometimes we barely have time to fit it in.
On the nights when we do have down time or don’t need to be somewhere, I always plan these ridiculously elaborate meals. Why? Because I have somehow in my messed up busy mom brain, equated that elaborate means something more to my family than it does. It doesn’t.
My family doesn’t care how long it took me to make the meal, or about how many ingredients I used or even what it’s called. They care about how good it tastes and that they got to enjoy it with me. So why shouldn’t I make quicker meals, which eventually translates to more time to do the things I love, like being with my family?
If mom is always in the kitchen cooking, how is she spending time with the family?
Answer: She’s not. Or at least she wasn’t until recently.
Lately, I have been back on a quest to come up with delicious meals that are easy, and come together quickly. This helps me out throughout the entire week, including weekends.
Enter Land O Lakes® Sauté Express® Sauté Starters. Land O Lakes® had the solution I was looking for, an easy, delicious solution to both my weeknight dinner dilemma as well as my need to fix quicker dinners on the weekends, when busy mom’s would rather be spending time with their families.
The new Sauté Express® Sauté Starter combines butter, olive oil and a variety of herbs and spices into one convenient little wrapped square. You simply toss a Sauté Express® Square into your sauté pan and heat until it begins to bubble and sizzle. The sound is pure joy and music to my ears.
Then it get’s fun – you simply add your fish, shrimp, chicken or pork and sauté in less than 30 minutes for a fast and delicious meal. It seriously cannot get much better than that, and the flavor is unbelievable! Busy mom’s everywhere are sighing in relief. Trust me, I know I was.
This quick Italian Herb Shrimp Pilaf I created, was packed with flavor and came together in under 15 minutes. That is what I’m talking about. I simply paired it with this easy Zucchini and Tomato Salad and I was good to go. My family was happy, we enjoyed time together and most importantly, we enjoyed a delicious meal, that took less time to cook that it took to eat!
Disclosure: The author received a full-value coupon redeemable for Sauté Express® Sauté Starter for recipe development and review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Sauté Express® Chicken Recipes:
Chicken Florentine Pasta by Supper for a Steal
Creamy Lemon-Chicken w/ Artichokes by girlichef
Chicken Parm Tenders over Spinach & Orzo by Momma’s Meals
Sizzling Chicken and Green Bean Stir-Fry with Almond Cilantro Rice by Mama.Mommy.Mom
Italian Chicken Pasta Wrap by Big Bears Wife
Creamy Parmesan Pasta with Chicken & Mushrooms by The Messy Baker
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas by That Skinny Chick can bake
Shells with Chicken and Pancetta by The Foodie Army Wife
Capellini Pomodoro with Italian Herb Chicken by Mom’s Test Kitchen
Garlic and Herb Chicken Pasta Toss by Ruffles & Truffles
Sauté Express® Fish and Seafood Recipes:
Easy Cajun Shrimp Pilaf by Daily Dish Recipes
Crabmeat stuffed Flounder Roulades by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Cod Fillet with Lemon Pepper Ginger Sauce by Kimchi Mom
Blackened Tilapia Po’ Boys by Juanita’s Cocina
Tomato-Basil Shrimp with Orzo and Feta by The Weekend Gourmet
Sauté Express® Ham and Pork Recipes:
Ham and Vegetable Frittata by Magnolia Days
Nicole Cook is the owner/editor of Daily Dish Recipes, a lifestyle blog with an emphasis on food/cooking/cocktails and much more.
She calls the Midwest home – Missouri to be exact. Coffee is her go-to drink, music is her vice and she is endlessly tethered with devices to her online world. She loves all things planner, lives for her great big family and loves her pets endlessly!
Her motto in life: Live Simply, Dream Big, Be Grateful, Give Love, Laugh Lots. Always, always laugh lots.