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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Meal Time Solutions for our Busy Family #CavendishFromTheFarm

We are experiencing the deep freeze in Ontario, right now.  I've been bundling my children up tight to send them off to school this week.  When they return at the end of their school day, it has always been a priority for me to have a nutritious meal prepared.  This week, with the cold I want to have not just nutritious meals, but also warm, stick to your bones types of suppers.

Being a mom who is at home, you would think I would be well prepared and never be scrambling to prepare and get supper on the table before we head out for evening activities.  This is just not true of myself.  Sometimes it is five o'clock and I'm still pondering what's for supper. 

Evenings like those call for easy meal solutions for our busy family.

Cavendish PEI frozen potatoes to the rescue
(I absolutely love this commercial, and wanted to share it.  Trust me, it'll put a smile on your face.)

Cavendish Fresh from the Farm

Cavendish Fresh from the Farm frozen PEI potatoes are low in saturated fat and are the perfect meal time helpers for this mom.    Inside a bag of Fresh from the Farm potatoes you will find only premium potatoes grown with love in the rich red soils of PEI, Canada.  Fresh from the Farm frozen potatoes are readily available at grocers such as Foodland, and Sobeys, in three convenient varieties - wedges, rustic reds & straight cut.  

I've purchased a couple of bags of all three varieties to have on hand.  We've enjoyed the wedges and straight cut as tasty sides.  Yet, for this post, I am going to share what I did with a bag of rustic reds.

Winter Stew

A winter stew is a favourite meal in our family.  My children often ask for it and it is one dish which I know which won't be left on the plates.

The evening before I had made a large sirloin roast and had leftovers of both meat and gravy, and used these as my base for the stew.  I also cut up a couple of carrots and added in a tin of tomato soup.  In about five minutes my stew was in the roasting pan and ready to go in the oven for a slow cook.  All thanks to eliminating the time needed to peel and slice potatoes, by using Rustic Reds instead.   And, by the way, I've never substituted frozen for fresh in my stew before, so I had no idea what to expect.  

Over the next three hours I forgot about the stew bubbling away and making my home smell fantastic, except for once when I gave it a good stir.    When the kids came home from school they could smell the stew and were happy with their supper selection.

Supper's On!

Using Cavendish Fresh from the Farm Rustic Reds frozen potatoes made getting supper on quick and delicious.  Plates were licked clean and only mom knew that she used a meal time helper to expedite supper preparations.   Our stew was delicious, and warmed the tummies and souls of my family.

Visit Cavendish Farms to find special recipes (called Cavendishes) and how these PEI potatoes make their way from the farm to our tables all across the country.   These are great potatoes for not only recipes like my winter stew, but also, as a stand-alone-side-dish.  Enjoy!

Disclosure – I am participating in the From the Farm blog tour by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Cavendish. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.


Mommy_Jennof3 said...

That is a perfect, nutritious, warm me up meal! I'm definitely going to have to make that for my family! Thanks for the recipe!

Torviewtoronto said...

having these potatoes in the fridge are really useful to prepare meals soon
lovely post

Mommy Moment said...

Those would be great to have on hand for meals in a hurry. Thanks for sharing.
We are having a deep freeze here too....-40's with the windchill every day this week. Brrr!

Multi-Testing Mommy said...

What a great way to make dinner prep faster and easier, but still healthy!

NPC said...

WOW, this looks delicious! And so warm for the weather we are having now! <3

Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen said...

I just recently saw a commercial for them, I'm very intrigued and want to try this brand. There is something "homey" about a bunch of east coasters:)

Christine McN said...

Wow! I didn't even see that commercial before! I should have added it to my post! LOL! Oh, well! Your post and those pics are making me HUNGRY!! No, seriously. I had to wipe the drool off my face.

I'm going to make this! My husband, as you know, loves beef and stews of all kinds!

Gingermommy said...

Looks really easy and yummy