Quick and Easy Family Meal & my first giveaway!!

I believe one of the keys to keeping dinner time as sane as possible is planning ahead, especially for moms who work outside the home.  So when I’m planning my meals, I also like to keep in mind what prep work I can do the weekend or night before.  I’ll brown and sometimes seasons ground beef or turkey in big batches and freeze them in 1 pound increments, chop up veggies, basically anything I can have done ahead of time.

Taco Night is a perfect example of a great, easy to prep ahead, weeknight meal.  The meat can be browned and seasoned, toppings chopped, cheese shredded and when dinner time comes all you have to do is heat your meat, torillas or taco shells and assemble!!  Old El Paso makes it even easier with their lineup of seasonings, meal kits, sides and sauces.

We finally had Keith home for dinner one night so we had our own Family Taco Night!  We had Chicken Ranch Tacos and everyone pitched in!  I set Keith and Brooke to work tearing lettuce.


While they did that, I threw together the chicken for the tacos.  It was so easy.  You could do this with a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.  For this night, I used chicken that I’d cooked in the slow cooker.  There were only 3 ingredients to throw together: chicken, ranch dressing and Old El Paso Taco Seasoning.  Easy Peasy!!


Old El Paso had provided me with some cool dishes so we were able to make everything look more festive!!

We had a really fun time with it and Old El Paso wants you to make “Family Taco Night” a regular event in your house too!! They will send the below prize back to one of my readers!!
Old El Paso Prize

It’s easy…leave me a comment telling me your favorite, quick week night meal. Be sure to leave your email in your comment so I can contact you if you win. I will take entries until Sunday, January 9th at midnight CST. Winner will be selected by random.org and announced Monday morning.

In the meantime, go here to download a printable coupon for $0.60 off any two Old El Paso products today!

Disclosure: I was provided with the “Family Taco Night” prize pack and $10 gift card as well as the giveaway prize pack by Old El Paso through MyBlogSpark. All opinions are my own.


Filed under Contests & Giveaways, Tired Mommy Kitchen

9 responses to “Quick and Easy Family Meal & my first giveaway!!

  1. My favorite go-to meal is Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole. It’s easy peasy.

    1 can chicken
    1 can cheddar cheese soup
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    Frozen broccoli (I never measure this… just use as much as you want)
    2 boil-in-bags of rice (or 2 cups normal rice)
    Shredded cheese

    Preheat oven to 350. Thaw broccoli. Drain chicken. Throw all ingredients except the shredded cheese into a 13×9 casserole dish. Mix well. Top with cheese. Bake for about 20 mins or until cheese is melted.

  2. Heather

    Those are so cute!

    Everyone in our house loves this quick meal (weekend prep and freezing required), Martha Stewart’s red sauce with couscous, slivered almonds and golden raisins. YUM!!! Dinner is always ready in under 10 minutes! WOOHOO!

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  4. Those dishes are so cute! I love taco nights.

    One of our favorite go-to quick meals is pasta with tomato cream sauce. I make the pasta sauce ahead of time so that when it’s time to make dinner, all I need to do is boil some pasta and heat up the homemade sauce. Pop some bread in the oven and mix up a bagged salad and you’re good to go!

  5. Biz Hickman

    We love to do brinner- breakfast for dinner! Simple, easy, filling. Kiddos love it! We’re so trying the chicken tacos tomorrow, though!!!

  6. Angela

    No fair – Biz stole my answer!! We love to do brinner as well and keep it super simple – pancakes, heat and serve bacon, and scrambled eggs, along with some fruit. We also love tacos over here, though we’ve yet to try chicken ones. 🙂

  7. Amanda

    Cheesy chicken skillet… frozen california veggies, shells and cheese and boneless skinless chicken breast in a skillet. If Stig will eat it… it’s a winner!!

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