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Is anyone else super stressed lately now that school and activities are back in full swing? My daughter has soccer practices and games, CCD and piano lessons on weeknights and they keep us running all over the place.
For the first few weeks I gave in to the ease of the drive-thru more often than I care to admit but I quickly realized I had to figure something else out. I like to eat dinner with Taylor every night at the table. I think that is important bonding time and in order to make that happen I knew that I would need to be better prepared. I started meal planning, making things in my slow cooker (that I can set in the morning so they will be ready when I get home) and also implementing meal hacks to create some effortless meals.
One of my favorite tricks for reducing cooking time is to buy a rotisserie chicken and use it to create other easy meals. I can run into Walmart on my way home, head over to the deli department (which thankfully is right near the front of the store) and grab a Marketside rotisserie chicken meal which comes with a 2 lb side of potato salad, macaroni salad or cole slaw along with a 2 liter of Coca-Cola. The signage at Walmart makes it easy for people to find what to make for dinner with little effort. They also have pizza meals that come with a 16″ pepperoni pizza or cheese pizza with a 2 liter of Coca-Cola. I will definitely be buying that one in the future as well.
This past week I made a delicious Asian Chicken Salad and it was totally delicious. I stopped at Walmart on my way back from Taylor’s piano lesson and picked up everything I needed in order to get a quick and tasty dinner on the table. This included the Marketside rotisserie chicken deal and the ingredients I would need to make my salad and dressing.
I began by rinsing off my lettuce.
Next, I separated the meat from the chicken.
Then, I added matchstick carrots, scallions, chow mein noodles and the chicken to the top of my lettuce. (I like to wait until I am seated at the table to stir everything up and add dressing so nothing gets soggy.)
For the dressing I took a clean and empty mason jar and added 2/3 cup of rice vinegar, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger, 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, 3/4 cup of olive oil and a teaspoon of sesame seeds. I love how pretty it looks with the oils are all layered. When you are ready to use it just make sure the cap is on tight and give it a few good shakes.
Thanks to Walmart I was able to put a decent meal on the table in under 10 minutes.
What are your tips for avoiding the drive-thru?
Be sure to check out more delicious effortless meal inspiration here.