Thursday, October 16, 2014

Busy Nights? Have #DinnerIn15 with Maple Leaf Prime

It's happening again. Traffic was crazy, it's 6:00pm, and you still have to make dinner. Do you stop and pick up take-out? It's tempting. But maybe you can whip up something tasty and healthy just as quickly at home.

That was my life for a lot of years, and too often we stopped to eat on the way home, or ordered pizza from the car. I gradually got better at planning meals, pre-cooking, and having quick options available in the fridge.  Things like bagged salad, frozen chopped vegetables, and leftover pasta are lifesavers, as are the wide variety of pre-cooked meats that are available these days. When you have the base of your meal ready to heat up and season, dinner can be ready in no time flat.

Maple Leaf Prime has created a line of fully-cooked, sliced chicken and turkey strips in a variety of flavours. These are healthy, lean sources of protein, low in fat and sodium, contain zero trans fats and have no nitrites added. They provide a great base for a quick meal on a busy night, since your protein is already cooked and ready to go. The packaging is even re-sealable, so you can safely store whatever you don't use right away.

Chicken and turkey are easy meats to incorporate into many dishes - toss some chicken strips on top of a green salad and add some crusty bread for a light supper; include the pre-cooked turkey strips in a turkey quesadilla made with bagged shredded cheese; or boil some water for pasta and make a chicken alfredo with your favourite jarred sauce. All of these ideas can come together in about 15 minutes or less, from fridge to table.

Have you checked out Maple Leaf's recipe community, Appehtite? They have a section dedicated to getting your meal on the table in record time. "Dinner in 15" recipes are all ready in no more than 15 minutes, giving you time to prep and eat a healthy, home cooked meal even on your busiest night. Have a look and see what you'd like to try this week!

In the meantime, I'm going to share with you the recipe that I came up with for my own "Dinner in 15" creation. These Chicken Taco Roll-Ups are quick and tasty and would go great with a bagged salad. I tested these out on our 19 year-old this afternoon, and he gave them a big thumbs-up. He ate 5 or 6 I think. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Chicken Taco Roll-ups                                                           
Serves 4-5
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

150g package of Maple Leaf Prime Fully-Cooked Chicken Breast Strips
½ cup shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey jack)
½ tomato, chopped
1/8 medium green pepper, chopped
1 tsp taco seasoning
3 Tbsp medium tomato salsa
2 pkgs. refrigerated dough for crescent rolls

Preheat the oven to 375.
Coarsely chop the chicken and combine all ingredients except the dough. Separate and lay out the dough. Spoon the chicken mixture evenly onto the wide end of each piece and roll up. Place crescents on a cookie tray and cook in 375 oven or 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with a tossed green salad and some sour cream or dipping.

What are your favourite quick and easy weeknight dinners? Would love for you to share some ideas in the comments. And you can keep in touch with Maple Leaf Prime and get more tasty ideas on their Facebook page.

Disclosure: This post has been brought to you by Maple Leaf Prime. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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