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I’m pretty sure since back in 2010 when I started this website, I’ve always been a fan of meal planning. Most likely if you’ve read this blog for a while then you know that. One thing that I’ve grown even more in favor of is getting the kids involved in the meal planning. Trust me when I tell you that it makes meal time so much easier. Now, this doesn’t mean that you end up with cereal or candy for dinner, obviously there is parental guidance involved here but if your kids love a particular meal, add it into the meal plans every now and then. My kids both LOVE tacos and quesadillas, so every single week we have at least one night where those items are on the menu. They love to get involved and I love that we can eat without any complaining. It’s just a win for all! Right now, you can get on track with Meal Planning with these FREE resources from Hiland Dairy so that you too can have a little bit less stress in your life.
This past week when my son came home from school, we decided to make their favorite quesadillas for dinner. This is one of those that they love to get involved with, it’s almost like when you can have them create their own pizza but this time we did quesadillas. A few years ago, I started using French Onion Dip on our quesadillas and adding it before we actually heated them up, ever since we can’t eat them any other way. I love adding the dip to the toppings and then we even use it as a dipping sauce too. My kids enjoy either the French Onion Dip or the Sour Cream on theirs, which works out well since Hiland carries both of those. They also have a Sour Cream & Chive Dip which is delicious on these too.
Now, when I got married that was when quesadilla makers were just starting to make their appearance and I thought I HAD to have one. So I got one as a wedding gift, but I later learned that you can easily make these in a skillet meaning less appliance clutter for me. I simply add a slice of butter to the skillet, then place the filled quesadilla on the skillet and let it brown on both sides. I actually prefer to use white corn tortillas, but my husband and daughter many times will use flour tortillas. It’s totally up to you. Once it’s nice and toasted, slice and serve with a side of salsa and more dip.
This one is sure to be a dinner time win, plus it’s an easy one to add to the menu for the week. Do you meal plan each week? I typically will draft up a meal plan with my family for the month, then we take it week by week going by the day I order groceries. Of course, I do have certain recipes that I have to make on my menu plan but I do a few days a week that I can get the kids involved choosing some of their favorites plus ones they can help make too. Then, we write out our menu plan on our board or our chalkboard pantry door. That also helps my nerves when I get ask “What’s for dinner?” for the 1,283,583,483 TIME! Oh is that just me? Carry on, then.
Now, what are some ways that you stay on task with meal planning? I’d love to hear them, plus be sure to head on over to Hiland Dairy and sign up for the FREE Meal Planning Resources. This is one of those that you don’t want to miss out on and why would you? It’s FREE!
- Gluten-Free White Corn Tortillas or Flour Tortillas
- Hiland Unsalted Butter
- Grilled Chicken, Cooked and Cubed
- Green Onions, Diced
- Hiland Shredded Cheese
- Hiland French Onion Dip
- Hiland Sour Cream
- Start by placing the toppings of your choice onto one tortilla, then add another on top to form the quesadilla.
- Warm up a skillet to medium-high heat and coat with about 1/2 tbsp of butter.
- Place the quesadilla in the skillet and cook on both sides until nice and crisp.
- Cut and serve with your choice of dipping sauces.