October 4, 2018 Healthy Eats Easy Weeknight Dinners People had told me that kids keep you busy, but I honestly didn’t fully understand until we had Owen. And, even more so recently as he becomes increasingly more mobile, busy and opinionated. I always start my day with a plan to cook homemade food for Owen to keep on hand and also a healthy, home cooked meal for us, but life happens and my plans get derailed on a regular basis. A meeting runs late, I don’t have time to think about what to cook, but I also don’t want more takeout. I think we burned ourselves out on takeout in the first 6 months of Owen’s life, haha! Enter Home Chef—you guys probably know them as a meal kit service that delivers a box of fresh ingredients and recipes for several days worth of dinners straight to your house. But, did you know they just launched their meal kits at Mariano’s too?! Easy Weeknight Dinners I love the concept of ordering meals for a week online, but if I’m being honest, I rarely have thought that far ahead and actually ordered them. Which makes the meal kits super handy because I can swing in at a moments notice and pick one up. Talk about the quickest grocery run ever! My local Mariano’s had 4 different options, all which looked really yummy! There was an empanada bowl, meatloaves (which really just looked like oversized meatballs!), steak with veggies and pretzel-coated chicken. I’d been craving Italian, so I went for the meatloaves that had a marinara sauce and spicy green beans on the side. Rob and I were leaving for Denver the next day, so I was thrilled to get enough food for one tasty dinner, but not have a bunch of leftovers or additional ingredients that wouldn’t get used. It was quick to prepare and easy to cook. I love that all the ingredients are pre-measured, so you don’t have to worry about how much to add. Because of that, there’s less waste, which is so important to me! Our meal was really, really good! I did skip the provolone in the middle of the meatballs because I try not to eat too much dairy, but despite that, they were awesome! Rob loved them—which is always a win in my book! I felt so much better about making a home-cooked meal than ordering take out again too! And, another little bonus! If you pick-up a meal kit in store, you’ll get $35 off your first online order! So perfect for a last minute dinner or when you don’t want to think too hard! Thanks to Home Chef, a brand I love and trust, for sponsoring this post! Partnerships like this make The Fox & She possible! BTW, my October intentions, and 6 tips for keeping your home tidy.