It’s been another busy week at our home. Good — but, busy. Isn’t that the way it always goes? 🙂 Our oldest daughter and son-in-law have spent the last week and a half on a mission trip and so, we have had the great fun of having our grandchildren here, with us. Our seventeen-year-old served on the same mission trip, so it’s just been our eleven-year-old and our five grandchildren at home with us. Preparing meals has been somewhat different, cooking for 6 kids, 12 and under. Factor in things like swimming lessons, a day trip to the city, work, and typical fun summer activities for kids, plus my mom needing to be re-hospitalized for her heart condition, on Friday, and you could say that food choices have been more kid-friendly, plus, Grandpa-can-make-them-while-Grandma’s-at-the-hospital, finger food options that can be prepped in a hurry and even eaten on the go. I was excited to be selected for a social shopper’s insight study for Collective Bias, testing Tyson Chicken Fries, right at this same time. The word “fries” was definitely appealing to our grandkids and the words “quick”, plus “easy to fix” were appealing to Grandma (and Grandpa)! Some creative serving ideas also made them portable, if we needed to eat on the go. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect to test them out. I found the large two-meal pack at Sam’s Club and if you’d like to see the details of my entire shop, you can check out my Google+ album.
After a fabulously fun and silly afternoon at a wilderness park in the city, plus a couple of stops to do some grocery shopping, the kids and I were ready to head back home for a quiet evening. Once we arrived back at the house, the kids got their second wind and decided to ride bikess around the neighborhood, with friends, and I prepped a quick chicken dinner featuring the Tyson Chicken Fries, we had picked up at the store. I feel silly even saying I “prepped”, since everything was so simple. I put a single layer of chicken fries on a baking sheet and popped them in the oven.
Once the fries were in the oven, I ran out back to the garden and picked some fresh leaf lettuce and red romaine, as well as a few sprigs of fresh dill. Yum!
Though I knew without a doubt that ketchup would be at the top of preferred condiments or “dips” for the chicken fries, I also set out barbecue sauce and then whipped up some honey mustard and a yummy garlic dill dip for the grownups. Honey mustard is pretty self-explanatory. Mix together 2 parts of your family’s favorite mustard with one part of local honey. This makes a simple tasty condiment that the whole family can enjoy and you can control the ingredients! Garlic Dill Dip is simple,too, and it is just as good for dipping veggie sticks or chips, so this one is a versatile recipe to add to your files.
- ⅔ cup sour cream
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- 1 clove garlic, crushed and minced fine
- 2 teaspoons fresh dill, minced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- fresh dill for garnish
- Mix all ingredients in a small serving bowl.
- Cover and chill to allow flavors to meld.
- Serve with fresh vegetables, chips, fries, chicken strips or as a sandwich spread. DELISH!
Washing and cleaning watermelon and some “finger-fruit” that I knew were favorites of our grandkids was the next course of action. I have found that it is so much easier to serve watermelon if I remove the rind and then slice or chunk it, before putting it out for the family. It’s a simple process. On a cutting board, cut the melon in half and lay the flat side against the board. Using a sharp chef’s or butcher knife, begin to peel the rind away from the melon.
Once the melon half is cleaned all the way around, slice the rind off the top, stem-end and then repeat the process with the second half of the melon.
It was easy to serve up a fast, refreshing summer supper with Tyson Chicken Fries and seasonal fresh fruits. Our grandkids were in “Grandma’s the best cook EVER” heaven, which always makes Grandma smile and everyone could customize a tasty plate to their own personal tastes.
Plus, the older kids wanted to eat out on the front porch with their friends, so I was even able to offer a portable, on-the-go option for a great way to enjoy the chicken fries! Whole grain pita pockets! Stuffing the pitas with fresh greens, garlic and dill dip, chicken fries and smoked Gouda made enjoying their chicken dinner an easy way to eat and keep enjoying the outdoors with their friends.
Besides offering options to serve a quick chicken snack or a chicken dinner, that your family will enjoy, Tyson will soon be offering a way to relax and enjoy summer with your family at a Six Flags theme park. Visit the Tyson Facebook page to learn how to enter to win six tickets for your family!
Do you have creative ways to get dinner on the table quickly when your family is busy with summer fun activity? I’d love to hear your favorites!