Sunday, October 27, 2013

Crazy Weeknights

I don't know about you, but it has been crazy busy in our house lately.  My husband has been super busy with work, and the kids with their activities. Getting everyone fed and out the door on time is sometimes a challenge after a long day at work.

This month, Allrecipes teamed up with Ore-Ida®, and it made my life a little easier!

I have to be honest with you. It has been ages since I used frozen potatoes. I got so used to making my own oven baked wedges or roasted potatoes, but I was willing to give them a try.

I cannot believe how many different types of french fries Ore-Ida® makes!  TWENTY-ONE . . . YES . . . 21! And that's JUST the french fries! You can check out all of their product offerings HERE. I decided to pick up a bag of their Zesties® fries, as well as their Tater Tots®.

Here I paired the Zesties® with lamb sandwiches with caramelized onions, cheese, tomatoes and tzatziki sauce. I was surprised at how crisp the Zesties® got by baking (not frying), and they had just the right amount of seasoning. The lamb I had left over from a leg that I roasted awhile back, and had sliced and frozen - saving it for one of those days when all you want to do is scream "Calgon, take me away". Came in very handy.

  Have you seen the tater tots waffles on Pinterest? Well, I tried to make those, but they didn't turn out like the photo in the Pinterest Pin - but they were still delicious topped with a dollop of sour cream and fresh scallions! (Can you see the waffling on the right? LOL!) Paired with a Costco rotisserie chicken and some green beans. Easy-peasy dinner!

I had some of the Tater Tots® left, and wanted to incorporate those into a recipe, rather than just using them as a side. Since I was also working with Johnsonville® this month, I found this recipe on Allrecipes for Amazing Muffing Cups, which called for frozen hash browns. Hmmm . . . a Tater Tot is really just frozen hash browns in a different shape, right? Well even if they're not, I used them in the recipe, and it worked great!

Don't be afraid to take the easy way out once in awhile and give yourself a break. You deserve it!

Buon Appetito!   

1 comment:

  1. these are such delicious dishes and now i feel terribly hungry. i so love coming to your blog and reading all that you post. thank you so much for posting with them. keep us updated with more