The Working Mom’s Guide to a 20-minutes-or-Less Dinner

Let’s face it.  If you are a working mom, you know that you have 20 minutes – though often less – to put food on the table before your ravenous kids start eating every snack at hand.  Occasionally (emphasis on ‘occasionally’), I am well-organized and will have made a large meal on Sunday night to provide enough left overs for at least two other days of the week.  This weekend was a busy one though, so I am not prepared for the week.  I have, however, planned ahead and much like a squirrel readying for the winter, stored some goodies in the freezer for days when fresh, hot food is not available!

Pictured below are some of my freezer favorites:

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Morey’s Marinated Wild Alaskan Salmon, ~$14

Purchased at Costco.  Comes with 6 filets.  Toss the number of filet packets that you plan to cook that evening in the fridge to thaw.  When you come home, cook for 20 minutes and prep sides while fish is cooking!  The kids, by the way, LOVE this salmon. I will often split one filet between the two boys, and my hubby and I will each eat one.

Trader Joe’s Organic Jasmine Rice, $3.49

There are three pouches per box.  1 pouch contains two cups of rice (enough for two kids and at least 1 adult). Cooks in 3 minutes!  Sticky, flavorful, white rice.  NOM!

Bird’s Eye Steam Fresh Frozen Vegetables, $1

This pouch contains enough veggies for two meals.  The package includes asparagus, gold and white corn, and baby carrots.  Kiddies will often pick out the asparagus and toss it to the side, but I rather like it in the mix, so I think it works for us all.

Total cost: $18.49

Total meals: 2

For less than $20, you get two meals for the week!  Plus, this meal is relatively healthy and the sodium content is also fairly low for all three items.  The items with the highest sodium content is the salmon filet, and even it only has 10% sodium!  Not too shabby!

As you can tell, I am missing a photo of the actual meal, but TRUST – it was good. 😉

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Let me know if you have any other suggestions for quick meals that are kid friendly in the comments section below.  I’d love to hear them!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

$80 Hunter Boots

Yup!  You read that correctly!  And, at Costco!!  Now, there are only very limited sizes online and not all stores have them in stock, but if you get lucky, you might just be able to score the color and size you need/want.

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I REALLY wanted a pair of red or gray boots, but alas, settled on my third choice, the green Hunters.  Both the regular matte green and the olive green boots have a variety of sizes.  Most colors have size 5 and 10 or above, however.  I actually love the green and think they will actually be a pretty versatile color to style!

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Same pair styled below by The Sweetest Thing‘s Emily , (Photo Credit:  The Sweetest Thing)

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Below are pics of me in a pair of raspberry-colored ones I scored for about the same price earlier this year:

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Raspberry Hunter Boots, http://chicinacademia.com

The one catch for this sale/purchase is that you have to be a Costco member to buy them, so if you don’t have a membership make sure to reach out to your family and friends.  One of them is bound to be a member and willing to help you get a pair.  Good luck and happy shopping!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!