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Ah... September. Just around the corner and creeping up faster than I thought it could. Something else spectacular about September is that it is National Family Meals Month.
That's right. As if you needed another reason to sit down for a fantabulous family meal, you have the whole entire month of September to celebrate and do just that. And since we know that easy and quick recipes are the secret ingredients needed to rev up the number of family meals you get in every month, we thought we'd show you how we like to use Hormel products to make fast meal prep even faster.
Because in case you were wondering, fast meal prep makes it that much easier to have at least one more meal each week at home to eat together with your family.
Baked Potatoes are always a winner around my house, because they taste fabulous with tons of toppings and because they are easy to make. That's why we do a Baked Potato Bar, Baked Potato Bar, Southwest Twice Baked Potato Skins, and even Spicy Taco Baked Potatoes.
FMI Family Meals meal movement will culminate in September with National Family Meals Month™. We invite you to join the movement and celebrate National Family Meals Month™! Embrace the importance of family meal time, share time with your family, and acknowledge that family meals are a critical part of raising the next generation.
We're here to help.
Are you ready for the rushed season of back to school days and after school activities to start up? In many parts of the country, you're already in the midst of the back to school juggle. Meaning, the kids are back in school, activities are in full swing, and you're likely trying to figure out how to squeeze everything in to one small 24 hour window.
Don't fret. We're here to help you out in whatever way we can, and as usual, that comes in the form of a little mealtime assistance.
Family meals are so important, and it is worth it to make an effort to ensure that those joint mealtimes happen during the busy school months. After all, its one of the best times to communicate with your children, let them know that you care and are there for them, and gives you the perfect opportunity to see what is going on in their lives.
“Family meals eaten at home have been proven to benefit the health and wellness of children and adolescents, to fight obesity, substance abuse and to make families stronger - creating a positive impact on our communities and our nation as a whole”.
There is absolutely no reason why meal time has to be stressful. All you need are a few Easy Recipe Ideas, and you're on your way to successful family meals.
Shortcuts exist for a reason, and I will be the first to admit that I use them ALL THE TIME. While I do enjoy making a delicious chili from scratch, Hormel Chili also holds a special place. It actually brings back memories of camping with my family as a kid, because Hormel Chili was one of our go-to camper meals. It is just as good now as it was then.
Now, you know I like to mix things up and while you could totally heat the chili up and eat it as is, I'm all about making easy recipes by using ingredients that are readily available. So, if you're in a crunch at mealtime and want to dress things up a bit, how about trying Loaded Chili Baked Potatoes. All you need are a few ingredients: baking potatoes, Hormel No Beans Chili, and whatever toppings you prefer. I used shredded cheddar cheese and chives, but I'm not above putting a nice sized dollop of sour cream on top of my Loaded Chili Baked Potato. Yum.
Wanna know how long this meal takes to cook from start to finish? Well, it all depends on if you bake the potatoes or microwave them. I opted for the microwave, because--HELLO, time saver! Isn't that what we're doing here? So, less than 10 minutes, from start to finish, which gives you plenty of time to sit down with the family and enjoy time spent chowing down with loved ones. Tell me something better. Nope... didn't think so. 🙂
HORMEL® brands has several options to make meals prep quick and easy. I haven't tried them all, but you can bet they are on my list:
- Cure 81 Ham
- Bacon Toppings
- Hormel Chili
- Hormel Refrigerated Entrees
- Taco Meats
- House of Tsang
What quick meal time shortcut are you looking forward to using?
Visit Hormel Foods for more great ideas!