The holiday season is upon us and our calendars are filling up with dinner parties, family gatherings, work events, sports banquets and more. On top of that, many of us are balancing a long list of other commitments like parent-teacher interviews, volunteer work, seasonal household tasks or yard work, school concerts and holiday shopping. Simply put, everyone is busy right now—but you still need to eat!
Here are three easy, delicious meals you can enjoy any night of the week. Please visit your local VG Meats retail location to shop in person or order online at VGFarmToCity.ca! Remember, we offer FREE home delivery on qualifying orders.
If you have five minutes to throw some chicken breasts into your crockpot in the morning, you’ll be able to have a great meal later in the day. You can use a recipe to make more elaborate slow cooker meals like this one (you’ll need more than five minutes, but it won’t take long), or just add your favourite sauce or seasonings to your chicken. As Ina Garten would say: store bought is fine. There’s nothing wrong with adding a jarred sauce, closing the lid of your slow cooker and walking away! Use the low heat setting (unless you’re short on time) and when it’s time for dinner, make some vegetables (steamed or sauteed if you have time, frozen peas if you don’t) as well as your favourite carb (rice or buttered egg noodles always work well). This is a hearty, homestyle meal that will taste like you put in a lot more effort than you actually did. And the best part? You’ll probably have leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch.
Hamburgers and salad (yes, in winter)
Burgers are often talked about as a summer dish, but they’re a family favourite that’s delicious any time of year. And, they can be prepared in no time! If you have a box of burgers, a bag of fresh hamburger buns and some produce, you’re set. Make a quick green salad while your burgers are on the stove or grill (and remember, using a bagged salad kit is nothing to be ashamed of) and your dinner will be ready in under 20 minutes. You can add as many fancy toppings as you’d like or put a bottle of ketchup on the table and call it a day. There’s no judgement here. Anything goes!
Prepared dishes from VG Meats
If you’re too busy or tired to cook, we get it. Sometimes you just need to phone it in! But don’t go straight for pizza delivery—VG Meats has delicious, homestyle prepared meals that are ready for you to heat and serve. Here are some of our favourites:
- Beef stew
- Beef chili
- Shepherd’s pie
- Chicken pot pie
- And yes…we’ve got pizza!
Life may feel like a whirlwind at the moment, but we hope you’re able to slow down, take a breath and enjoy it. Thanks for reading and for your support of our fourth generation family business. We appreciate that you’ve decided to shop local and serve your family healthy, regenerative food from our farms!