What’s for Dinner?

When I went grocery shopping last week, I went without a list. This is normally pretty risky behavior and leads to extra purchases and sometimes not enough dinners. For these reasons, I try to ALWAYS make a list before hitting the grocery store. But we missed our regular grocery shopping day, and we had exhausted our food supply, and it was a weekday, and I figured I could just grab a few things and then go back a few days later after I had a chance to make a list.

Good theory…but it didn’t exactly happen that way. I got to the store, and it was not very crowded. And I realized I didn’t really want to go back to the store later in the week. So I decided to go ahead and just buy the normal allotment of groceries. But without my list, I hadn’t planned dinners for the week, so I kind of had to wing it. Fortunately, we have some old favorites that are in our regular rotation (such as tacos) that made it a little easier on me. For the other dinners, I selected easy items like brats/hotdogs and versatile things like chicken breast. And then I stumbled upon the Land O’ Lakes Sauté Express flavor cubes…and since I was already shopping on impulse, I bought them. I decided on the teriyaki flavor and bought some rice and beef to go with it.


Well tonight I finally got around to making this teriyaki meal…and I have to say- it was delicious!  And oh so simple. I wish I had taken a picture of the finished meal, but we gobbled it up (even the toddler) so quickly that by the time I thought of it the plates were empty. But here’s how I made our scrumptious meal.

– I had 1.2 lbs of beef, so I used 3 cubes of the Sauté Express (the package recommends 1 cube per half pound of meat).
– I added the three cubes to my pan and turned the heat to medium-high.
– I waited for the cubes to melt complelety (they turned into a thick, bubbly sauce) and then added my beef (which I had cut into small strips).
– After a few minutes, I added half a package of frozen stir-fry vegetables.
– Then I just stirred constantly to make sure everything was coated and cooked.
– Meanwhile, the rice was cooking. I’m awful at rice (seriously, it’s sad), so I use the boil in a bag variety.

Everything was done cooking at about the same time…and I had a meal on our plates in less than 30 minutes. How can you beat that?!

No, I’m not a Land O’ Lakes employee. Nor is anyone in my family. And I did not get compensated in ANY way for this post. I just thought this product was really neat and wanted to share, in case anyone else has seen these in stores and wondered if they are any good (which, yes, they are).

What have you made for dinner that’s quick and tasty? I’m always on the lookout for new meals!

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