I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for McCain Foods. I received a sample to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.
One of the things that stands out in my mind from my own childhood is that we always sat down together for dinner. We may have been figety kids, bored tweens or sullen teens, but my brother and I always sat with our parents at the end of the day. We ate together, talked about our day (well, maybe not so much when we were teens) and just took a few moments to be with each other as a family.
Today, I’m trying to instill that same sense of togetherness. It can be tough with picky eaters, but it’s something that is important to both my husband and myself. Our typical dinner usually means I’ve made three different meals plus fed the baby her baby food. Often this means the end of our day is a bit frazzled and stressed. Since I am dealing with picky eaters, I tend to use the method of putting at least one thing I know the boys will eat on their plates. McCain potatoes are the perfect side for them. With that in mind, I picked up two bags of McCain potatoes: Smiles for the boys and Seasoned Cross Trax for the adults.
This was the first time we tried the Seasoned Cross Trax before, and it certainly won’t be the last! The seasoning was perfect and the fries were so crisp. I wasn’t sure if the boys would eat these or not (it’s always hit or miss with anything seasoned for them) but they gobbled them up. I think we found a side that all of us can enjoy.
This was one of those nights that the dinner we were making for us was definitely something we didn’t think the boys would touch: smoked ribs. I say “we”, but really it was my brother-in-law smoking the ribs. Potatoes are something we tend to use as a side for our meals, so we thought the McCain Seasoned Trax would be a perfect compliment to the ribs.
The boys were quite happy to NOT be eating ribs. They enjoyed nuggets, peek-a-boo peas (sugar snap peas) and McCain Smiles.
Using McCain potatoes helped me put together a convenient meal using natural ingredients for my family. More importantly, we were able to be together and slow our day down even if just for a few moments. We chatted about the letter of the week, the dog we saw on the walk home from school and other fun things from the day. Family dinner is something that will continue here, without a doubt, and McCain potatoes helped make our mealtime a bit more memorable!
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