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Before I became a parent, I couldn’t grasp the obsession with “hacks”. Five cleaning hacks for the weekend! A quick mascara hack every woman should know! The ultimate hack to folding laundry! Seriously, had society blown a fuse? “Hacks” eluded me, that is until I had my daughter. Instantly, I was thrust into the exhausted, burned-out, over-worked world of parenthood and one thing shone brightly through the fog of sleepiness… I couldn’t live without “hacks”! Hacks for diaper changing, hacks for wine stains, hacks for getting a full-night sleep. I actually needed them for survival. I started storing hacks like a paranoid backwoodsman awaiting the apocalypse. But the most useful of all? Hacks for dinnertime! And one I have come to rely on for busy weeknights is the delicious easy real potatoes by Idahoan® Mashed Potatoes.
Pizza has been a fall-back dinner more often than I’d like to admit. But with the new year, comes fresh resolve. 2019 is all about balanced meals in my household. And although that often means working a bit harder to prep fresh ingredients, there’s still a bit of room for a hack or two. That’s where “America’s Favorite Mashed Potatoes” come in. I always have a solid store of Idahoan Mashed Potatoes in my pantry.
In particular, there are two things I love about the side dish. First, Idahoan Mashed Potatoes are ridiculously easy to make. You literally pour the packet into some boiling water, mix, and that’s it. You have scrumptious mashed potatoes in under 5 minutes. Second, they come in a variety of delicious flavors and are blended with real cheeses and authentic seasonings. Flavors include: Buttery Homestyle®, Butter and Herb, Bacon & Cheddar Chipotle, Roasted Garlic, Four Cheese, and Buttery Golden Selects.
Now that you know one of the essential hacks in my arsenal, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Here’s how you use this pantry staple to get through the most dreaded time in every parent’s life… weeknight meals! Step one, put down the pizza flyer. Yes, I know it has a coupon for buy-on-get-one free, but resist temptation and come into the light! Step 2, pick up a rotisserie chicken and a bagged salad at the local market. Step 3, put said pre-made foods on actual dishes so you feel like an accomplished adult. Step 4, make the Idahoan Mashed Potatoes and throw some asparagus & garlic into a skillet… both will only take about 5 minutes. Step 5, sit down to a delicious and balanced meal with your family. Step 6, never admit to your mother-in-law that you use “hacks” to survive weeknight dinners… seriously, she’ll never let you live it down. Step 7, use the extra time to have a tickle fight with your little one. There’s nothing more rejuvenating than toddler giggles, would you agree?
And that’s it, with the hacks outlined above, you will live to see another day. So tell me, what is your favorite dinnertime hack? No seriously, I need as many as I can get if I’m going to survive parenthood! Shout them out below and make sure to pick up Idahoan Mashed Potatoes to build up the essential pantry staple.