Fresh Market Meal

Fresh Market Meals

Both of my sisters do a great job of balancing their full-time work with family life.  Neither of them ever feed their family dinner by driving through a fast food window.  It’s not an option.  But how do they get a healthy meal on the table when there is only so much time in the day?

stir fry

By Jennifer Stagnitta

As a full time working mom and dance mom(lol), I don’t have a lot of time to cook.  But I do love to cook good food when I have time and eat good food. 

A Fresh Market opened up near my home a few years ago and they have something called a weekly meal deal.  The meal is $20 for 4 people.  It is all prepared and ready to cook.  Last week it was stir fry.  They give you options:  steak, chicken or shrimp/white or brown rice/ and type of sauce.  It also came with stir fry veggies all ready to saute and your choice of dumplings or spring rolls.  It took me about 30 minutes to cook and get it on the table!  My family always loves it!  It is nice to have a home cooked meal instead of take out during the week.  Every week there is a new meal deal and it is offered every day of that week.

FYI:  I chose the steak and white rice with Korean stir fry sauce.  It fed all of us with leftovers.  Sometimes if we’re really hungry I will get 2 and then have extra leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day.  Even for $40 it’s still worth it!!!

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I'm a stay at home mom and my life revolves around feeding my family of four. I love to cook for my husband Matt and two boys(Matthew-11 and Dominick-9). I'm not good at entertaining big crowds. That makes me nervous! I TRY and cook healthy meals, and I TRY to buy organic. Matt likes almost everything except for olives, mustard and fancy cheeses-everything I love)! So I try to find recipes without those ingredients or sneak them into the food I make and then he picks them out... And when he likes something, he has no control. Can't stop. Won't stop! But he really tries to make good choices in what he eats. In the last five years or so we both have made changes for the better in our diet. Matthew eats very little and is very picky. It's hard to watch him eat cause he's always picking! My mom get's so annoyed watching him eat! I was the same damn way as a kid. I tortured my parents by becoming a vegetarian for 7 years! I still can't eat all meat. I'm picky. Dominick loves almost everything! And when he loves it, you know it. It's all over him and the floor. Unlike Matthew. Not a single crumb.... I am 100% Italian-I think.. I grew up in Long Island and always ate really great food!!! While the other kids in school were bringing Lunchables or buying lunch, I was eating a chicken cutlet sandwich! My mom is an amazing cook. Much better than me. I have to pull recipes and follow them. She just whips stuff up in minutes and its amazing! And my dad loves all of her food, and all food in general! Except if its too healthy, like salmon.... Most of the time when he's eating his eyes are closed. He says he can taste it better that way... My sisters both live in Long Island and our conversations usually consist of food, fashion, beauty or kids. Ali is similar to my mom. She whips up delicious meals. And they are usually healthy and light. She says she doesn't eat carbs, which is a lie. Every weekend shes at the pork store picking up twisted Italian bread, sausages, and ravioli. Her eyes light up when her 2 year old Joseph eats. Her goal in life is to feed him. And she hates casseroles. Refuses to make them. Lol Jen is very busy as a dance mom with her two girls. But when she gets in the kitchen, watch out! She cooks up a storm. Her salads are the BEST ever! Usually, it's accompanied with steak and rice or fried chicken cutlets! And there are leftovers for the whole week. The goal of my blog is to share some of my family's favorite foods. I'll let you know what works out well and not so well for me when it comes to feeding the fam!

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