Recently I embarked up on a mission.
I’ve titled it Operation Make My Children Real Food Like a Decent Mother So They Don’t Turn Into Chicken Nuggets.
Yes. It has come to this.
Week nights have gotten overwhelming. Weekends have gotten exhausting. Days that end with a Y are driving me insane.
With football and football and soccer each and every night of the week, and all day Saturday, and half of the day Sunday, finding edible, filling, and healthful-ish options to present them, in a timely fashion had become stressful.
And, sadly, when such occurs, I tended to head to McDonalds give them unhealthful options.
I hated that. I saw Super Size Me and I don’t want a documentary made about us. Although I reality show might be fun!
I decided to commit myself to making a homemade meal of some design, each and every night of the week. So what that they had to eat at 4:15 each day? So what that they wanted another meal each night before bed? At least I could rest assured that I did my mom duty by providing them with at least some semblance of nutritional normalcy.
I’ve decided to share with you a weekly, Dude Approved, meal option, in case you too are struggling to get food in your Dudes’ (or daughters’) bellies.
Dude Food: Weeknight Meals for On-the-Go Families
Roasted Potatoes with Sausage & Broccoli
1 package Johnsonville Polish Kielbasa
5 russet potatoes
2 tablespoons butter
2 large florets broccoli
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 450.
2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium bowl.
3. Chop potatoes into small squares.
4. Toss in butter.
5. Spread on large, flat baking sheet and season with paprika, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.
6. Put into preheated oven while you ready the rest of the ingredients.
7. Melt the second tablespoon of butter.
8. Separate broccoli into fit in your mouth pieces.
9. Toss them in the butter.
10. Salt and pepper ‘em up how you like and add them to the oven.
11. Slice the sausage and add it to the oven.
12. Let everything cook until the potatoes are tender and the broccoli is browning on the tips (about 30 minutes from back when you slid the potatoes into the oven).
12. Remove from oven and serve with crusty bread and cold milk. Or whatever you and your peeps like to wash food down with.
Disclosure: Today’s post was sponsored by Johnsonville Sausage, all recipe ideas and hungry Dudes are my own.