Steak, grilled asparagus spears & roasted rosemary sweet potatoes plated

My “Meal in a Flash!”

Do you ever feel like you want to serve a really great dinner at home but don’t have the energy it would take to whip up something delicious? As a working mom, I often sit at my desk around 4 p.m. and think about what I am going to serve my family for dinner that very night. I go through our regular, quick meals including chicken fajitas, breakfast for dinner, soup and salad but when nothing is sounding good I head to Heinen’s Prepared Food case for inspiration and often times a quick and easy supper solution.

Last week was full of after-work activities. Rather than leave my family at home to fend for themselves (which often means pizza delivery) I decided I would explore the new “Meals in a Flash” program developed by the Executive Chef at Heinen’s. These meal suggestions include items and ingredients you can easily find in the store that are a breeze to assemble, taking the stress off of you, my fellow busy people.

Meals in a Flash chart held up in front of prepared foods case

I first stopped by the Prepared Foods case to pick up one of the new “Meals in a Flash” menus and to see what they currently were featuring. I thought the steak looked really fresh and not overdone so I started there as the base of our meal. I also thought I could cut off some prep time by purchasing some of their grilled asparagus spears (the perfect veggie side.) As I made my way over to the salad bar to whip up a greenery salad, I notice they also had some Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes and so I bought a small container of those instead of a green salad and off we went. Time to get home and serve it up!

containers of steak with sauce, grilled asparagus & sweet potatoes

The meal was as easy as 1, 2, 3 to heat up (be sure not to overcook your steak,) plate and serve. My family was impressed and enjoyed such a nice meal, and I very much enjoyed a night off from cooking and most of all no pots and pans! The new Meals in a Flash program, if nothing else, is a great reminder that the grocery store offers so many ways to make a healthy, delicious meal for your family at-home, and you don’t need to struggle and spend a ton of time in the kitchen after work.

Thank you to Heinen’s for always reminding me how important cooking at home with my family is … and if you don’t cook or don’t have the time to, how just sitting down together and enjoying a semi-prepared dinner can also be just as satisfying and good for the soul!

Plate of steak, rosemary sweet potatoes & grilled asparagus

Charity D'Amato
Posted by: Charity D'Amato
Charity is the founder of studio Chartreuse; a design firm located in Lakewood, Ohio. She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Design and Art Education. Charity is a Cleveland Bridge Builders graduate and the recipient of the 2010 Inside Business Athena Young Professional Award. Since 2007, Charity has also been the voice behind the regional lifestyle blog, Charity and her family recently made the move across the river from Westlake to Shaker Heights, Ohio. “I really adore that I get to come to work every day and be creative. This is my passion and my reality.”

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