Keep Dinners Simple and Stress-free

Life can get crazy-busy in a home where the husband travels for work and the wife is trying to run a successful business out of the house, while raising a kid who is involved in every sport imaginable. Needless to say, dinners are very often rushed and on-the-go. Most nights, simple is the name of the game for dinner in our house. Generally I cook at home. We don't do fast food or ready-made store-bought meals, so anything that can help make dinnertime quick and easy is a big bonus for me.

When my husband is traveling, I'm totally guilty of making a dinner for me and a separate dinner for my son. I'm perfectly happy having a large plate of sauteed veggies. I like some flavor with my veggies, so it's a no-brainer to use LAND O LAKES® Butter with Canola Oil for my stir fry (moderation is key). The flavor of butter  comes through just perfectly in my bounty of vegetables, and it's so easy to just scoop out what I need and pop the tub back into the fridge.

For my son I make his favorite: ravioli, again, scooping out a spoonful of the butter with canola oil and adding it to the pasta, where it melts in nothing flat. Add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to both of our dishes and we're happy campers.

Another dinner that makes everyone happy and alleviates stress in our house is grilled cheese. Super soft spreadable butter is a must for making a successful grilled cheese, so here's another occasion where LAND O LAKES® Butter with Canola Oil comes in very handy. Straight out of the refrigerator, it's creamy enough to spread onto soft bread slices.

 

And it makes for a perfectly delicious and buttery grilled cheese sandwich (accompanied by tomato soup, of course).

There aren't any artificial ingredients in this product -- just sweet cream, canola oil and salt. So I can feel good about feeding it to my family. I use LAND O LAKES® Butter with Canola Oil in all kinds of dishes that might normally call for a combination of butter and oil anyway, like these Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots.

Peppery Grilled Garlic Bread (or any garlic bread, for that matter) is made easier by using this soft, spreadable butter.

And the butter works perfectly in the sauce of one of our favorite chicken dishes too: Cheddar Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Apple-Bacon Pan Sauce.

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If you'd rather not place a branded tub of butter on your dinner table -- maybe for a fancy occasion or perhaps because it's just a personal choice -- LAND O LAKES® Butter with Canola Oil is so creamy and soft that it's easy to transfer to your own cute little dish.

 

We love it on warm Pumpkin Cornbread (a family favorite).

Because we lead such busy lives, the dinners where we can actually sit and eat together as a family are truly treasured. Our family does enjoy the flavor of butter in our food. And I enjoy the convenience and the real ingredients in LAND O LAKES® Butter with Canola Oil. It's a product that makes my life just a little bit easier, since I can reach into my refrigerator and find an already creamy and soft product that is ready to spread. P.S. This is a product that has always been in my fridge -- we've used tub butter for convenience for about as long as I can remember! And now for the giveaway!

For a chance to win a one of two $100 Visa Gift Cards, leave a comment below sharing something you do in your kitchen to make dinnertime simple and stress- free. (Note: this sweepstakes ended on 3/17)

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