Welcome back to Foodie Tuesday! Today's tip is super quick and simple, but you need to keep an open mind about it....aighty?
Use Wendy's $1 baked potatoes for a last minute dinner side!
Ok, hear me out on this one, I swear I'm not crazy!
Here's the background...
Last night I was rushing around trying to get the kids loaded in the car. (I had to run errands then drop them off at my husband's office so I could get to my hair dresser's in time for my appointment.)
It was 4:30 and I realized I had completely forgotten about dinner.
(Oh, if I could only learn to STOP letting this happen...)
I was getting a cut/color and wouldn't be home until much later, so my husband was hans-SOLO for dinner/baths/bedtime routine/etc. I needed it to be quick and easy, and needed it to be ready for him and the kids at dinnertime.
I opened up my freezer, saw a bag of frozen chicken wings from Costco, threw a bunch of them in a greased crockpot, dumped in some BBQ sauce and Winger's Original Wing Sauce (my husband's impulse purchase from Costco...), turned it on high....then was completely stumped.
I can't serve my family only wings for dinner.
What the heck do I have that can be ready to eat with wings?
...that can be put together in like, 30 seconds?
doesn't love, basically hates veggies (arrrggg....), plus I had no time to arrange a salad or steam anything. Then it dawned on me...
My mom taught me this trick.
Just before dropping the kiddos off with my husband I drove through the glorious Wendy's drive-through, got a couple of $1 baked potatoes, and dinner was ready when he was!
Yes, it's fast food. However...
according to their menu they actually bake the potatoes for a full hour, and you can order them with all the butter/sour cream/fatty stuff on the side (or not at all). They also have side salads and chili.
The morals of my story?
- Don't wait until the last minute to plan dinner.
- BUT if you do...a quick, easy, and relatively healthy side for dinner is a baked potato!
And while it's much more expensive to buy a baked potato from Wendy's (I price-matched a 10lb bag of potatoes for $1 the other week) convenience is sometimes priceless.
So there you have it!
Kinda neat, eh?