*The following giveaway is open to Canadian residents only*
When I was young, March Break meant two things: more sleep and more television.
My parents never bothered to plan getaways or kid-friendly activities; instead, the best my brother and I could hope for was to be left alone until Friday, when we heard the dreaded, “You were supposed to organize your room while you were off this week and it’s still a pigsty!” Ah, memories.
We weren’t alone; upon returning to class, there was usually one or two lucky individuals who sported a tan – the rest, sadly, had little to report (other than statistics of how late they slept and how much TV they watched).
Yet in recent years, the combination of yuppie parents, increased disposable income, availability of all-inclusive packages, children’s expressed preferences and competition from other parents has initiated a theoretical mass exodus every second week in March.
Or so I thought. While March Break is definitely one of the busiest times of the year for family travel, a recent survey indicated that over 70% of families still opt to stay home, or close to home.
So what are kids doing? Well, they’re still sleeping and watching TV, but thankfully, parents have become more involved in planning family-oriented day trips, fun activities and inspired meals. And if you’re staying in this March Break, look no further than M&M Meat Shops to provide delicious, quick meals that’ll keep you out of the kitchen and focussed on family fun!
Here’s my sample menu for a yummy week off:
How about kick-starting March Break with a Monday afternoon matinée? Grab your kids’ favourite DVD, some toffee-flavoured popcorn and a bowl of M & M’s scrumptious Peanut Butter Chocolate Persuasion Ice Cream. It has just the right combination of salty and sweet; with a vanilla ice cream base, it’s loaded with chocolate-covered peanut butter mini-cups and finished with a swirl of peanut butter ripple. Um, yes please.
If you’re watching a flick’s extended version, consider popping some Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough into the oven – you’ll have warm, freshly baked cookies to complement the cold, sweet ice cream. YUM! The week will definitely be off to an amazing start!
Out to explore the city? Make a quick and easy breakfast they’ll love while giving you a pass on dish duty. Try this kid pleaser: M&M’s Bacon “Griddle Stacker”. With grilled eggs, crisp bacon and a slice of real Cheddar cheese – wrapped in a flaky croissant – you’ll have breakfast on the table in just 2 minutes. Alternatively, try the hearty Breakfast Wrap, a zesty omelette wrapped in a soft tortilla shell which offers the same convenience and mess-free cleanup!
Need a lighter option? Toss a handful of Sliced Strawberries, 1/2 cup of Natural Vanilla Frozen Yogurt and a splash of milk into a blender, and you’ve got a delicious breakfast smoothie! And just like that, you’re out the door!
Ah, play date Wednesday. Good news: you’ll go down in history as the BEST mommy hostess when you serve:
Four Cheese Bite Size Pizzas – The perfect kid-friendly snack! Delectable miniature pizzas topped with a tangy tomato sauce and a blend of four cheeses – mozzarella, brick, cheddar and Parmesan. My two year old does not really have a taste for pizza, but LOVES these little bite-sized goodies. One pack of 30 should get you through an afternoon!
Chicken Strips – These strips were made for dippin’. Made with all-white chicken breast meat and breaded with Panko-style crumbs (my fave!), all you need is a selection of yummy sauces (I like M&M’s Honey Garlic and Thai Sweet & Spicy Sauce).
Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers – They’re not spicy, they’re “zesty”! And guess what – kids love them! Jalapeño pepper halves are stuffed with processed cheddar cheese and sauce, then battered, breaded and par-fried. Ready in just 10 minutes – keep some on hand for the adults, too!
Make it a “Take-Out Thursday”… without dialing for dinner! M&M Meat Shops has everything you need to enjoy yummy Chinese fare at home. Start with their Cantonese Style Egg Rolls; filled with a mixture of cabbage, beef, celery, pork, onions and Chinese spices, they’re awesome as an appetizer (or late night snack).
If you’d rather get in on the action, try woking up M&M’s Classic Stir Fry Vegetables and layering them over Hutong Noodles – irresistible Asian-style lo mein noodles which are seasoned with a traditional Asian sauce.
For dessert? Gourmet Pineapple Skewers, of course.
It’s game night! Whether the game is basketball or Jenga, M&M’s Louisiana Style Chicken Wings are my very favourite snack to serve. The wings are crispy and spicy – the way wings are meant to be. We’ve always got a box in the freezer chez Lena.
And there you have it! A yummy March Break menu chock full of easy and delicious meal ideas. Are you inspired to rip up those plane tickets and have a stay-cation instead?
As Canada’s largest retail chain of specialty frozen foods with locations coast to coast, there’s an M&M Meat Shops near you! Click here to find your local store.
M&M Meat Shops has generously offered one Listen to Lena! reader the chance to win a $50 Gift Card! To enter, plan your March Break menu by visiting M&M online – then leave a comment here with five (5) items that you’d treat your family to.
You can also qualify for extra entries! Remember, you must leave a separate comment for each. You can:
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(5) You may tweet about this giveaway daily
I’ll draw for a winner on March 13th. Special thanks to M&M, and good luck everyone!