Fresh Family Meals Under 30 Minutes


by My Diary of Us

Just because back to school has rolled around and life is a little hectic right now, doesn’t mean that family dinners should go bye-bye because of a lack of time!  If anything, this is the time of year where family dinners become even more important because it just might be the only time everyone is together in one place! As you know by now, easy dinners that use minimal ingredients and can be on the table in around 30 minutes are kinda my thing!  That’s why I partnered with Village Farm Tomatoes to bring you not one, but THREE easy dinners that can be on your table in a hurry any night of the week! My Mexican Tomato Soup, Grilled Tomato and Cheese Sandwiches, and Skillet Chicken with Green Beans and Tomatoes are three recipes that your whole family is going to love!

Mexican Style Tomato Soup


One tip for planning meals for busy weeks is to do one large grocery run where you can grab everything you need for dinners for the whole week!  I make a list on Sundays of the recipes I want to make, and then simply do one big run Monday morning! This keeps you from having to make multiple trips (that’s a time saver right there) and you will have all of your ingredients on hand to prep in advance or to make the night of! I always shop at our local HEB grocery store where I can grab everything I need from the Village Farms tomatoes to the rest of my ingredients where I know they are fresh and high quality ingredients that I am looking for! I am always impressed with all of the healthy options that HEB offers to its customers including their selection of Village Farms tomatoes that happen to be grown in a greenhouse right here in Marfa, Texas, which is so cool to me!  I love when I know that my ingredients are grown in the same area as me, don’t you?

Grilled Tomato and Cheese


Another tip for easy weeknight cooking is to make dinnertime fun by getting the whole family involved with prepping the food.  This is one of my favorite tips for getting kids excited about what they are eating! Nine times out of ten, if they help you prep it, they will eat it!  Plus, it’s quality time that everyone can chat about their day before sitting down to dinner. I grew up in a house where we all ate dinner together and it’s still one of my favorite traditions to carry on with my own family because it really is a time to share good food and to interact with each other.

Skillet Chicken with Tomatoes and Green Beans


These three recipes are going to become regular dinners in your house because they are healthy, easy, and taste amazing too!  I can’t wait for you to try them out for yourself!

These recipes and blog were created exclusively for Village Farms by Leigh Ann Chatagnier from My Diary of Us