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Well, we are finally starting to see light at the end of the tunnel of "Icemaggedon". I have not been out on the roads since Thursday afternoon, which means I haven't been to the store since then either. Yet, after a cold day of playing outside in the ice, my kiddos were able to have this delicious Hash Brown Potato-Corn Chowder with Bacon.
For whatever reason, it has never been my thing. I go to the grocery store with a loose idea of what meals I might make throughout the week and pick up a lot of random ingredients to put together into a few dinners. I always make sure I have potatoes and broccoli, because when all else fails, I know we can have baked potatoes. (This is my go-to meal on busy nights when I haven't set out any meat to defrost.) As much as my family loves baked potatoes and take-out pizza, we really need some variety and a plan. I don't mind the cooking part, it's the planning that bogs me down. That's why I was so excited when I got the opportunity to use eMeals, a company that does my meal planning and grocery list making for me.
EMeals is the perfect sanity-saving resource for busy moms with on-the-go families. Every week, a new menu is sent to my inbox with 7 dinner and side recipes as well as a detailed grocery list. Now, I can shop once a week and know that I am going to be serving a healthy and delicious meal to my family every night.
From Classic dinners to Paleo, Clean-eating to Slow-Cooker plans, eMeals has your family's needs covered with 13 meal plans from which to choose. One of my favorite tools in the kitchen is a slow cooker. I use it frequently, especially during our busy times. I chose their Slow Cooker Classic Family Plan to start. If, in a couple of months, I'd like to change things up a bit, I am able to log in and switch to a different plan. (Perhaps the Low-Carb Plan would be a good one to start the new year.) I love this flexibility.
One of the delicious meals this week was Hash Brown Potato-Corn Chowder with Bacon. It was the perfect ending to a chilly day of playing outside. With eMeals' easy list of ingredients, recipe and my trusty crock-pot, I was able to pull off a kid-friendly meal and I didn't have to spend my limited time planning for it or making multiple trips to the store. I was able to spend quality time with my family...shoveling the ice from the driveway...and baking Christmas cookies.
Hash Brown Potato-Corn Chowder with Bacon
6 slices bacon
1 (32 oz.) package frozen Southern-style hash brown potatoes, thawed
1 1/2 cups frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
1 cup chopped onion
4 cups chicken broth
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup chopped green onions
Cook bacon in a large skillet 8 minutes or until crisp; drain on paper towels, and crumble. Place potatoes, corn, onion, chicken broth, salt and pepper in a lightly greased 5- to 7-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours. Stir in half-and-half; mash with a potato masher to desired consistency. Sprinkle chowder with crumbled bacon and green onions.
Right now, eMeals has a fabulous offer for you! Using the code RESCUE, you can save 35% off a one year subscription. This offer expires December 15, 2013. Wouldn't this make a wonderful Christmas gift to those busy families in your life? Visit the eMeals website to get more information and to start your subscription. They can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
The 4-Step sign up for this service is a breeze...1. choose the meal plan 2. receive the plan via email 3. shop and save 4. relax and enjoy. The hardest part is choosing which meal plan to go with. Are you like me? Do you struggle with meal planning?