#GrilledEssentials makes our dinner yummy #spon

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We had my dad and {step}mom over for dinner last night and recently my {step}mom was given a list of foods that she needs to stay away from. (Think wheat, sugar, etc).

Having been through numerous rounds on the restricted diet circuit I knew that dinner was going to need to be creative and I was excited to deliver just that.

On our menu we had:

# Sausage and quinoa stuffed squash
# Fruit salad
# Green salad with #GrilledEssential Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast from Hillshire Farm
# Garlic bread (for the wheat eaters)
# Cabbage
# Apple crisp for dessert

The green salad we had is one of our favorites with mandarin oranges and dried cherries but cooking chicken breasts usually means I won’t eat them. I’m weird like that, handling raw meat for consumption makes my stomach turn.

And I had heard about Hillshire Farm’s Grilled Essentials but couldn’t find them locally … until now. We went to Walmart to pick some up (near the lunch meat).

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They have a variety of seasonings but I knew I wanted the Lemon Pepper package for my salad.

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Quick jaunt to another aisle for oranges and then we were done! But my helper had other plans….

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Tangent: They make BACON SPAM?

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I’m officially disgusted.

After that we headed to the produce where my daughter decided we needed a few more things.

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Like 3 pounds of kiwi, for example.

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And my cart just kept growing …

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Seeing the day-old bread carts in the bakery and all of a sudden I was part of the problem. It’s so cheap!! I can’t help myself.

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#GrilledEssentials by #HillshireFarm for #Cbias

We finally make it to the check out counter but not before I’m accosted with yet another SOMETHING I must try. Nutella to go?

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And I always thought the checkout was a trap for my kids.

I finally made it out of the store with everything I needed and everything I had no idea I needed … went in for two items and came out with 31.

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#GrilledEssentials by #HillshireFarm for #Cbias

Surprisingly it still cost under $40 – and I left a happy girl.

You see those coconuts? Yeah, they had milk in them and I couldn’t wait to show my kids how to drink from them. It was delicious. And adorable. And so much fun.

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When my dad and {step}mom arrived I asked my {step}mom to help with the salad – she’s Peruvian and an expert cook. I love her cooking and watching her in the kitchen – she tore the Romaine because cutting it browns it faster (TIP!) so in order to save leftovers, she tears for freshness. I love picking this stuff up from her.

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Then we got out our #GrilledEssentials Hillshire Farm Lemon Pepper Chicken and sliced it up.

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#GrilledEssentials by #HillshireFarm for #Cbias

#GrilledEssentials by #HillshireFarm for #Cbias

Added our mandarin oranges, dried fruit and put it on the table.

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Along with our stuffed squash, fruit salad and everything else.

It was a great dinner.

#GrilledEssentials by #HillshireFarm for #Cbias

#GrilledEssentials by #HillshireFarm for #Cbias

I’ll definitely be adding the Grilled Essentials to my menu rotation. It’s so easy, I don’t have to mess with raw chicken, it tastes amazing and it’s fast. Considering I’d pay $8 for a salad at a restaurant I have no problem paying less than $4 for two pre-cooked and seasoned chicken breasts (which I’ll usually only use one at a time).

I could have used the chicken instead of sausage in our stuffed squash too – or made an easy grilled sandwich. I can dice it up in chunks for snack time or add it to my daughters school lunch with some dip … The ideas really are endless.

Your turn: How would you use it?