(Family Features) - Are you tired of the same old dinners? Well, you're not alone. In a 2008 survey of 1,000 adults nationwide, three out of five people said they were bored with their weeknight dinner routine, while an additional 86 percent said that they would like to eat more interesting and unexpected meals at home.
It's true that busy schedules make it hard to find the time or energy to plan an interesting meal, much less cook one; but with ready-to-bake entrees and some simple yet distinctive side dishes, you can go from uninspired to unexpected without spending precious prep time in the kitchen.
A good place to start is in the frozen food section of your local grocery store. Many brands now offer entrees with flavorful, premium ingredients that come ready-to-bake in your oven. Look for main dishes that incorporate interesting flavors like the stuffed chicken entrees from Barber foods. With tender, white-meat chicken and savory fillings ranging from crème brie and apple to asparagus and cheese, they are the perfect meal for those busy nights when you're not willing to sacrifice taste and flavor.
Pair it with a simple side-dish that is big on "wow factor" but short on prep time, and you'll have a complete meal that is sure to shake up your weeknight routine and delight your taste buds.
This recipe turns standard potatoes into bistro fare with the addition of fresh herbs and garlic. When served with a premium entrée, like Cordon Bleu stuffed chicken breasts, a bland weeknight meal is effortlessly transformed into a flavorful surprise. The best part? The entire meal is ready in thirty minutes, giving you another unexpected treat - time to relax from your hectic schedule as the tempting aroma of chicken baking in the oven fills your home.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
If you're looking for more inspiration for your weeknight routine, Barber Foods is offering the chance to win a dinner party in your own home with famous personalities. The Unexpected Dinner sweepstakes gives you the chance to win a dinner with two-time dancing champ Cheryl Burke from Dancing with the Stars, former Miss Montana Amanda Kimmel from Survivor, and the carpenter with a heart, Paul DiMeo, from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. You'll be able to include 6-8 guests in the dinner party and can choose to dine at your home or another location. No purchase is necessary, and the promotion runs until 11:59 PM on May 31, 2008. Visit www.unexpecteddinner.com to enter today.