Pass the Cheese Please (Giveaway)

When you prepare dinner what “essentials” must you have on the dinner plate? For me it’s some kind of a protein (meat), unless I am doing a meat-free night, a veggie and some kind of a carb/starch to help fill you up. Our protein is usually chicken or fish and occasionally red meat. As for our veggies we steam just about everything (broccoli, carrots, string beans…). There are hardly any veggies my family won’t eat. Thankfully we are big veggie eaters.

The other side dish is usually the boring one. I make things like mashed potatoes, stuffing, pasta (egg noodles) or brown rice. They can get kind of boring when you eat them over and over again. However we’ve been making a new kind of side dish that my family (especially the kids) are thrilled about. I have been making Kraft Macaroni and Cheese as a side dish. My whole family especially loves the new Creamy Parmesan Alfredo (and so do I!). It’s easy to make and tastes like I spent hours in the kitchen. I have made chicken Alfredo from scratch. The Kraft Creamy Parmesan Alfredo is much easier.

The Kraft Macaroni and Cheese dinners are not only great as side dishes but also as main dishes. I have taken the Kraft Creamy Parmesan Alfredo dinner, prepared as directed, and tossed in some steamed peas and chicken from one of the roasted chickens you can get already cooked at the grocery store. From start to finish it takes me about 15 minutes (give or take). My family LOVES it. My kids are not big meat eaters yet they enjoy the Creamy Parmesan Alfredo dinner with I toss in the chicken and peas. I LOVE being able to prepare dinner is such a short amount of time. That frees up time I’d normally spend in the kitchen making dinner. That extra time allows me to do things with my family or catch up on things around the house I couldn’t attend to earlier in the day.

The Homestyle dinners comes in Creamy Parmesan Alfredo, Classic Cheddar and Hearty Four Cheese. My kids prefer the Homestyle over the boxed version. I guess because the pasta is a bit thicker as is the sauce. When I tell them I’m making Macaroni and Cheese they always ask me if it’s the “stuff in the blue bag”. LOL! One bag is too much for two kids so what I do is prepare the mac and cheese and then freeze half of it or put it in the fridge to serve another day (maybe one day for dinner and the next time for lunch).

Being able to make my family dinner quickly and easily is something I look forward to. Especially with the hot weather the less time in the kitchen the better. I would much rather spend the time I’m saving in the kitchen doing things like playing the Wii with my family (we love to bowl using the Wii), chatting about each other’s day, or play a game of “monkey in the middle” with our dog and a ball or Frisbee (not in the house of course).

The Homestyle dinners lend themselves to other creative dinner options. Just by adding a few other ingredients (meat, veggies…) you can create an entirely different meal for your family and it would still only take about 15-20 minutes to prepare. For some really awesome recipe ideas visit http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/dinner/macaroni-and-cheese-recipes.aspx.

Kraft Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese dinners are available across the country. For more information you can visit their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/KraftMacaroniandCheese.


To help make dinner time even more special I have a special prize package that includes the entire Kraft Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese Dinner product line and a set of summer-inspired Jonathan Adler cloth napkins and placemats

To enter please share with me some of your secrets to spending more time with your family? What do you do when you have time together?

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This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on June 29, 2011 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply with a name and mailing address (no PO Box) or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

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* I received free product samples as a member of Kraft’s Delicious Byte. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own. Kraft Delicious Byte will be providing the prize package.

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


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    We have “cooking lessons” a couple of times a week, so not only do we spend time together preparing (and eating) a great meal, my son learns cooking tips and techniques that he can take with him when he goes back to school in the fall.

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    We are game ppl so once a week we play games together, before the games we all work together to create a nice dinner followed by game snacks. Starting the routine early creates less arguments when teens as they are used to this is what we do so don’t ask to get out of it unless it is really important.

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  148. i try to prepare some foods when i have a bit of free time on the weekend so i can have more time during the week

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    We take a lot of mini-vacations. We’ll go to another state for the day and take little tours. It’s a great way to really feel like you spent quality time with the family.

  150. We like to watch movies together, both at home and the cinema, but when at home we all share popcorn and can snuggle.

  151. I use the crock pot a lot to save time. We love to go hiking together.

  152. Jill Myrick says:

    For family time we enjoy watching movies, playing games and spending time at the lake together.


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    We have a movie night every other weekend and make homemade pizza together before the film!

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  168. I’m kind of a night owl, so I like to stay up late getting lots of stuff done while everyone else is sleeping. That way I can have as much time with my family as possible!

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    We go on family hikes

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    Dinner time is our time to bond

  193. Kerrie Mayans says:

    We just make every other friday family night and nothing else can be scheduled. We often play games or watch a movie as a family on those nights.


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  254. Cindy Nester says:

    To spend time together, we focus on spending at least 4 nights a week with a homemade dinner. We are really aiming for more and cutting out quick stops through the drive thru.

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