I was given the opportunity to try the new McCain Harvest Splendour Medleys and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  Typically, I like to do as much as possible from ‘scratch’, but with my husband away for 10 days, continuing to run a business, and essentially single-parenting 2 boys under 6, I decided to call in some assistance.  Not nannies, though that would have also been a wise choice.  I hit my grocery store and took the plunge.  Prepared frozen foods.  I started with a brand I know: McCain’s. Try McCain Harvest Splendour Medley for a great family dinner, without the drudge work!After meeting one of the McCain’s potato farmers in New Brunswick in September and touring their facility, I have a soft spot for the company.  The plants are state of the art and food safety and quality are paramount.  The employees care about the food that they are producing (plus they have awesome east coast accents).  When I read the Harvest Splendour Medley package and saw that there are no artificial flavours, colours or trans fats, I felt like it was kind of ‘from scratch’.  Without having to chop.  Hmm.  People have often said that when vegetables are frozen, they are frozen at their prime and can actually taste like they just came out of the garden.  My garden is certainly not producing much at this moment, so I was willing to give frozen a try.

My boys have a thing for ‘baby trees’ (aka broccoli) which made my choice of a flavour to test pretty simple.  The first thing I noticed?  Colour. My kids get excited about ‘eating a rainbow’, and the bright green broccoli, red (pink) onions, yellow potatoes and red peppers kept them entertained.  And did I mention no chopping?  (I’m a tad dangerous with knives..and I always end up wrecking my manicure.  But I digress.)  First I heated a bit of olive oil in a skillet and threw in the veggie/potato side dish.  Because the product is not recommended for a microwave, the kids thought I was slaving over a hot stove for 10-14 minutes.  And they told daddy when he called.  (Brownie points.)  When there were three minutes left to cook, I threw in the seasoning pouch.  Parmesan, sea salt and spices, baby.  Rock solid.  Baby trees AND cheese.  The only part of dinner that I had to actually think about was the white fish that accompanied the veggies.  In my new highly-efficient single-parent state (read: lazy) I transferred the veggies to a bowl, covered them with tinfoil and seared the fish in the same pan.  Perfect flavouring. One dish to wash.   And probably the healthiest meal we’ve had in a week!

So if you see me with perfect nails all the time from now on, it probably means that I’ve given up the chopping and have fully integrated.. um.. more efficient options into my dinner routine.

McCain® Harvest Splendour™ Medleys are now available in the frozen vegetable section nationwide at most major grocery chains for an average retail price of $3.79-$3.99 each (retailer may sell for less).   For more information, visit www.harvestsplendour.ca or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mccaincanada.

“Disclosure: This post was brought to you by McCain via Glam Media Canada.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of McCain.”

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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