Friday, June 5, 2015

Everyone Needs a Wingman

Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad and STOUFFER’S® for this promotion.  I have received compensation and product for my participation, but my opinions are my own.

I didn't want to go out that night. It had been a long week with students on edge about the upcoming holiday as we were winding down at my job as an art teacher at a K-8 school. The kids were wired before break and we couldn't wait to usher them out the door at the final bell.

My friend, Roger, the gym teacher came to my room and said "Dude, she said that she'd go out with me tonight....that is...if you also go." All I wanted to do was head home and relax but here was my best friend, eyebrows raised in anticipation, both thumbs up, smiling at me. I knew what had to be done.

He'd been trying to get this girl, Alison, to go out with him for months with no such luck. I wasn't sure if it was because of her weakened defenses after the long week, but she had finally relented. This was my buddy's only chance and it all hinged on me being his wingman.

Being a wingman that night changed my entire life. In fact, if I wasn't my friend's wingman I probably never would have met my wife. It was because I was there that I first met her and the rest is history. My friend? Well, it didn't work out with Alison but I was there for him on other nights after that until he met his wife too.

I agreed that night because that's what a wingman does. The wingman is that never failing friend who has your back despite the roughest of situations. It's the Goose to the Maverick. The Han Solo to the Luke Skywalker. The Tubbs to the Crockett.

Adding to the great legacy of the wingman are STOUFFER’S® Fit Kitchen meals. As a busy parent, sometimes dinner doesn't go as planned. It's nice to know that I have a wingman in the freezer who has my back when I need it most. Like all  STOUFFER’S® entrees,  STOUFFER’S® Fit Kitchen uses quality ingredients that are freshly made simply frozen to be convenient to you. Just seven minutes in the microwave and dinner is served.

These aren't your ordinary run of the mill entrees. Packed with 25g or more of protein in six delicious contemporary flavors with sides to match. Every entree contains protein, complex carbs, and veggies to keep you at the top of your game and satisfied. See for yourself:

    • STEAK FAJITA in smoked red chile sauce with a mix of red & green peppers and seasoned brown rice
    • CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN white meat chicken with a black bean & corn mix, seasoned brown rice and a verde tomatillo sauce
    • ROTISSERIE SEASONED TURKEY with a mix of diced red skin sweet potatoes & green beans
    • MONTEREY CHICKEN with diced red skin & sweet potatoes, lightly buttered green beans with BBQ style sauce
    • BOURBON STEAK with chipotle mashed sweet potatoes, seasoned broccoli & red peppers
    • OVEN ROASTED CHICKEN with diced red skin potatoes, seasoned broccoli and a savory wine sauce

My wife was away on business recently and we had just come back from after school activities.On our way home we stopped at our local Wegmans and found the STOUFFER’S® Fit Kitchen meals in the frozen entrees aisle. I had a hard time deciding as they all looked and sounded delicious. I picked out the Bourbon Steak and Cilantro Lime Chicken and let the kids carry them to the checkout. 

Sometimes I don't have a plan for dinner so it is nice to know that the Fit Kitchen meals have my back. In fact, I needed to get the kids fed and ready for bed so I could watch my Chicago Blackhawks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning.

My kids had never seen an entire frozen dinner before and were amazed that "It's ALL in there?" After we ate I was anxious to get to the hockey game but before that was to happen, we needed to take our after dinner walk together. We're trying as a family to eat healthier and exercise more often. That's where theSTOUFFER’S® Fit Kitchen meals come in. If you've ever taken a walk with a four year old you know that they need a wingman to keep them focused and on task. Thanks to the delicious meal with up to 25 g of protein in every serving I was up to the task.

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You can find STOUFFER’S® Fit Kitchen in the frozen aisle at your local Walmart, Target or grocery store or visit to find a store near you that carries them. If you had to choose, which Fit Kitchen meal would you pick and why?

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