Balance Your Plate with Stouffer's Lasagna and Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with the Stouffer’s and #WeAllGrow Latina Network. 

Busy moms with busy families know how hard it is to come up with a healthy dinner every single night. I'd like to say I am one of those awesome moms that meal plan and prep freezer meals for a month in advance and just toss them in the crock pot every day of the week. But, that's not me. Not at all, in fact you can pretty much guarantee that I will be making a last minute run to the market for some random but necessary ingredient. However, I am the Mom that always makes sure my girls have a balanced dinner, 5 nights a week, we have a vegetable on our plate. 

One of my favorite ways to both save time and make my life easier is to buy a Stouffer's Lasagna to have on hand in the freezer. But still, what am I going to put on the side? Research has shown that Americans are only meeting MyPlate recommendations for vegetables, fruit, proteins, dairy and grains 7 days out of 365! What?
Balance Your Plate is an educational program designed to help you put together delicious and nutritious meals that incorporate both frozen and fresh foods- offering a range of recipes and tips that allow you to choose the “perfect pairing” at meal time. Stouffer’s is doing their part by announcing their new “Kitchen Cupboard” commitment. This new initiative focuses on simplifying recipes that only include ingredients that consumers can recognize and can find at home and they're starting with their classic lasagna. Stouffer's Lasagna includes vine-ripened tomatoes, freshly made pasta, and real mozzarella. Now the question is, what do I pair it with?

For me, my favorite go-to side is a vegetable. The way I see it, if I don't offer vegetables to my family, they will probably never eat them. So, not only are we eating fresh green beans, I'm wrapping them in bacon too. How are they going to say no to eating a vegetable wrapped in a little bit of bacon?  

It really is an easy side to make. Here's what you need to do: 

  1. Boil the green beans until they start to become tender. 

  2. Wrap a bunch of green beans in bacon sliced in half.

  3. Set in a pan on medium high heat until the bacon cooks through, turning once.    

That's it. Easy and delicious and you get a vegetable thrown in too. I also added some toasted garlic bread as another side. Because, what's lasagna without some garlic bread? They pretty much go hand-in-hand. I like to put Stouffer's Lasagna in the oven when the girls are finishing up their homework and take my time getting the sides done. The bacon wrapped green beans take a total of 20-30 minutes from start to finish which includes boil and cook time.

Have you tried Stouffer’s Lasagna lately? There's something about having Stouffer's for dinner that makes everyone a little bit more relaxed. I think it has something to do with the kids somehow knowing that this dinner is easier on Mom, and Mom knowing they are giving their family a balanced meal. How can you say no to that?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Stouffer's. The opinions and text are all mine.