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Easy Dinner Ideas: Meatloaf, Parmesan Mashed Potatoes + Lemon Garlic Broccoli

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Easy dinner ideas: meatloaf, Parmesan cheese mashed potatoes, lemon garlic broccoli. Is your mouth watering?

Easy Dinner Ideas: Meatloaf, Parmesan Mashed Potatoes + Lemon Garlic Broccoli

During this busy end-of-school season (who am I kidding? EVERY season is busy season at my house!), I am ever-so-grateful for easy meal ideas. I mean, three boys. They’re always on the go. They are always hungry—and not because I don’t feed them. I need easy meal ideas if I’m going to get anything done besides stand in the kitchen. Thanks, Stouffer’s, for sponsoring this post and making my life easier!

You know you’ve entered a new era when fresh ideas from the freezer excite you. I mean, did you ever think going to the grocery store could be a highlight of the day? @Krogerco makes my day!

Best Gravy Meatloaf

Especially nowadays, I’m all for whatever simplifies, enriches, and helps us get on with the rest of life. My boys only care if their food tastes good but this mama says taste, convenience, and ease can’t be at the expense of healthy.  I find it all in the frozen food aisle.

Souffer Individual Meatloaf

And if I serve comfort food like meatloaf and potatoes, I know I’ll have some happy campers around my table. Using something like Stouffer’s delicious frozen meatloaf as the backbone of a meal is a great time saver.

Stouffer's Meatloaf

Stouffer’s has lots of meal ideas. Options like baked chicken breast, lasagna, Salisbury steak, French bread pizza, mac and cheese make life easier so that’s a great way to start some menu planning.

My boys love mashed potatoes but peeling, boiling, and mashing them takes a chunk of time—unless you buy frozen mashed potatoes like I do. Steam and mash them, add ¼ – ½ cup of grated Parmesan, a little butter, milk, salt, and pepper.

Easy Steamed Lemon Garlic Broccoli

Lemon garlic broccoli is just as simple when you add lemon, garlic, and butter to a bag of frozen broccoli.

Include a package of frozen dinner rolls and you’ve got a delicious meal in minutes that would’ve taken Grandma hours. You’ve also got a happy family and time left over for fun together.

Easy Dinner Ideas: Meatloaf, Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes + Lemon Garlic Broccoli

If your life is as crazy busy as mine, you’ll want to check out Freezer Fresh Ideas for more easy meal ideas and head to the frozen food aisle next time you’re at the store.

Easy Steamed Lemon Garlic Broccoli


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  • 1 12-16 ounce bag of frozen broccoli (in the steam bag)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


  1. Steam broccoli according to package directions.
  2. While broccoli is resting after it’s cooked, melt butter; stir in lemon juice and garlic powder.
  3. Pour broccoli into a bowl and drizzle with lemon garlic butter.

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

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she’s in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.