Skip the Stress: Meal Hacks for Busy Parents

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Lori Lange, The Recipe Girl, discusses simple dishes that can save time during the hectic back-to-school months.

After a long summer of barbeques and leisurely family meals, getting into a school-year routine can be a real challenge for parents. A recent survey conducted by Bob Evans found that 69% of parents feel moderately to extremely stressed at the beginning of the school year. With so much going on, it can be difficult for parents to provide wholesome and satisfying meals without spending all of their time in the kitchen. To help, Lori Lange, the Recipe Girl, teamed with Bob Evans and YourUpdateTV to discuss some simple meal hacks that can make all the difference.

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Eating out can be expensive, so stocking your fridge with healthy substantial sides is a great option. Bob Evans refrigerated sides are major time savers when pulling together weeknight dinners. Use them as a side or as the base of a wholesome meal.

For example, this Mediterranean Mac n Cheese. Start with Bob Evans Macaroni & Cheese and add a few simple ingredients like chicken, artichoke hearts, and roasted red peppers. It’s so much easier than preparing a box mix or making it homemade.

Another favorite are Ham and Cheese Potato Pancakes. To save time, start with Bob Evans mashed potatoes and add flour, ham, cheese, green onions, and eggs. Fry them up until they are nice and crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

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About Lori Lange, The Recipe Girl
Lori Lange is a former elementary school teacher who traded the classroom for the kitchen when she founded the blog in 2006, which houses over 3,000 original and adapted recipes.  Lori now spends her days developing recipes, photographing food and writing.

About YourUpdateTV: 
YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media ( It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

About Bob Evans
Bob Evans Farms is a brand born and raised on the promise of farm-fresh goodness. For more than 60 years, we've been making delicious, quick-to-table farm-fresh foods that are sold in grocery stores all over the country. Today we're proud to be the #1 seller of refrigerated dinner sides, including many varieties of mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and Oven Bake™ side dishes. We're also a leading producer and distributor of over 60 varieties of sausage and bacon products, frozen handheld breakfast items and other convenience foods, all selling under the Bob Evans, Owens and the Country Creek brand names.

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