I try to serve my family a variety of healthy meals, but planning ahead is not necessarily one of my strong suits. I get busy and forget to take something out of the freezer, or I don’t watch the clock and don’t realize that it’s supper time and I haven’t even started preparing anything. I’m embarrassed to admit how often that happens! In order to ensure we still eat well, without ordering out, I try to keep some ready to prepare meals on hand. Cardinal Ready has just what I need.

Cardinal Ready makes a line of fully cooked menu items that make it easy for you to serve your family a delicious meal in a hurry. They offer the following:

  • Pulled Pork in Chipotle Sauce
  • Farmer’s Sausage
  • Meatloaf
  • Pork Steak
  • Slow Cooked Diced Beef
  • Chicken Breast
  • Butter Chicken
  • Pork Back Ribs in BBQ Sauce
  • Ground Beef

With all of those choices, we will always eat well! You can create so many interesting dishes with these Ready options. I am already planning some pulled pork sandwiches, and a stir-fry would be great with the diced beef. Butter chicken was our first choice though.

butter chicken

Butter chicken is a favourite meal for my husband and daughter, so having it on hand is a no brainer. Add some ready made basmati rice and a salad, and you have the perfect meal in ten minutes! It received two thumbs up from my butter chicken critics too!


Since my family enjoys butter chicken with rice, I stick to the basics and don’t get too fancy, but there are so many things you can do with this fully cooked butter chicken. Add it to a pizza crust for a butter chicken pizza, serve it in a wrap, or add it to pasta. You can customize Cardinal Ready to meet your family’s needs.
butter chicken meal

I have put some Ready away for entertaining as well. Our guests will think I’m a gourmet cook, and I won’t have to put the effort in at all! Don’t tell anyone though, that’s my secret.

Cardinal Ready products are available at select Sobeys locations across Ontario, and you can find some incredible meal ideas at the Cardinal Meats website.



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Sheri McDonald is a family lifestyle blogger who has been sharing her parenting and travel adventures online for the past eight years. You can find her discovering the world with her children when she's not at home enjoying a good book.


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