Y’all! I just want you to know that Tai Pei Foods sponsored this article, but that means literally nothing except that I got paid to tell you a true story about my struggles in teaching my almost-college-aged son to feed himself before he officially goes off to school.
I know it’s been a while, but life happened and happened quickly this summer. We had to move unexpectedly and finding an affordable rental during high season where we live is not the easiest task in the world.
Add to that the fact that the day after we moved school started; football has us out of the house for 2 hours a night, three nights a week; and I’ve got a friggen’ high school senior who is already applying for college, and you’ve got one physically AND mentally exhausted mom on your hands.
I know, I can’t believe it either. When I started this blog, Styles was in 5th grade and it was born out of sheer, desperate depression. It has now turned into this complete other thing and if you’ve been here a while, you’ve watched my son grow up.
My head is spinning thinking about the fact that I only have one more year with my son. One more year to turn him into a free-thinking adult who can pay his own bills and manage his own schedule. And one that can drive. That’d be nice, right? A college student who can drive.
Dear lord, why is there still so much to teach him?
One of the things I’m focusing on teaching Styles this year is how to eat when he goes to college, and honestly, I’m being totally realistic about my approach. I’m not going to teach him to cook when I know darn well he’s not going to find time to take care of himself once he’s out of my care. Heck, I can’t even get him to make a sandwich for himself at home. Since our rent just went up an astronomical amount, I’m not going to pretend I’m going to be able to send him a giant sum each month for food.
I also don’t want him to exist solely on frozen meat pastries when he leaves, right? So he needs easy recipes for college kids.
I’ve spent countless minutes, (all for the sake of honesty, it’s been minutes, not hours) perusing the grocery store for meals he can eat that are all-in-one, microwaveable, and healthyish. Fortunately for him, I found some pretty delicious and filling options in Tai Pei. Tai Pei has healthy, filling ingredients that are ready really quickly so that when he goes away, he’ll have food that is ready quickly and won’t kill my bank account faster than I kill plants.
I love that it’s vibrant Asian food that’s ready in minutes – no meal prep required. I also love that they contain clean ingredients with no additives, preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. Plus, veggies, y’all. Veggies he’ll actually eat because they’re tasty!
I’m pretty sure I’ve found enough of a variety in Tai Pei foods, and that they’re easy enough to make so that when he goes to college in a year, he’ll be well fed. Or at least I hope. I guess I’ll have to help him find the right grocery stores once he moves in.
There are even some fun and easy ways to change it up so read below for a great recipe using Tai Pei Chicken Fried Rice!
Now PLEASE cross your fingers that he gets into his first choice school and gets that 100% Bright Futures scholarship. We need every penny we can get!
Tai Pei is Asian food made with clean ingredients and without additives, preservatives,
artificial flavors or colors. All Tai Pei products have unique Asian flavors made from
flavor-infused rice and signature sauces from recipes collected across the continent. It’s
new packaging is designed to serve the perfect portion size to satisfy your cravings,
while allowing enough room for the tasty ingredients to steam perfectly. It’s the
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Easy Chicken Fried Rice with Egg
Fried rice for breakfast is both satisfying and comforting. Top it with an egg or two for extra protein for extra nutrition to start the day right.
- 1 package Tai Pei Chicken Fried Rice
- 2 Eggs Fried
Cook Tai Pei Chicken Fried Rice per package directions. Set aside. Heat skillet with oil and fry one or two eggs until whites are set and yolk is still runny. Transfer fried rice on a plate and top with fried eggs. Sit down and enjoy!