Fast-Fix Meals has been in the spotlight this week and we hope you've enjoyed all the goodies we've been sharing. Today's all about those handy tips at the bottom of every page and we picked these because they're all focused on helping YOU fix it fast!
Smoked sausage is a great choice for fast-fix meals...just heat and serve. Different flavors like hickory-smoked or cheese-filled can really jazz up a recipe, or try smoked turkey sausage for a lean and healthy alternative.
Freeze uncooked chicken, beef or pork cutlets with marinade in freezer bags. After thawing overnight in the fridge, meat can go right into the skillet or onto the grill for a savory meal.
Wrap up leftover dinner rolls and freeze, then grate while still frozen to use in any recipe that calls for bread crumbs.
When baking a casserole in a clear glass baking pan, reduce your oven temperature by 25 degrees...food cooks faster in glass pans than in metal.
Fix a double batch! Brown two pounds of ground beef with two packages of taco seasoning mix, then freeze half of the mixture for a quick meal of tacos or taco salad another night.
For thick burgers that cook up more quickly and evenly, press your thumb into the center of each patty to form a dime-size hole. The hole will close as the burgers brown.
An easy, cheesy veggie side. Warm 1/3 cup cottage cheese and 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese in a small saucepan until creamy, then stir in pepper to taste. Spoon over broccoli that’s been steamed until crisp-tender.
Cook egg noodles the easy way, no watching needed. Bring water to a rolling boil, then turn off heat. Add noodles and let stand for 20 minutes, stirring twice.
Mix up your own Italian seasoning for pasta dishes, soups, salad and garlic bread. A good basic blend is two tablespoons each of dried oregano, thyme, basil, marjoram and rosemary...add or subtract to suit your family’s taste. Store in a big shaker jar.
Toss together salads for several days’ meals so dinner is quick & easy. Store salad greens in a plastic zipping bag, tuck in a paper towel to absorb extra moisture and refrigerate. They’ll stay crisp for up to
A time-saving tip! Fill airtight containers or zipping bags with dry topping ingredients for a favorite fruit crisp or cobbler...just add the wet ingredients later.
Enjoy fresh-baked cookies at a moment’s notice. Roll your favorite cookie dough into balls and freeze them on a tray, then pop them into a freezer bag. Later, just pull out the number of cookies you need, thaw briefly and bake.
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