Halfway Homemade: Cooking with Convenience Foods
Get the look and taste of homemade meals in a fraction of the time
You've got just 20-30 minutes to whip up a delicious dinner before the
hungry troops hit the door. Sound familiar?
Here's the dinnertime dilemma: you don't want to just open a can of chili,
pop a frozen entree in the microwave, or use one of those instant dinners in a
box. Why? Because it will taste like you just opened a can or a box. And
we want homemade flavor in the foods we serve our families and ourselves. But
we don't want all the fuss that comes with homemade.
The answer? "Halfway homemade" is the best of both worlds. It's a
happy medium between slaving away to make everything from scratch, and using a
cornucopia of convenience foods. The way I see it, we have three
- We can embellish certain helpful supermarket products by adding ingredients
- We can use shortcut products in our homemade recipes to cut down -- big-time -- on preparation
- We can choose assembly-like recipes, where we're basically putting various
products and ingredients together to make tasty and interesting dishes.
The listings below will help you with the first two options, and then you'll
find some recipes that will help you with all three options -- Chocolate
Cinnamon Croissants, Parmesan Artichoke Dip, Spinach Quiche, and Beef and Bean