There is no doubt in my mind that if I had a cooking show, it would be very Sandra Lee-esque and involve tips and tricks to make homemade meals easier! Don’t get me wrong, I love to make elaborate home cooked meals but it isn’t always practical (especially when you hate doing dishes).
SO this one’s for you Sandra Lee. (Whatever happened to that show anyway?)
I see meal helpers all of the time at the grocery store but am usually leery of them. If you suffer from the same problem, let me help you! I’ve provided my personal reviews of some of my favorite products!
As you can see from my menu plan, I’ve used a couple of these just this week! With a new baby in the house, I’m all about making it easy but still delicious!
For those of you who follow me on Instagram, here’s my secret to quick, easy and delicious lettuce wraps! The recipe calls for ground pork or chicken, but I personally use ground turkey. I always have it on hand (I just stock up when it is on sale and throw it in the freezer). You add fresh chopped carrots, green onions, peanuts and water chestnuts and it literally takes less than 15 minutes. The real challenge is dissecting a head of lettuce to make those little cups. I can’t speak from experience but I would liken it to brain surgery. To make life easy you can buy bib lettuce or use romaine leaves.
Usually when I make lettuce wraps, I like to make an asian slaw on the side. But I use a lot of help here. This blend is fancier than your typical slaw mix and so delicious. I throw it together with sliced bell peppers, crispy rice noodles, and whatever sesame ginger dressing I have on hand. Take this to any party or potluck and it will disappear!
These caught my attention because I am drawn to pretty things. Kudos on the packaging, Kroger, because you hooked me. Further kudos because you delivered a good product. All you do is boil the bag to heat the carnitas then shred it, and serve on flour or corn tortillas. I have fun with these by changing up the toppings. Cotija cheese and pickled onions, Pico or whatever sounds good! It is fun to experiment and it really dresses up this store-bought product.
I just recently discovered this product and I am in love. I have tried a few of the Campbell’s Skillet Sauces but this is my favorite by far. You just covered a 2-3 pound chuck roast and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours in the crock pot. When it is ready you can shred it and put it back in the sauce. Sooo good! I make sticky rice on the side (with my trusty rice cooker) and usually sauté up some veggies with a little ginger and soy sauce to make a full meal.
I hope you have the chance to try out some of these short cuts. Trust me. They will not disappoint, and it is no doubt healthier than picking up takeout (again).