Store-Bought Dinner Shortcuts
Be brilliant in much less time: delicious dishes that have at their heart a work-done-for-you supermarket ingredient. By: Susan Russo
2| Cut into small portions, roll small circles, bake and top with salad or meats for piadines.
3| Make great calzones with dough, pasta sauce, cheese, wilted spinach, and cooked, crumbled sausage.
4| Roll into a rectangle, brush with butter, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar for roll-ups. Cut crosswise and bake.
5| Cut into strips and make garlicky cheese sticks.
2| Up your veggie intake by adding chopped or whole leaves to rice or pasta.
3| Toss with olive oil, thinly sliced shallots, and crumbled bacon. Put on a pizza after it's baked.
4| Stir into soups just before serving for a boost of garden flavor.
5| Sauté spinach and garlic until wilted and use it to fill savory tarts.
2| Use dough to top individual or casserole-style potpies.
3| Divide dough; roll into small circles. Fill with cooked meat, beans, cheese. Fold, crimp, bake; empanadas.
4| Bake in mini muffin cups, and fill with crab or shrimp salad for appetizers.
5| Wrap seasoned chicken or fish, and bake for an en croûte entrée.
2| Toss shredded chicken with favorite barbecue sauce. Add greens for a hearty salad.
3| Make a classic béchamel sauce; stir in chicken and cheese, and fill crepes.
4| Make a noodle bowl with coconut milk, broth, chicken, peanuts, chile paste, and lime wedges.
5| Sitr shredded or cubed white and dark meat into chili.
2| Use in your favorite baked beans recipe for a firmer texture—try all chickpeas or just half.
3| Toss rinsed and drained beans with canola oil and spices. Then toast them in the oven for a healthy snack.
4| Puree with canola mayonnaise or Greek yogurt and lemon juice for a sandwich spread.
5| Add to soups and stews for an al dente bite of earthy flavor.