Nearly everyone wishes for an extra hour or two in the day. When juggling evenings filled with homework, practices, games and last-minute art projects, even just 60 extra minutes could make the difference in finding time to whip up a dinner you can be proud of. While there’s no changing the fact that there are 24 hours each day, there are some time-saving options for creating family dinners that feel like they’ve come together “on-demand.”
Easy, On-Demand Dinners
(Family Features) Nearly everyone wishes for an extra hour or two in the day. When juggling evenings filled with homework, practices, games and last-minute art projects, even just 60 extra minutes could make the difference in finding time to whip up a dinner you can be proud of. While there’s no changing the fact that there are 24 hours each day, there are some time-saving options for creating family dinners that feel like they’ve come together “on-demand.”
Cube, spiralize or pound. No matter what shape you choose, decreasing the thickness of your ingredients is key to helping them cook through quickly. Think chicken breast cut into hunks for kabobs, thinly sliced Korean-style beef or zucchini turned into “zoodles.” With increased surface area and high heat, you may be surprised at just how quick you can have food on your plate.
Homemade tasting, on-demand sides. Rounding out your menu with easy-to-make sides can be a huge time-saver, and you sacrifice nothing if you rely on choices that deliver the same taste as if you had prepared them from scratch. For example, Idahoan Mashed Potatoes are real potatoes, real easy, delivering homemade taste on-demand. Made from 100 percent real Idaho potatoes, they can be served in just minutes and offer high-quality taste and texture, just like homemade. The variety of flavors are perfectly blended with real cheese and authentic seasonings, and options include Buttery Homestyle, Roasted Garlic, Cheddar & Sour Cream, Loaded Baked and more, so you can find a match for just about any meal.
Marinate meat before freezing. A rich marinade can add delightful flavor to a wide range of proteins, but marinating a dish takes time. Speed up the clock by marinating meat ahead of time before freezing it. Then, on a busy weeknight, all you have to do is thaw and cook for a well-seasoned meal in minutes.
Rethink leftovers. The remains from a delicious dinner shouldn’t go to waste, and they don’t have to if you repurpose them into another meal. For example, you could reimagine grilled or roasted chicken into soft tacos or a protein-rich salad. Or you can add protein and seasonings to leftover pasta for a whole new meal. If you find the fridge full of odds and ends, make it a reheat-and-eat, quick smorgasbord meal. After all, what often matters most is that everyone eats a nourishing meal together, whether the same exact foods are on their plate or not. It can be even better when this nourishing meal comes together in the blink of an eye.
Find more tips and ideas for creating delectable family dinners at Idahoan.com.
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Friendsgiving is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your second family with festive, fun recipes such as Leftover Turkey Taco Crescent Ring, Slow Cooker Red Wine Hot Chocolate, Chipotle Corn Pudding and Pecan Pie Brie that stray a bit away from traditional fare.
A Friendsgiving Feast
Sides, drinks and leftovers perfect for sharing with friends
(Family Features) Friendsgiving is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your second family with festive, fun recipes that stray a bit away from traditional fare.
These recipes for a caramelized Brie and a chocolatey red wine from the McCormick kitchens are also sure to please. If your party falls after the big day, put those turkey leftovers to good use with a cheesy turkey crescent ring perfect for feeding a group of friends.
Find more recipes to share with friends this season at McCormick.com.
Chipotle Corn Pudding
Prep time: 10 minutes
Slow Cooker Red Wine Hot Chocolate
Prep time: 5 minutes
Pecan Pie Brie
Prep time: 5 minutes
Leftover Turkey Taco Crescent Ring
Prep time: 25 minutes
Step It Up
Put a fresh take on post-holiday sandwiches
(Family Features) For most people, the day after a big holiday gathering means two things: a refrigerator filled with opportunity and a marked lack of energy. Fortunately, there are easy ways to make the most of the remnants of your holiday meal so you can take it easy and enjoy a day filled with good food and good rest.
Sandwiches are a natural solution for post-holiday noshing, but all those exceptional entrees practically beg for one last chance to shine. Put a fresh, wholesome twist on this year’s sandwiches by ditching the traditional condiments and dressing up your bread with a new kind of spread. New hummus-based Sabra Spreads – available in Garlic Herb, Honey Mustard and Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper – have 75 percent less fat than the leading spread, mayonnaise, and pair perfectly with sandwiches and wraps of all kinds.
Make an upgrade with these stepped-up takes on the traditional turkey sandwich and more, and find additional mouthwatering inspiration at Sabra.com.
Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry and Hummus
Garlic Tarragon Roasted Beet Sandwiches
Garlic Tarragon Spread:
Chicken and Waffles Sandwich
Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Arugula Sandwich
Turkey, Prosciutto and Hummus Sandwich
There are more ways to enjoy turkey than as part of the traditional mashed-potatoes-and-stuffing feast you’ve grown up with. That’s why Carlos Rodriguez, executive chef of Orinoco in Boston, reinterpreted a Latin American favorite to put a new spin on the season’s favorite dish with Slow Roasted Turkey Con Pan with Sundried Tomato and Apricot Jam.
A New Take on Turkey
(Family Features) There are more ways to enjoy turkey than as part of the traditional mashed-potatoes-and-stuffing feast you’ve grown up with. That’s why Carlos Rodriguez, executive chef of Orinoco in Boston, reinterpreted a Latin American favorite to put a new spin on the season’s favorite dish.
“It’s turkey like you’ve never had it before,” Rodriguez said. “Barbecue meets Latin fusion, meets the best turkey sandwich you’ve ever had.”
Rodriguez’s inspiration comes from El Salvador. His Slow Roasted Turkey Con Pan with Sundried Tomato and Apricot Jam is based on a tender, savory Salvadoran favorite called “Panes con Pavo.”
This turkey is perfect for a crowd and serves 12, which is why Rodriguez uses the generously sized Culinario Series 16-quart Deep Roaster from Princess House to braise four full-sized turkey breasts.
“Not every roaster works for braising,” Rodriguez said, “but this one is perfect because of its depth, even heat distribution and glass lid.”
For other holiday cooking tips and a video of the recipe, visit princesshouse.com.
Slow Roasted Turkey Con Pan
Sundried Tomato and Apricot Jam
Note: Jam can be made in advance and stored in refrigerator.
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