Hi y’all. So as I’ve been sitting here going through one recipe after another trying to find a few for this week’s menu, I got to thinking about the supper cheaters I use to speed things along. Now those who know me know the kitchen is not my favorite place to be. My goal is to get in and get out quickly and efficiently while still serving up some healthy delicious grub for my family. Believe me it can be done. A little advance prep means the recipes I choose set me up for success. I’ve got a recipe criteria that I follow and it helps. This is why menu planning matters to me and has made such a big difference in my life. Without it I’d be scrambling come dinner time day after day and I can guarantee my time in the kitchen would double or to speed things along I’d be serving up fast food or frozen cardboard pizza every night. Blah, no thank you to that! Although, don’t get me wrong, we still occasionally eat frozen pizza even if it does taste like cardboard :)
I really was going somewhere with this before I got off on my little tangent there. Oops. What I wanted to say is that even though I try to avoid processed foods as much as possible there are a few cheater foods/products that are a must for me. I’m sure everyone has some. You know what I’m talking about….those sanity savers that make things easier for you in the kitchen. I won’t judge you, if you won’t judge me :)
For instance, I always use pre-chopped garlic. I love garlic and was finding before that if a recipe called for chopped garlic, I would just end up leaving it out because I didn’t want to go through the hassle of mincing it myself. And yes I have a tool that does it for me but I hate using it. Another thing I always use is jarred spaghetti sauce. I just add stuff to it, like ground beef and some additional spices, but not having to start from scratch means the more likely hood for supper success for me. Now how about onion. Sorry, I’ll admit I’m way to lazy to dice my own but I’m also too cheap to buy pre-diced because around here it’s like crazy expensive. What do I do? I almost always just leave it out. I just find it doesn’t make that much of a difference and of course the kids aren’t huge fans so I simply say forget about it.
I’d love to know what your cheater foods are? Do you use pre-shredded cheese (my 14 yr old daughter is the official cheese grater in our house), bagged lettuce, pre-cooked bacon, etc. You never know, I might pick up a few tricks :)
Okay so on my menu this week. Have a terrific week friends!!
Monday: Beef and Black Bean Taco Bake
Tuesday: Smart Pork Pasta Toss
Wednesday: Caesar Chicken Burgers
Thursday: Church potluck ~ dessert – -> Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars
Friday: Cowboy Kabobs (I’ll use mushrooms instead of the onions) served with grilled potato packets
Saturday: Grilled Bacon-Tomato Sandwiches
Sunday: Picking night!
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU THIS WEEK?
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