Shortcut Recipes

There are nights I just don’t feel like cooking. On nights like this I look for “shortcut” meals that are dinners put together with one or more ingredients already prepared and you build the meal around it. Ravioli with Carrot Fennel Sauce is a good example. The ravioli is store bought but the sauce is my own. The trick is to have a well-stocked pantry and freezer with products that are quick and easy to prepare, good quality, taste good and affordable. Over time I will show you some of my favorites and ones that have saved me numerous times when I needed to get a meal together in a hurry. 

Ravioli with Carrot Fennel Sauce

May 23, 2012 0 Comments
Ravioli with Carrot Fennel Sauce

A Simple “Quick & Easy” Weekday Meal The kids wanted their ravioli without sauce, just a little butter. My wife took some frozen peas to serve with this ravioli and carrot fennel sauce making it a better dish. Kind of creating a meal on the fly. This was a two-ingredient “short cut” meal. First, the […]

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Chipotle-Spiced Sweet Potato Chili

May 20, 2012 0 Comments
Chipotle-Spiced Sweet Potato Chili

I have a theory that the only people who don’t like sweet potatoes haven’t tried them. Or maybe they have tried them but they’ve tried them plain, cooked half-heartedly in a microwave and topped with something lackluster, like fat-free sour cream or worse: fake butter. Sweet potatoes also take a lot of flack when it […]

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Pasta with Tuna, Artichoke Hearts and Kalamata Olives Recipe

March 23, 2007 3 Comments
Pasta with Tuna, Artichoke Hearts and Kalamata Olives Recipe

Penne Pasta with Italian Tuna, Artichoke Hearts & Olives Recipe Here’s a “shortcut” meal that takes as long as it takes to cook 3/4 pound of penne pasta. It’s quick, easy, and delicious, and if there are any leftovers, you’ll have a great lunch the next day. When I need to make something quick for […]

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Chicken and Hominy Soup Recipe

January 18, 2007 9 Comments
Chicken and Hominy Soup Recipe

How to Make Hominy Soup with Chicken The other day I talked about roasting a couple of chickens, one for that night’s meal and the other for something else later in the week. The first night we ate part of one chicken as our main meal with a few side dishes, the next night I […]

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Shortcut Meals

April 8, 2006 13 Comments
Shortcut Meals

For Nights You Wanna Cook But Don’t Really Feel Like It There are nights I just don’t feel like working too hard to put together a dinner for the family. I’m sure every home cook responsible for preparing meals every day feels this way once in a while. In fact, it’s my opinion finding “short […]

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