Wednesday, June 11, 2008

(Almost) Homemade


This week, Donnie and I were able to get great deals on packaged foods at our local supermarket. It’s the first time we’ve purchased prepared food products in awhile, so I thought it was a good time to revisit some of my favorite strategies for transforming packaged foods into delicious, (almost) homemade meals!
  • Add ham and green peas to a box of au gratin potatoes, sprinkle with bread crumbs and grated cheese, then bake according to package directions.
  • Melt cheese over cut-up, cooked chicken. Serve on a bed of prepared taco rice mixed with corn. Add salsa and sour cream at the table.
  • Add cooked rice, cooked chicken, broccoli, and grated cheese to canned broccoli cheddar soup that has been prepared according to the directions on the label.
  • Saute a little ground beef with diced fresh or canned tomatoes, then add to a prepared cheesy-noodle side dish.
  • Finely chop some cooked pork and carrots, then add to any Asian-style rice or noodle side dish.
  • Pour canned chili over cooked rice or potatoes, sprinkle with cheese, and microwave or broil until the cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream and tortilla chips.
  • Add cooked chicken and lots of veggies to pasta salad mix, and serve hot or cold.

How do you dress packaged foods up to create delicious not-quite-from-scratch dinners?

5 comments:

Mrs. R said...

We brown ground beef, put it in a casserole pan and add canned mushrooms and augratin potato mix on top (mixed according to the package + a little seasoned salt). Then top it off with grated cheese. Delicious! By the way, I love your blog. :)

Sarah said...

Nice blog! I use canned beans sometimes because they are so much quicker and you can make it into a side dish or burritos, etc. I also use things like a box of mac and cheese to add a side dish to a home cooked meal!

list mama said...

Great list of ideas! I always add peas to our family's Mac & Cheese. I feel less guilty with something green in our convenience foods.

Jen
http://www.ListPlanIt.com

robin@heartofwisdom.com said...

Yummy! These sound like some of my creations. I can never remember what I did later.

lol

Great Post!

robin@heartofwisdom.com
http://www.heartofwisdom.com/heartathome/

Tara said...

Love all your ideas.. amazing what we can come up with.. lol My husband is never satisfied with just what is for dinner lol He always brings all these sauces..extra stuff to the table.. before I know it.. it doesn't look like the meal I created at all lol