3 shortcuts to stress-free meals
By Laurence MacNaughton
Everyone loves a delicious meal made from scratch. But not everyone loves to cook one. Especially when you’re running errands, picking up the kids from school, and scrambling to get the housework done.
For those days, you need something simple, easy and fast. Bonus points if it’s nutritious and tastes good, too.
Here are three tried-and-true favorites that will help you solve the dinnertime crunch in style. Plus, we found some great printable grocery coupons to help you out.
Pasta and Meat Sauce
Spaghetti sauce from a jar? Boring. Zesty, home-made sauce that’s uniquely you? Delicious! Here’s how: brown some ground beef (or, for a low-fat option, ground turkey) in a pan with any of these add-ins: chopped or dried onions, sliced mushrooms, sliced peppers, or minced garlic. Add a jar of ordinary marinara sauce, then serve it over pasta. Bon appetit!
Forget about the pricey pizzas brought over by the delivery guy. Instead, go for a home-made pizza. It’s just as fast, but often better for you. Plus, your family gets to help add any of their favorite toppings. Just pick up a crust at the store (don’t forget your coupon), some sauce, cheese and a few toppings. It’s easy!
Chicken and Vegetables
Boneless, skinless chicken breast is an endless starting point for easy, low-fat meals. First, grill the chicken or bake it in a covered dish (or if you’re really pressed for time, pick up a rotisserie chicken at the store). Then boil or steam some vegetables or add a prepared side dish. Dinner’s done!
Next time you run to the grocery store, bring these coupons with you:
• $1.50 off 2 FRESCHETTA® Pizzas (14 oz. or Larger)
• $1.00 off Newman’s Own® Thin & Crispy Pizza
• 75¢ off 3 any flavor Hamburger Helper®, Tuna Helper® OR Chicken Helper® Home Cooked Skillet
•75¢ off any flavor Progresso® Kitchen Favorites™ OR Wanchai Ferry® dry dinner kits
• 50¢ off 5 Campbell’s® Spaghetti0’s® pastas
• 50¢ off 3 cans of Campbell’s® Chunky™ soup or chili
• 50¢ off Bob Evans® Refrigerated Side Dish
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