Fast Ingredients (Secrets of a Busy Cook)

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Adapted from Secrets of a Busy Cook by Lynn Nelson, used by permission

Level IV: Fast Ingredients

There are certain ingredients that are the busy cook’s best friends and should always be on hand in your cupboard, freezer or refrigerator for quick meals. These staples have several advantages in common. They are basic, but very versatile, so they can be dressed up or down. They are popular with young and old alike. As a bonus, they generally tend to be inexpensive. Most important, they are quick and easy to prepare. Make sure that your pantry is stocked with these items at all times. For me, they include chicken broth, rice, pasta, canned or frozen meat and vegetables, cheese, and cream of chicken or mushroom soup. With items like these on hand I can put together a pot of soup or a casserole that will go from preparation to table in 20-30 minutes.

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Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes and Sausage

Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes and Sausage Using frozen hash browns as a base for this easy crockpot soup means less prep. Just slice the kielbasa and dice the onion, combine everything in the crockpot, and turn it on for a ready-to-eat evening meal. [Read More...]

30 Minute Hash Brown Potato Soup

30 Minute Hash Brown Potato Soup Hash Brown Potato Soup is so quick and easy that it is one of my “crisis meals”—meals that can be made in 20-30 minutes with shelf-stable (or freezer) ingredients that I keep on hand. [Read More...]

Maple Dijon Chicken

Maple Dijon Chicken This is one of my go to recipes for delicious chicken. We’ve been making it for years but recently discovered by way of the Six Sisters website that it’s a great freezer dish as well. [Read More...]

Creamy Balsamic Meatballs

Creamy Balsamic Meatballs This super easy recipe is a quick stovetop meal prepared with just 5 ingredients: cooked meatballs, butter, onion, heavy cream, and balsamic vinegar. Serve over egg noodles and add a salad for a full meal. [Read More...]

Skillet Kielbasa

Skillet Kielbasa Four ingredients pack a flavorful punch in this quick and simple Skillet Kielbasa. [Read More...]

Easy Mexican-Style Crockpot Chicken

Easy Mexican-Style Crockpot Chicken This easy Mexican-style chicken crockpot meal is creamy and delicious. Just dump everything in the crockpot and stir occasionally, then serve over hot rice for a yummy meal. [Read More...]

Grilled Marinated Chicken for the Freezer

Grilled Marinated Chicken for the Freezer A feature of Menus4Moms menus is having food prep already done before dinner time, and one way we accomplish this is by bulk cooking and freezing chicken in meal-sized portions. Here is a wonderful recipe for cooking chicken in bulk. Have grilled chicken for dinner the night you cook it, then chop and freeze the leftovers in dated freezer bags. The longer the chicken marinates in this mixture, the more flavorful it will be. [Read More...]

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