cheap recipes http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9373/all en-US The New Kale: How to Cook This Summer's 8 Most Popular Vegetables http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-kale-how-to-cook-this-summers-8-most-popular-vegetables <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-new-kale-how-to-cook-this-summers-8-most-popular-vegetables" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/vegetables-178360406.jpg" alt="radishes" title="radishes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>During my last journey through the produce department at my grocery store, I noticed something odd. The kale section had shrunk. Coincidentally, I had just read a less-than-enthusiastic food writer's review of kale cupcakes. Was the magic over? Were we kale-lovers passe? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-with-kale-easy-recipes-for-real-people?ref=seealso">Easy Kale Recipes</a>)</p> <p>Feeling curious, I did some research. What's hot these days? Cauliflower, beets, parsnips, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, radishes, and broccoli sprouts. And I have decided to be part of the &quot;in&quot; crowd &mdash; as least as far as vegetables are concerned. Here are some recipes for you if you'd like to join.</p> <h2>1. Cruciferous Cauliflower</h2> <p>I had been so intrigued by &quot;cauliflower steaks&quot; that I just had to try them, and I was sort of curious to see what my husband's reaction would be. Could I make a satisfying, &quot;meaty&quot; dish out of cauliflower?</p> <p>There are many recipes out there. I settled on this <a href="http://whatscookingamerica.net/Vegetables/CauliflowerSteaks-Roasted.htm">Roasted Cauliflower Steaks</a> method, because I found the photos to be very helpful. Then I used this <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/portobello_gravy.html">Portobello Mushroom Gravy</a> to top the &quot;steaks.&quot; I don't think you will fool anyone's palate by pretending cauliflower is steak-like, but this is absolutely delicious and the meal was filling.</p> <p>Because I had the rest of the cauliflower to use up after carving steaks from the centers, I went hunting for a side dish recipe. This <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/cauliflower-goat-cheese-gratin-recipe.html">Cauliflower-Goat Cheese Gratin</a> was irresistible! It is very rich, so consider yourself warned. However, if you want to talk about comfort food, go no further. This can easily be turned into a main-dish casserole with the addition of some chopped ham or chicken breast.</p> <h3>Why Eat Cauliflower?</h3> <ul> <li> <p><a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/cauliflower-health-boost">Cauliflower</a> has lots of soluble fiber (which helps with low cholesterol and keeps blood sugar levels steady, plus potassium and folic acid.</p> </li> <li> <p>It is a good source of vitamin C.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>2. Beets, Beautiful Beets</h2> <p>Many of you have eaten Julia Child's wonderful Beef Bourguignon, a classic. It would never have occurred to me to leave out the meat and substitute beets, as done in this <a href="http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/beet-bourguignon/">Beet Bourguignon</a>.The lentils suggested are probably more authentically French, but I really liked it with crusty sourdough bread. I also prefer cornstarch as a thickener for broths and stews. The flavors here are true to the classic &mdash; do not leave out the thyme. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-ways-to-add-big-flavor-to-your-food?ref=seealso">Cheap Ways to Add Big Flavor</a>)</p> <p>Also, nobody told me that you could put beets in pasta. It turns out you can, and should. Check out this <a href="http://lovebeets.com/beet_recipes/detail.asp?ItemID=2105">Creamy Pasta Bake With Beets and Smoked Ham</a>. I used gruyere cheese, rather than cheddar, and wow&hellip; something about the combination of the cheese, beets, chives, and smoked ham was just killer. We have been avoiding cured meats so I used uncured, smoked ham, and I doubt the flavor suffered. The next time I make this, I will experiment with adding some bleu cheese crumbles, which I think would go well with the flavors, too.</p> <h3>Why Eat Beets?</h3> <ul> <li> <p><a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2349/2">Beets</a> contain potassium, fiber, and folate.</p> </li> <li> <p>Research is indicative that beets may protect against development of kidney <a href="http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/top-4-anti-cancer-superfoods">cancer cells</a>.</p> </li> </ul> <h3>3. Radishes Rave</h3> <p>Honestly, I have never given much thought to radishes. Slice 'em, toss 'em into a salad. Whoop-dee, right? Did you know you can <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/roasted-radishes-with-radish-greens"><em>roast</em></a> radishes? We are roasting all kinds of vegetables these days, and this is the best way to eat a radish, ever. OK, yes, it involves butter.</p> <p>The radish excitement did not stop at roasting, though. Check out this <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/popular-ingredients/radish-recipes-00100000099069/index.html#8">Pesto, Radish, and Sea Salt Crostini</a>. Not only visually appealing, the flavor combination is dazzling. It's a great appetizer, sure, but these are also delicious with a bowl of soup (roasted red pepper and tomato was good).</p> <h3>Why Eat Radishes?</h3> <ul> <li> <p><a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2606/2">Radishes</a> contain potassium, folate, calcium, and minerals.</p> </li> <li> <p>They are a good source of vitamin C.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>4. Rutabagas? Really?</h2> <p>I don't think I had ever even purchased a rutabaga before. They weren't easy to find. And what would I do with them? Well, a little research showed that they are usually mashed, but could be roasted. Those both sounded fine. However, I could combine several trendy vegetables (rutabagas, carrots, and parsnips) <em>and</em> sausage, and make this delicious <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Hearty-Rutabaga-Carrot-Parsnip-and-Sausage-Soup-2744">hearty and rooty soup</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-simple-recipes-for-25-delicious-veggies?ref=seealso">25 Simple Recipes for 25 Veggies</a>)</p> <p>In all honesty, I was not that intrigued by rutabaga recipes, until I saw this one for <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/autumn-recipe-creamy-smoky-whi-157478">Creamy, Smoky Whipped Rutabagas</a>. Wow! I could not find smoked olive oil, but I keep a bottle of smoke flavor in my refrigerator, and just added a few drops of that. This is so good, it has a &quot;holiday&quot; feeling to me.</p> <h3>Why Eat Rutabagas?</h3> <ul> <li> <p><a href="http://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/health-benefits-of-rutabaga/">Rutabagas</a> are a good source of vitamin C.</p> </li> <li> <p>They have plenty of zinc.</p> </li> <li> <p>They are a good source of fiber.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>5. One Potato, Two</h2> <p>It's hard to not be filled with admiration for the nutritional value of a sweet potato. I am happy to eat them with a pat of butter, but I knew we could do better. This blogger gave her <a href="http://whatsgabycooking.com/healthy-loaded-sweetpotatoes/">Healthy Loaded Sweet Potatoes</a> a sort of a taco treatment, which is both easy and delicious. Recipes like this are also kid-friendly &mdash; they can add their own toppings. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-special-sweet-potato-dishes?ref=seealso">45 Ways to Eat Sweet Potatoes</a>)</p> <p>I don't know about you, but I am always looking for interesting things to eat for breakfast. Check out these <a href="http://www.thedailybalance.com/2010/03/29/daily-delish-an-eggcellent-baked-sweet-potato/">eggs in sweet potatoes</a>! The combination of oven plus microwave speeds things up (do not reverse the directions &mdash; I have blown up potatoes in the microwave after heating in the oven).</p> <h3>Why Eat Sweet Potatoes?</h3> <ul> <li> <p><a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2667/2">Sweet potatoes</a> are a good source of vitamins C, B6, and A.</p> </li> <li> <p>They are also rich in magnesium.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>6. Perplexed by Parsnips</h2> <p>My entire knowledge of parsnips, prior to being educated about how trendy they are, was that they are good in lamb stew. End of story. They really threw the checker at the grocery store, too (&quot;Are these daikon radishes?&quot;). I wasn't smug about my vegetable knowledge because I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them.</p> <p>Enter: <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/354231/carrot-and-parsnip-fries?czone=food%2Fproduce-guide-cnt%2Fproduce-guide-fall&amp;gallery=275724&amp;slide=354231&amp;center=276955">Carrot and Parsnip Fries</a>. Fries? Yes! Yes, they are really just roasted carrots and parsnips, but they are delicious. I roasted mine for closer to a half-hour, because the parsnips took a while to get tender-crisp. I really love the look of these, but must admit all the slicing was a bit tedious. They are very nice alongside a turkey burger.</p> <p>My second parsnip experiment was a soup. Knowing that 'snips are good in soups, as mentioned earlier, I wanted to try something more interesting than a stew. I found this <a href="http://dishbytrish.com/vegan-recipes/parsnip-sweet-potato-bisque-giveaway">Parsnip and Sweet Potato Bisque,</a> which totally fit the bill (sweet potatoes being another trendy vegetable). This is a vegan recipe, and I am not a vegan, so I modified by using olive oil, a cup of chicken broth, and 2% milk. I also put a dollop of sour cream on top. The sweet potatoes make the soup a pretty color, and because we eat first with eyes, that was important to me. This is very tasty with a toasted-cheese sandwich.</p> <h3>Why Eat Parsnips?</h3> <ul> <li> <p><a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2515/2">Parsnips</a> are a good source of folate.</p> </li> <li> <p>They have plenty of potassium.</p> </li> <li> <p>They also provide lots of fiber.</p> </li> <li> <p>And parsnips are a good source of vitamin C.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>7. Super Sprouts</h2> <p>To me, broccoli sprouts taste considerably better than alfalfa sprouts. Well, for one thing, they <em>have</em> flavor. Some describe it as a radish-like favor. The little sprouts are also touted for their <a href="http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/dietandnutrition/broccoli">anti-cancer benefits</a>. Broccoli sprouts' zippiness really adds to this easy <a href="http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/spicy-broccoli-sprout-sushi/">vegetarian sushi</a>. I substituted some leftover salmon to these rolls in the place of tofu. I also like to drizzle some Sriracha mayonnaise on the plate, for dipping. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-use-sriracha-aka-awesome-sauce?ref=seealso">20+ Ways to Use Sriracha</a>)</p> <p>Add the sprouts to your hamburger toppings, to a burrito, a salad, or a sandwich. If you cannot find them at your grocery store, check online, where you can easily find sprouting kits. The kits are fun to do with your kids, too. They grow quickly and are a great beginning gardening project.</p> <h3>Why Eat Broccoli Sprouts?</h3> <ul> <li> <p><a href="http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/advantages-broccoli-sprouts-4629.html">Broccoli sprouts</a> contain up to fifty times the antioxidant (and anti-cancer) <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulforaphane">sulforaphane</a> than mature broccoli.</p> </li> <li> <p>The are a good source of fiber.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>8. I'm Not Kicking Kale</h2> <p>Kale, you may be soooo &quot;yesterday,&quot; but we still love you, and I love this <a href="http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2013/10/16/massaged-kale-salad-with-pepitas-cranberries-and-goat-cheese/">Massaged Kale Salad With Pepitas, Cranberries, and Goat Cheese</a>.</p> <h3>And You Should Keep Eating Kale Because...</h3> <ul> <li> <p><a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2461/2">Kale</a> is full of fiber.</p> </li> <li> <p>It's a good source of iron.</p> </li> <li> <p>It's also a good source of vitamins A and K.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>What are your favorite &quot;trendy&quot; vegetables? </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-kale-how-to-cook-this-summers-8-most-popular-vegetables">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-simple-recipes-for-25-delicious-veggies">25 Simple Recipes for 25 Delicious Veggies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes root vegetables trendy veggies vegetables Wed, 30 Apr 2014 08:36:31 +0000 Marla Walters 1137334 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Delicious Soups You Can Make From Leftovers http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-soups-you-can-make-from-leftovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-delicious-soups-you-can-make-from-leftovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-178500303.jpg" alt="soup" title="soup" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="173" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stuck with lots of leftovers? Not a problem! Though I'm notoriously bad at using prepared food from one night to the next, I've found that a little planning can turn that curse into a blessing. And with food waste being one of the top money-suckers from grocery budgets far and wide, it's only prudent to wise up and make the most of what you've got.</p> <p>Here are 12 satisfying soup recipes &mdash; using last night's eats &mdash; that help you do just that. Just be sure to keep track of how long your foods have been the fridge. The Mayo Clinic guidelines suggest that most leftovers keep <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/food-safety/faq-20058500">around 3-4 days</a> before they enter risky territory. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers?ref=seealso">Thursday Night Soup</a>)</p> <h2>1. Easy Chicken Noodle Soup</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/30332-easy-chicken-noodle-soup-from-a-leftover-roasted-chicken">Easy Chicken Noodle Soup</a> recipe gets its &quot;complex flavor&quot; from a homemade stock made by browning the bones of your leftover roasted chicken carcass. Toss in the meat, too, along with some herbs and veggies for a hearty lunch or dinner option.</p> <h2>2. Basic Turkey Stock</h2> <p>If you'd rather make just a base, here's a basic recipe for <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/336482/easy-turkey-stock?czone=home%2Fsmart-savings-cnt%2Fsave-money&amp;gallery=275537&amp;slide=336482&amp;center=277003">Turkey Stock</a>. All you need are leftover turkey (or chicken, etc.) bones with some meat still attached. The rest comes together with other veggies you might need to use up before shopping for next week.</p> <h2>3. Roasted Veggie Soup</h2> <p>Vegetarians will love this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-vegetable-soup-recipe2.html">Roasted Vegetable Soup</a> for its robust flavor and adaptability. The recipe calls for chicken stock, but vegetable stock is an easy substitute. Simply collect a quart of leftover roasted veggies, heat the broth, combine, and pulse in a food processor. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">Slow Cooker Recipes for Lazy Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>4. Black Bean and Rice Soup</h2> <p>I first featured this recipe in my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-new-ways-to-spice-up-rice">25 Ways to Spice Up Rice</a> roundup, and it's certainly a keeper. If you're left with extra rice, try this <a href="http://www.cooksmarts.com/cs-blog/2013/10/black-bean-leftover-rice-soup-recipe/#.U0M3qtwVQlI">Black Bean and Leftover Rice Soup</a>. It works well with inexpensive veggies like cabbage and is a great use for some of your favorite dried bulk foods.</p> <h2>5. Mashed Potato Soup</h2> <p>Holiday or not, you may have some mashed potatoes on hand from last night's side item. Rachael Ray has you covered with her tasty <a href="http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipe/15503_Mashed_Potato_Soup/index.html">Mashed Potato Soup</a>. I think this recipe would taste great sans bacon and with sweet potatoes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-special-sweet-potato-dishes?ref=seealso">45 Sweet Potato Dishes</a>)</p> <h2>6. Boxing Day Soup</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1142/boxing-day-soup">Boxing Day Soup</a> is another post-holiday favorite, but you can use whatever leftover, seasonal veggies you might have in your fridge. The curry paste is sure to give this dish some unique, sophisticated flair.</p> <h2>7. Quick Minestore (With Noodles, Too!)</h2> <p>Cooked spaghetti is in high supply at our house, but I don't love eating standard noodles with sauce. The author of this <a href="http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/minute-minestrone/">Minute Minestrone</a> promises it'll make the &quot;most of what you have&quot; &mdash; and I love that sentiment.</p> <h2>8. Leftover Soup All-In</h2> <p>This mix-and-match <a href="http://3boysandadog.com/2009/08/recipe-leftover-soup/">Leftover Soup</a> &quot;recipe&quot; goes beyond last night's offerings to a full month's worth of remaining ingredients. The author puts foods like spaghetti, chili, and gravy in a gallon container in the freezer. From there, she combines with other staples depending on her tastes.</p> <h2>9. Beef and Veggie Soup</h2> <p>Try <a href="http://www.reluctantgourmet.com/my-sisters-whats-on-hand-leftover-beef-vegetable-soup/">Leftover Beef and Veggie Soup</a> for a particularly filling bowl. You can use any kind of steak you have on hand &mdash; cubed. The author writes that this recipe is a wonderful way to &quot;clean out your refrigerator.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-cheap-cuts-of-meat-taste-expensive?ref=seealso">Easy Ways to Make Cheap Cuts of Meat Taste Expensive</a>)</p> <h2>10. Fish Chowder</h2> <p>The author of this next recipe divulges that he doesn't like reheating leftover fish for lunch the next day. However, he doesn't mind using it in this <a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=165216">Leftover Fish Chowder</a> recipe. Tilapia is a good fit for this meal, though any white fish will do.</p> <h2>11. Vegan Leftover Soup</h2> <p>This vibrant <a href="http://luminousvegans.com/2013/11/07/vegan-soup-using-leftovers/">Vegan Leftovers Soup</a> is full of black beans, jasmine rice, and some Beyond Meat Not-Chicken cubes. However, you can use whatever happens to be on your own pantry and fridge shelves.</p> <h2>12. Cheese Soup</h2> <p>This last recipe is one I'm definitely trying &mdash; soon. Use the last of your milk, as well as random bits of cheese in this awesomely simple <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/story/112/#S">Leftover Cheese Soup</a>. It's got a dose of hidden veggies in there, too!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite soup to make with leftovers? We'd love your suggestions!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-soups-you-can-make-from-leftovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers">Thursday Night Soup: Delicious Soup From Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-iii-the-crisper-from-hell">Delicious Way to Use Up All the Vegetables in Your Crisper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes cheap soup easy soup leftovers soup Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:24:15 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1136718 at http://www.wisebread.com You Won't Believe How Good These Low-Calorie Desserts Taste http://www.wisebread.com/you-wont-believe-how-good-these-low-calorie-desserts-taste <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/you-wont-believe-how-good-these-low-calorie-desserts-taste" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/eating-4998826-small.jpg" alt="dessert" title="dessert" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Craving a gooey, delicious dessert? Yeah. Me too. Though I try my best to keep my inner sugar-fiend under control, I certainly like to indulge, I'll admit, daily. So, over the years I've learned to save the calorie-loaded confections for special occasions. Otherwise, I favor healthier swaps for my favorite desserts, and most of them are made with inexpensive ingredients many of us already have on hand. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fast-single-serving-fake-desserts?ref=seealso">Single-Serving &quot;Fake&quot; Desserts</a>)</p> <p>Here are 15 recipes to try if you're looking for a <em>better-sweet</em> ending.</p> <h2>1. Frozen Banana Bites</h2> <p>These chocolate dipped <a href="http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000002002262,00.html">Frozen Banana Bites</a> are simple, but will satisfy your sweet tooth. I've seen many recipes throughout the years, including this truly <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chocolate-Dipped-Frozen-Banana-Bites-352009">decadent bunch</a>, so you can get as complicated as you wish.</p> <h2>2. Chocolate &quot;Pudding&quot;</h2> <p>If I'm stuck on chocolate, I like to make my own pudding using only a couple healthy ingredients. I whisk together one cup of Greek yogurt with a tablespoon or two of unsweetened cocoa powder until smooth. Then I mix in natural sweetener (maple syrup, honey, agave, etc.) to taste. Usually only a couple teaspoons.</p> <h2>3. Apple Pie</h2> <p>This next recipe is apple pie in the most literal sense. Try baking your treat <a href="http://www.heathersfrenchpress.com/2013/09/skinny-wednesday-apple-pie-baked-in-an-apple.html">inside an apple</a> to cut calories. And if sugar is your concern, I see no reason you need to use an entire &frac12; cup. Cut the measurement in half or even omit entirely, and I'm sure it will be pleasantly sweet.</p> <h2>4. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies</h2> <p>The author of this next recipe admits these <a href="http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/2013/03/guilt-free-oatmeal-raisin-cookies.html">&quot;Guilt-Free&quot; Oatmeal Raisin Cookies</a> are lacking &quot;everything that people love about a cookie&quot; (sugar, butter, oil, and eggs). However, they turn out great by using the natural sweetness from bananas plus the power of Greek yogurt to transform the traditional into a healthier snack. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tasty-healthy-breakfast-cookies-with-chocolate-covered-espresso-beans?ref=seealso">Healthy Breakfast Cookies With Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans</a>)</p> <h2>5. Flavored Popcorn</h2> <p>I think most of us know that popcorn is high in fiber and low in calories. So, it's a great dessert alternative. Combine a couple cups of air-popped popcorn (to avoid the added salt and artificial ingredients in microwaved varieties) with dried fruit and chocolate chips or even with a little coconut oil plus cinnamon and sugar. Whatever floats your boat.</p> <h2>6. Micro-Muffins</h2> <p>If you'd like a quick &quot;baked&quot; good that's highly customizable, try these <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2011/06/hearty-pecan-chip-micro-muffins.html">Pecan Chocolate Chip Micro-Muffins</a>. Simply mix together the ingredients, cook for around three minutes, and let cool before serving.</p> <h2>7. Smoothie Pops</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.countryliving.com/recipefinder/orange-banana-smoothie-pops-recipe">Orange-Banana Smoothie Pops</a> sound bright and delicious. I'd consider swapping the orange juice concentrate with 100% orange juice or even freshly squeezed for better health and less sugar. However, the other ingredients are common to most pantries and light.</p> <h2>8. Apple Sandwiches</h2> <p>The photos alone of these gorgeous <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/apple-sandwiches-granola-and-peanut-butter">Apple and Nut Butter Sandwiches</a> have sold me. Simply core and slice apples, spread peanut butter (or other nut butter) in between and top with granola and chocolate chips.</p> <h2>9. Fresh Fruit Pops</h2> <p>I like that this next recipe was inspired by &quot;The Jungle Book!&quot; These <a href="http://thenerdswife.com/2014/02/bare-necessities-fresh-fruit-pops.html">Fresh Fruit Pops</a> get their flavor from a variety of vibrant fruits, but I see no reason to follow the recipe exactly. Use whatever is fresh, in-season, and &mdash; therefore &mdash; less expensive. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month?ref=seealso">Fruits and Veggies By the Month</a>)</p> <h2>10. Cookie Dough Dip</h2> <p>Angela at Oh She Glows is one of my favorite recipe developers. And you won't believe the base ingredient in this tasty <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/2012/05/23/healthy-chocolate-chip-cookie-potadough-dip-vegan-gluten-free-bean-free-soy-free-and-optionally-nut-free/">Cookie Dough Dip</a> &mdash; potatoes! Don't be afraid, though, dessert alternatives may sound strange at first, but I've tried this vegan, gluten-free dish personally and love it.</p> <h2>11. Fudge</h2> <p>Now that I've got your palate thinking more adventurously, I'd like to entice you with this <a href="http://peachypalate.com/2013/12/04/fudge/">Black Bean Fudge</a> recipe. It's refined sugar-free and gets its sweetness from Medjool dates, and the other healthful ingredients are likely already in your pantry.</p> <h2>12. Brownie</h2> <p>Dessert swaps are also about portion sizes, so you'll enjoy this <a href="http://www.oatmealwithafork.com/2013/03/04/single-serve-no-pudge-fudge-brownie/">Single-Serve Brownie</a> made in a ramekin. The ingredients list is short, but not on flavor. The author suggests oat flour, spelt flour, or almond flour. I make my own oat and almond flours by simply pulsing the core ingredients in my food processor until adequately pulverized. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-grocery-items-you-should-make-at-home-and-5-to-buy?ref=seealso">Grocery Items You Should Make at Home</a>)</p> <h2>13. Cupcakes</h2> <p>These amazing <a href="http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/02/19/skinny-chocolate-peanut-butter-swirl-cupcakes/">Peanut Butter Swirl Cupcakes</a> sure look complicated with their long ingredients list. If you look closer, however, you'll realize you already have everything you need in your cabinets and drawers. Best of all? Each cupcake boasts six grams of protein!</p> <h2>14. Doughnuts</h2> <p>I have discovered recently that doughnuts are my favorite way to indulge. To make them healthier, I whisk up these <a href="http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2011/10/21/triple-chocolate-donuts.html">Triple Chocolate Baked Doughnuts</a> and save myself all the fat and fuss from frying.</p> <h2>15. Strawberry Shortcake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://cookeatpaleo.com/paleo-strawberry-shortcake/">Paleo Strawberry Shortcake</a> is a twist on a classic dish and made much more nutrient dense with the use of almond flour. A simple &quot;whipped cream&quot; comes together in only minutes with refrigerated coconut milk. And if you've never tried it before, you're in for a treat!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite lightened-up dessert?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-wont-believe-how-good-these-low-calorie-desserts-taste">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-easy-and-scrumptious-microwaveable-desserts">23 Easy and Scrumptious Microwaveable Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach">35 Tasty Ways to Use Frozen Spinach</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes dessert healthy dessert Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:36:26 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1136131 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Delicious and Easy One-Pot Meals http://www.wisebread.com/25-delicious-and-easy-one-pot-meals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-delicious-and-easy-one-pot-meals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pot-176873933.jpg" alt="pot" title="pot" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah, the one-pot dinner. In all honesty, based on a past filled with disappointments (too-chewy pasta, hard rice, tough tortillas) I had been avoiding them. However, due to a schedule change at work, I realized that for the weeks ahead I would need to be able to put dinner on the table more quickly. Also, since our dinner hour would be later, I would need to spend less time cleaning up afterward. It was a perfect combination to find and test the best of the one-pot recipes. Check out my results, below. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>1. Craving Italian</h2> <p>Would it really work to cook pasta in the pot, rather than to boil it separately? I was skeptical, but this <a href="http://www.ratetheplateutah.com/2014/03/recipe-sun-dried-tomato-penne-sausage-skillet.html">Sun-Dried Tomato Penne Pasta Sausage Skillet</a> really piqued my curiosity. I used an Italian turkey sausage, heavy on the fennel. The result? Delicious! I checked the pasta at the ten-minute mark; it seemed a little chewy, so I let it simmer another two minutes and served five minutes later.</p> <h2>2. Down on the Bayou</h2> <p>I had some leftover rotisserie chicken, red peppers, cooked rice, and celery in the refrigerator. What could I make? <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/340565/half-hour-chicken-gumbo?czone=food%2Fcomfort-foods-center%2Fcomfort-foods-dishes&amp;gallery=275672&amp;slide=340565&amp;center=854190">Gumbo</a>, if I could find some okra (sure, in the grocer's freezer). I also had a full bottle of Tabasco sauce. I was ready! I could not meet the half-hour time estimate, only because I found some shrimp in the freezer and decided to toss those in, too. I also baked some Jiffy (mix) cornbread. Even though it took me closer to 45 minutes to pull this dinner together, it was worth it, as it was very good. This also made enough for two leftovers lunches. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken?ref=seealso">25 Ways to Use a Rotisserie Chicken</a>)</p> <h2>3. Instead of Thai Take-Out...</h2> <p>I briefly considered Thai take-out one tired evening, but vowed to stick to the one-pot theme. This <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/275672/one-dish-dinners/@center/854190/comfort-food-recipes#337001">Spicy Coconut-Chicken Casserole</a> made me glad we stayed in. I didn't have any fresh green beans so I used frozen, which worked fine but weren't as nice-looking as fresh would have been. However, this made enough for two meals, and so was much less expensive than take-out would have been.</p> <h2>4. Some Tapas?</h2> <p>I had Yukon Gold potatoes around, so I used those instead in this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Spanish-Frittata-2338">Spanish Frittata</a>. I thought they added a little extra flavor. This is a much easier recipe than my old one, where you flip the frittata to cook the second side. That part was always a little nerve-wracking. Delicious with a Spanish wine and olives.</p> <h2>5. Weeknight Cassoulet</h2> <p>This speedy version of the classic made me very excited. After all, after working eight hours, who goes home and whips up a <a href="http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/kelsey-nixon/cassoulet.html">cassoulet</a>? Now you can, too. If you can get duck, more power to you, but chicken was a dandy substitute.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/1pot-474024095-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>6. Comforting Mac and Cheese</h2> <p>Sometimes, after a crummy day, I just want to eat a very large bowl of macaroni and cheese. My traditional recipe requires one pot to cook pasta and another to make the cheese sauce. Then I bake it and put bread crumbs on top. Are you counting? Yes, I am up to three pans and this is a ONE-POT post. Fortunately, I found this delicious recipe for <a href="http://whiteonricecouple.com/recipes/cheese/stove-top-one-pot-macaroni-cheese-recipe/">Creamy Mac-and-Cheese</a>, and it works. Really well. I felt comforted.</p> <h2>7. Enchilada Ole'!</h2> <p>Feeling like having something a little spicy, I found this <a href="http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2013/12/09/one-pan-enchilada-pasta/">One-Pan Enchilada Pasta</a>. My tweaks were that I did not use a pre-packaged taco seasoning mix, substituting instead a teaspoon each of cumin, chili powder, paprika, and one-half teaspoon of garlic powder and onion powder. I also used my own frozen <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/easy-enchilada-sauce-recipe.html">enchilada sauce</a>, because so many canned sauces contain MSG.</p> <h2>8. Russian Stroganoff</h2> <p>I was almost at the &quot;too tired to cook&quot; stage, but I found turkey burger meat, mushrooms, and low-fat sour cream in my refrigerator. That made me wonder if there was a one-pot creation for an easy <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/turkey_stroganoff/">turkey stroganoff</a>. Victory! I even rummaged around in my freezer and came up with the peas. This recipe cooks the noodles separately, but no need. I doubled the milk to ⅔ cup and simmered until the pasta was tender.</p> <h2>9. Good Use of Cabbage</h2> <p>I wouldn't omit or adjust a single flavoring in this <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/spicy-asian-ground-turkey-with-cabbage-359326">Spicy Asian Ground Turkey With Cabbage</a> entree. I thought it was great on cabbage leaves, as suggested. My husband also liked it over rice. I thought it was flavorful, but not overly spicy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage?ref=seealso">15 Ways to Prepare Cabbage</a>)</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/1pot-177641511-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>10. Sushi</h2> <p>One-pan sushi? No way! Wait until you show up at the office potluck with a pan of <a href="http://tastyislandhawaii.com/2011/01/14/recipe-crab-shiitake-mushroom-sushi-casserole-2/">Crab Sushi</a>. Yes, you do have to cook your rice first, but that's not a lot of effort. I added sliced avocado on top of the rice for more color and flavor. Most sushi ingredients are fairly commonplace in grocery stores now, but if you have trouble finding ingredients, try an Asian grocery.</p> <h2>11. Old Faithful Layered Dinner</h2> <p>This was one of my mom's standbys. It's not fancy, but it's very kid-friendly and easy. It also lends itself well to substitutions, like using zucchini instead of green beans, jack instead of cheddar, etc. Leftovers reheat well.</p> <p><strong>Marilyn's &quot;Layered Dinner&quot;</strong></p> <p><em>Ingredients</em></p> <ul> <li> <p>1 pound ground beef or turkey</p> </li> <li> <p>2 T olive oil</p> </li> <li> <p>2 cups sliced potatoes</p> </li> <li> <p>1 cup sliced carrots</p> </li> <li> <p>1 can (15.5-oz) corn, drained</p> </li> <li> <p>1 can green beans, drained</p> </li> <li> <p>1 can tomato sauce</p> </li> <li> <p>1 can of water</p> </li> <li> <p>1 cup shredded cheddar cheese</p> </li> <li> <p>Salt and pepper to taste</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>Method</em></p> <p>You will need a large saucepan that has a lid and sides.</p> <p>Heat oil in large pan; add ground beef or turkey and brown. Drain oil off. Spread meat mixture evenly in saucepan. Add the potatoes, then the carrots, corn, and green beans.</p> <p>In a bowl, combine the tomato sauce and water. Pour this mixture over the meat and vegetables in pan. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove lid, check potatoes and carrots for tenderness. If need be, add more water and continue simmering until fork-tender.</p> <p>When tender, sprinkle with cheese and put lid back on to allow cheese to melt (about five minutes). Spoon onto plates.</p> <h2>12. Super-Showy Dutch Baby</h2> <p>I have always enjoyed the sweet &quot;dutch baby&quot; pancake at breakfast, but it's high time we also enjoyed them at dinner! Check out this <a href="http://www.annarbor.com/entertainment/food-drink/savory-dutch-baby-is-delicious-for-any-meal/">Savory Dutch Baby</a> (what's not to love: Carbs, cheeses, herbs). This is great for a brunch, too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals?ref=seealso">Breakfast-for-Dinner Meals</a>)</p> <h2>13. Filling Soup</h2> <p>Sometimes my husband complains that soup for dinner doesn't fill him up. That's not the case with this <a href="http://family.go.com/food/recipe-630322-chicken-ravioli-soup&mdash;t/">Chicken Ravioli Soup</a>! I threw in some baby spinach for a little extra nutrition and color, and I also grated some parmesan over the top of the soup. Breadsticks went well with this meal.</p> <h2>14. Fake Tagine</h2> <p>Travis, who cuts my hair, owns a tagine and is always telling me about these wonderful things he cooks. I have absolutely no storage space for a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tajine">tagine</a>, unfortunately. Guess what! This one-pot recipe called for &quot;a tagine or a medium enameled cast-iron casserole&quot; and, happily, I own an enameled cast-iron casserole. After making this, I may experiment with just using a lidded casserole dish. Anyhow, back to the recipe, which is a <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/lamb-tagine-with-green-olives-and-lemon">Lamb Tagine With Green Olives and Lemon</a>. Wow, is this good. It does require that you marinate the meat four to six hours, so get your butt out of bed and put that marinade together before work. Eight + hours didn't hurt, at all. The flavors were amazing.</p> <h2>15. Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free...</h2> <p>...but still delicious, is this <a href="http://www.sondibruner.com/2011/11/06/vegetable-chickpea-curry/">Vegetable Chickpea Curry</a>. I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything. I don't have grain issues, so I did serve it over couscous, but you don't have to. The prep time took me longer than 10 minutes, as I am a slow chopper. This reheats well and I felt like a healthier person for having eaten it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tasty-and-frugal-chickpea-recipes?ref=seealso">Tasty, Frugal Chickpea Recipes</a>)</p> <p><img width="605" height="302" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/1pot-476399217-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>16. Huevos Rancheros</h2> <p>Ah, Huevos Rancheros, our Newlywed Dinner #2 (macaroni and cheese being #1). My friend Pam taught me a one-pot method.</p> <p><strong>Pam's Huevos Rancheros</strong></p> <p><em>Ingredients</em></p> <ul> <li> <p>4 eggs</p> </li> <li> <p>2 cans (15.5-oz) refried beans (I like the vegetarian kind)</p> </li> <li> <p>8 oz. taco sauce or salsa</p> </li> <li> <p>1 cup water</p> </li> <li> <p>⅔ cup shredded cheddar cheese</p> </li> <li> <p>2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce</p> </li> <li> <p>2 T. chopped cilantro (optional)</p> </li> <li> <p>Taco chips (to go with meal)</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>Method</em></p> <p>You will need a large skillet with a lid. Combine the refried beans, the taco sauce or salsa, and the water. Bring to a boil over low heat. Break eggs, one at a time, into a small dish; slip into bean mixture. Reduce heat, cover, and cook just until eggs are set, about four minutes. Remove from heat, sprinkle with cheese and cilantro (if desired). To assemble, put lettuce on plate, top with egg, and serve with taco chips. Makes four servings.</p> <h2>17. Chicken Chardonnay...or, Lemon Chicken Piccata</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.cooks.com/recipe/5j3ns2at/chardonnay-chicken.html">Chicken Chardonnay</a> is a twist, I'm fairly sure, on chicken piccata. I first found this recipe on some cheap white wine as a recipe promotion. Over the years I managed to lose it, but hurray for the Internet. A piccata has chicken broth; this substitutes white wine and I think it's so much better. It is one of my husband's &quot;most requested&quot; and he adds, &quot;Serve with French bread to sop up that sauce.&quot;</p> <h2>18. Curried Shrimp With Peanuts</h2> <p>This makes four to six servings, but this <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/curried-shrimp-peanuts-50400000132602/">Curried Shrimp With Peanuts</a> is so tasty and visually appealing, you might want to double it and make it for a dinner party, not just a weeknight speedy dinner. You will need to cook rice separately, but that's an easy side. Make sure you also serve the toppings, which really ice the cake. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-dinner-party-dishes-you-can-make-in-advance?ref=seealso">Easy Make-Ahead Dinner Party Dishes</a>)</p> <h2>19. Layer It</h2> <p>I posted some strata pictures on Pinterest, and they did get some re-pinning action. I think pretty much anything with cheese is going to be popular on Pinterest. At any rate, this <a href="http://www.cruelironing.com/1/post/2012/04/thrifty-housewife-using-up-french-bread.html">Strata</a> ticks all the boxes: One pan, economical, easy. Oh, and I forgot, &quot;cheesy.&quot;</p> <h2>20. Trout, and No Clean-Up!</h2> <p>I saw frozen trout on sale the other day and thought hmm...what could I do with it? Then I found this <a href="http://www.carmeneatjoy.com/2013/01/20/mediterranean-baked-rainbow-trout/">Mediterranean trout recipe</a>. Bonus: NO pan. This is one of those wonderful bake-in-foil meals. I think it would work well with salmon, too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elevate-your-kitchen-skills-with-these-5-easy-cooking-techniques?ref=seealso">5 Cooking Skills You Should Know</a>)</p> <h2>21. Super Sausages</h2> <p>Sometimes I have a total lack of imagination for making cool dinners out of sausages, so I was really happy to find this <a href="http://www.blissfromscratch.com/2012/06/roasted-sweet-italian-sausage-and.html#.Uy9_lqhdX84">Roasted Sweet Italian Sausage and Vegetables</a> recipe. I'm also a total sucker for roasted vegetables, so this really fit the bill. I added a little crushed fennel to mine. A nice sourdough bread alongside is perfect!</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/1pot-187840728-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>22. A Great Use of Eggplant</h2> <p>This year, my garden will include eggplant, so I have been bookmarking eggplant recipes. This <a href="http://lexiscleankitchen.com/2014/03/02/easy-one-pan-eggplant-chicken-dinner/">Easy One-Pan Eggplant-Chicken Dinner</a> is just up my alley.</p> <h2>23. Somethin' Fishy</h2> <p>At our house, we eat a lot of mahi-mahi, which, due to our location, is very inexpensive. I keep on the lookout for new recipes and love this <a href="http://www.averiecooks.com/2012/02/caribbean-citrus-mahi-mahi-with-brown-rice-noodles.html">Caribbean Citrus Mahi-Mahi With Brown Rice Noodles</a>. It is so easy. I added broccoli spears and some slices of red pepper while cooking the fish. This is a very nutritious and easy weekend night dinner. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-and-prepare-fresh-fish?ref=seealso">How to Buy and Prep Fresh Fish</a>)</p> <h2>24. Easy Chicken Parmesan</h2> <p>To heck with all that breading and frying of a traditional version! This <a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=897627">Chicken Parmesan</a> is easier and much lower in fat, too. Serve over spaghetti <em>or</em> try it on top of a slice of garlic bread.</p> <h2>25. Un-Stuffed Peppers</h2> <p>I'm the first to admit it: I am a little lazy. For instance, I love stuffed peppers, but when I think about parboiling them, draining them, and then stuffing them I usually change my mind. Why didn't I think of this <a href="http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2013/07/24/one-pan-skillet-stuffed-bell-peppers/">One-Pan Skillet Stuffed Peppers</a>? Genius! All the flavors, none of the hassle. I buy those bags of the tri-colored baby peppers, which look very sporty in this dish.</p> <p>The next time you have a busy week ahead, consider one of these recipes!</p> <p><em>What are your favorite one-pot meals? Please share a serving in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-delicious-and-easy-one-pot-meals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people">25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-5-ingredient-recipes-that-save-time-and-money">25 Easy 5-Ingredient Recipes That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes easy meals one pot meals Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:24:35 +0000 Marla Walters 1135081 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cooking-177432103.jpg" alt="cooking" title="cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is lazy the correct word? We're all so rushed these days; it's probably more apt to say &quot;25 Healthy Recipes for Normal People!&quot; But whether you're short on time or just want a few more hours to spend with the kids, the pets, a good book, or your favorite TV show, these recipes can be made quickly and easily. And they're just as good for your health as they are your schedule. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy (or Lazy) Vegetarians</a>)</p> <p>Let's start with the most rushed meal of the day.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lazyrec-140094090-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>Breakfast</h2> <p>They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, it doesn't have to be the most time-consuming. In fact, these little wonders can be prepared in minutes, and they're way better for you than a bowl of cereal or a pre-packaged granola bar. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-make-ahead-freezable-hot-breakfast-recipes?ref=seealso">Make-Ahead, Freezable Hot Breakfasts</a>)</p> <h3>1. Southwestern Egg and Bean Wrap</h3> <p>The beans are optional in this quick <a href="http://www.readyseteat.com/recipes-Southwestern-Egg-and-Bean-Wraps-5199.html">breakfast wrap</a>, and if you're counting calories you can always remove them (or another ingredient of your choice). At only 245 calories though, it's filling and delicious.</p> <h3>2. Kale Egg Bake</h3> <p>The buzzword of the moment seems to be kale. It's everywhere, and with good reason. It's versatile (try making kale chips; even the kids love them), and it's full of flavor. This <a href="http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Baked-egg-and-kale-cups-364788">baked egg and kale dish</a> is very easy to prepare, and if you make several you can reheat them for days after. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-with-kale-easy-recipes-for-real-people?ref=seealso">Easy Kale Recipes</a>)</p> <h3>3. Quinoa Breakfast Bake</h3> <p>Quinoa for breakfast? Sure, why not? And this <a href="http://greatist.com/health/quinoa-breakfast-bake-healthy-recipe">breakfast quinoa recipe</a> is actually more like oatmeal, flavored with cinnamon, allspice, maple syrup, and berries. Very simple to make, it bakes for an hour (it'll be ready right after you finish the Sunday crossword), and it is delicious. Leftovers taste even better.</p> <h3>4. Quick Breakfast Burrito</h3> <p>Mmmm, burritos. They are up there with sandwiches as a very versatile and easy-to-make meal. Fill them with fruits, meats, vegetables&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">&mdash;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">&nbsp;you name it. This </span><a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/quick-breakfast-burritos-10000001911261/" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">breakfast burrito recipe</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;"> calls for the traditional blend of eggs, tomatoes, and chilis. And it's delicious.</span></p> <h3>5. Egg in a Frame</h3> <p><a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=718467">Egg in a Frame</a> was introduced to me by my wife when I first moved to America, and I had a hard time believing it had taken me 26 years to try it. It's also one of the simplest breakfasts to cook, and you can vary the recipe by adding a little bacon, spinach, or different types of bread. You can even use raisin bread for a sweet and salty treat.</p> <h3>6. Bacon and Apple Fast Wrap</h3> <p>This <a href="http://ca.askmen.com/sports/galleries/10-minute-meals-10.html">very quick and easy breakfast wrap</a> uses bacon, cheese, and a whole wheat tortilla. You can also vary the ingredients, substituting or adding avocado, lettuce, tomato, and banana peppers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-healthy-easy-breakfasts-for-people-on-the-go?ref=seealso">Easy Breakfasts for People on the Go</a>)</p> <p>&nbsp;<img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lazyrec-476416107-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>Lunch</h2> <p>Forget the fast-food trap&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">&mdash;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">&nbsp;it's loaded with calories and costs can really add up if you go daily. Most of these can be prepared at home quickly and easily.</span></p> <h3>7. Apple Curry Turkey Pita</h3> <p>Anything with curry in it gets my vote. In fact, did you know that curry has the same addictive qualities as chocolate, and releases the same endorphins? Try this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/apple-curry-turkey-pita/">curried turkey with apple</a> for a sweet and tangy lunch. Add a little mango chutney for extra sweetness.</p> <h3>8. Shrimp-Filled Sweet Potato</h3> <p>This recipe for a <a href="http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000001046787,00.html">baked sweet potato</a> contains as much protein as four slices of turkey breast. But the flavor far exceeds anything turkey could ever bring to the table, thanks to the kielbasa and tangy shrimp. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-special-sweet-potato-dishes?ref=seealso">45 Sweet Potato Dishes</a>)</p> <h3>9. Chicken Satay</h3> <p>What's better than meat on sticks? Well, some would say meat in a cone, but I think sticks have it beat. <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/chicken-satay-recipe.html">Chicken Satay</a> is delicious, very easy to make, and low in calories.</p> <h3>10. Spicy Couscous Soup</h3> <p>More Indian flavors come to the party, this time in a vegetarian dish that takes little preparation and cooking time. As with most Indian food, the flavors are bold and complex, but the recipe isn't. Enjoy this <a href="http://vegetarian.about.com/od/soupssalads/r/spicedcouscous.htm">very filling soup</a> that's low in calories</p> <h3>11. Chili-Spiced Salmon Salad</h3> <p>Make use of your blender or food processor to whiz up a <a href="http://recipes.menshealth.com/Recipe/chili-spiced-salmon-salad.aspx">tasty sauce for this salad</a>, which can be assembled in minutes. And the flavors are well worth it.</p> <h3>12. Whole-Wheat Chicken Panini</h3> <p>At 570 calories per serving, this <a href="http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Chicken-salad-panini-297180">chicken panini</a> proves that tasty food doesn't have to be fattening. If you don't have a panini press, you can get the same results from a hot pan. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-panini-presses?ref=seealso">Best Panini Presses</a>)</p> <h3>13. Prosciutto and Fig Panini</h3> <p>The wonderfully complex but complementary flavors in this <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/prosciutto-fontina-fig-panini-10000001895945/">lunch panini</a> are well worth the shopping trip. You will need to pick up Fontina cheese and the best prosciutto you can find, but your taste buds (and your waistline) will thank you. And all it takes is 10 minutes.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lazyrec-476009523-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>Dinner</h2> <p>It's probably the trickiest meal of the day to prepare. Everyone's home, and everyone's got different tastes (especially the kiddos). These ideas should keep even the fussiest family members happy and healthy. Some of these recipes are for one person, so increase according to servings required. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-dinner-party-dishes-you-can-make-in-advance?ref=seealso">Easy Make-Ahead Dinner Party Dishes</a>)</p> <h3>14. Chicken Florentine</h3> <p>This delicious and <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-and-healthy-chicken-florentine/">healthy version of the classic chicken Florentine</a> dish takes a little time, but it's not complicated at all. And when you're done, you will hardly believe this can be good for you.</p> <h3>15. No-Bake Macaroni and Cheese</h3> <p>Who needs the hassle of baking a mac 'n' cheese dish? This <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/no_bake_macaroni_cheese.html">simple crowd-pleaser</a> takes just 25 minutes to create, and it's both healthy and delicious. The addition of broccoli gives it a more well-rounded flavor than traditional mac 'n' cheese, but the kids should be fine with it. After all, everything's covered in a tasty cheese sauce.</p> <h3>16. Turkey Chili</h3> <p>Chili is all about good spices and long simmering. Although this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/quick-and-healthy-turkey-chili/">turkey chili</a> is ready in just thirty minutes, if you want the best flavors, let it simmer on low for a few hours.</p> <h3>17. Healthy Chicken Nuggets and Blackberry-Mustard Sauce</h3> <p>You don't have to feel guilty about serving up chicken nuggets. These <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/chicken_nuggets_blackberry_mustard.html">chicken nuggets</a> are not deep-fried, but simply flipped in a pan with a little hot oil. And the cornmeal gives them a great crunch!</p> <h3>18. Creamy Avocado Pasta</h3> <p>You'll be amazed at how quickly and easily you can throw together a <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/31/15-minute-creamy-avocado-pasta/">tasty pasta dish</a> &mdash; just 15 minutes, a little over the time it makes to boil the pasta! And the results are worth sharing.</p> <h3>19. Zesty Stir-Fried Shrimp</h3> <p>The reduced fat and reduced salt ingredients in this <a href="http://www.sunkist.com/recipes/zesty-stir-fry-shrimp-and-vegetables_1093.aspx">zesty stir-fried shrimp recipe</a> keep it healthy, but the tangy lemons and shrimp keep it a treat for the tastebuds. It's easy and impressive. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/70-scrumptious-shrimp-recipes?ref=seealso">70 Shrimp Recipes</a>)</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lazyrec-178714431-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>Dessert</h2> <p>Finally, dessert. Many of these recipes are also low calorie, so you can splurge a little. And thankfully, these ideas are also just as good for your body as well as your hectic schedule. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fast-single-serving-fake-desserts?ref=seealso">Single-Serving &quot;Fake&quot; Desserts</a>)</p> <h3>20. Cantaloupe Granita</h3> <p>If you're looking for a healthier alternative to ice cream, this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Cantaloupe-Granita-232509">cantaloupe granita</a> is perfect. It takes about an hour to set, but only requires about 10 minutes of actual work.</p> <h3>21. Light Peach Parfait</h3> <p>Take just 10 minutes out of your busy day to prepare a <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/brookes-light-and-lovely-peach-parfaits-recipe.html">dessert parfait</a> everyone will love. Make sure you use fresh peaches (grilled really makes a difference, too) and fat free topping.</p> <h3>22. Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries</h3> <p>A favorite around Valentine's Day, there is no reason not to enjoy this <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/strawberries_dipped_in_chocolate.html">decadent little treat</a> after any meal. As the main ingredient is fresh strawberries, you're being good to yourself, too.</p> <h3>23. Instant Apple Crisp</h3> <p>Rolled oats are the secret to this family favorite. But unlike traditional apple crisp, this <a href="http://www.eatlifewhole.com/2012/11/healthy-apple-crisp-under-10-minutes/">quick apple crisp</a> will take just 10 minutes and won't be a guilty pleasure.</p> <h3>24. Baby Tiramisu</h3> <p>It's not often you see the word <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/baby_tiramis.html">tiramisu</a> on a list of quick and/or healthy desserts, but this one is the exception to the rule. It takes just 15 minutes to make, and it's delicious.</p> <h3>25. Instant Rice Pudding</h3> <p>Well, instant may be a strong word, but it's very quick. The addition of fresh fruit and the smart use of cooked rice (use brown for an even healthier version) makes this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/robin-miller/instant-rice-pudding-with-cinnamon-cardamom-and-blueberries-recipe.html">rice pudding</a> a winner.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite easy, healthy dishes? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-than-store-bought-10-great-freeze-ahead-burrito-recipes">Cheaper and Healthier Than Store-Bought: 10 Great Freeze-Ahead Burrito Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grab-and-go-post-workout-breakfasts">15 Grab-and-Go Post-Workout Breakfasts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-5-ingredient-recipes-that-save-time-and-money">25 Easy 5-Ingredient Recipes That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-delicious-and-easy-one-pot-meals">25 Delicious and Easy One-Pot Meals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-satisfying-stir-fries-in-20-minutes-or-less">9 Satisfying Stir-Fries in 20 Minutes or Less</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty cheap recipes easy meals healthy meals quick meals Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:36:46 +0000 Paul Michael 1133368 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Easy Dinner Party Dishes You Can Make in Advance http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-dinner-party-dishes-you-can-make-in-advance <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-easy-dinner-party-dishes-you-can-make-in-advance" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/party-459961049.jpg" alt="dinner party" title="dinner party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If the idea of hosting a dinner party frightens you, you are not alone. I still remember the trauma of my first one. By the time you shop for ingredients, clean your house, and cook, that makes for a fairly exhausting day. However, if you choose one of the menus below (either casual or fancy), you can do some, or all, of your preparation ahead of time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-dinner-party-for-6-feed-em-for-under-20?ref=seealso">Feed a Party of 6 for Under $20</a>)</p> <h2>1. Crab Cakes With Remoulade</h2> <p>Sounds fancy, eh? I love the way &quot;<a href="http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=remoulade">remoulade</a>&quot; sounds. It just rolls off of your tongue. Well, it rolls off of the tongue of the guy in that link, anyway. <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/remoulade-sauce-a-la-new-orleans/">Sauce Remoulade</a> will really dress up a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/my-crab-cakes/">crab cake</a>. Further advantage: You can make both the sauce and the crab cakes ahead of time. I like an <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/asian-slaw-recipe.html">Asian Coleslaw</a> (non-mayonnaise dressing) and a scoop of rice on the side.</p> <p>For dessert? Melona (melon) popsicles.</p> <h2>2. Chili</h2> <p>I think I could make this <a href="http://www.cooks.com/recipe/dv5c49wo/gila-river-bowl-of-red.html">chili</a> in my sleep, I have made it so often! In fact, we pulled a container of it out of the freezer last night and heated it up. It is best made at least a day ahead, making it a great choice for a party. We like ours with tortilla chips, but I have also served it with cornbread. When it's party time, I like to set out bowls of salsa, sour cream, chopped avocado, onions, and shredded cheese so that guests can choose their own toppings.</p> <p>Dessert? Vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce.</p> <h2>3. Boeuf Bourguignon</h2> <p>Yes, this is <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/julia-childs-beef-bourguignon/f7e0a6c5-710d-4c83-89a6-2a4936fec81a">Julia Child's beef bourguignon</a> recipe, and I am fond of it because it was an early newlywed success. Those were far and few between so the winners really stuck with me. I especially love the reference to a &quot;young and full-bodied red wine,&quot; which I interpret as &quot;cheap red wine,&quot; always available in my wine cellar. In a box. But I digress. This recipe serves six, which I think is a dandy dinner-party size. Serve with a crusty French bread and a simple tossed salad. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-cheap-cuts-of-meat-taste-expensive?ref=seealso">How to Make Cheap Cuts of Meat Taste Expensive</a>)</p> <p>Because this is a heavier entree, try a <a href="http://www.easy-french-food.com/peach-melba-recipe.html">Peach Melba</a> for dessert.</p> <h2>4. Jambalaya</h2> <p>Jambalaya (go ahead, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnKOVPXhlnE">sing along</a>) has a festive air to it. Off the top of my head, I can think of three different families who make it either for Christmas or New Year's. It's great year-round, and it's a fun party food. There are many variations, but I really like <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/cajun-jambalaya-recipe2.html">Emeril's jambalaya</a> because it goes together so quickly. It's a little spicy, so serve a coleslaw on the side.</p> <p><a href="http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/holidays/mardigras/neworleansdessertrecipes/recipes/food/views/Lemon-Icebox-Pie-356829">Lemon Icebox Pie</a> is a pretty and delicious dessert. I cheat and buy the ready-made graham cracker pie crusts.</p> <h2>5. &quot;Chicken Curry&quot;</h2> <p>My mother-in-law made delicious &quot;Chicken Curry&quot; for most special family occasions. I think she favored it because it is very child-friendly. Put a scoop of warm rice on a plate, add some <a href="http://www.cooks.com/recipe/k81zg2j8/madras-curry-sauce.html">sauce</a>, and let everyone choose their favorite toppings. We like: Chutney, chopped peanuts, pickles, hard-boiled eggs, sliced avocados and tomatoes, bacon bits, and grated coconut. This is also a very frugal recipe, as you can use things up. For instance, you might have a few tortilla chips left in a bag, a box of raisins, or a can of mandarins. Be creative! My father-in-law would put a little of ALL of the toppings on his rice; some of the kids would have rice and grated cheese. Everyone, however, goes away happy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-chicken-leg-and-thigh-recipes-from-around-the-world?ref=seealso">15 Chicken and Thigh Recipes</a>)</p> <p><a href="http://www.cooks.com/recipe/in8my1gf/coconut-ice-cream-balls.html">Coconut Ice-Cream Balls</a> are nice for dessert (skipping the liqueur for the kids, of course).</p> <h2>6. Manicotti</h2> <p>It was a struggle whether to recommend a make-ahead lasagna or <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/sausage-stuffed-manicotti-10000001886430/">manicotti</a>. I opted for manicotti for a couple of reasons:</p> <ol> <li> <p>Manicotti seems a little more interesting; and</p> </li> <li> <p>I think it is easier to reheat more evenly.</p> </li> </ol> <p>True, it's a little trickier to assemble, but presentation-wise, it's also sportier. Toast some garlic bread, toss a salad, and dinner is served.</p> <p>For dessert, <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/easy-tiramisu-brownie-bars/ecdcc8f4-e953-4e2d-9426-31cfd46c3bca">Tiramisu Brownie Bars</a> are pretty on a plate that has been dusted with powdered sugar.</p> <h2>7. Crab Casserole</h2> <p>This is a very rich <a href="http://forums.finecooking.com/cookstalk/archives/seafood-casserole?page=1">casserole</a>, containing crab, artichoke hearts, cream, and cheese. Because fresh crab is quite expensive, I have substituted canned, and it is still delicious. It also makes 10 to 12 servings, so it's a good party dish that can be made a day ahead. Side dishes should be very simple, like a tossed salad and rolls. To my taste, Fetzer's Sundial Chardonnay (buttery, crisp, and affordable) is perfect alongside.</p> <p>A tray of seasonal fruit is a light, pretty dessert.</p> <h2>8. Split-Pea Soup</h2> <p><a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Easy-Split-Pea-Soup-1919">Split-Pea</a>, to me, is another of those soups that is really better on day two. This one has ham hocks in it, but I have also made a vegetarian version, leaving them out, and just adding a little smoke flavor (I use the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0005Z8NCM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0005Z8NCM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Colgin</a> brand). It also freezes well, if you really want to get ready for your get-together way before the date. Pair with some <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/easy-whole-wheat-dinner-rolls">whole-wheat rolls</a> for a very healthy, yet comforting, cold-weather meal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Old-Fashioned-Lattice-Top-Apple-Pie-102411">Old-Fashioned Lattice-Topped Apple Pie</a> for dessert, anyone?</p> <h2>9. Stratas</h2> <p>Not only <em>can</em> a <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/12/spinach-and-cheese-strata/">strata</a> be made ahead of time, but it <em>must</em> be. The bread cubes need to soak up the egg-and-milk mixture. You might think of them as a breakfast meal, but they work equally well for dinner. They also appeal to my thrifty soul, as they can be tailored to any theme. For instance, leftover mexican cheese, or chilis? Mexican strata. Small bits of mozzarella or pepperoni? Italian strata. You get the picture. Lastly, they can be made meatless for your vegetarian guests or for Meatless Monday. Toss a bagged salad for a side. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals?ref=seealso">25 Breakfasts for Dinner</a>)</p> <p>Keep the &quot;layered&quot; theme going with this <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/layered-chocolate-pudding-dessert">Layered Chocolate Pudding</a> (my neighbor, Dale, passed on the recipe). This stuff is fantastic and you can also make it ahead of time.</p> <h2>10. Baked Spaghetti</h2> <p>I have made <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-deen/light-baked-spaghetti-recipe.html">baked spaghetti</a> three times in the last six months. It freezes so well! It is a Bobby Deen recipe, and he lightened up his mother's version. Serve with breadsticks, an antipasto platter, and a tossed green salad.</p> <p>Dessert: How does <a href="http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Cannoli-Cream-with-Fresh-Fruit-_Crema-di-Ricotta-alla-Frutta-Fresca_-456675?columns=5&amp;position=2%2F52">Cannoli Cream With Fresh Fruit</a> sound?</p> <h2>11. Sauerbraten</h2> <p>This is another recipe that will force you to get your dinner party ready ahead of time. A <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/kates-easy-german-sauerbraten/">Sauerbraten</a> has to marinate for two to three days before cooking. It serves eight, so this is good for a large party. I love <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grandma-jeanettes-amazing-german-red-cabbage/">red cabbage</a> with it, and this recipe has apples in it, which makes it really delicious. I cheat on the spaetzle, though, and use packaged egg noodles. Serve with a Rhine wine.</p> <p>Dessert? <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/black-forest-cake/4e66caed-4e29-4154-a92d-27332162baa4">Black Forest Cake</a>, of course (the easy version).</p> <h2>12. Chicken Kiev</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/chicken-kiev-recipe2.html">Chicken Kiev</a> rolls can be made ahead of time and sit in your refrigerator until you are ready to <em>bake</em> them. Yes, fried is the traditional method, but we're all watching our fat intake and these are healthier. They have a crispy coating, just like the fried ones, using my favorite crumbs, panko. Start with a small cup of <a href="http://thefigtreeblog.com/2012/09/simple-roasted-beet-borscht.html">borscht</a> as an appetizer and serve with noodles and a creamy cucumber salad.</p> <p>I have had a variation on this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/ukrainian-apple-cake-yabluchnyk/">Ukranian Apple Cake</a> (using plums) and it is quite easy, so it is my dessert suggestion.</p> <h2>13. Fajitas</h2> <p>The flank steak needs to marinate, which will give you the rest of you day to chop up peppers, onions, and get the condiments ready. I love this recipe's step-by-step instructions and the manner in which the <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2013/03/beef-fajitas/">fajitas</a> are served. These are great with a side of beans. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-delicious-and-healthy-black-bean-recipes?ref=seealso">Healthy Black Bean Recipes</a>)</p> <p>Dessert? Vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce.</p> <h2>14. Chicken and Stuffing Bake</h2> <p>I have never known a man who didn't like stuffing. My friend Nancy Jo's sister-in-law served it right out of the bag at Thanksgiving once, and it still got eaten. There are many variations on this recipe for <a href="http://www.cooks.com/recipe/qu87g1sv/creamy-baked-chicken-breasts.html">Chicken and Stuffing</a>, but this one is darn easy. I get it ready to the point of adding the stuffing. Do that when you are closer to getting the chicken into the oven. Serve with steamed broccoli (toss with butter and lemon juice) and rolls.</p> <p>This is comfort food, so keep that theme going with pudding (sure, out of a box) that you can make ahead. Shoot a little whipped cream on the pudding for glamour.</p> <h2>15. Baked Ham</h2> <p>But wait, don't you have to <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/glazed_baked_ham/">bake the ham</a>? Sure, but do it the day before, and then serve it a' la Marla's Grandma, aka&nbsp;<em>cold</em>. Grandma sliced her cold ham and served it with deviled eggs, rolls, carrot and celery sticks, potato salad, and trays of olives. Bam! She was no dummy, and she fed an army with this combo. My husband chimes in: &quot;Dessert was pie <em>and</em> cake.&quot; Yeah, I miss Grandma. This is a kid-friendly meal, too, and my aunts have adopted this Sunday dinner tradition.</p> <p>All right now, I am afraid you are out of excuses about why you cannot entertain.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite make ahead dinner party recipes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-dinner-party-dishes-you-can-make-in-advance">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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While many of us would love to dine on filet mignon and prime rib regularly, reality requires us to be a little more frugal with our protein. Fortunately many less-expensive cuts of meat can taste deliciously gourmet if prepared in the right way. Read on to find out how to cook these wallet-friendly cuts. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-ways-to-add-big-flavor-to-your-food?ref=seealso">Cheap Ways to Add Big Flavor</a>)</p> <h2>Beef Chuck</h2> <p>Beef chuck is an economical cut that comes from the shoulder of the steer. It can be cut into chunks for stew, ground into ground beef, or braised whole. Beef chuck is the perfect stew meat &mdash; it is full of connective tissue that softens and makes the meat tender and flavorful. The key with this tough cut is to cook it slowly.</p> <h3>1. Boeuf Bourguignon</h3> <p>One of my favorite &quot;gourmet&quot; ways to prepare beef chuck is to make Julia Child's famous <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/boeuf-bourguignon-a-la-julia-child-148007">Boeuf Bourguignon</a>, a slowly cooked, hearty stew that is perfect for a company dinner.</p> <h3>2. Beef Stroganoff</h3> <p><a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/beef-stroganoff-over-buttered-noodles-recipe.html">Beef stroganoff</a> is a Russian stew with sour cream and fresh herbs that make it creamy and a perfect topping for buttery egg noodles. Try switching the parsley in this recipe with fresh dill &mdash; it's addictive!</p> <h3>3. Beef Chuck Pot Roast</h3> <p><a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/09/2008_the_year_of_the_pot_roast/">Pot roast</a> is a traditional one-pot meal that works just as well for a family dinner as for a dinner party. And with the affordable prices of a beef chuck roast, you could potentially have one every Sunday. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/one-pot-roast-a-week-of-cheap-and-delicious-lunches?ref=seealso">A Week of Lunches From One Pot Roast</a>)</p> <h3>4. Shredded BBQ Beef</h3> <p>If you love smoked BBQ brisket, but don't want to bother with slow-smoking, try using beef chuck in a braise instead in this <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/braised_bbq_beef_sandwich/">BBQ beef recipe</a>. Braising means you can easily cook the beef on the stovetop. Just shred and serve on a soft bun.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/meat-465447255-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>Beef Shanks</h2> <p>Cross-cut beef shanks come from the leg of the steer. They are one of the most overlooked cuts of meat, and as a result tend to be very budget-friendly, even the grass-fed organic versions! The inclusion of bone and marrow makes for an intensely rich stew, as well as lots of healthy nutrients. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-nutrients-you-need-more-of?ref=seealso">You Need More of These Nutrients</a>)</p> <h3>5. Osso Buco</h3> <p><a href="http://www.thecavegirldish.com/2011/06/beef-shank-osso-buco-style-alla-giada.html">Osso buco</a>, an Italian stew, is typically made with veal shanks, which tend to be expensive. But you can make osso buco with inexpensive beef shanks for a fraction of the price &mdash; although the flavor of the beef won't be as delicate as the veal, your wallet will appreciate the difference!</p> <h3>6. Beef Shanks Braised in Red Wine</h3> <p>This budget-friendly recipe for <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/slow-cooker-rec-160583">beef shanks slowly braised in red wine</a> (&quot;Two-Buck Chuck&quot; does the trick) makes meltingly tender chunks of flavorful beef, and it's easy to cook in the slow cooker. After the beef is cooked, the braising liquid is reduced to make a silky sauce. Serve it over polenta for a cultured company meal.</p> <h3>7. Beef Shanks and Cabbage Stew</h3> <p>This slow-cooker recipe for <a href="http://nomnompaleo.com/post/2565593206/slow-cooker-grass-fed-beef-shanks-cabbage-stew">beef shanks with cabbage</a> is one of my favorite easy one-pot meals. Hint: After you've finished eating the stew, save any leftover braising liquid and freeze it in an ice-cube tray. Throw the intensely flavorful stock cubes into stir-fries, chili, or anything that needs a shot of beefy flavor. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-freeze-foods-that-dont-freeze-well?ref=seealso">Surprising Foods You Can Freeze</a>)</p> <h2>Skirt Steak</h2> <p>Skirt steak is one of the more commonly found affordable steaks at the supermarket and is often sliced thinly for fajitas or stir-fries. You can of course use it as such (use high heat and don't overcook it), but blast it briefly on high heat on the grill, and you've got a flavorful steak that's much more affordable than rib-eye or filet.</p> <h3>8. Grilled Skirt Steak With Chimichurri</h3> <p>Because skirt steak is so thin, cook it for only a couple minutes on each side to avoid overcooking. This <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/mark-bittmans-grilled-skirt-steak-with-chimichurri-sauce">Argentine-style skirt steak</a> is served with aromatic chimichurri sauce.</p> <h3>9. Soy Marinated Skirt Steak</h3> <p>Skirt steak also takes well to marinating in a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/marinated-flank-steak/">soy-based sauce</a> &mdash; let it sit for several hours to allow the flavors to penetrate. Then grill it over high heat.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/meat-146914150-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>Hanger Steak</h2> <p>Craving steak on a budget? Hanger steak is popular in French cuisine but is much more affordable than better-known steaks like tenderloin or ribeye. It's a large piece of steak that can be tough if overcooked and is best seared or broiled to medium-rare. Be sure to slice it thinly against the grain. Unfortunately, hanger steak can be hard to find &mdash; there are only two steaks per animal &mdash; so if you find a store that stocks it, grab it when you can.</p> <h3>10. Garlic and Herb-Marinated Hanger Steak</h3> <p>According to <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/05/grilled-garlic-and-herb-marinated-hanger-steak.html">J. Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats</a>, hanger steak's loose texture makes it perfect for marinating. Here, he marinates the steak for at least two hours in a flavorful mix of garlic and herbs before searing it on the grill. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-delicious-marinades?ref=seealso">Cheap and Delicious Marinades</a>)</p> <h3>11. Beer-Marinated Hanger Steak</h3> <p>I love the flavor of a <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/pan-grilled-beer-marinated-hanger-steak-236873">beer-marinated steak</a>, and with a full day of marinating, this hanger steak is sure to soak up the flavor.</p> <h2>Rump Roast</h2> <p>Rump roast (or its cousins top round, bottom round, and eye of round roasts) comes from the muscled hindquarters of the steer and is thus quite tough. However, it's perfect for braising and for roast beef where the slow cooking tenderizes this lean cut.</p> <h3>12. Roast Beef</h3> <p>This simple recipe for <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/roast_beef/">roast beef</a> is perfect for serving a crowd relatively cheaply while still impressing your guests. It also makes a great family meal. It uses a tough cut &mdash; the rump roast &mdash; and cooks it slowly for 2 to 3 hours. Be sure to use a thermometer to keep an eye on the doneness.</p> <h3>13. Rump Roast Au Jus</h3> <p>An easy way to cook a rump roast low and slow is in the slow-cooker. Just put it in the slow cooker in the morning and <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/rump-roast-au-jus/">a delicious roast is ready</a> when you get home from work. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-slow-cookers?ref=seealso">Best Slow Cookers</a>)</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/meat-465794577-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>Pork Shoulder</h2> <p>Pork shoulder is one of the most budget-friendly meat options I've come across. A medium bone-in shoulder roast can feed a family of four for $10. It takes tremendously well to slow-cooking and shredding, making it a set-and-forget kind of meal.</p> <h3>14. Pulled Pork</h3> <p>Roast a Boston butt low and slow in the oven with plenty of seasonings for delicious <a href="http://www.kevinandamanda.com/recipes/dinner/perfect-pulled-pork-slow-roasted-seasoned-savory.html">pulled pork</a>. Warning: You will need to leave your oven on for several hours (13 hours for the 8-pound roast in the recipe), so plan to do it on a rainy weekend when you'll be around.</p> <h3>15. Cilantro Shredded Pork</h3> <p>One of my favorite ways to cook a pork shoulder is to dump it in a slow cooker with onions, a cup of salsa verde, a handful of chopped cilantro, a generous sprinkle of cumin and garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Set it on low for 8 hours or on high for 6. A few hours later you've got deliciously tender pork that can be shredded for tacos, eaten on top of a bowl of rice and beans, or added to a salad. I love using this pork for a taco bar where guests can assemble tacos themselves.</p> <h3>16. Carnitas</h3> <p>Mexican <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/melissa-darabian/pork-carnitas-recipe.html">pork carnitas </a>might seem like a restaurant meal, but they're surprisingly easy and affordable to cook at home. Cook the pork in a slow cooker all day and when you're ready for dinner, fry the shredded pork until it develops a savory crust.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/meat-177412099-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>Pork Shank</h2> <p>In general, Americans seem to prefer boneless meat (ribs and wings are the exception to the rule). I've found that bone-in cuts tend to be much cheaper. Pork shanks are one example of an unpopular cut that can be flavorful and tender in a long braise.</p> <h3>17. Braised Pork Shanks</h3> <p>This recipe for <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/braised-pork-shanks">braised pork shanks</a>, cooked low and slow, makes for meltingly tender pork and a flavorful pork gravy. Don't let the liquid boil or it will toughen the meat.</p> <h2>Top Loin</h2> <p>Top loin makes a good roast and is cheaper than tenderloin. Using a meat thermometer is key to getting tender, juicy meat. Cook the loin too long and it'll end up tough and chewy.</p> <h3>18. Rosemary Roasted Pork Loin</h3> <p>This simple recipe for <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/roasted-pork-loin/">roasted pork loin</a> makes a flavorful roast that can serve six or more people. Make a gravy with the sauce and serve it with risotto or fingerling potatoes for an elegant meal. Again, using a meat thermometer is essential.</p> <h2>Pork Chops</h2> <p>Pork chops are an affordable and lean meat that are sometimes known as &quot;the other white meat&quot; (in comparison to chicken breast). Unfortunately they can often be tough and dry. Cut from the lean loin, pork chops can overcook quickly. For a tender and flavorful pork chop, sear the outside of the meat briefly before turning the heat down and cooking it gently the rest of the way.</p> <h3>19. Tender and Juicy Pork Chops</h3> <p>This oven-roasted <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-perfect-pork-chops-in-the-oven-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-194257">pork chop recipe</a> isn't so much a recipe as it is a method for cooking tender and juicy pork chops every time. You'll never go back!</p> <h3>20. Pork Chops With Mushroom Gravy</h3> <p>My neighbor swears by this recipe for <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Grandmas-Pork-Chops-in-Mushroom-Gravy">pork chops with mushroom gravy</a> &mdash; the pork chops end up tender while the rich, sherry-laced mushroom sauce makes this dish extra special.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/meat-463329139-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>Chicken Legs and Thighs</h2> <p>Chicken is in general one of the more affordable meats. Unfortunately the high demand for skinless, boneless, chicken breast has driven up the price. My personal opinion is that while the breast may be meaty, it lacks flavor and tends to be dry. Thankfully, the thighs, legs, and wings, are much more affordable, easier to cook well, and are much more flavorful!</p> <p>I've already covered chicken legs and thighs in depth in a previous article &mdash; <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-chicken-leg-and-thigh-recipes-from-around-the-world">15 Chicken Leg and Thigh Recipes From Around the World</a> &mdash; but here are a few of my favorite go-to recipes.</p> <h3>21. Cracklin' Chicken</h3> <p>Use skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs to make this crispy, <a href="http://nomnompaleo.com/post/74180911762/cracklin-chicken#more">cracklin' chicken</a> recipe with just a few readily-available ingredients. The skin crisps up into a delicious crust while the thigh meat stays juicy and tender.</p> <h3>22. Thai Basil Chicken Stir-Fry</h3> <p>I make this easy <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/334306/chicken-and-basil-stir-fry">Thai basil chicken</a> stir-fry for a quick weeknight dinner quite often. While this recipe calls for breast meat, I find that boneless, skinless, chicken thighs work even better, as you can't overcook them.</p> <h2>Whole Chicken</h2> <p>Pound-for-pound, a whole chicken is cheaper than cut-up parts like breasts or thighs. In addition, you can use the leftover bones to make chicken broth or stock. Don't be intimidated by cooking a whole chicken &mdash; it's easy to do with these foolproof methods. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-weeks-worth-of-dinners-out-of-one-chicken?ref=seealso">One Week of Dinners From One Chicken</a>)</p> <h3>23. Slow-Cooker Chicken and Gravy</h3> <p>Put a <a href="http://nomnompaleo.com/post/4807547385/slow-cooker-roast-chicken-and-gravy">whole chicken</a> breast-side down into a slow cooker with herbs and aromatics. Six hours later, you've got a perfectly tender whole chicken ready to eat. Simply puree the remaining vegetables and juices to make a savory gravy to eat with the chicken.</p> <h3>24. Hainanese Chicken</h3> <p>With this method for cooking <a href="http://www.steamykitchen.com/5068-hainanese-chicken-rice.html">Hainanese chicken</a>, you slowly simmer a chicken in a large pot of water with aromatics like ginger and scallions. The poached chicken meat turns out meltingly tender, and you then use the broth to cook rice to go along with it. Way to use the whole bird!</p> <h3>25. Simple Roast Chicken</h3> <p>You can't get much more gourmet than a recipe by famous chef Thomas Keller. Yet this recipe for <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/My-Favorite-Simple-Roast-Chicken-231348">roast chicken</a> is simple enough for anyone to master.</p> <p><em>What is your favorite budget cut of meat? How do you prepare it?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-cheap-cuts-of-meat-taste-expensive">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach">35 Tasty Ways to Use Frozen Spinach</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap meat cheap meat recipes cheap recipes meat Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:37:11 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1126819 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Fun and Delicious Ways to Use Tortillas http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-and-delicious-ways-to-use-tortillas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-fun-and-delicious-ways-to-use-tortillas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-160352484.jpg" alt="tortillas" title="tortillas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the most versatile food items in your pantry is not a spice or vegetable &mdash; it's a tortilla. Whether you stock your kitchen with flour tortillas or corn, you can expand your menu with these low cost, readily available products. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great?ref=seealso">Homemade Gluten-Free Flour Tortillas</a>)</p> <p>The many uses include substitutions for bread, pizza crust, and even dessert. Read on for 10 surprising ways to use tortillas in your kitchen.</p> <h2>1. Pizza Crust</h2> <p>Flour tortillas work great for a pizza crust. Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce on the tortilla and then load on your favorite toppings. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. These can even be prepared ahead of time, frozen while laying on a cookie sheet, and stored for later use. You'll never need to buy a quick frozen pizza again. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives?ref=seealso">30 Pizza Sauce Alternatives</a>)</p> <h2>2. Chips</h2> <p>Making your own tortilla chips is very easy to do. You can deep fry them for a restaurant-style taste or bake them up in the oven for a healthier alternative. Cut the tortillas into triangles. Lay on a baking sheet, and spritz with cooking spray (or skip the oil altogether). Sprinkle with salt and any spices you may like to try. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.</p> <h2>3. Bread Crumbs</h2> <p>Pulse in your food processor until tortillas are a fine consistency. Use in place of bread crumbs in recipes like meatloaf, meatballs, or as a breading for chicken tenders.</p> <h2>4. Dessert</h2> <p>Tortillas can be used in many ways to make a delicious dessert. They can be fried like chips and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar; or they can be spread with Nutella, bananas, or other fruits for a tasty treat. You can also create a wonderfully decadent crepe using tortillas that you fry in butter and spread with cream cheese and fruit before rolling up and enjoying! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ultra-quick-homemade-desserts?ref=seealso">Ultra-Quick Homemade Desserts</a>)</p> <h2>5. Sandwiches</h2> <p>Tortillas can be used to replace bread almost anywhere. You can use tortillas for a cheeseburger bun, for PB&amp;J sandwiches in your kid's lunches, with lettuce, tomato, and bacon for a great lunch, or even to make grilled cheese sandwiches.</p> <h2>6. Croutons</h2> <p>Tortillas can be cut into strips and baked or fried to be added to tortilla soup, salads, or on top of chili. Spices can be added to the strips (before baking or after they have been fried and are draining) to add extra flavor to your meal.</p> <h2>7. Lasagna</h2> <p>In the mood for lasagna but don't have any noodles? Tortillas can be layered instead of noodles to make a tasty meal. You can also change up the ingredients to make it a Mexican lasagna using salsa instead of pasta sauce, plus black beans, vegetables, and sharp cheddar cheese.</p> <h2>8. Rollups</h2> <p>Tortillas can change what was a boring sandwich into something fun and appetizing. Rollups can be made with lunch meat, lettuce, and a spread like hummus, mayonnaise, or cream cheese. Roll up really tight and slice into bite-sized pieces. Rollups are great for picnics, entertaining, school lunches, or any time you need a lunch on-the-go. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches?ref=seealso">Great Non-Sandwich Work Lunches</a>)</p> <h2>9. Wraps</h2> <p>Breakfast burritos are a family favorite in my house. Use flour tortillas to wrap up scrambled eggs, sauteed veggies, and cheese. In addition, tortillas can be used to wrap up chicken, lettuce, and cheese; or chicken salad. Tortillas also hold roasted veggies and shrimp that has been drizzled with a bit of a Thai peanut sauce, balsamic vinegar, or even a light vinaigrette. The ingredients that you can wrap together in a tortilla are endless. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-than-store-bought-10-great-freeze-ahead-burrito-recipes?ref=seealso">10 Freeze-Ahead Burrito Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>10. Soup Thickener</h2> <p>Whether ground up like bread crumbs or cut into pieces and strips, tortillas can be used to thicken things like soups, stews, and even gravies.</p> <p>Tortillas are a great frugal food that can be used with virtually any meal. With these unique ways that tortillas can be used in your kitchen, your menu will never feel dull again.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to enjoy tortillas? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-and-delicious-ways-to-use-tortillas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives">Make Pizza Night Fun Again With These 30 Pizza Sauce Alternatives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-cheap-cuts-of-meat-taste-expensive">25 Easy Ways to Make Cheap Cuts of Meat Taste Expensive</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes pizza tortilla recipes tortillas Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:24:43 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1126636 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Simple Recipes for 25 Delicious Veggies http://www.wisebread.com/25-simple-recipes-for-25-delicious-veggies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-simple-recipes-for-25-delicious-veggies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-168345034.jpg" alt="vegetables" title="vegetables" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A sure sign you've crossed that invisible line into full-fledged adulthood is that you actually start enjoying vegetables. Even those really yucky ones, like Brussels sprouts, start looking appealing in the right light. If you haven't reached this milestone, adding variety to your vegetable routine might help you come around. Here 25 recipes that work to highlight &mdash; not hide &mdash; a vegetable's unique flavor. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-choosing-fruits-and-vegetables?ref=seealso">The Produce Worker's Guide to Fruits and Veggies</a>)</p> <h2>1. Broccoli</h2> <p>With just five ingredients, this <a href="http://foodnfemininity.blogspot.com/2014/01/roasted-broccoli-soup-recipe.html">Roasted Broccoli Soup</a> is both simple and satisfying. The author mentions that adding homemade croutons or even tossing in some cheddar cheese takes this bowl to the next level.</p> <h2>2. Cauliflower</h2> <p>Home cooks are doing just about everything with cauliflower these days. This <a href="http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/mac-and-cheese-style-cauliflower/">Mac and Cheese Style Cauliflower</a> dish is one I've made and tested myself. If you're in the mood for comfort food, it's a fantastically healthy alternative. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-cruciferous-vegetables-for-health-conscious-cooks?ref=seealso">6 Cheap and Healthy Cruciferous Vegetables</a>)</p> <h2>3. Eggplant</h2> <p>The cook behind this delicious <a href="http://yummilyyours.com/bharli-vangi-stuffed-eggplant-curry/">Stuffed Eggplant Curry</a> recipe asserts that those who don't like eggplant just haven't tried the right recipe. While eggplant can be somewhat bland on its own, the spices in this dish enhance its natural flavor and &quot;meaty&quot; texture. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-tasty-frugal-eggplant-recipes?ref=seealso">Tasty and Frugal Eggplant Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>4. Carrots</h2> <p>My favorite carrot recipes are rather basic &mdash; I even like eating them raw. For example, these <a href="http://highgatehillkitchen.com/2014/01/16/roasted-carrots-with-tahini-drizzle-middle-eastern-feast-cont/">Roasted Carrots With Tahini Drizzle</a> take little kitchen skill, but are an impressive and inexpensive palate-pleaser.</p> <h2>5. Celery</h2> <p>Though often added to flavor <em>other</em> dishes, celery can hold its own when given the chance. This tasty <a href="http://gourmandeinthekitchen.com/2013/celery-root-and-apple-salad/">Celery Root Salad</a> features both celery and celery root, along with apples for extra crunch. It's finished off with a sophisticated lemon-mustard vinaigrette.</p> <h2>6. Parsnips</h2> <p>These baked <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/2010/04/16/these-fries-will-change-your-life/">Parsnip Fries</a> (coated in nut butter) changed my whole world when I discovered them a few years ago. I made them every single night for two straight weeks. And now I'm craving them again.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/vegrec-93596887-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>7. Kohlrabi</h2> <p>If you have a CSA share, you're bound to end up with this strange looking vegetable. Don't be afraid, though&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">&mdash;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">&nbsp;it tastes like broccoli. This</span> <a style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;" href="http://rosajackson.blogspot.com/2008/03/celeriac-and-kohlrabi-rsti.html">Kohlrabi Rosti</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">looks a lot like fritters and showcases the familiar flavor wonderfully.</span></p> <h2>8. Kale</h2> <p>One of my favorite vegetables &mdash; kale &mdash; just so happens to be a superfood. I try to incorporate it into many meals, including our weekly pizza night. This <a href="http://karyosmond.com/kale-pizza/">Kale-Topped Pizza</a> can easily be made with packaged dough. If you'd like to toss a healthier, from-scratch crust, try this <a href="http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/06/basic-kale-pizza-dough-pizza-night.html">Kale Pizza Crust</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home?ref=seealso">Make Restaurant Quality Pizza at Home</a>)</p> <h2>9. Bell Peppers</h2> <p>Although technically a fruit, bell peppers are a hit at our dinner table. To showcase them, I like to make easy stuffed peppers. You can use most any mix of veggies, beans, rice, etc. This <a href="http://sundaymorningbananapancakes.yummly.com/2012/08/mexican-quinoa-stuffed-green-peppers.html">Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers</a> recipe is a great place to start if you're curious.</p> <h2>10. Spinach</h2> <p>Traditionally made with aromatic basil leaves, pesto can be used to flavor many dishes and eaten on its own. This <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/05/spinach-pesto.html">Spinach Pesto</a> recipe, on the other hand, blends the nutrition of spinach with nutty pumpkin seeds and can even be made vegan by using nutritional yeast in place of Parmesan cheese. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list?ref=seealso">Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery List</a>)</p> <h2>11. Collard Greens</h2> <p>Collards can take some getting used to, and I'll be the first to admit it. Regardless, they are good for you! If you'd like to make them the centerpiece of your meal, try out this <a href="http://blog.seasonwithspice.com/2013/12/skillet-collard-greens-mushroom-recipe.html">Skillet Collard Greens</a> recipe with eggs and mushrooms.</p> <h2>12. Brussels Sprouts</h2> <p>I avoided Brussels sprouts for the longest time (they get a bad reputation, don't they?). When I finally caved and gave them a try, I was surprised to discover how delicious they can be. Now I make <a href="http://www.spachethespatula.com/simply-roasted-brussels-sprouts/">Roasted Brussels Sprouts</a> as a side or snack at least once a week.</p> <h2>13. Swiss Chard</h2> <p>Greens and eggs is one of my go-to combinations. So, this <a href="http://palatablepastime.com/2014/01/08/quiche-with-swiss-chard-and-mushroom/">Quiche With Swiss Chard and Mushroom</a> looks absolutely incredible. The best part of quiche? The cheese! And this recipe uses an exotic Prima Donna, but you can also substitute Gouda.</p> <p><img width="605" height="302" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/vegrec-462959243-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>14. Bok Choy</h2> <p>If you're after a fast meal, this <a href="http://www.borrowedsalt.com/blog/2014/1/21/twenty-minute-miso-noodle-bowls">Miso Noodle Soup With Bok Choy</a> comes together in just 20 minutes. The light, brightly flavored broth goes famously with those delicate bok choy leaves.</p> <h2>15. Zucchini</h2> <p>Here's another one of those grey-area produce items. Zucchini, though actually a fruit, is treated as a vegetable in the culinary context. That's good news for you, because this <a href="http://simply-delicious.co.za/2013/11/12/zucchinibruschetta/">Zucchini Bruschetta</a> with goat cheese is absolutely divine!</p> <h2>16. Cabbage</h2> <p>I'm already planning to add the ingredients for this next dish to my weekly grocery list. This <a href="http://www.blueapron.com/recipes/stuffed-cabbage-with-sweet-and-sour-tomato-sauce">Stuffed Cabbage With Sweet and Sour Tomato Sauce</a> is a triple threat! It's healthy, wholesome, <em>and</em> substantial. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage?ref=seealso">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare Cabbage</a>)</p> <h2>17. Rutabaga</h2> <p>Vegetable-based dishes aren't always savory. Try this <a href="http://thefreshmethod.com/2013/12/15/mashed-rutabagas-with-ginger-roasted-pears/">Rutabaga Mash With Ginger Roasted Pears</a> for a sweeter side. The author writes that, though rutabagas seem ugly and rough on the outside, all you need is a &quot;vegetable peeler and an open mind&quot; to enjoy them to the fullest.</p> <h2>18. Onion</h2> <p>A classic way to enjoy onions is to simmer up a <a href="http://killingthyme.net/2014/01/19/french-onion-soup/">French Onion Soup</a>. Topped with crusty bread and a nice layer of melted Gruyere, this recipe can also be made vegetarian with a simple swap of veggie for beef broth.</p> <h2>19. Radishes</h2> <p>Want color? These <a href="http://www.aroundmyfamilytable.com/2013/05/oven-roasted-radishes-with-peas-and-dill/">Oven Roasted Radishes With Peas and Dill</a> are about as vibrant as you can get. I don't often cook radishes, but this recipe has piqued my interest enough &mdash; I might just have to grab a bunch at the store to try.</p> <h2>20. Squash</h2> <p>What I appreciate most about squash is its shelf-life. If stored correctly, many varieties can last months on end. Whether delicatta, acorn, butternut, spaghetti, or some other more obscure type, like opo, there are many squash entrees from which to choose. Here are <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/popular-ingredients/squash-recipes-00100000066892/">16 Squash Recipes</a> that are well worth a read-through on Real Simple. And if you don't want to sort through all of those, just remember that simply roasting, with a little salt and pepper, makes any squash delicious. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-storing-25-common-fruits-and-veggies?ref=seealso">Guide to Storing Fruits and Veggies</a>)</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/vegrec-157823334-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h2>21. Asparagus</h2> <p>Want to try something a little new and different? This <a href="http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/2013/05/recipe-asparagus-and-leek-flan-with-escarole-and-potato-hash.html">Asparagus and Leek Flan</a> is served with escarole and potato hash. For those of you who are unfamiliar, flan is just a fancy name for an open sponge-like cake with either a sweet or, as in this case, savory filling.</p> <h2>22. Sweet Potatoes</h2> <p>Thick cubed sweet potatoes steal the show in this healthy <a href="http://www.cookingquinoa.net/quinoa-sweet-potato-chili">Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili</a>. This recipe is vegan, but the author promises it's packed with enough amazing flavor and meaty textures that it will satisfy even the most discerning of carnivores in your family.</p> <h2>23. Beets</h2> <p>If you're getting bored of the same old veggie burger recipe, give these <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/02/we-heart-beet-burgers.html">Beet Burgers</a> a try. Blended with beans, red peppers, and a mix of spices, those sweet-but-earthy beets give the standard vegetarian fare a refreshing twist. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>24. Leeks</h2> <p>The author promises that these <a href="http://cookingontheweekends.com/2013/09/lemon-sherry-braised-leeks-recipe/">Belgian Style Leeks</a> are like nothing you have ever had. Braised in lemon juice and healthy splash of Sherry, these leeks taste great on their own or as a simple side dish.</p> <h2>25. Artichokes</h2> <p>Beyond roasting with a spritz of lemon juice and olive oil, I've never done anything creative with artichokes. This <a href="http://teczcape.blogspot.com/2013/07/artichoke-lavash-flatbread-pizza.html">Lavash Flatbread Pizza</a> has me thinking outside the box. It's topped with a heaping helping of artichoke hearts, which is the author divulges can be found in your grocer's freezer section. Who knew?</p> <p>There are many vegetables to try, and the ones above are just some of the more common on the market.</p> <p><em>We'd love to hear some of your go-to recipes for these &mdash; and other, more exotic &mdash; veggies. Please leave a note for us to check out in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-simple-recipes-for-25-delicious-veggies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-5-ingredient-recipes-that-save-time-and-money">25 Easy 5-Ingredient Recipes That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-kale-how-to-cook-this-summers-8-most-popular-vegetables">The New Kale: How to Cook This Summer&#039;s 8 Most Popular Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes simple recipes vegetables Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:36:25 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1126571 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Delicious, Healthier Appetizers http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-healthier-appetizers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-delicious-healthier-appetizers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-154197215.jpg" alt="appetizers" title="appetizers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My favorite type of party is the cocktail party. My parents threw quite a few of them in the '60s and '70s. To me, of course, it wasn't about the cocktails, but rather the dazzling array of interesting snacks. What a reprieve from ordinary dinner! Although I'd love to chow down on a cheese ball or hold down the couch with a bag of chips and some clam dip again, I am trying much harder to eat healthily. Fortunately, our good friends also love cocktail parties, and we have come up with some healthier snacks. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-tasty-two-ingredient-cocktails?ref=seealso">Tasty Two-Ingredient Cocktails</a>)</p> <h2>Soup to Nuts</h2> <p>Especially when it is chilly, a small cup of soup is welcome. This is also fun, because it is an unexpected &quot;party&quot; food.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/health-starts-here%C2%AE-butternut-squash-soup">Butternut squash soup</a> or <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/fresh-tomato-soup-10000001842368/">tomato soup</a> are good choices. If you serve the soup in small cups or bowls, there is no need to bother with spoons. Squash contains beta carotene, which our bodies convert to Vitamin A. Tomatoes give us a boost of vitamins A and C plus lycopene. It's nice to serve some whole-grain crackers on the side.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/nuts/art-20046635">Nuts are a very healthy snack</a>, especially almonds, walnuts, and cashews. To make them more party-friendly, here is what I do:</p> <h3>Marla's Party Nuts</h3> <p><em><strong>Ingredients</strong></em></p> <ul> <li>2 cups of shelled walnuts, cashews, almonds, or a mix of anything you like</li> <li>1 T olive oil</li> <li>1 t garlic salt</li> <li>1 t oregano</li> </ul> <p><em><strong>Method</strong></em></p> <p>Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine ingredients. Spread on a cookie sheet and toast for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring once halfway. Serve warm from the oven.</p> <h2>Spreads</h2> <p><a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/mushroom-toasts-235868">Mushroom toasts</a> are so hearty, you won't miss having dinner after cocktails. I'm cheap, so I just use plain old white mushrooms. To keep the calories down, I also use reduced-fat sour cream. These are nice to have if some of your guests are vegetarians, too. Mushrooms are a good source of vitamin D. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-nutrients-you-need-more-of?ref=seealso">Nutrients You Need More Of</a>)</p> <p>Lately, I have been experimenting with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-tasty-frugal-eggplant-recipes">eggplant recipes</a>. Eggplant has also been shown to be promising in lowering your risk of heart disease, as it is rich in phytochemicals. <a href="http://vegetarian.about.com/od/saucesdipsspreads/r/babaganoush.htm">Baba ghanoush</a> is not only fun to say but is also fun to eat with crispy toasts, crackers, or whole-grain chips.</p> <h2>Fish and Seafood</h2> <p><a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/maui-ahi-poke-90880">Poke</a> is one of my favorite foods. If you can get fresh ahi (yellowfin tuna), this is a great party dish filled with protein and low in carbohydrates.</p> <p>Let's not forget shrimp, though, which is similarly nutritious, and delicious in this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lemon-Ginger-Shrimp/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">Lemon Ginger Shrimp</a>. I buy frozen shrimp in large bags when on sale. If you clean and boil it yourself, there is a significant savings. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/70-scrumptious-shrimp-recipes?ref=seealso">70 Shrimp Recipes</a>)</p> <p>Also great for parties? <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bK6UXe7m1o">Smoked salmon</a>. Try making your own, and get those Omega-3 fatty acids for your &quot;good&quot; cholesterol.</p> <h2>Dips</h2> <p>I know I took you down memory lane when I referenced the clam dip, above. Good news: There is a <a href="http://www.kiana.com/recipe-low-fat-clam-dip/">low-fat clam dip</a> (gotta love Greek yogurt). Clams are a great source of iron, something I am always nagging my daughter to eat. Keep it low-fat by nixing the potato chips. Opt for toasted pita chips, instead.</p> <p><a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_guacamole/">Guacamole</a>, anyone? Look at all the <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/8-healthy-facts-about-avocados">health benefits of avocados</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>Avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6. Half an avocado has 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and only 2 grams saturated fat. One globe contains more than one-third daily value of vitamin C, and more than half the day's requirements of vitamin K.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/horseradish-cottage-cheese-dip">Cottage Cheese Dip</a> didn't sound all that exciting to me, but this one has horseradish in it, which really makes it zippy. I used low-fat cottage cheese, which is low in calories but high in protein. Pass the dip! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-beef-tasty-frugal-protein?ref=seealso">Tasty, Frugal, Non-Beef Protein</a>)</p> <h2>Fruits and Vegetables</h2> <p>At the most recent cocktail party we attended, the guest of honor, who was raised in Ecuador, was busily frying <a href="http://southamericanfood.about.com/od/appetizersfirstcourses/r/chifles.htm">plantain chips</a>. These are so wonderful! I could have eaten them all. Traditionally, they are fried in lard, but he used vegetable oil and drained them well. I was surprised to learn that plantains contain more vitamin A, C, and potassium than regular bananas. They were a very fun party food, and we ate them as quickly as Fernando fried them.</p> <p>Another interesting vegetable is kale. Kale is so &quot;hot&quot; right now in the veggie world. You see it in everything from smoothies to bagged, fresh salads. I like <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baked-Kale-Chips/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">Baked Kale Chip</a> for parties because they are high in Vitamins A, C, and K, so I feel like I am serving my guests something good for them. I think these baked chips are best when eaten right away. Watch them carefully so that they don't burn. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-with-kale-easy-recipes-for-real-people?ref=seealso">Easy Kale Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>Meats, Poultry, and Tofu</h2> <p>In keeping with my obsession with All Things Skewered, check out <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-chicken-satay/">Easy Chicken Satay</a>. We eat lots of chicken because it is high in protein, low in fat, and usually very affordable. I recommend a peanut sauce for dipping.</p> <p>If you are looking for a kebab that is high in vitamin B12, check out these <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/recipes/spicy-beef-kebabs/rcp-20049622">Spicy Beef Kebabs</a>. The sauce is a keeper, too.</p> <p>I cannot leave out these <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-tofu-skewers-with-sriracha-sauce/">Grilled Tofu Skewers</a> because they have Sriracha sauce on them. Tofu is high in protein, calcium, and iron. Yum!</p> <h2>Pick-Up Nibbles</h2> <p>Edamame is the Japanese word for boiled soybeans. Edamame is chock-full of health benefits: Fiber, protein, and vitamins C and A. They are especially delicious when they are still warm. We like to toss ours with sea salt, after draining well. They are also easy to make. If you can boil water, you can make Edamame.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/spinach-stuffed-mushrooms">Stuffed mushrooms</a> are another popular party food. My mother would have made them with sausage, which is delicious, but they are a little healthier with spinach and feta (and equally tasty).</p> <p>Being a child of the '60s and '70s, I cannot leave out <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/healthy-party-snack-mix">Party Mix</a>. Lots of fiber and nuts, and less fat, are featured in this version.</p> <p>Lastly, who can leave a bowl of mixed olives alone? Many stores now have &quot;olive bars,&quot; but you can certainly make your own <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Marinated-Olives/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">marinated olives</a>. Olives are a great place to get fiber, vitamin E, and iron. Make sure you have little plates and toothpicks at the ready.</p> <p><em>What healthy appetizers do you enjoy making? Please pass them around in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-healthier-appetizers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options">12 Delicious, Healthy, and Inexpensive Snack Options</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-20-tasty-energy-bars-you-can-make-at-home">Cheaper and Healthier: 20 Tasty Energy Bars You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink appetizers cheap recipes healthy snacks snacks Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:24:20 +0000 Marla Walters 1125290 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Easy 5-Ingredient Recipes That Save Time and Money http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-5-ingredient-recipes-that-save-time-and-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-easy-5-ingredient-recipes-that-save-time-and-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5ing-158002898.jpg" alt="chopping board" title="chopping board" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to lean your grocery list, simplify your dinner routine, and wash fewer dishes? I think we're all nodding our heads in agreement here. Try one of these genius five ingredient meals tonight and see if it hits the spot. These hearty recipes are full of nutrition and will satisfy a variety tastes and diets &mdash; meat-lovers, vegetarians, gluten-free eaters, and more. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-cheap-and-healthy-filler-foods?ref=seealso">Cheap and Healthy Filler Foods</a>)</p> <h2>1. Basic Chili</h2> <p>This warming <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/quick-weeknight-dinner-recipe-5-ingredient-chilli-170918">stove-top chili</a> recipe can easily be made vegetarian by substituting tofu for meat (turkey or beef). Otherwise, combine canned beans, onion, chili powder, and diced tomatoes.</p> <h2>2. Vegetarian Lasagna</h2> <p>A delicious looking <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-5-ingredient-vegetable-lasagna-286290">vegetable lasagna</a> features pasta sauce, steamed veggies, no-boil noodles, and two types of cheese. It's the classic favorite, stripped down and simplified.</p> <h2>3. Sloppy Joes</h2> <p>These <a href="http://onecurlyfryinaboxoftheregular.com/recipes/5-ingredient-friday-the-sloppy-joe/">sloppy joes</a> combine ground beef, tomato soup, pepper, onion, and other seasonings. Slap onto a puffy roll, and you have a substantial dinner in no time.</p> <h2>4. Stuffed Shells</h2> <p>One of my favorite quick dinners, these <a href="http://www.growingupgeeky.com/2012/01/easy-five-ingredient-stuffed-shells-omg.html">stuffed shells</a> require shell pasta, tomato sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, and one egg. Bonus: This one freezes well, too! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-phenomenally-frugal-single-serving-freezer-meals?ref=seealso">15 Frugal, Single-Serving Freezer Meals</a>)</p> <h2>5. Crust-Less Quiche</h2> <p>This gluten-free <a href="http://www.cooks.com/recipe/ey3184n1/quiche.html">quiche</a> recipe is super customizable to your preferences and pantry. The base includes Munster cheese, eggs, spinach, cottage cheese, and whatever veggies you have on hand.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/5ing-466443217-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h2>6. Butternut Squash Soup</h2> <p>I absolutely love the sound of this 30-minute <a href="http://www.brit.co/butternut-squash-soup/">Ginger Butternut Squash Soup</a>. The blend of onion, garlic, ginger, squash, and veggie stock sounds satisfying and healthy all at the same time.</p> <h2>7. Chicken Curry</h2> <p>Not only does this <a href="http://eatathomecooks.com/2012/09/chicken-curry-in-the-crockpot.html">chicken curry</a> recipe have few ingredients, it's also formulated specifically for the slow cooker. Toss together chicken thighs, curry powder, coconut milk, salsa, and onion. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-slow-cookers?ref=seealso">Best Slow Cookers</a>)</p> <h2>8. Cheese Pizza</h2> <p>If you really think about it, all you need to make pizza at home is flour, yeast, salt, pizza sauce, and cheese. If you've never made dough, here's my favorite <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/no-knead-pizza-dough">no-knead dough</a> recipe to get you started. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home?ref=seealso">How to Make Restaurant-Quality Pizza at Home</a>)</p> <h2>9. Veggie Burgers</h2> <p>Forget this whole five ingredient concept &mdash; what about just three? These flavor-packed <a href="http://melomeals.blogspot.com/2011/01/frugan-3-ingredient-veggie-burger.html">veggie burgers</a> are made from oats, beans, and onion soup mix.</p> <h2>10. Meatballs</h2> <p>These hefty <a href="http://www.thehooteats.com/2012/08/10/5-ingredient-meatballs/">meatballs</a> have tasty mix of beef, pork, oats, onions, and tomatoes. A versatile dish, they'd go great with a side of pasta or even atop some hoagie rolls.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/5ing-466470069-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h2>11. Squash Casserole</h2> <p>I would have never thought to combine the following ingredients for this unique <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/5-ingredient-squash-casserole/82674.html">squash casserole</a>: Yellow squash, mayonnaise, butter crackers, onion, and gruyere cheese. Now? I'm thinking it's definitely worth a try.</p> <h2>12. Stripped Down Stir-Fry</h2> <p>No recipe required for this one! Especially if you're using a bag of frozen veggies. Choose your favorite vegetables, onions/garlic, and a protein (tofu, chicken, beef, etc.); and then fry in some olive oil and season with soy sauce and red pepper flakes. Serve with a side of rice. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables?ref=seealso">20+ Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Veggies</a>)</p> <h2>13. Tomato Soup</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2012/10/roasted-canned-tomato-soup.html">Roasted (Canned) Tomato Soup</a> is the perfect addition to any lunch or dinner menu. What's inside? Roasted tomato &mdash; pureed &mdash; with veggie broth, maple syrup, smoked paprika, and Earth Balance (or butter). You could easily skip a step and used roasted canned tomatoes, too.</p> <h2>14. Enchiladas</h2> <p>For some extra dinnertime flair, try these <a href="http://www.rd.com/food/recipes-cooking/recipes-with-just-5-ingredients/">Beef 'n' Rice Enchiladas</a>. All you need is cheese, enchilada sauce, tortillas, beef, and Spanish rice and vermicelli mix.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/5ing-187574414-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h2>15. Mac and Cheese</h2> <p>Comfort food at its best, this <a href="http://www.healthyandhomemade.info/2013/10/5-ingredient-homemade-mac-n-cheese.html">macaroni and cheese</a> made with just five ingredients hits the spot. All you need is butter, flour, milk, cheese, and pasta.</p> <h2>16. Turkey Meatloaf</h2> <p>With only four ingredients &mdash; ground turkey, salsa, breadcrumbs, and an egg &mdash; this <a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1085762">turkey meatloaf</a> recipe looks incredibly easy to prepare. It's a great alternative to conventional dark meat recipes, too.</p> <h2>17. Breakfast for Dinner</h2> <p>On particularly tough nights, I like to fry a couple eggs and drizzle with Sriracha, toast some bread and spread with butter, and saute a little spinach in olive oil for a quick side. Think whole foods and simple preparation for food in a flash. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals?ref=seealso">20+ Breakfast-for-Dinner Meals</a>)</p> <h2>18. Baked Halibut</h2> <p>Fish always lends well to simplicity in cooking. And there's no better example than this flavorful <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/thyme_sesame_crusted_halibut.html">Thyme and Sesame Crusted Halibut</a> recipe. Aside from the standard olive oil, salt, and pepper, it contains just five core ingredients.</p> <h2>19. Beef Burgers</h2> <p>Good food need not be fussy. A great example? These <a href="http://thestonesoup.com/blog/2011/02/the-simplest-method-for-menu-planning/">Beef Burgers with Tomato Sauce</a> &mdash; you only need ground beef, canned tomatoes, lemon juice, and spinach for this healthy, easy meal.</p> <h2>20. Zucchini Pasta</h2> <p>This meal is so stripped down, you don't even need a recipe. Veggie pasta, in this case <a href="http://suburbanhomestead.typepad.com/blog/2012/03/zucchini-pasta.html">zucchini pasta</a>, is gluten-free, and all you do is chop into noodle shapes, blanch, and top with your favorite tomato sauce and some cheese!</p> <h2>21. Turkey Burgers</h2> <p>If you're not into red meat, these <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/turkey_chutney_burgers.html">turkey burgers</a> might be the thing. The burger is made of turkey and onions, so the other three ingredients are used to jazz it up with mango chutney, romaine lettuce, and salt to season. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-and-easy-new-ways-to-top-your-burgers?ref=seealso">15 New Ways to Top Your Burger</a>)</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/5ing-184782881-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h2>22. Grilled Chicken</h2> <p>Use convenience foods to your advantage in this delicious <a href="http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2009/04/grilled-bruschetta-chicken.html">Grilled Bruschetta Chicken</a> recipe. Store-bought dressing does the trick to transform basic tomatoes into a tasty topping and cheese seals the deal.</p> <h2>23. Stuffed Peppers</h2> <p>Go beyond the standard vegetarian stuffed bell pepper with these <a href="http://www.cookinglight.com/food/quick-healthy/heathy-dinners-5-ingredients-vegetarian-00400000052017/page3.html">Refried Bean Poblanos with Cheese</a>. Dinner is made simpler with refried beans, poblanos, Mexican cheese, microwave rice, and picante sauce.</p> <h2>24. Warm Sandwiches</h2> <p>If you're looking for a simple to assemble five ingredient meal, try a toasty sandwich. This <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/336513/mozzarella-and-ham-panini?center=0&amp;gallery=274332&amp;slide=336513">Mozzarella and Ham Panini</a> &mdash; with ham, mozzarella, baby spinach, Italian bread, salt and pepper &mdash; is a great example of a dinner-worthy sandwich done right. (See our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-panini-presses">favorite panini presses</a>)</p> <h2>25. Noodle Bowl</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.zenfamilyhabits.net/2010/01/5-ingredients-5-minutes-5-meals-simple-noodles/">Veggie Laksa</a> (third recipe down) will surely please a crowd with exotic tastes. Combine noodles, Thai curry, coconut cream, mixed veggies (even frozen!), and a handful of basil, and declare dinner done.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite five ingredient meal?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-5-ingredient-recipes-that-save-time-and-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people">25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-delicious-and-easy-one-pot-meals">25 Delicious and Easy One-Pot Meals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-simple-recipes-for-25-delicious-veggies">25 Simple Recipes for 25 Delicious Veggies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes easy meals simple cooking simple recipes Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:24:20 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1124083 at http://www.wisebread.com Elevate Your Kitchen Skills With These 5 Easy Cooking Techniques http://www.wisebread.com/elevate-your-kitchen-skills-with-these-5-easy-cooking-techniques <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/elevate-your-kitchen-skills-with-these-5-easy-cooking-techniques" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cooking-166843892.jpg" alt="woman holding pan" title="woman holding pan" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tired of the same old cooking routine? Sure, we can break it up with the occasional &quot;microwave&quot; or &quot;barbeque.&quot; However, if you are ready to try a different cooking technique, check out these five ideas. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/learn-to-love-cooking-and-save-with-these-11-kitchen-tricks?ref=seealso">11 Kitchen Tricks to Make You Love Cooking</a>)</p> <h2>1. Poaching</h2> <p>To poach means to simmer, gently. I have become a fan of poaching all sorts of things, lately. Whether you poach <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-perfectly-cooked-eggs">eggs</a>, fish, chicken, meat, or fruit, if done correctly, the resulting food is tender and moist. The trick is to watch your liquid to make sure it stays at a simmer and does not become a full boil.</p> <p>Try poaching:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/poached_salmon/">Salmon in white wine with dill</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Beer-Braised-Hot-Dogs-with-Braised-Sauerkraut-353818">Hot dogs or sausages in a dark beer</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/champagne-poached-chicken-with-grape-salad-recipe/index.html">Chicken poached in champagne</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://makingbananapancakes.com/2009/09/01/julia-childs-pears-poached-in-red-wine/">Pears poached in red wine</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.nickstellino.com/recipes/Menu/Recipe/?men=-2&amp;rec=569">Apples poached in white wine</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Poached-Eggs-in-Tomato-Sauce-with-Chickpeas-and-Feta-368963">Poached eggs in tomato sauce with chickpeas and feta</a></li> </ul> <p>As you can see, with poaching, you can run the gamut of simple to fancy. One of my favorite dinners is to boil angel hair pasta, add sauteed peas or kale to the pot until tender, drain, and top that with a poached egg and parmesan cheese. I also like poaching because I am big on using up leftovers. When you poach, that little bit of white wine, leftover champagne from New Year&#39;s, or the last bit of tomato sauce can be put to good use. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fancy-ways-to-use-leftover-food?ref=seealso">Fancy Ways to Use Leftovers</a>)</p> <h2>2. Braising</h2> <p>Wait, wasn&#39;t &quot;braising&quot; something your grandmother did? Well, if you&#39;re lucky, it was, because braised meats are tender, succulent, and flavorful. Braising (&quot;to cook slowly, usually covered, in a little liquid or fat, often on a bed of aromatics&quot;) is a very economical method of cooking, because you can use a cheaper, and tougher, cut of meat.</p> <p>To braise, meat is first browned. I use my heavy dutch oven. Heat some cooking oil. Rub the meat with salt and pepper. I like to add some diced shallots, or an onion, minced garlic, and chopped carrots to the hot oil. Next, add the meat, and brown it on all sides. Do not drain the fat. Next, add liquid. The liquid can be wine, broth, tomato juice, or a combination. Even a can of V-8 is great! Cover, and either keep on the stove at about 185 (a simmer) or pop into the oven at 350.</p> <p>Here is a bonus for braising: You can make gravy. Gravy! We love gravy. It&#39;s Sunday dinner at Grandma&#39;s house, again. Slice the meat and serve over noodles or mashed potatoes.</p> <p>Ready to try braising? Try these:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/beer-braised-pork-loin/">Beer-Braised Pork Loin</a> (I recommend using a porter or other dark beer.)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/braised-balsamic-chicken/">Braised Balsamic Chicken</a> (The recipe suggests serving over rice or pasta, but you can catch so much more of the gravy with mashed potatoes!)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/good-housekeepings-braised-mushrooms-472079">Braised Mushrooms</a> are so delicious &mdash; and they take very little time. Stick with the shallots, which give amazing flavor.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/braised-lamb-shanks-83973">Braised Lamb Shanks</a> take a while to cook, but they are well worth the effort. Shanks are one of my favorite cuts of lamb. You don&#39;t see a lot of them in the market anymore, but your butcher may be able to help. When I was a newlywed, we used to buy a half of a lamb and freeze it. I had to learn what to do with all of those &quot;parts.&quot; I like just a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar added into the pot toward the end of cooking.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/braised-root-vegetables-and-cabbage-with-fall-fruit">Braised Root Vegetables</a> are nice both with a roast OR just by themselves, with a loaf of crusty french bread.</li> </ul> <h2>3. Broiling</h2> <p>Broiling is &quot;to cook on a grill under strong, direct heat.&quot;</p> <p>I have found, over the years, that whether I do much broiling depends on the oven that I have at the time. When I had a wall oven, I did more of it, simply because it was handier. I now have a stove-oven combination appliance and the broiler is near the floor, which means I have to keep squatting and crouching to check on the progress of dinner. The wall oven also had a self-cleaning feature &mdash; and my current one does not &mdash; so I take that into consideration when deciding whether or not to broil.</p> <p>If you are using your oven&#39;s broiler feature, you will need to preheat your oven. Most dials have a &quot;broil&quot; setting. This will take about five minutes or so.</p> <p>Try to place your food in the middle of the broiling pan (which usually comes with the oven). If it&#39;s going to be messy, I cover my pan with foil.</p> <p>When broiling, be prepared to check your food every few minutes. It will cook very fast under the high heat. Don&#39;t walk away!</p> <p>Broiling is a very versatile way to cook. Try:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://lowfatcooking.about.com/od/vegetablevegetariandishes/r/portomushrooms.htm">Portobello mushrooms</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/posts/how-to-broil-steaks/11da1c53-2766-48df-952e-732af6c7d301">Steaks</a> (a London Broil is my favorite in the broiler). Great leftovers.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.emerils.com/recipe/8295/Kicked-up-Tuna-Melts">Tuna melts</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/broiled-lemon-garlic-chicken-recipe/index.html">Chicken</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mediterranean-Salmon/Detail.aspx?prop24=hn_slide1_Mediterranean-Salmon&amp;evt19=1">Salmon</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>No campfire? No problem. You can broil <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/broiler-smores/">S&#39;mores</a>!</li> </ul> <p>If your oven does not have a good broiler, you might consider a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-toaster-ovens">toaster oven</a> that has a broiler feature. If you aren&#39;t cooking for a crowd and have the counter space, this is a handy option.</p> <h2>4. Pressure Cooking</h2> <p>Pressure cooking is a method whereby you use a metal pot and steam, under pressure, at a high temperature, to cook food quickly. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pressure-cookers">The 5 Best Pressure Cookers</a>)</p> <p>I used to have a co-worker whose husband thought pressure cooking was the greatest cooking method ever. He would pick up used pressure cookers at yard sales. Unfortunately, she&#39;d go home to find something was wrong with the latest &quot;great deal&quot; pressure cooker, in that her kitchen would be splattered with bits of meat and beans. Her harrowing tales were enough to keep me from trying this cooking method.</p> <p>However, that was 15 years ago, and pressure cooking is making a comeback. Why? Well, with so many of the cooks in the workforce, there is an appreciation for being able to cook dinner quickly &mdash; and a pressure cooker will help you do just that. If you liked the braising method above, well, pressure-cooking is braising on steroids. You can put a stew on the table in thirty minutes, or make a pot of beans in under two hours. Plus, the modern pressure cookers aren&#39;t&hellip; scary, the way my friend&#39;s cookers were. New models have pressure release valves and other safety mechanisms.</p> <p>With some cookers, you can also do canning. If you have a garden or belong to a CSA, you may want to consider this if considering a purchase. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/preserving-in-season-foods-for-off-season-feasts?ref=seealso">How to Preserve Foods for Off-Season Feasts</a>)</p> <p>Ready to give it a go?</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/beets-with-dill-walnuts-10000002011029/">Beets with Dill</a> (I like a little sour cream dollop on top, or crumbles of bleu cheese).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-pressure-cooker-pot-roast/">30 Minute Sunday Dinner Pot Roast</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>We love these <a href="http://www.dadcooksdinner.com/2013/02/pressure-cooker-refried-pinto-beans.html">Refried Beans</a> served with whole-wheat tortillas, shredded cheddar, lettuce, and cilantro. Beans are something I used to just buy in cans &mdash; but with a pressure cooker, you can make beans (from dry) quickly and cheaply. Keep in mind, they are going to thicken up &mdash; so you may need to add some water if you have leftovers that you want to reheat. Sometimes I make them really &quot;soupy&quot; with more water, add Tabasco sauce, and crack eggs into the bean mixture. Fast Huevos Rancheros! Great with chips and, of course, more cheese.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Do you like standing at the stove, stirring a risotto for the better part of an hour, so that it doesn&#39;t stick? <strong>Neither do I.</strong> So I rarely made them until (drum roll) I found out that you could do them in a pressure cooker. For this <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/prosecco-parmesan-risotto-10000002011028/">Prosecco and Parmesan Risotto</a>, I just used white wine and parmesan cheese.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>My daughter loves these <a href="http://missvickie.blogspot.com/2009/05/honey-glazed-herbed-carrots.html">Honey-Glazed Herbed Carrots!</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>My friend MZ and I could probably eat <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pressure-cooker-tortilla-soup/">Tortilla Soup</a> several times a week. We like to make big batches and freeze half. We agree that slicing an avocado and &quot;floating&quot; a few slices on top is the way to go.</li> </ul> <h2>5. Packet/Parchment or Leaves</h2> <p>The French term is &quot;En Papillote,&quot; which means to wrap in a packet and cook with steam. Many cultures use this method. Hawaiians use ti leaves for laulau; Latin American, Asian, and African countries use banana leaves, corn husks, etc. When you add seasonings, herbs, fruit and/or vegetables to the packets, the results are delicious and fun to eat.</p> <p>A very popular &quot;packet&quot; method is to use aluminum foil. A big bonus of using foil is that clean-up is so easy!</p> <p>Try these:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.reynoldskitchens.com/easy-recipes/recipe-items/aloha-tuna-steaks/?order=date&amp;category=1192,1244,1274,1254,1277,1279,1280,1271,1262,1264,1265,1268">Aloha Tuna in Foil</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/campfire-foil-packs/">Campfire Chicken in Foil</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://busycooks.about.com/od/chickenrecipe1/r/chickenparchmen.htm">Chicken in Parchment</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.bellalimento.com/2011/03/09/mele-nel-cartoccio-baked-apples-in-parchment-garnished-with-strawberries/">Baked Apples in Parchment</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Throw a luau! <a href="http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Hawaiian-Roasted-Pork-Food-Network">Hawaiian Roast Pork</a> is so &quot;ono&quot; (delicious)! If you cannot find a sugar cane, a skewer will work. Try your grocer&#39;s freezer for banana leaves.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I made this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/parchment-baked-salmon/">Salmon in Parchment</a> yesterday and was happily reminded of how moist salmon stays when cooked by this method. This recipe calls for basil, but parsley or chives work well, too.</li> </ul> <p>So, readers &mdash; put that microwave dinner back in the freezer, and try one of these easy techniques!</p> <p><em>Which of these easy techniques is your favorite? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elevate-your-kitchen-skills-with-these-5-easy-cooking-techniques">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">10 Things You&#039;ll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes Cooking cooking techniques kitchen basics kitchen skills Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:48:12 +0000 Marla Walters 1122869 at http://www.wisebread.com Make Pizza Night Fun Again With These 30 Pizza Sauce Alternatives http://www.wisebread.com/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-178408059.jpg" alt="pizza sauce" title="pizza sauce" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all love homemade pizza, but sometimes plain ol&#39; marinara sauce can get boring. It&#39;s easy to bring a little variety to your pizza night by swapping out your pizza sauce with one of these flavorful alternatives. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home?ref=seealso">How to Make Restaurant-Quality Pizza</a>)</p> <h2>1. Pesto</h2> <p>One of the easiest pizza sauce alternative is jarred pesto (or homemade). Just spread it straight on the pizza crust and top with your normal toppings.</p> <h2>2. Bechamel</h2> <p>Make a white pizza with an easy <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/341290/bechamel-sauce">bechamel</a> (or white) sauce. Make a roux with flour and butter and cook it with milk and seasonings to make a delicious white sauce that&#39;s perfect for people who aren&#39;t a fan of tomato sauce.</p> <h2>3. Salsa</h2> <p>Salsa is another easy jarred alternative to pizza sauce and works especially well if you add chorizo, corn, beans, and other Latin-influenced toppings. Go for a tomato-based salsa if you don&#39;t want to stray too far from traditional pizza, or try a salsa verde made of tomatillos and cilantro.</p> <h2>4. BBQ Sauce</h2> <p>If you fancy a BBQ chicken pizza, subbing BBQ sauce (jarred or homemade) for the tomato sauce is a great idea. If you don&#39;t have time to grill the chicken, just use rotisserie and add a drop of liquid smoke to the sauce. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken?ref=seealso">20+ Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken</a>)</p> <h2>5. Hummus</h2> <p>It&#39;s delicious on pita bread so you can&#39;t go wrong with it on pizza &mdash; hummus is an easy way to jazz up your pie while adding protein and nutrients, too. Top it with onions, olives, peppers, and feta cheese.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/psauce-156250405-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h2>6. Pumpkin Pizza Sauce</h2> <p>Adding some <a href="http://wheelsupmama.com/2013/10/18/pumpkin-pizza-sauce/">pureed pumpkin</a> into a tomato-based sauce helps to tone down the acidity while adding vitamins and flavor. Just mix canned pumpkin with some tomato sauce and seasonings and use like regular sauce.</p> <h2>7. Pumpkin and Beet &quot;Marinara&quot;</h2> <p>For people who can&#39;t eat plants in the nightshade family (which includes tomatoes and peppers), but still crave a red sauce on their pizza, a good alternative is a sauce made of <a href="http://www.livingwithout.com/recipes/gluten_free_tomato_free_marinara_sauce-1771-1.html">pumpkin and beet</a> puree. The beets add both sweetness and a red color to the sauce, and with garlic, basil, and other spices, it tastes almost like the real thing.</p> <h2>8. Tapenade</h2> <p>Tapenade, a spread made of olives, is super-flavorful and the perfect condiment for pizza. Add grilled vegetables and olive oil, and you&#39;re set.</p> <h2>9. Carrot-Harissa Sauce</h2> <p><a href="http://topoftheapple.com/2011/11/23/carrot-harissa-dip/">Carrots and harissa</a> (a North African chili paste) are a natural pair and are another great substitute for pizza sauce. Cook and puree the carrots, and blend them with harissa, garlic, and spices for a flavorful pizza base. (Note: If you&#39;re sensitive to nightshades, omit the harissa.)</p> <h2>10. Ranch Sauce</h2> <p>A ranch pizza is sure to be a hit with the kids! Spread ranch dressing on the crust and top it with all sorts of healthy toppings. The creaminess of the dressing means you can go easy on the cheese if you like.</p> <h2>11. Garlic and Oil</h2> <p>Mince garlic up fine and spread it on your pizza crust with olive oil and salt. Add your toppings and enjoy &mdash; but beware of garlic breath afterwards! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-uses-for-garlic-that-deserve-a-round-of-applause?ref=seealso">15 Uses for Garlic</a>)</p> <h2>12. Pepper Jelly</h2> <p>Sweet and spicy red pepper jelly is a delicious condiment on cheese by itself, so why not on a cheese pizza, too? Add sausage and sweet peppers to pump up the flavor on this unique pie.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/psauce-91941117-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h2>13. Caramelized Onions</h2> <p>Onions, slow-cooked and caramelized until they are meltingly brown, sweet, and savory, are a delicious base for almost anything. Spread the onions on the pizza and top with feta cheese, prosciutto, mushrooms, arugula or spinach, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.</p> <h2>14. Ricotta Cheese</h2> <p>Spread a thin layer of ricotta cheese on your pizza crust and add a squeeze of lemon and ribbons of basil &mdash; then top with grilled vegetables, chopped tomatoes, and other toppings of your choice. Can&#39;t have dairy? Try this <a href="http://keepinitkind.com/roasted-garlic-white-pizza-with-macadamia-ricotta-salata-spinach/">macadamia-nut &quot;ricotta&quot;</a>.</p> <h2>15. Romesco Sauce</h2> <p>This Spanish sauce of tomatoes, roasted peppers, paprika, and almonds makes for an amazing variation on pizza sauce. Top the pizza with chicken, shrimp, or vegetables &mdash; this sauce is extremely versatile and goes well with almost anything.</p> <h2>16. Chimichurri Sauce</h2> <p>Argentine chimichurri sauce is a potent blend of parsley, oregano, garlic, and olive oil. Although it is traditionally used on meats, it is sure to be delicious on pizza as well. Try topping the pizza with thinly sliced steak as a nod to tradition.</p> <h2>17. Soy-Miso Sauce</h2> <p>If you like &quot;Hawaiian&quot; pizza with ham and pineapple, you might want to try replacing the tomato sauce with a more complementary soy-miso sauce. Just mix 2 tablespoons of white miso with 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Spread the mixture over the pizza crust and top with cheese, ham and pineapple. Try sprinkling furikake (a seaweed/sesame condiment) over the cooked pizza just before eating. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-ways-to-use-pineapple?ref=seealso">Delicious Ways to Use Pineapple</a>)</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/psauce-464272513-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h2>18. Balsamic Glaze</h2> <p>Boil down &frac14; cup of balsamic vinegar until it is thick and syrupy. Brush this over your pizza and top with cheese, mushrooms, onions, sausage, and more.</p> <h2>19. Hoisin Sauce</h2> <p>Sweet Asian hoisin sauce gives an Asian flair to your pizza and appeals especially to those who love Peking duck. Try topping it with cooked salmon, <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/crossing-culture-chinese-hoisin-pizza-202877">chicken</a>, or duck. After cooking, top it with chopped green onions and cucumber.</p> <h2>20. Thai Chili Sauce</h2> <p>Sweet and spicy Thai chili sauce is a great base for an Asian-themed pizza. Top it with plenty of vegetables and some cooked chicken, tofu, or shrimp. You can even omit the cheese to keep it tasting fresh.</p> <h2>21. Curry Sauce</h2> <p>With so many varieties of jarred curry sauce available, a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Curry-Paneer-Pizza/">curry pizza</a> can be a convenient weekday meal, especially when paired with premade naan bread (I like to buy mine frozen). Spread the curry sauce on the naan and top it with chicken and paneer, a mild Indian cheese.</p> <h2>22. Alfredo Sauce</h2> <p>Alfredo sauce is similar to bechamel but is made of heavy cream and parmesan cheese instead of milk. You can <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/alfredo-sauce-2/">make your own</a> or use one of the convenient jarred versions.</p> <h2>23. Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce</h2> <p>Sun-dried tomatoes pack an extra-concentrated punch of flavor. You can make a simple <a href="http://www.laurenslatest.com/spinach-bacon-feta-pizza-with-sun-dried-tomato-sauce/">sun-dried tomato pesto</a> by pulsing sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, parmesan, and olive oil in a food processor. Use it like regular pesto or marinara sauce. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-food-processors?ref=seealso">Best Food Processors</a>)</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/psauce-466283255-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h2>24. Garlic Aioli Pizza Sauce</h2> <p>Aioli is a garlic-flavored mayonnaise that makes a terrific condiment for vegetables and seafood. For example, this <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/tuna-and-tomato-pizza-with-aioli">tuna and tomato pizza</a> with garlic aioli sounds delicious. Use high-quality mayonnaise for the best results, or you can even <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Aioli-107026">make your own</a>.</p> <h2>25. Wasabi Sauce</h2> <p>Chef Jean-Georges created a unique fusion of Asian and French cuisine with his <a href="http://justinmoorescott.com/barry-wines-ahi-pizza/1199">raw Ahi tuna pizza</a> with wasabi creme fraiche sauce. You could create your own less-fancy version with raw or cooked salmon (if raw, buy from a reputable fishmonger) on top of a precooked crust, wasabi mixed with good mayonnaise, and topped with sesame seeds and micro-greens. As an appetizer, this dish could be quite affordable.</p> <h2>26. Fig Jam</h2> <p>Fig jam would be a delicious foundation for a slightly sweet pizza. Use pre-made fig jam or <a href="http://seattleseedling.com/2013/09/blue-ribbon-fig-and-thyme-jam/">make your own</a>, and top it with goat cheese, prosciutto, parmesan, arugula, caramelized onions, or whatever your heart desires. This <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/09/fig-prosciutto-pizza-with-arugula/">fig, prosciutto, and arugula pizza</a> sounds amazing.</p> <h2>27. Tandoori Pizza</h2> <p>This <a href="http://bevcooks.com/2012/04/simple-tandoori-chicken-naan-pizza/">tandoori chicken pizza</a> is easy and delicious. Marinate chunks of chicken with tandoori seasoning and yogurt and then cook them with onions. Put the seasoned cooked chicken on some naan bread and top it with shredded cheese.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/psauce-176907192-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h2>28. Thai Peanut Sauce</h2> <p>Using a <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/california-pizza-kitchen-thai-chicken-pizza-62778">Thai peanut sauce</a> as a base for bean sprouts, chicken, scallions, and other veggies makes for a unique Thai-themed pizza.</p> <h2>29. Nutella</h2> <p>Who says pizza has to be savory? Make a dessert pizza with Nutella (or other chocolate spread), mascarpone cheese, and berries. Sprinkle some brown sugar over the top and bake at 500 F until the sugar is caramelized, the crust is puffed, and the chocolate, cheese, and berries are warm and gooey. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-easy-and-scrumptious-microwaveable-desserts?ref=seealso">Easy Microwaveable Desserts</a>)</p> <h2>30. Zaatar</h2> <p>Zaatar is a tangy Middle Eastern spice blend that includes sumac and thyme. When mixed with olive oil, it makes a delicious pizza sauce. This <a href="http://honestcooking.com/zaatar-pizza-inspiration-from-the-middle-east/">zaatar pizza recipe</a> uses zaatar and tops the pizza with tomatoes, feta, and mint.</p> <p>With so many alternatives, it&#39;s not that hard to look beyond the tried and true tomato marinara pizza sauce. Spice up your pizza with one of these less traditional sauces and exercise your sense of creativity to make a unique and memorable meal.</p> <p><em>What&#39;s your favorite alternative pizza sauce?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home">This Is How You Make Restaurant-Quality Pizza at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-and-delicious-ways-to-use-tortillas">10 Fun and Delicious Ways to Use Tortillas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-grill-pizza-at-home">This Is How You Grill Pizza at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes homemade pizza pizza pizza sauce sauce Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:28:38 +0000 Camilla Cheung 63623 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Delicious Ways to Use Canned Corn http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-use-canned-corn <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-delicious-ways-to-use-canned-corn" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/corn-186110387.jpg" alt="corn" title="corn" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whenever I see canned corn on sale, into my basket the cans go. I think it&#39;s a pantry &quot;essential.&quot; Besides being versatile, corn is a vegetable that kids and picky eaters like, too. My grandmother raised five &quot;picky eaters&quot; and once told me that corn was the only vegetable my father would willingly eat. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-simple-canned-foods-that-go-the-distance?ref=seealso">Canned Foods That Go the Distance</a>)</p> <p>Below are fifteen recipes using corn. In any of the recipes which call for <em>frozen</em> corn, simply substitute drained, canned corn. Another trick I use is that if the recipe calls for less corn than I need from the can, I just put the extra in a ziplock baggie and freeze it. From there, I toss it into soups or, when defrosted, casseroles.</p> <h2>1. Homemade Creamed Corn</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/corn-186793552-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Why on earth make your own <a href="http://damndelicious.net/2013/11/24/slow-cooker-creamed-corn/">creamed corn</a>? Doesn&#39;t it already come in a can? Well, of course it does, but that stuff cannot compare to home-made. And it&#39;s easy &mdash; you can even make it in your crock-pot. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-slow-cookers?ref=seealso">Best Slow Cookers</a>)</p> <h2>2. Dip</h2> <p>For watching football, a movie, or a potluck, this <a href="http://www.hugsandcookiesxoxo.com/2013/09/fiesta-corn-dip.html">Fiesta Corn Dip</a> is great. Just substitute canned corn for frozen.</p> <h2>3. Succotash</h2> <p>Sufferin&#39; Succotash! Am I dating myself with this Sylvester-the-cat reference? <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/succotash">Succotash</a> is a dish usually consisting mainly of corn and lima beans. However, I despise lima beans, so I substitute green beans or edamame.</p> <h2>4. Salad</h2> <p>Speaking of edamame, this <a href="http://www.mccormick.com/Recipes/Salads-Sides/Edamame-and-Corn-Salad-with-Oregano-Vinaigrette">Edamame and Corn Salad</a> is delicious alongside a grilled pork chop.</p> <h2>5. Three-Can Salad</h2> <p>Didn&#39;t everyone&#39;s mother make three-can salad? Drain one can of corn, one can of black or white beans, and one can of artichoke hearts, chopped. Add Italian dressing. Done! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-delicious-and-healthy-black-bean-recipes?ref=seealso">Cheap and Healthy Black Bean Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>6. Fritters</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/corn-181937107-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-corn-fritters-316163">Corn fritters</a>, or pancakes, are a kid-friendly favorite. Big kids love them, too!</p> <h2>7. Chowder</h2> <p>Did somebody mention bacon? Well, corn and bacon are great together, particularly in <a href="http://www.generationyfoodie.com/2013/02/bacon-corn-chowder.html">Bacon-Corn Chowder</a>.</p> <h2>8. Corn Pudding</h2> <p>If you are in need of some comfort food, here is an easy recipe for <a href="http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/corn-pudding-57484.aspx">Corn Pudding</a>.</p> <h2>9. Kid Food</h2> <p>Kid food, no recipe required. Make (boxed) macaroni and cheese and add a half cup of drained, canned corn, one sliced hot dog, and stir well. Sprinkle a little grated cheese on top of that. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-cut-waste-when-feeding-kids?ref=seealso">How to Cut Waste When Feeding Kids</a>)</p> <h2>10. Black Beans and Corn</h2> <p>Have you ever made your own <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-homemade-tortilla-chips-in-the-oven-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-182440">tortilla chips</a>? They are so easy, and so is this delicious <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/heathers-cilantro-black-bean-and-corn-salsa/">Cilantro, Black Bean, and Corn Salad</a>.</p> <h2>11. Ham Casserole</h2> <p>Last year I was determined to make a Christmas ham. I did, and while it was great, I had so many ham leftovers! This <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/hearty-ham-casserole/">Hearty Ham Casserole</a> would have come in very handy. I&#39;m bookmarking it for the next time I bake a ham.</p> <h2>12. Zucchini</h2> <p>I have had this recipe in my arsenal since the days when I lived in California, and needed to do something WITH ALL THAT DARNED ZUCCHINI. <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Corn-and-Zucchini-Melody/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">Corn and Zucchini Medley</a> goes with anything...chicken, fish, ribs, you name it. It is an easy, effective &quot;use up zucchini&quot; recipe, and inexpensive. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-storing-25-common-fruits-and-veggies?ref=seealso">The Produce Worker&#39;s Guide to Storing Fruits and Veggies</a>)</p> <h2>13. Tomalito</h2> <p>This takes some time and effort, but wow, is it worth it. <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sweet-Corn-Tomalito/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">Sweet Corn Tomalito</a> is just fantastic alongside fajitas, tacos, and ribs. Because it is rich, you only need a little as a side dish.</p> <h2>14. Tomatoes</h2> <p>I really love it when foods LOOK pretty on a plate. Such is the case with these <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sweet-Corn-Tomalito/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">Corn-Stuffed Tomatoes</a>.</p> <h2>15. Asian Fritters</h2> <p>I know I already gave you a corn fritter recipe &mdash; but this one is for <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/asian-corn-fritters/">ASIAN Corn fritters</a>. I love the addition of the shrimp, which is optional.</p> <p><em>Readers, anyone else have canned corn ideas?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-use-canned-corn">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-fresh-corn-recipes-youll-swoon-over">15 Fresh Corn Recipes You&#039;ll Swoon Over</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-cheap-cuts-of-meat-taste-expensive">25 Easy Ways to Make Cheap Cuts of Meat Taste Expensive</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink canned corn cheap recipes corn corn recipes Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:59:22 +0000 Marla Walters 3457 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Healthy, Easy Breakfasts for People on the Go http://www.wisebread.com/10-healthy-easy-breakfasts-for-people-on-the-go <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-healthy-easy-breakfasts-for-people-on-the-go" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/breakfast-78754760.jpg" alt="breakfast" title="breakfast" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eating a good breakfast can be a burden on weekday mornings. You&#39;re already racing against time to shake off the sleep, shower, brush, dress, primp, and get out the door before you&#39;re late for yet another meeting. A lot of the time we skip &quot;the most important meal of the day&quot; altogether &mdash; at least I do, anyway &mdash; or grab something cold and processed from the cabinet or a nearby convenience store. Those habits aren&#39;t healthy financially or physically, which is why you&#39;ve got to start eating a better breakfast. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-make-ahead-freezable-hot-breakfast-recipes?ref=seealso">9 Freezable Hot Breakfasts</a>)</p> <p>To start 2014 off on the right foot, I&#39;ve put together this list of 10 healthy, easy breakfast ideas for people on the go. They&#39;re portable and delicious, and you can put them together in flash. Take a look, and make tomorrow morning&#39;s routine a little bit tastier.</p> <h2>1. 45-Second Fruit Smoothies</h2> <p>It&#39;s hard to find a quicker, more nutrient-rich breakfast than a smoothie, and this <a href="http://www.oprah.com/food/Blueberry-Brain-Boost-Smoothie">Blueberry Brain Boost Smoothie</a> will take less than a minute to toss in a blender and puree. The base is fresh-pressed apple juice, and to that you&#39;ll add a ripe banana, frozen blueberries and raspberries, and raw walnuts. I like to make smoothies in my <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00939I7EK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00939I7EK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Ninja blender</a> (I&#39;m a big fan, and I mention it all the time) because one model includes individual blending cups that can be outfitted with a blade attachment, which can be swapped for a to-go top. You&#39;re ready to go in no time, and there&#39;s no cleanup. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-blenders?ref=seealso">5 Best Blenders</a>)</p> <h2>2. Banana Dog</h2> <p>This idea for a <a href="http://spoonful.com/recipes/banana-dog">Banana Dog</a> caught my eye immediately because it looked like a whole lot of fun. Turns out there&#39;s a decent amount of nutrition in this breakfast, too. Start with a whole-grain hot dog bun on which you&#39;ve spread your favorite nut butter. Sprinkle on some wheat germ or sunflower seeds, top with a banana, and spread on a small portion of jam. Since it&#39;s a rather hearty breakfast &mdash; depending on your appetite &mdash; this should keep those hunger pangs at bay until lunchtime.</p> <h2>3. Greek Yogurt With Nuts</h2> <p>Really pressed for time this morning? You can still start the day off well by grabbing a container of Greek yogurt out of the fridge, which is packed with calcium and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, and top that with a small handful of healthy nuts &mdash; like almonds &mdash; for a protein-packed energy booster. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-nuts-by-nutrition-and-price?ref=seealso">The Best and Worst Nuts</a>)</p> <h2>4. Microwave Banana Oatmeal</h2> <p>Instant oatmeal is a pantry staple in most homes because of its convenience, but many brands are chock full of sugar. Cut back on the calories when grabbing breakfast on the go by whipping up this <a href="http://www.fannetasticfood.com/recipes/perfect-microwave-banana-oatmeal/">easy microwave oatmeal</a> that contains only five simple ingredients: a banana, rolled oats, low fat milk, cinnamon, and fresh berries or nuts. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-eat-oats-when-you-hate-oatmeal?ref=seealso">11 Ways to Eat Oats</a>)</p> <h2>5. Oatmeal Sconuts</h2> <p>You can have five days&rsquo; worth of breakfast at the ready &mdash; and a few midnight snacks &mdash; if you have an extra half hour on a Sunday afternoon to <a href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/oatmeal-sconuts-ghk0907">bake these oatmeal &quot;sconuts</a>,&quot; which are a cross between a donut and a scone. The sconuts are loaded with oats, so you can stay on top of your daily whole-grain intake, and they&#39;re deliciously scented with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-time-and-money-with-a-monthly-assembly-or-bulk-cooking-weekend?ref=seealso">Save Time and Money With Bulk Cooking</a>)</p> <h2>6. PB&amp;A Surprise</h2> <p>What&#39;s a PB&amp;A Surprise, you ask? Quite possibly the easiest portable breakfast idea on this list. All you have to do is core an apple, cut it in half, fill the two centers with nut butter, and press granola onto the nut butter. Pack it up by pressing the two apple halves back together and placing it in a reusable container or plastic baggy.</p> <h2>7. Chocolate-Hazelnut Quesadillas</h2> <p>If you&#39;re looking for something a little sweeter to start your day, try this idea for a chocolate-hazelnut quesadilla, which requires no cooking. Lightly spread one half of a whole-wheat tortilla with chocolate-hazelnut spread, add a few sliced banana or strawberry pieces, then fold the other side of the tortilla over so it resembles a quesadilla. You can eat it as is or cut it up into quarters so you can munch on it throughout the morning.</p> <h2>8. Cranberry Chia Energy Bars</h2> <p>This is another recipe that will require some advance prep and planning, but if you have the extra time over the weekend, you&#39;ll have enough to last you all week. These <a href="http://www.inspirededibles.ca/2013/03/cranberry-chia-energy-bars-raw-vegan.html">Cranberry Chia Energy Bars</a> are raw, vegan, and gluten-free &mdash; it doesn&#39;t get much healthier than that, folks &mdash; and they require no cooking. Just toss the ingredients into a food processor and press into a lined baking pan for easing portioning once the recipe is set. On weekday mornings, grab a bar and enjoy in the car. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list?ref=seealso">25 Frugal Items for Your Vegan Grocery List</a>)</p> <h2>9. Nut Butter and Fruit Waffle-wich</h2> <p>I love waffles on the weekends, but there&#39;s no time during the week to enjoy such a treat. To get your waffle fix on weekday mornings, try this healthier take. Place a whole-grain frozen waffle (or your favorite non-whole-grain frozen waffle&nbsp;&mdash; shh, I won&#39;t tell) in the toaster and cut it in half when it&#39;s done. Spread one side with your favorite nut butter, top with your favorite sliced fruit, and place the other half of the waffle on top to make a sandwich. Handheld, nutritious, and delicious!</p> <h2>10. Breakfast Burrito to Go</h2> <p>Eggs are incredibly versatile, and they do surprisingly well in the microwave, too. To make a breakfast burrito to go, scramble one egg and put it in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish that&#39;s been lightly rubbed with butter or olive oil. Microwave the egg on high for about 45 seconds; if it&#39;s still too runny for your taste, microwave an additional 10&ndash;15 seconds. At the same time, microwave one or two links of microwavable sausage on a microwave-safe plate. When the egg and sausage are done cooking, place them into a tortilla. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, add salsa and other good stuff you have on hand, wrap it up, and enjoy.</p> <p><em>Do you have other healthy breakfast-on-the-go ideas? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-healthy-easy-breakfasts-for-people-on-the-go">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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