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Old 01-10-2010, 11:31 AM   #31
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I guess I look at this differently.

A convenience food shortcut to me is canned soup, mac and cheese or a rice dish in a box. Any prepared food that can be heated and go on a plate.

I don't consider canned San Marzano tomatoes or canned beans a convenience food shortcut. They are ingredients that I consider legit foods you can use to prepare a dish "from scratch". In the case of the canned tomatoes, they are the only show in town for 10 months of the year here in MA.

But that's just me...
I agree Andy, but here Romas are available year round so at times I use canned to start my pasta gravy instead of taking the time to roast the romas.Shortcut
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Old 01-10-2010, 12:28 PM   #32
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In that case, my response is Near East Couscous.

Yes! I use this a lot. Love the mushroom one and the chicken one.
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Old 01-10-2010, 01:52 PM   #33
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frozen stouffer's meals,- macaroni/cheese & veggie lasagne, tinned tomato varieties.
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:03 PM   #34
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If I am feeling tired after work and theres nothing in the freezer, I will be known to.....

... snatch a box of KD from the cupboard :( I know.... let the flaming begin.
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KD?
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Kraft Dinner. And Saphellae, no flaming allowed. KD rocks HARD.
My kids still request it even though they have had homemade. I recently started using fat free yogurt instead of butter to make it and it turns out great!
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:48 PM   #35
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They are nice aren't they? Makes things so much easier.Fruit I usually get fresh, as I have several grand kids during the week and Ethan comes here every day after kindergarten. Fruit flies out the door.
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yep the kiddles will eat it up. i don't like cold fruit so it gets bad even quicker. sometimes i buy one pear, etc but can't buy one berry. kiss em for me.
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:28 AM   #36
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yep the kiddles will eat it up. i don't like cold fruit so it gets bad even quicker. sometimes i buy one pear, etc but can't buy one berry. kiss em for me.
If I find berries are getting close, I either make a batch of smoothie for the kids or I freeze them for later.
I'll give em all a big from you...
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:48 AM   #37
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chopped onions

I buy those small cartons of chopped onions because I hate to chop onions.
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Old 01-11-2010, 01:08 PM   #38
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I don't like chopping onions either. I HATE to dice things up. I bought one of these https://www.chopwizard.com/ and it really is easy to use. It even chops celery! I keep the frozen onions on hand for when I'm out of regular onions and don't want to go to the store.
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I buy those small cartons of chopped onions because I hate to chop onions.
There are places that sell pre-chopped onions?!?!
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I, too, consider canned tomatoes and beans and frozen vegetables to be staples rather than convenience; when you live somewhere with real winter "fresh" can be a joke. Once it is seasoned or in a sauce (hence the Del Monte diced tomatoes with garlic, basil and oregano) I consider it a convenience or short cut (for my personal use, convenience means I just heat and eat, short cut means it just cuts a few steps out of the prep time). I, too, love Near East products, both couscous and taboule (haven't tried the rice products). I especially love them in the summer because my kitchen is not air conditioned and it makes for a fast and easy starch without having to do more than boil water. Instant mashed potatoes I use for thickening or breading and they are great. Rather than making them from scratch, I often use bottled Asian sauces, either for dipping or in roll ups and stir-fries. Around here House of Tsang is my go-to for peanut, Szechuan, Vietnamese sauces.
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