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Old 01-12-2010, 06:36 PM   #51
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:31 PM   #52
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I buy and use Kitchen Basics Unsalted Chicken Stock. It has 150mg of sodium per cup.
Thanks! I'll ask my grocer whether they can start stocking it! I've not seen it before.


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Old 01-13-2010, 11:59 AM   #53
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Rotisserie chicken...
Completely off topic. I would love to have a rotisserie at home. Back in my old soviet days, the stove we had in the apartment came with rotisserie in the oven (well actually all the newer stoves came with it). That was really convenient, no need for an extra appliance in the house. No need to go to your grill (if the grill has an attachment) in the middle of the winter. I wish it was available here.
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Old 01-13-2010, 01:43 PM   #54
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I love Manischewitz pea soup mix.
Yum! Thanks for reminding me of that, Charlie.
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:20 PM   #55
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I often just sprinkle some furikake on plain spaghetti, no sauce. Tastes great.
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:32 PM   #56
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Kraft mac'n cheese is a favorite here. I add a can of Cambell's Cream of Mushroom soup (another fave) which makes it juicer and even tastier. I use Cambell's condensed soups for lots of things, and I frequently eat the lower calorie Chunky soups for lunch, instead of a sandwich.
I also keep canned broth on hand as well as the jarred paste. I don't even WANT to know how much sodium there is in the latter...must be a lot, because it seems to last forever.

I use Kraft Italian dressing mix and Lipton Onion soup mix for seasoning a lot of things. Prego or Bertoli jarred tomato sauces are a good base for my own sauce. Depending on your pallette, just simmering the jarred sauce with browned Italian sausage is often all that is needed.

I use refrigerated pre-diced or dried granular or powdered garlic most of the time, as I have trouble keeping the fresh. We keep instant mashed potatoes on hand because my husband likes them and I can eat them; same with boxed Au Gratin potatoes.

As for already chopped stuff...DH is always ready to give me a hand with that. We usually chop more than we need (like a whole onion when we only need a half) and freeze the rest in a Ziplock. I especially like to do that with celery and green onions, as they don't keep well in the fridge for me, and I like to have them on hand.

I also keep cake and instant sugar free pudding mixes around, as I have some recipes for quick desserts that call for them. And I always have a selection of sugar free Jello and crumb pie shells in the pantry, as well as Cool Whip, boxed pie crust and puff pastry in the freezer.
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:50 PM   #57
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Jet, my big Midwest town is only 3500! You might consider going to the service desk and asking if you can submit a comment/request. And, yes, a chopped onion (pepper, etc) can cost considerably more than a whole one. You just have to decide how much you are willing to pay someone to chop the vegs for you! IF buying an onion means throwing away half of an onion (right now, where I live, I bought a bag of onions and when all was said and done, I had to throw away more than half)(mind you, not half of an onion, I mean half of the onions, they were moldy, rotted and mushy from freezing), then it is probably worth the extra to buy vegs you can look and and know they are good to go. If I lived alone, or if we both worked, paying extra for the chopped (and being able to see that what I'm buying is good) would have been cheaper in the long run.
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:46 PM   #58
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I didn't think KD would start such a discussion.. LOL!! Sorry to cause trouble....

I try to shop "around" the grocery store.. ie. along the outside perimeter. I attempt to stay away from all the boxed and prepackaged items, and stick with the fresh produce and meat and dairy, and a about once a month will hit the pasta/rice and oatmeal section... I really try and cook everything from scratch. I do use canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, etc... but who doesn't? Kraft dinner is really the only convenience meal I use, and I use it sparingly... everything else is from scratch.

Prepackaged meatballs, chicken in a box... etc... EWWWWWWwwwwwwwwww. Sodium hell!!! Even items labeled 'healthy' are loaded in disgustingness. I don't even consider those items anymore.

I do, however, like my kalamata olives. Salty, yes. But in moderation............... lol
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:55 PM   #59
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Going out!

Seriously,I keep a few things from the local butcher (old-timey butcher shop with steel tables and meat cleavers) for emergency quickie meals. He has the pre-made stuffed chicken breasts (like Barber's but they taste better...don't know where he gets them), and meatballs (they really taste home-made) that can be made into subs in a crusty bun with a little sauce and mozz cheese. Straight out of the freezer and into the sauce till they're hot. I also keep Carolina Long Grain and Wild Rice packets on hand.

And now, for a little commercial break, here's a video for Kraft dinners! Enjoy!
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:49 AM   #60
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Originally Posted by kitchenelf View Post
You mean labour with your favourite neighbour?

To actually join in the discussion...my favorite convenience food that I "enhance" would be Hunt's Traditional spaghetti sauce. I add red wine and lots more dried basil.

I also like to take black beans, add lime, cilantro, and cumin, toss with some cooked rice and top with shredded cheddar and a dollop of sour cream.

snarky...that's another one!
i think canned/bottled sauce is way to sweet EXCEPT for Hunt's which i also doctor.

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