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Old 01-18-2010, 08:45 AM   #61
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Panko and various kinds of canned tomato - But for a TV-Dinner type lazy day?

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Old 01-18-2010, 10:17 AM   #62
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And now, for a little commercial break, here's a video for Kraft dinners!
That settles it... now you have me craving Kraft Mac and Cheese.

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Old 01-18-2010, 03:19 PM   #63
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Sorry, FrankZ! Or should I be saying "you're welcome"?

Just thought of something I use - a LOT! Pillsbury muffin mixes. Since I pack DH a lunch each day I also include something for "with coffee" for when he gets to the office. I'll use the mix as a base and then add other things like chopped nuts or raisins. I do sub 1/2 Egg Beaters for the whole egg, and use half light-flavored olive oil in place of cooking oil. My favorite mix is cranberry ; I add in walnuts and very well-drained mandarin oranges cut in half. I'm thinking I know what I'll be baking tonight for his lunchbag tomorrow....
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:10 PM   #64
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If I don't feel like making spaghetti sauce from scratch, I use a can of tomatoes a can of tomato sauce some garlic, onions, g.peppers,some basil and simmer it for about an hour it comes out awesome and no one knows I did not cook all day
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:13 PM   #65
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Here in Mexico, I simply can't buy many convenience foods, so I am not tempted to use them. The typical diet here is fresh everything...tortillas, fruit, vegetables, a little meat. But we have a new Walmart with a "gringo" section, and the other day I saw a box of Stovetop Stuffing mix. There was a recipe on the side for a dinner made with chicken breasts and cream of chicken soup (which I also never buy). It sounded SO good! So I bought it and made it.... yuk. DH and I each ate a bit and the rest was consumed happily by the doggies. But today I did break down and buy a small box of Bisquick (58 pesos! - about $4.25 USD). I love those quickie quiche dishes you can make with Bisquick.
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:13 PM   #66
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In another thread I mentioned my favorite canned tomatoes for a quick red sauce (since I find jarred sauces way too sweet). Another is that there are several Indian foods that I buy (I think my favorite brand is Kitchens of India for the basic food, then Patak's for condiments). Which convenience products do you use for a shortcut when you don't have hours (or all day) to chop and simmer and bake, and how do you dress them up to make them your own?
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:46 PM   #67
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I tend to use frozen veggies when I need a quick side dish in a pinch... like peas or corn. Sometimes I buy the "stir-fry" mix to make over rice, just cause I like the baby corn!
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Old 02-16-2010, 05:06 PM   #68
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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 think along the same lines as you do Andy. Things like Swanson,Stoffers, Marie Callendars dinners, etc are convenience foods. Canned bean/tomatoes/broth are pantry staples to me.

I guess the only convenience food I use is boxed mac n cheese (and not the blue box) or Pillsbury roles. Is Bisquick a convenience food???
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Old 02-16-2010, 05:49 PM   #69
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Is Bisquick a convenience food???
I would say no. The pancake mix where all you add is water is a convenience food though. The McDouble from the drive thru is definitely a convenience food!
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Old 02-17-2010, 01:16 AM   #70
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Stopping at the deli for egg rolls and chicken lo mein is convenience food.

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