I have a friend who always joked with me while I was pregnant by saying, “Kids ruin everything.” Luckily he’s been mostly wrong. Except in the dinner department. My baby doesn’t intentionally ruin dinner, but inadvertently she put the kibosh on what my husband and I used to do in the evenings, which was spend an uninterrupted hour or two making dinner.
As an associate food editor at EatingWell Magazine, healthy homemade dinner is important to me, but since my daughter was born, I’ve had to cut some corners. So I’ve turned to a few key time-saving ingredients to help me get dinner ready before mommy-duty calls.
Recipes to Try: 20-Minute Dinner Recipes
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I’m a huge casserole fan. Beef, Broccoli & Potato Hotdish is my favorite. (Hotdish is the Minnesotan name for casserole.) In my early “casseroling” days, I would just toss together ingredients that I thought would taste good together in a 9-by-13 inch pan and bake them. It was easy and the results usually tasted good, but there were always some minor imperfections. Depending on the ingredients, sometimes the casseroles came out watery. Other times, some ingredients were overcooked and mushy while some had a little too much bite.
Casserole Recipes Perfected By The EatingWell Test Kitchen:
Buffalo Chicken Casserole and More Chicken Casserole Recipes
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Apple pie is an iconic American dessert. It’s pretty simple to make—put together a crust, throw in some apples, bake and wham! Apple pie. But if you want your pie to be memorable, true apple pie aficionados know a few secrets that can really elevate the apple pie experience. One of these pie aficionados is Stacy Fraser, our Test Kitchen manger. She was born a baker extraordinaire and her Deep-Dish Apple Pie is second to none. On top of being delicious, it’s healthier than the average pie. What do you think: Which is healthier: apple pie or pumpkin pie?
How did she do it? Here are some of her secrets:
Secret #1: Use a deep dish.
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A little planning can go a long way when it comes to weeknight meals. I’m a big fan of casseroles for dinner because you can make them ahead and have them in your fridge or freezer ready to go. If you don’t have time to make a casserole ahead of time, you can still throw one together easily on a weeknight in a skillet like in this Skillet Tuna Noodle Casserole (known as Tuna-Pea Wiggle to some). Casseroles in a skillet require very little clean up since they’re cooked in one dish. So whether you make one ahead or choose a skillet version, casseroles can save you precious time. And who doesn’t love casseroles?
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Ordering pizza is a nice break for the cook in the kitchen once in awhile but be careful not to get seduced by the convenience! Sure it’s nice to make a phone call and have dinner arrive at your door 20 minutes later, especially on a busy weeknight. But did you know you could make your own pizza in the same time it takes for you to make the make the call and get the delivery? Try our Smoky Corn & Black Bean Pizza. It’s finished in 30 minutes flat. It uses convenient pantry items like canned black beans and barbeque sauce so you can get it done quickly and by making your own pie, you’ll avoid the tons of fat and sodium you get from a takeout version.
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