(StatePoint) Whether youre playing host, cooking for your family, or bringing a side dish to someone elses gathering, preparing a delicious crowd-pleaser thats simple and affordable to make is a priority for many.
The days of spending hours in the kitchen making homemade dishes from scratch are long gone, says Jonathan Spear at Green Giant. These days, time-crunched family cooks can take solace in knowing that any dish that starts and ends in the kitchen can be considered homemade, including meals using conveniences such as frozen vegetables and sauces from a jar.
If you want to stand out by serving that memorable dish that didnt take hours to prepare, consider the following tried-and-true culinary tips:
■ Shed the time-consuming task of washing and chopping vegetables by going frozen. Frozen veggies are picked at their peak, making them just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts.
■ Use free online resources to find quick, easy appetizers, entrees and desserts. For example, visit www.seriouseats.com for festive recipes like Cheesy Broccoli Puffs with Sriracha sauce or Roasted Potato and Sausage Quiche.
■ Dont rely on unhealthy ingredients to add wow-factor to dishes. Instead, add simple ingredients such as fresh herbs and spices to any recipe for layers of flavor and zest. Everyone will be asking for the recipe.
For an interesting new twist on a classic meal, try the following Green Giantrecipe:
TURKEY AND VEGGIE ALFREDO POT PIE
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Start to Finish: 40 Minutes
Makes 5 servings
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 jar (15 oz) Alfredo sauce
2 cups cubed cooked turkey
1 bag (12 oz) Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers frozen broccoli, carrots, cauliflower & cheese sauce
3 tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 can (12 oz.) Pillsbury Golden Layers refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
2 tbsp. shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 2-quart glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook frozen vegetables as directed on bag for minimum time.
Meanwhile, in 10-inch nonstick skillet, melt 1 tbsp. butter over medium heat. Cook onion and bell pepper, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in Alfredo sauce, turkey, cooked vegetables with sauce, basil and black pepper. Cook until mixture is thoroughly heated and bubbly, stirring constantly. Spoon into baking dish.
Separate dough into 10 biscuits. Cut each biscuit in half crosswise. Arrange around edge of baking dish, overlapping slightly. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.