Page 8 - El Tejano January 2018
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El Tejano   Magazine
                                               Meals Made Easier

         (NAPSI)—Finding time to cook a healthy dinner           roles, whether it’s baked ziti, tuna casserole, turkey
         for the whole family to enjoy can be a challenge.       tetrazzini—the options are nearly endless and
                                                                 you’re sure to please just about everyone. Throw in
         With a little planning and advance prep, however,       a green salad and you’ve got a delicious dinner.
         making a family dinner can be a cinch. Here are six     • Here’s a protein-packed version of the classic
         ways to get ahead of the curve:                         mac and cheese:

         • Create a weekly menu.                                 Baked Chicken And Cheese
         • Keep it simple with easy-to-prepare meals that
         can be made quickly or in advance.                      2 tablespoons unsalted butter
         • Write up your grocery list and do the shopping        2 Anaheim chili peppers, diced
         all at once rather than making numerous trips to        1 tablespoon minced garlic
         the grocery store throughout the week.                  2 tablespoons all-purpose fl our
         • As you’re unloading the groceries, wash and dry       2¼ cups low-sodium chicken broth
         the fruit and veggies and store in resealable bags.     2½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
         • Prep dinner early in the morning before the day       1 (1-lb.) box macaroni pasta, cooked
         gets hectic.                                            8 ounces grilled chicken breast, diced
         • Keep your pantry well stocked with items such as      1 (6-oz.) can Lindsay Ripe Pitted Olives
         canned tuna, canned tomatoes, and Lindsay olives,       ½ cup Japanese-style panko breadcrumbs
         capers and peppers, so you can throw together a         ⅛ teaspoon paprika
         quick and tasty pasta or a dinner salad.
                                                                 Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat
         Then try these no-fuss, easy-to-make dinner ideas:      until melted and foamy. Stir in peppers and garlic
                                                                 and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in fl our and cook for
         • Combine bone-in chicken breasts with equal            1−2 more minutes until smooth and golden. Whisk
         parts water, chicken stock and canned tomatoes          in chicken broth, a half cup at a time, until smooth
         in your slow cooker. Add chopped carrots, onions        and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer and
         and celery. Cook low and slow all day. About an         cook for 3−4 minutes. Stir in cheese and remove
         hour before dinner, remove chicken from slow            from heat. Add pasta, chicken and olives and pour
         cooker and add one package of frozen corn and           into a lightly greased 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish.
         one can of pinto beans. While the corn and beans        Top with breadcrumbs, sprinkle with paprika and
         are heating, shred the chicken using two forks and      bake in a 400° F oven for 15−20 minutes.
         return to the soup. Serve soup in warmed bowls
         and garnish with green and black olives, cilantro,      Learn More
         avocado, green onions, wedges of lime and shred-
         ded jack cheese. Serve with a simple green salad.       For other delicious recipes, tips and ideas, go to
                                                        For more informa-
         • Assemble a quick sheet pan dinner by creating a       tion about Lindsay, go to
         fl avorful base using a good amount of green and
         black olives, halved cherry tomatoes, and a small
         handful or two of capers. Drizzle with a good glug
         of Lindsay Buttery California Extra Virgin Olive
         Oil, season lightly with salt and black pepper, and
         toss so veggies are well coated. Lay a fl aky white
         fi sh fi llet of your choice on top of the veggies and
         drizzle with more olive oil and salt and pepper.
         Scatter a few sprigs of thyme on top. Store in the
         fridge until dinner time, then bake until fi sh is
         done. Serve with a tossed green salad and crusty                A hot and hearty one-dish meal
         French bread.                                                   is easy to make and delicious to
         • Then there’s the popular, the ultimate make-                       share with the family.
         ahead meal: bubbly, gooey, creamy, comfy casse-
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