Make It Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch-with Smart Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them

Make It Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch-with Smart Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them

Stacie Billis

Language: English

Pages: 331

ISBN: 2:00366991

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Cooking doesn't have to be a chore. Why make it difficult-when it can be easy?

When you're juggling a job, kids, pet, house, spouse, you-name-it-it can be tough to resist the urge to toss a frozen meal in the oven and call it a day. Stacie Billis knows the challenge of feeding your family well, without stress. Make It Easy's 120 recipes prove that you don't have to be only a scratch cook or convenience cook. You can be both, and there's no shame in using store-bought ingredients when you're in a pinch. Stacie's got a guide to the healthiest shortcuts in the supermarket and three big tips for making it easy:

1. Go between scratch and homemade with her handy shopping guide.
2. Mix and match recipes that build on the same ingredients.
3. Break any rule that makes you want to bolt from your kitchen.

With recipes for: Blueberry Almond Polenta, Country-Style Greek Salad, Slow Cooker Hoisin Pulled Pork, No-Fuss Roasted Paprika Chicken, Chili-Rubbed Steak Tacos, Salmon Rice Bowl, Parmesan Roasted Broccoli, Easy Food Processor Pizza Dough, Gingered Peach Crisp, Hummingbird Muffins, Bacon Cheddar Waffles...and many more!














techniques—proper ones!—that are so easy you don’t need to shortcut them. Once you nail them down, your cooking will be easier and your food will taste better. When the food you serve actually tastes good, you feed back into the Make It Easy Basics. Tasty results make it easier on you because cooking is going to feel worthwhile. They make it easier on your schedule, too, because you’ll find time to fit cooking in when you know it means eating well. You may still be short on time, but when you

you’ve got little kids in tow. One thing that will vary from store to store is whether it offers an organic food section and, if it does, where it is. You don’t have to be a diehard organic food buyer to start your packaged food shopping in the organic section; it’s a great place for anyone who’s looking for healthier options to start browsing, since all of the organic brands are concentrated in a small area instead of dispersed throughout. If you’re interested, save time by asking for the

heat. Once the foam subsides, add the banana pieces and brown sugar. Stir gently until the sugar dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes. 2. Add the vanilla and sauté for 30 more seconds. Remove from the heat and serve warm. Make It Easier: 3 delicious ways to build a quick everyday sundae If you’re a dessert family like we’re a dessert family, you have ice cream in the freezer at all times. These easy recipes make the perfect toppings to turn a plain bowl of ice cream (or Fruity Frozen Yogurt, page 108)

you know that it is made with a whole lot of sugar and just a little bit of juice. Next up: a quick scan of sugar, salt, and fat. The yum trifecta, these ingredients are what make food taste good (and even a little addictive). While cooking, you can manage the amounts and quality of sugar, salt, and fat to combine them into deliciousness that isn’t terrible for you. In packaged foods, though, they are often used in obscenely unhealthy amounts to manufacture a cravable taste. And, yes, cravable

and allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing the cake or muffins from their baking pan and finish cooling on a rack or the counter. Once cooled completely, frost and serve. If making ahead, store unfrosted cakes wrapped tightly all around in plastic wrap or unfrosted cupcakes in a plastic bag on the counter for 2 to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Make It Tastier: Splurge on good cocoa! There are real differences between sweetened cocoa, unsweetened cocoa, Dutch-processed cocoa,

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