Last night I decided to finally use up a box of “beer bread” mix that I have had in my pantry for over a year. I sometimes forget I have such delicious food to make. This was one of em’!
Tastefully simple makes a great mix because all you need are two ingredients: Beer bread mix and beer. My kinda recipe!
You simply mix the beer and beer bread mix together for 20-30 seconds and place it into a greased bread baking pan and bake for 50 minutes at 375 degrees. Simple stuff!
Along with our bread, we had a salad bar night. Our bar included:
- Spring Mix Lettuce
- Broccoli and Cauliflower
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Grape Tomatoes
- Chick Peas
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- Asiago Cheese
- Salad Dressings
This was a satisfying and filling meal…and not to mention simple! When I shop for veggies, I often shop for convenience so that my dinners and lunches can come together in a flash. Sometimes, it is more expensive to do this, but for me it is worth it to save time and to ensure I will eat my produce.
The following are items that I will typically buy pre-chopped, washed, canned or packaged to save time:
- Hard boiled eggs
- Canned beans
- Canned Tomatoes
- Canned Corn
The following are items I prefer to prepare myself:
Cheese: I love buying a whole block of cheese and grating it myself. To me, it tastes so much better and has a lot more flavor than the packaged cheeses. I especially like buying a block of parmesean cheese and freshly grating it over pasta or salad. It is more pricey, but the flavor is worth it to me VS the stuff in a shaker can.
Peppers and Onions: I don’t mind chopping these and I usually buy a bag of onions at a time…they last so long!
Salsas and Guacamole: To me, there is no comparison between packaged salsa and guacamole to the homemade stuff. To save time, I throw ingredients in a food processor for a quick and easy dip!
Meat: I don’t really enjoy pre-packaged meats. I prefer to cook my own. To save time, I throw some chicken in a crock pot with chicken broth and a little seasoning for an easy meal at night (like for Taco Tuesday!).
Other than these few items, I am a convenience kinda gal. I think I relate most to Sandra Lee on the Food Network. I like her “semi-homemade” style and I appreciate how she combines whole foods with little ‘short cuts’ to save time, but doesn’t skimp on the flavor.
Tonight I am keeping it low key and having the usual “Pizza Friday”. Pizza (especially on Friday) will never get old! 😉
Tomorrow I am going to the Fabulous Food Show here in Cleveland!
It’s my third time going and I love it – so much fun food and entertainment. I always eat so many free samples that it’s basically like eating a full course meal by the time I leave!
Do you ever pay for convenience at the grocery store?
If you could see any celebrity chef’s show, who would you see? If I had the chance, I’d love to see Paula Deen and try here delicious, buttery, eats!