Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Cheat Dishes: Quick and Easy Recipes

Usually I prefer to cook using all fresh ingredients but there are certain days when you just don't have the time to cook a labor entensive meal. When that's the case you should use items you have on hand or require a quick stop at the deli. These are my top three favorites and are delicious!

Cheater Lasagna
26-oz jar of pasta sauce (I used tomato-vodka sauce, since I had extra)
bag of frozen ravalio (the square kind)
small box of frozen chopped spinach,
1 bag shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup grated Parmesan (it's usually next to the fresh pasta section)

Heat oven to 350° F. Coat a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with cooking spray or butter. Meanwhile, thaw and squeeze the water out of the spinach. Spoon in a third of the sauce onto the bottom of the dish. Place ravioli on top and scatter the spinach over them, top with half of each cheese. Add with another layer of ravioli and the remaining sauce and cheese, if you still have extra room continue layering. Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 to 10 minutes more or until bubbly.

Cheater Cheese Pizza
a frozen cheese pizza
1/4 cup store-bought pesto
1/2 cup ricotta

Gently spread the pesto over the frozen pizzas. Place a couple spoonfuls of the ricotta on top then cook according to the package directions.

BBQ Chicken Sandwich
rotisserie chicken (should equal 4-5 cups)
honey barbecue sauce (1-2 cups depending on amount of chicken)
hamburger buns

Shred the chicken in a bowl and add bbq sauce, mix well. Place spoonfuls of meat onto buns and serve, how easy is that :) For extra flavor try the mojo chicken or a spicy bbq sauce, I used Bull's Guinness Sauce.

5 comments:

  1. oh these make me so hungry! I want Lasagna & Pizza


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  2. Great ideas. I need all the inspiration I can get in the kitchen.

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  3. Ooh, I like what you're on to. I love to cook from scratch but love a shortcut when need be. Try the peanut satay sauce in a jar at Trader Joe's. It's to die for on... anything.
    Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. That lasagna sounds awesome! I wonder if my husband would go for it...he's not a ravioli fan, but he does like lasagna! LOL!

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  5. I love to cook, but there are days when I JUST want to cheat on dinner. These are great cheater tips - thanks!! ;-)

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