There are so many choices at supermarkets these days that it can be overwhelming to decide what you need to make quick, easy, and delicious meals every day. Here are six ingredient suggestions that help make life easier in the kitchen and add great flavor to your meals.
- Garlic is a multi-tasking ingredient as a base in many dishes and helps cut down on the use of salt, which is particularly helpful if you are on a low sodium diet.
- This dough can be used in both savory and sweet recipes and is a huge time saver when you need to make tasty meals in a hurry (click here for recipe ideas from Pillsbury). It is often on sale at local grocers and coupons are easy to find (Rainbow keeps Pillsbury coupons at the refrigerated display case).
- You can make anything from pasta sauce to soup with canned tomatoes. This ingredient helps you make easy meals fast and is consistently on sale between Cub and Rainbow (you can easily buy a can for less than a dollar).
- Peppers are an easy way to add fresh vegetables to a dish and are available in so many varieties that there is one to satisfy most tastes. Peppers range from mild and sweet (like green and red) to hot and spicy (such as jalapeno and habanero). Whatever your preference, peppers are great in any meal course.
- This ingredient is so versatile that you can use it in deserts, snacks, or main courses. Kraft now offers flavored cream cheeses that can be scooped for use right out of the refrigerator. Since cream cheese usually keeps in the fridge for a little while, it is economical to buy a few packages on sale with a coupon to last until the nextsale.
- Cheese is an ingredient that instantly makes a dish special and has been known to get kids eating vegetables. The fact that you can purchase it already shredded helps cut down on time and effort in the kitchen. It also keeps well in the fridge so you can purchase on sale and have on hand for whenever you need. Rainbow sometimes sells their 8 oz. Roundy’s brand cheeses for less than a dollar so you can stock up on many varieties when you catch this sale.
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