When you cook, photograph, write, eat, repeat, for a living, most people think you've got it made. Your fridge MUST be full to overflowing with good food. Of course you always know just what to make too. And because you work from home obviously you have all day to cook. Can I be honest with you? Sometimes, even for me, 5:00 sneaks up on me and whoops no dinner plans. I feel like EVERY meal can be special if we just put a little effort behind it, like adding good silver or candles to the table.
So because I KNOW this is going to happen I like to keep a couple of "ace-in-the-hole" meals ready to roll out at the first discovery that it's time to make dinner. These meals need to be something that everyone will enjoy, they have to be literally faster than fast in the cooking area, and they're usually something I won't make for myself. I picked up a couple these Bertolli Classic ready to cook meals the other day at our local Fred Meyer store, I chose Chicken Parmigiana because I won't make it
myself but everyone WILL love it.
You can find Bertolli Classics in the frozen dinners part of the freezer section, I made a little collage for you, check it-->>
Whenever I make one of these ace-in-the-hole meals I like to make a nice fresh salad to accompany it, usually something that can be whipped up while my quick fix meal gets fixed quick. I add bread and maybe even a scoop of gelato and this quick dinner becomes such a special meal everyone enjoys and will ask for again. While I'm hustling in the kitchen, I set my kids to setting the table with our best dishes, using nice napkins can elevate the mood too, so out they come. Add in my grandmother's silver and some lighted candles and the scene is set for a truly memorable meal. Even if you're in a hurry you can still slow down and enjoy, it only takes a few minutes to make dinner something to remember.
This quick, easy to make salad uses carrots and apple shredded in the food processor, if you don't have one you can shred by hand but it will take a little longer to prep. It has a light vinaigrette dressing that comes together easily while the main dish cooks itself quite nicely. It uses the juice of an orange for the dressing but feel free to use lemon juice or even vinegar, taste for sugar and add a little if needed.
Quick Shredded Carrot Apple Saladserves 4
prep time 10 minutes
ingredients1 pound carrots, peeled if desired
1 crisp apple such as gala or fuji
juice of an orange, divided
1 small clove of garlic, minced
1/2 piece of ginger root, minced or grated
3 TBSP olive oil
pinch of salt
parsley for garnish if desired
directionsfit a food processor with a shredding blade
run the carrots through
slice the apple off it's core and run it through as well
add all to a mixing bowl
measure off 2 TBSP of the orange juice and pour it in a small bowl to mix the dressing in
pour the remaining orange juice over the apple and carrots to prevent the apple from turning brown, pour off excess
to the remaining juice add the ginger, garlic, pinch of salt
whisk briskly and pour over the apple carrot mix, toss to coat
garnish with parsley if desired and it's ready to go
Next time 5 o'clock sneaks up on you remember to breathe deep and reach for an ace-in-the-hole meal, like Bertolli Classics, for a meal you will truly enjoy. Find Bertolli items at some of the lowest prices of the year in a Kroger or Kroger banner store near you. Kroger banners include Fred Meyer, Smiths, Frys, Dillions, King Soopers, City Market, and QFC. Find a store near you and get cooking!