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December 27, 2013

How to Make Simple, Homemade Crowd-Pleasers

Thursday, December 26, 2013 — (StatePoint) Whether you’re playing host, cooking for your family, or bringing a side dish to someone else’s gathering, preparing a delicious crowd-pleaser that’s simple and affordable to make is a priority for many.

“The days of spending hours in the kitchen making homemade dishes from scratch are long gone, says Jonathan Spear at Green Giant.  “These days, time-crunched family cooks can take solace in knowing that any dish that starts and ends in the kitchen can be considered homemade, including meals using conveniences such as frozen vegetables and sauces from a jar.”

If you want to stand out by serving that memorable dish that didn’t take hours to prepare, consider the following tried-and-true culinary tips:

• Shed the time-consuming task of washing and chopping vegetables by going frozen. Frozen veggies are picked at their peak, making them just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts.

• Use free online resources to find quick, easy appetizers, entrees and desserts. For example, visit www.seriouseats.com for festive recipes like Cheesy Broccoli Puffs with Sriracha sauce or Roasted Potato and Sausage Quiche.

• Don’t rely on unhealthy ingredients to add wow-factor to dishes.  Instead, add simple ingredients such as fresh herbs and spices to any recipe for layers of flavor and zest. Everyone will be asking for the recipe.

For an interesting new twist on a classic meal, try Green Giant’s recipe for Turkey and Veggie Alfredo Pot Pie:

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Start to Finish: 40 Minutes

Makes 5 servings

Ingredients

• 1 tablespoon butter

• 1/2 cup chopped onion

• 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

• 1 jar (15 oz) Alfredo sauce

• 2 cups cubed cooked turkey

• 1 bag (12 oz) Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers frozen broccoli, carrots, cauliflower & cheese sauce

• 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

• 1 can (12 oz) Pillsbury Golden Layers refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

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