Meal Ideas 18 August 2017

7 Easy Back-to-School Dinners

(Family Features) When the school bells start ringing, putting wholesome and tasty family dinners on the table can get a lot harder to schedule. These simple, seasonal recipes – from one-pot taco skillets to sheet pan pork tenderloin – can help you own the school-year dinner routine.

With all the cleanup time you’ll save, visit or find McCormick on Facebook and Pinterest for more family-friendly recipes that will earn you A-plus grades all around.

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Fall Skillet Pot Pie
Store-bought rotisserie chicken, refrigerated biscuits and an oven-proof skillet can make this comfort food favorite a weeknight reality. Chicken stock mixed with a blend of seasonings adds savory richness to the sweet potatoes and peas for a meal that warms you inside and out.

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Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Lo Mein
This dish features everything you love about the Asian take-out favorite – carrots, bell pepper and shrimp – all flavored with a savory mixture of soy sauce, ginger and garlic. Using the microwave to cook the squash means you’ll have it on the table for your family in no time.

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Open-Faced Hot Turkey Sandwiches
Prepared turkey gravy makes this a sandwich you can really sink your teeth into. Stack your bread with spinach, turkey and cranberry sauce and serve it warm for a taste of Thanksgiving any time of year.

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Easy Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Apples
Brush pork with brown sugar and a robust blend of seasonings for a meal that’s equal parts sweet and savory. Bake on a single sheet pan with sliced apples and onions for an easy dinner in no time.

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Chicken and Vegetable Lo Mein
Simply combine noodles, fresh veggies, chicken breast strips and a tangy stir-fry sauce. You’ll be left with an Asian-inspired dish that’s ready faster than you could order in a restaurant and every bit as tasty.

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Slow Cooker Korean Beef
Make everybody’s favorite Korean barbecue at home – in the slow cooker. Beef bone broth contributes to the robust, Asian-inspired flavor of this dish, and is complemented by ginger and Korean red pepper.

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Quinoa Taco Skillet
Give taco night a wholesome twist with this simple skillet dish. Season ground turkey, quinoa, fresh tomatoes and corn with taco seasoning mix for a kid-friendly meal the whole family will taco-bout.

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One Dish Meals 24 January 2017

Easy Family Meals for Four

(Family Features) Today’s busy families need meal ideas that are convenient, nutritious, delicious – and affordable. With some simple planning and easy recipes, it’s a snap to feed a family of four in no time.

Creating a weekly meal plan is the easiest way to save time and money.

  • Plan meals that call for minimal cooking: Have a salad, bread and cold side dishes ready to go. That way, you only have the main dish to prepare.
  • Plan for leftovers: Instead of leaving leftover chicken in the fridge, plan ahead to use it in another dish. Or, cook up the recipe here – Ragú® Pasta Sauce has expanded its offering of convenient large size jars, perfect for making crowd-pleasing recipes or planning for several meals.
  • Plan on stocking up: Have plenty of frozen veggies, rice, pasta and other staples on hand so you can easily add something new to your menus.

This recipe makes tasty use of Ragú® Old World Style pasta sauce, which contains more than a full serving of veggies in every half cup of sauce. This means you get convenient, nutritious dishes for less than $2 per serving. For more easy, family-friendly recipes, visit

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Skillet Pasta and Beef Dinner

8 servings
Moms can cook both the pasta and beef in the same pan, leaving only one pan to clean!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

Cost per serving*: $1.81

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 jar (2 lb. 13 oz.) Ragú® Old World Style Pasta Sauce
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pound uncooked rotini pasta
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Brown ground beef in 6-quart saucepot; drain.
  2. Stir in sauce and water. Bring to a boil. Stir in uncooked rotini; return to a boil. Reduce heat and cook covered, stirring occasionally, 14 minutes or until rotini is tender.
  3. Remove from heat; sprinkle with cheese. Let stand covered until cheese is melted.

Visit to find out how to make this dish with the traditional 26 oz jars of pasta sauce.

*Based on average retail prices at national supermarkets.

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