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The doctor's back, and now she's curing dinner woes! Anne Byrn, the award-winning food writer and author of The Cake Mix Doctor and Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor does for dinner what she did for dessert-shows how to take common, convenient supermarket ingredients and turn them into meals that taste like they're made from scratch.
Making excellent use of the Crock-Pot and other labor-saving appliances, incorporating hundreds of shortcuts and tips, and cooking from a pantry of prepared foods-whether canned, frozen, jarred, dried, or fresh from the salad bar-the Dinner Doctor shows how to make over 200 fast and kid-friendly appetizers, salads, soups, sides, and main courses. Take, for example, a can of tuna, and think outside the sandwich: Add beans, tomato, and a vinaigrette, and it becomes a Tuscan Tuna and White Bean Salad. Turn that healthy mixture into a pasta salad with the addition of cooked penne. And make a speedy pasta supper by tossing the salad with sautéed zucchini and a generous shower of shredded Parmesan. Or, whip up a Tuna Noodle Casserole like mom used to make-but faster and healthier-by lightening the traditional cream of mushroom soup with lemon juice and lowfat milk and using precooked pasta and frozen peas. There are dozens of ways to doctor deli-counter basics into stunning hors d'oeuvres. Five quick casserole toppers. Five zippy garlic breads and 30 ways to dress up frozen peas and frozen spinach. And the "15s"-15 cold pasta sauces, 15 ways to doctor deli chicken, 15 meals made from summer tomatoes, and more.
About the Author:
Anne Byrn is an award-winning food writer who has been featured as the Cake Mix Doctor on Good Morning America, Later Today, All Things Considered, QVC (regularly), and more than 75 other TV and radio programs. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.
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About the Author
Anne Byrn is the author of the bestselling Cake Mix Doctor series and The Dinner Doctor, with over 3.5 million copies in print. She makes frequent appearances on Good Morning America and QVC. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family. Her website is www.cakemixdoctor.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A PRESCRIPTION FOR DINNER
Dinner Doctor 101
Soups and Stews
Salad in the Bag
The Main Dish
One-Dish Comfort Food
I'm in Veggie Heaven
Lightning Fast BreadsSavory and Sweet
Desserts from the Doctor
Dinner Doctor Pantry
They were right. Like so many others whose days involve balancing family and career, my time is tight. While I enjoy preparing meals, I can't spend lots of time fussing over them. So, I thought, what better way to answer all those questions than to gather them up here in The Dinner Doctor, a collection of recipes that tackle the rest of dinner head on. Starting with appetizers and ending with those cakes and other sweets I love so much, this book brings to the whole meal the tried and true doctorig techniques I used in my \ baking books. It will show you how to turn supermarket convenience foods into dishes that taste so good you will think they are made totally from scratch.
You'll be able to make the most of a can of pre-seasoned tomatoes and a package of cheese tortellini, a deli-roasted chicken and a can of mushroom soup, a package offrozen corn and a bag of pre-shredded coleslaw. When doctored using the recipes I've included, these ingredients become stand-out dishes. Cans of white beans and diced tomatoes combine with fresh zucchini for a quick winter soup, while chicken and coleslaw mix join with ramen noodles for a healthy and light summer one. Boxes of couscous turn into fast salads; frozen peeled pearl onions are easily creamed for Thankgiving; store-bought cleaned shrimp make a fuss-free skillet supper--I have found the possibilities for delicious dinner doctoring endless, and the challenge of streamlining favorite but complicated recipes exciting.
For a dish to make it into this book, the final results had to taste fantastic but be simple to assemble. Take, for example, that mushroom soup and chicken combination. We have all eaten too many bland casseroles that relied on cream of mushroom soup. But mushroom soup is too handy to ignore. So I asked myself, what if that casserole also included quartered jarred artichoke hearts and used the soup, enhanced with curry powder, as a thickener? Well, the combinaion worked beautifully and the soup did its job, without announcing itself as canned (the Curried Chicken and Artichoke Casserole is on page 222--do try it and see for yourself).
This book has been a joy to create, a real sharing of good food with my family that I'm pleased to be sharing with you. Ideas for family meals take precedence here, but there are plenty of recipes that double up as great for guests. Along with full recipes, each chapter contains super-quick suggestions for doctoring pantry items like canned tuna, baked beans, chicken noodle soup, pasta sauce, cream cheese, deli potato salad, frozen spinach, and much more.
The savory flavors of the lasagnas, sesame noodle salads, fun cornbread-wrapped hot dogs, warm cheesy breads, and cozy chicken casseroles you'll find in this book have made my kids more cheerful and my husband arrive home from work relieved to know that dinner isn't going to be a slice of chocolate cake with a side of pie!
So, here's my prescription for feeding the busy, hungry family. It will relieve stress and have you feeling good in no time.