Make It Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch--with Smart Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them

Make It Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch--with Smart Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them

by Stacie Billis


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Make It Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch--with Smart Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them by Stacie Billis

Cooking doesn't have to be a chore. Why make it difficult—when it can be easy?

When you're juggling a job, kids, pet, house, spouse, you-name-it—it can be tough to resist the urge to toss a frozen meal in the oven and call it a day. Stacie Billis knows the challenge of feeding your family well, without stress. Make It Easy's 120 recipes prove that you don't have to be only a scratch cook or convenience cook. You can be both, and there's no shame in using store-bought ingredients when you're in a pinch. Stacie's got a guide to the healthiest shortcuts in the supermarket and three big tips for making it easy:

1. Go between scratch and homemade with her handy shopping guide.
2. Mix and match recipes that build on the same ingredients.
3. Break any rule that makes you want to bolt from your kitchen.

With recipes for: Blueberry Almond Polenta, Country-Style Greek Salad, Slow Cooker Hoisin Pulled Pork, No-Fuss Roasted Paprika Chicken, Chili-Rubbed Steak Tacos, Salmon Rice Bowl, Parmesan Roasted Broccoli, Easy Food Processor Pizza Dough, Gingered Peach Crisp, Hummingbird Muffins, Bacon Cheddar Waffles...and many more!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738218861
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 674,456
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Stacie Billis is the food writer behind the award-winning blog One Hungry Mama, where she serves up original family-friendly recipes and tips for managing life as the family cook. Stacie is also Managing Editor of Cool Mom Eats from the publishers of Cool Mom Picks, the only dedicated food site that shares recipes, tips, and food finds curated specifically for the family cook. Stacie's common sense approach stems from her Masters in child development, as well as her experience developing an organic family food brand, but her popularity might have more to do with her cheesy sense of humor and non-judgy approach. Her love of donuts helps, too.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Your really can Make It Easy 1

Part I The Three makes it Easy Basics 5

Basic #1 Make It Easy On Yourself 6

Basic #2 Make It Easy On Your Schedule 12

Basic #3 Make It Easy On Your Crew 21

Part II Recipes 25

8 Easy Things Every Cook Should Know How to Make Well 26

How to Make Vinaigrette 27

How to Cook Perfect (Dried) Pasta 28

How to Precook Perfect (Dried) Pasta 29

How to Cook Rice Perfectly 30

How to Cook Quinoa 31

How to Boil Eggs 32

How to Quick-Sauté Cutlets with a Pan Sauce 33

How to Make Kebabs 34

Staples 37

Homemade Supermarket Staples 39

Small-Batch Chicken Broth 39

Small-Batch Vegetable Broth 40

Fresh Ricotta Cheese 41

Flour Tortillas 44

Gorn Tortillas 45

Tortilla Chips 47

Pita Chips 48

Hummus 50

Nut and Seed Butter 51

Sunflower Seed Butter 52

Peanut Butter 53

Quick Berry Jam 53

Almond Milk 55

Sauces, Condiments, and Toppings 57

Chipotle Lime Cream 57

Spinach Pesto 58

Ginger Hoisin Sauce 59

Quickest BBQ Sauce 60

Red Enchilada Sauce 61

Fire-Roasted Salsa 62

Guacamole, 3 Ways 64

The Quick Classic 64

The Tropical 65

The Smoky 65

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes 67

Sweet-and-Sour Peppers 68

Caramelized Onions 69

Quick Pickled Red Onions 70

Garlic Toasted Bread Crumbs 72

All-Purpose Strawberry Sauce 73

Breakfast 75

8 Healthy, No-Cook Breakfast Ideas 76

Make-Ahead and Other Weekday Breakfasts 77

Get Up and Go Smoothie 77

Sweet and Salty Granola Cereal 78

Yogurt Chia Breakfast Pudding 81

Blueberry Almond Polenta 81

Brunch and Weekend Breakfasts 84

Oven-Cooked Maple-Glazed Bacon 84

Everyday Pancakes 85

Everyday Waffles 87

Bacon Cheddar Waffles 89

Corn, Green Chili, and Cheddar Strata 90

Chorizo Migas 91

Snacks 93

10 Healthy Snack Ideas You Can Make Easy Without a Recipe 94

Make-Ahead Snacks 98

Roasted Tomato Hummus 98

Hearts of Palm Dip 99

Hummingbird Muffins 101

Baked Corn Dog Bites 102

Granola Bars, 2 Ways 104

Granola Bars 104

Extra-Thick Peanut Butter Granola Bars 105

One-Bowl Honey Graham Crackers 106

Quick Prep Snacks 108

Fruity Frozen Yogurt 108

Peanut Butter Dip 109

Pineapple "Orange Julius" 110

Fruit with Citrus Sugar, 5 Ways 113

Soup and Salads 114

Soups 116

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup 116

Asian-Style Chicken Soup 119

Lentil Soup with Sausage 120

Curried Cauliflower and Red Lentil Soup 121

Vegetable Chickpea Soup with Garlic Toasted Bread Crumbs 122

Salad Dressings 124

Everyday Vinaigrette 124

Ginger Lime Vinaigrette 125

Avocado Miso Dressing 126

Buttermilk Dill (or Ranch!) Dressing 127

Side Salads 128

Avocado Salad, 2 Ways 128

Avocado and Edamame Salad 128

Avocado and Hearts of Palm Salad 129

Beet and Orange Salad 129

Country-Style Greek Salad 132

Mango Slaw 133

Shaved Asparagus and Fennel Salad 135

Dinner Salads 137

Panzanella Salad, 3 Ways 137

Bacon Chicken Panzanella 137

Panzanella Cobb 138

Greek Panzanella 138

Asian Steak Salad 141

Dinner 143

10 Totally Acceptable, No-Cook Dinner Ideas 145

Meat 146

No-Fuss Pan-Roasted Paprika Chicken 146

Thai Chicken Burgers with Quick Pickled Carrots 147

Chicken Curry 150

Chicken Cutlets, 2 Ways 151

Chicken Cutlets with Arugula and Parmesan 151

Chicken Cutlets with Quick Avocado-Tomato Relish 154

Meatballs, 2 Ways 155

Easy Italian Turkey Meatballs 156

Indian-Style Meatballs 157

Steak with Sweet-and-Sour Peppers 159

Chili-Rubbed Steak Tacos 160

Beef and Lentil Sloppy Joes 161

Greek-Style Kebabs 162

Miso and Sweet Chili Glazed Pork Loin 164

Pulled Pork, 3 Ways 165

Slow Cooker Carnitas 165

Slow Cooker Hoisin Pulled Pork 166

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork 167

Pork Chops with Maple Buttered Apples 169

Seafood 170

Salmon Rice Bowl 170

Roasted Salmon, 3 Ways 172

Hoisin-Glazed Salmon 172

Sesame-Crusted Salmon 172

BBQ Salmon 173

Lemony Oregano Shrimp 174

Fish Tacos 175

Vegetarian 179

Cold Soba Noodle Salad 179

Vegetable Fajitas 180

Bean and Cheese Enchiladas 182

Pasta and Pizza 183

Marinara or Pizza Sauce 183

Meat Sauce 184

Mushroom and Lentil "Bolognese" Sauce 185

Buttered Pasta with Ricotta and Peas 186

Pasta with Spinach Pesto and Green Beans 188

Ziti with Corn and Roasted Tomatoes 190

Easy Food Processor Pizza Dough 191

Classic Margherita Pizza 192

Side Dishes 195

Vegetable Sides 196

Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic Toasted Bread Crumbs 197

12-Minute Salt and Pepper Green Beans 199

Quickest Sautéed Spinach 199

Roasted Squash with Ginger Shallot Browned Butter 200

Giardiniera Roasted Vegetables 202

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli 204

Carb Sides 205

Easy "Refried" Beans 205

Rice and Lentil Pilaf 206

Green Chile Cheesy Rice 209

Cold Orzo Salad 210

Garlic Bread, 2 Ways 211

Garlic Bread 211

Cheesy Garlic Bread 213

Dessert 214

Everyday Desserts 215

Sautéed Bananas 215

Apple Cider Gelatin 216

Maple Cinnamon Whipped Cream 216

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Banana Muffins 217

Homemade Chocolate Shell 218

One-Bowl Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake 221

Gingered Peach Crisp 222

Cherry Clafoutis 224

Bake Sale Goodies and Special-Occasion Desserts 225

Deep Chocolate Layer Cake 225

Easy Cream Cheese Frosting 226

Fudgy Brownies 227

Peanut Butter and Jam Thumbprint Cookies 229

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake 230

Pie Dough 232

Sweet Potato Pie 234

Part III Supermarket Guide 237

Fresh Basics 239

Produce 239

Dairy 239

Butter 240

Cow's Milk 240

Cheese 240

Dough and Pie Shells 240

Ice Cream 241

Yogurt 241

Eggs 241

Meat 242

Seafood 243

Pantry and Fridge Basics 245

Beans 245

Broth 245

Nut and Seed Butter 246

Jams and Jellies 246

Plant-Based Milks 246

Cereal 247

Sandwich Bread 247

Tortillas 248

Rice 248

Snacks 249

Spices 249

Canned Foods 250

Beans 250

Broth 251

Coconut Milk 251

Fish 251

Fruit 251

Tomatoes 251

Vegetables 252

Chiles 252

Condiments, Oil, and Dressings 252

Oil, Vinegar, Dressings, and Sauces 252

Hummus 253

Guacamole 253

Salsa 253

Pasta and Pasta Sauce 253

Baking Supplies 254

Cocoa Powder 254

Flour 254

Food Coloring and Flavor Extracts 254

Sugar 255

Metric Conversions 257

Acknowledgements 259

Index 263

About the Author 273

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