Autumn can be a busy time for families on the go in the Sultanate. Now that temperatures are falling, all manner of activities are starting to move to the great outdoors, such as sports training, hiking or just hanging out at the beach. But just because we are busier at this time of the year, it doesn’t mean that dinner can’t be simple and wholesome. One easy solution: transform a simple everyday side dish into a meal that will have your family asking for more.
These recipes, created in partnership with lifestyle expert Sandra Lee, feature Bob Evans’ collection of high-quality side dishes ranging from mashed potatoes to macaroni and cheese. The sides, found in the refrigerated section of most local grocery stores, are made with real ingredients and the perfect blend of seasonings to make entrées taste just right.
Find more mealtime solutions that put side dishes at the forefront at Farm Fresh Ideas (bobevans.com/recipes), a club that provides recipes, a personalised recipe box and helpful tips in the kitchen.
Time Saving Tips
These simple tricks from Sandra Lee will cut minutes off your busy day, so you can get to the more important things like enjoying the cooler months with your family.
1. Shave minutes off meals using tools in original ways: An ice cream scoop makes cookies and meatballs in a flash; an egg slicer quickly cuts mushrooms and berries.
2. To further speed up slow cooker prep time, keep favourite premixed seasoning packets, pre-sliced vegetables and jar sauces on hand.
3. Desserts don’t need to be made from scratch to have a homespun feel. Dip packaged cookies in chocolate, embellish bakery cupcakes or create lollipops from candies.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour, 30 minutes