Oman Food: A-plus ideas for smart meals

03 Aug 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Versatile tricks and easy tips are necessary to pull together delicious foods when pinched for time in a busy school year. Check out these smart and easy cooking tips for those busy days.



Ease your way into a busy new school year with easy dishes you can prepare and serve in minutes. Time-saving and delicious dinners allow you to enjoy valuable family meals without sacrificing precious time in the kitchen.

One smart way to pull together flavourful meals when you’re pinched for time is to keep versatile ingredients on hand that you can use in a variety of ways. For example, pre-sliced pepperoni is perfect for quick snacks, but it’s also great for do-it-yourself pizzas, casseroles and even a fresh take on grilled cheese sandwiches. An option like Armour Turkey Pepperoni can brighten up any appetizer or dish with 70 percent less fat and 25 percent less sodium than the Original variety.

Another “A-plus” idea: keep frozen meatballs handy, but think beyond traditional spaghetti. Not only do fully cooked meatballs save plenty of time, they make for a fun way to add protein and bring great flavour to kid favourites like macaroni and cheese.

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Grilled Cheese and Pepperoni Sandwiches


Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4


Ingredients


  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 8 slices white or whole-grain bread
  • 8 slices cheddar or American cheese
  • 32 slices Armour Original or Turkey Pepperoni
  • 1 cup roasted red pepper strips or 4 thin tomato slices (optional)

Method


  • Spread the butter over one side of each piece of the bread. Put four slices of the bread on a sheet of waxed paper, buttered-side down.
  • Top each slice of the bread with one cheese slice, eight slices pepperoni, 1/4 cup peppers or sliced tomato, if desired, and an additional cheese slice. Top the sandwiches with the remaining bread, buttered-side up.
  • Heat a large, nonstick frying pan over a medium heat. Add two sandwiches; cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until the cheese is melted and the sandwiches are golden brown. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches. 
  • Alternative preparation tip: Cook the sandwiches in two batches in a heated panini maker or a well-oiled waffle iron for 3-4 minutes.

Cheesy Mac and Meatballs


Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Servings: 5


Ingredients


  • 340g ounces elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 package (397g) Armour Original Meatballs, thawed
  • 340g ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk

*Shredded cheddar cheese for topping (optional)


Method


  • Cook the pasta according to package directions. Cut the meatballs in half.
  • In a large saucepan over a medium heat, combine the shredded cheddar cheese and milk, stirring until smooth. Stir in the meatballs; cover and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the meatballs are hot.
  • Drain the macaroni and stir into the meatball mixture. Top with cheddar cheese, if desired.


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