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Old 01-05-2008, 10:24 AM
 
Location: makin' bacon
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Yes, I had to open this thread to get some points on cheating too, lol!

It is hard for me to cheat because I'm allergic to soy, and prepackaged foods most often contain soy. And we don't like pasta, so I don't really need to cheat for anything to do with pasta. However, I do buy Preggo tomato sauce which I will sometimes add to things like soups or stews, and the once-a-year pasta dish I managed to force on my hubby. LOL Basically we just cook a lot of grilled foods, and have a potato or rice dish, along with veggies. If I'm in a hurry and need to cheat, we'll have frozen McCain's fries. Otherwise, I don't cheat, I have to make everything from scratch.
Well, I don't recommend heading over to the mashed potatoes and noodles thread!

That stinks about the soy thing, I think I would die without soy sauce.

McCain's fries are very good and don't have P.H. oils in them.
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:08 AM
 
Location: In a house
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If you make everything from scratch---double the recipe. Freeze the other half for another dinner. IE: Roast beef, turkey, stews, soups--just about everything freezes well and even taste better the second time around. With the roasts and turkey you can make hot sandwiches w/gravy and mashed potatoes or whatever you want to go with it for your second time around!! I do this with almost everything I make from scratch.
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:12 AM
 
Location: huh?
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i would say that we'd all be rewarded for cheatin if you made us dinner.
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Favorite food cheats. my kinda subject!!!

buy a rotisserie chicken. Come home tear off the meat and add it to salad. Save the bones and a little meat and toss it into a pot for soup..add noodles and salt.

and or/ take the meat and add it to a "skillet" type pasta dish. (frozen).

Best italian cheat i know is to goto Carrabas, order , take it home and put it on a plate. Hide the boxes. then put a little garlic in a pan and heat it up so that your home smells like garlic...when your guests are amazed you can admit it..or
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:13 AM
 
Location: huh?
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soy sauce? i thought she meant soy as in tofu stuff.
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Well, I don't recommend heading over to the mashed potatoes and noodles thread!

That stinks about the soy thing, I think I would die without soy sauce.

McCain's fries are very good and don't have P.H. oils in them.
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Old 01-05-2008, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Looking East and hoping!
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I definitely used canned refried beans and good jarred salsa when I make enchiladas or tacos.

I also use Velveeta to make homemade mac n cheese.

Rotisserie chickens are life savers.
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Old 01-05-2008, 03:11 PM
 
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Well, I don't recommend heading over to the mashed potatoes and noodles thread!
I posted on that yesterday!!
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Old 01-05-2008, 03:13 PM
 
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soy sauce? i thought she meant soy as in tofu stuff.
No, anything with soy. That goes for soy sauce, tofu, soybean oil, Crisco, margarine, mayonnaise, canned soups, frozen foods, breads, bread crumbs, crackers, cookies, arggghhh, soy is in everything. I am a serious label reader, because they slip soybeans in one form or another into just about everything.
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Old 01-05-2008, 04:02 PM
 
Location: makin' bacon
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No, anything with soy. That goes for soy sauce, tofu, soybean oil, Crisco, margarine, mayonnaise, canned soups, frozen foods, breads, bread crumbs, crackers, cookies, arggghhh, soy is in everything. I am a serious label reader, because they slip soybeans in one form or another into just about everything.
What about M&M's?

It must be really hard to come up with cheats then... even the spaghetti sauces mentioned probably have soybean oil in them.

Bisquick can be a versatile cheat item. Makes great pancakes by adding a touch of vanilla and sugar.
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Default Polish cheater dinner

One of my fave dinners-quick, easy, and good!
Mrs. T's potato and cheese pierogies
Aunt Nellie's sweet and sour red cabbage
Any kind of good polish sausage

Prepare pierogies according to directions, make sure you pan fry with butter, not margarine, heat cabbage, broil, bake, or pan-fry sausage.
Serve pierogies with sour cream, and give sausage a dollop of Inglehoffers whole grain German mustard.
Wonderful,easy, and makes my little German peasant soul very happy!
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:05 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Nobody has mentioned pre packaged "tub o' mashed potatoes" (Bob Evans or whatever). I really like them. That, and the previously mentioned rotisserie chicken and a jar of gravy would be ready in about 5 minutes. Don't forget those fabulous Birdseye Steamer vegetables...5 mins in the microwave and voila! And for this, you haven't even dirtied a pan yet.
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