Speedy Suppers

Don’t think you have time to make a delicious meal for your busy family? Think again; with these handy tips and easy recipes — which call for just four ingredients — you can get a satisfying supper on the table in no time. Make it even easier by including Minute® Steamers into your family’s favorite meals, for wholesome, hearty, time-saving dishes everyone will love. Use these tips to make meal prep easier during busy nights:Stock Up — Always keep some basic ingredients on hand to make last-minute cooking a lot easier. * Frozen vegetables — Can be served as a side or added to soups and rice dishes. * Broth — Beef, chicken and vegetable broths can be used to make soups and sauces, and to add flavor when cooking vegetables and rice. * Add-ins — Nuts, sesame seeds, parsley, dried fruit and cheese can be added to main dishes, sides and salads to make them even more flavorful and nutritious.Time Savers — Take advantage of grocery items that do some of the work for you. * Frozen rice — For a tasty side or a starter for a full meal, try Minute® Steamers — exceptional-quality, flavorful rice that heats in the microwave in a self-ventilating steamable bag. It only takes four minutes to have one of six varieties on your dinner table. * Pre-cut vegetables — Save some prep time by using pre-cut vegetables. Give them a quick wash and they’re ready to use. * Pre-seasoned ingredients — Look for canned, diced tomatoes with garlic and onions, cheese made with jalapeño, or marinated chicken or pork cuts. These are all ways to add flavor without adding time.Plan Ahead — If you have more time on the weekend, you can do some prep work to cut down on your weeknight cooking time. * Prep ingredients — Chop vegetables and shred cheese, and keep them in storage containers or resealable bags in the fridge. You can also brown ground beef and cut any meats into recipe-ready pieces. * Herb cubes — Put a tablespoon of chopped herbs in each well of an ice cube tray. Fill with either water or olive oil, then freeze. Once frozen, pop them out and store in a freezer bag — you’ll have fresh herb flavor in a flash. * Cook once, eat twice — Double up on a recipe, then freeze one half for later. Or, plan a second meal around leftovers. For example, use Monday night’s taco meat for Tuesday night’s taco salad. For more delicious ways to get a speedy supper on the table for your family, visit www.4ingredientmeals.com. Simple, Time-Saving Solutions to Spruce up RiceDon’t get caught in a dinner-as-usual rut — here are some quick and easy ways you can add a little flair to the family meal, without spending hours preparing dinner: * Citrus Rice — To hot cooked white rice, add grated orange, lemon or lime zest for a fresh, lively taste. * Nutty Rice — To hot cooked brown rice, add peanuts, cashews, pine nuts or sunflower seeds; stir in dried cranberries or cherries for added flavor, texture and color. * Portobello Mushroom Rice — To hot cooked brown rice, add sautéed chopped portobello mushrooms and toasted chopped pecans. Top with crumbled feta cheese.Basil Rice and Tomato Soup Serves: 4 (1 1/4 cups each) 1 bag Minute® Steamers Brown Rice 1 jar (24 ounces) pasta sauce 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup fresh basil, choppedPrepare rice according to package directions. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine pasta sauce, cream and basil. Cover loosely and microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes, or until heated through. Stir in prepared rice. Tips: * If a thinner soup is desired, add 1 cup heated chicken broth. * Serve with cheese crostini and olive tapenade. * Top with shredded Parmesan cheese.Easy Arroz con PolloServes: 4 1 bag Minute® Steamers Spanish Rice 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed 1 small tomato, diced 6 ounces (about 1 cup) cooked, diced chicken 1/4 cup sliced Spanish olives, sliced 1 green onion, slicedPrepare rice according to package directions.In medium microwave-safe dish combine rice, peas and carrots, tomato and chicken. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Add olives.Tip: * Garnish with green onions.Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Cheese CasseroleServes: 4 1 bag Minute® Steamers Broccoli and Cheese Rice 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) cream of chicken soup 6 ounces (about 1 cup) cooked, diced chicken 1/2 cup milkPrepare rice according to package directions. In medium microwave-safe dish, combine soup, chicken and milk. Microwave on HIGH for 2 min­utes. Stir in rice. South of the Border Turkey DinnerServes: 4 1 bag Minute® Steamers Brown Rice 1 pound ground turkey, cooked and crumbled 1 can (11 ounces) southwestern corn blend 1 cup prepared salsaPrepare rice according to package directions. In medium microwave-safe bowl, combine turkey, corn and salsa. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Stir in rice. Tips: * Add 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese. * Use as filling in tortillas and top with shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes. * Roll into burrito-sized tortillas and serve with sour cream.