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15-Minute Summer Meal Hacks

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By: Andrea Lynn
15-Minute Summer Meal Hacks

With long summer days to enjoy, who wants to spend an hour or two trapped in a steaming hot kitchen? This time of year, focus on delicious meals that require minimal cooking time. Use these super-fast ideas to pull off more summer fun time without sacrificing a flavorful family dinner together.

 

All Hail the Spice Blends

One of the easiest ways to infuse mammoth flavor into a quick meal is to rely on spice blends. Either make your own unique spice concoctions like Jamaican Curry Blend and Moroccan Rub, and douse onto thinly cut pork chops before a quick sauté or sprinkle on fish fillets and grill.

 

 

Or rely on the ease of whipping out a Spice Islands® blend, already packed with delicious, authentic flavors. Heavily sprinkle shrimp with Spice Islands® Louisiana Style Cajun Seasoning, serving over quick-cooking grits heightened with cheddar cheese. Sauté Harissa-coated chicken thighs and serve with couscous studded with olives, or create Spicy Blackened Steak with sautéed cherry tomatoes.

Opt for No-Cook Meals

Rotisserie chicken can be a quick-cooking godsend any time of the year, but especially in the warm months when it's preferable to minimize oven use. Shred the chicken and use for a plethora of recipes like Curried Chicken Salad piled high onto arugula greens. Use canned tuna for the Beau Monde Tuna Salad, stuffing into an avocado half or even hulled-out tomatoes. Or splurge on crab or lobster meat to make Crab Rolls.

 

 

Eggs Aren't Just for Breakfast

Already hanging out in the fridge, eggs can be a dinner lifesaver. Try out spaghetti Carbonara, boiling spaghetti noodles and tossing with cooked bacon chunks, a few whisked eggs, Parmesan cheese, Spice Islands® chives and a few tablespoons of reserved pasta water. The heat from the pasta cooks the eggs in a mere minute.

Other "eggs-ellent" dishes include a ham, cheese and sun-dried tomato frittata or spicy burritos stuffed with scrambled eggs spiked with Spice Islands® Sriracha Spicy Seasoning, black beans and leftover veggies.

 

Tortillas Are a Time-Saver

When in doubt, go the tortilla route to get dinner on the plate quickly. Saute ground beef or ground turkey with taco seasoning and use in a variety of ways from spooning onto a layer of tortilla chips along with the fixings for nachos, stuffing into a hard or soft tortilla with black beans for a taco, or layering onto a flour tortilla with a Mexican cheese blend for quesadillas. Make quickie fajitas using rotisserie chicken and roasted red peppers, topping with sour cream and guacamole.

Andrea Lynn is a recipe developer and cookbook author, most recently of the culinary guidebook/ cookbook, Queens: A Culinary Passport.

Spice Islands® spices deliver high quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.

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