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Fast Food Prep for the Holidays

PaellaIt’s after 6 PM and you’ve just walked into the house, perhaps tired from shopping or taking the kids on a family excursion. Or you realize that tomorrow night you’ve got company but haven’t turned your mind to what to prepare. Don’t let the busyness of the season get in the way of good and healthy food.
Stock some basic ingredients and supplies in your cupboard for a back-up plan when needed. Try these tips for fast food prepare—for yourself, your family or for guests.

At Home Fast Food Prep

Hearty Soup & Salad – Extend a prepared can of vegetable soup with a can of white kidney beans or lentils. Serve with Parmesan cheese generously grated on top. Serve with a crusty loaf of bread and coleslaw.

QuesadillasQuesadillas – A corn tortilla sandwich filled with grated cheese and shredded pre-cooked chicken (or whatever you fancy). Serve with sour cream, salsa and hot peppers – everyone’s favourite.

OmletteSuper Supper Omelets – Create a custom omelet for everyone, using a range of ingredients that could include: spinach and feta cheese, salsa and avocado, green onions, chopped ham, mushrooms, smoked salmon, asparagus, old cheddar and bacon bits. Serve with Naan bread, brushed with olive oil and warmed in the oven.
ice-cream-sundaeDessert – Make your own sundae with ice cream or frozen yogurt, and a choice of toppings: nuts, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, chopped fruit, Smarties, coconut, crush candy canes, and syrups (maple, strawberry jam or and chocolate sauce!)

Guest Fast Food Prep

Quick appetizers

  • Pizza, cut into bite-sized squares and served on a tray with warmed olives
  • Easy dip: Mix a can of crab meat with a package of cream cheese and two tablespoons of mayonnaise. Heat in a dish and serve when bubbly with crackers.
  • A pub platter of pickles, sliced salami, cheddar cheese, smoked almonds and large stuffed olives.

Main Dishes
Chili is an easy dish you can prepare ahead and it never fails to please. Serve in a large bowl with crusty bread and a green salad. Sprinkle some strawberries or raspberries in the salad for a festive touch.

Easy Paella is a Spanish dish of rice, saffron, chicken, seafood, cooked and served in a large shallow pan. An easy meal to make with just about any kind of ingredient that goes well with rice. Check out the many easy recipes available.

Dessert
chocolatesParfaits – ice cream and a favourite liqueur or syrup.
Boxes of chocolates are a must. Turn a regular night into a celebration, or wrap up a box when you suddenly need a gift.