Packaged Mixes

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2011/08/20 21:39:04 (permalink)

Packaged Mixes

Do you use any?
 
Beside the olives last week at the garage sale, I was also given 6 packages of...
 

 
I prepared it exactly as instructed and had it for dinner.
 
 
 
I liked it!  (Sharon did not)
 
I'd buy this again.
 
Do you like and use any packaged food preparations?  The just add meat type?  Or any others...
 
JB sent me a package of pastalaya fixings awhile back and I loved it.  Couldn't find it anywhere in Louisiana and I looked!
 
Any Rice-a-roni fans out there?
 
 
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    Cosmos
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/20 21:41:32 (permalink)
    Nope...
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/20 21:51:20 (permalink)
    I always keep some of that stuff in the pantry for lazy days or days when I am simply out of creativity and/or time when making dinner. I am not under the impression that anything like Rice-a-Roni, Pasta-Roni, Lipton/Knorr noodles, or Zatarain's is healthy, authentic, or even all that tasty (with the exception of Zatarain's, they're very tasty, especially when you add stuff to it)...but it certainly fills a niche in my cooking repertoire and I love them for it.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/20 22:19:19 (permalink)
    That is sort of what I was thinking.  Tonight's dinner was a nice change from the norm.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/20 23:07:35 (permalink)
    I keep zatarains in the cupboard right now. I love adding smoked turkey and andouille to it and yummm
     
    I keep rice a roni there too for a quick meal, adding chicken or sausage
     
    Sorry Marlene, but I live too close to Skyline and goldstar to buy the mixes.  I do get them for my dad who lived in FL and missed them.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/21 00:47:16 (permalink)
    I use the "Just add water" kind like:
    Stovetop Stuffing
    Success Minute Rice
    Uncle Ben's Wild Rice
    Pioneer Sausage Gravy Mix ( Sausage added)
    Bear Creek Soup Mixes
    Things I don't use:
    Hamburger Helper
    Rice-A-Roni
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/21 01:18:26 (permalink)
    I've used a couple of the Bear Creek Soup Mixes.  If I remember right, the tortilla soup and the chili are both good.
     
    I have the wild rice in the cupboard and it might be what's for dinner tomorrow.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/21 07:25:43 (permalink)
    We love rice-a-roni. Period.I make the beef with the addition of browned ground beef and corn. I make the chicken with added breast meat and green beans.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/21 08:43:41 (permalink)
    We always have a packet of El Paso Taco seasoning in the pantry.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/21 13:34:12 (permalink)
    I make rice a roni sometimes but i add soy sauce, etc. Stuffing I arely use stove top, and even then i saute onions and celery for it and use chicken broth (or even turkey stock)
     
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/21 18:10:06 (permalink)
    I looked for Rice a Roni fried rice mix the other week at Publix. It seemed like it was the only flavor they didn't have. Hope they haven't stopped making it.
     
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/21 18:45:50 (permalink)
    I always have a couple of packages of Zatarain's jambalaya and red beans and rice on hand. I add andouille when I fix them. I also keep a couple of packages of Wick Fowler's and Carroll Shelby's chili mixes. I'll brown up some cubed round steak for the chili.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/21 19:54:21 (permalink)
    Carroll Shelby's chili mix is the best, in my opinion. It a must when I make chili.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/21 20:05:12 (permalink)
    ann peeples

    Carroll Shelby's chili mix is the best, in my opinion. It a must when I make chili.

    I use that as well though I usually add more cayenne to it.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/21 21:38:11 (permalink)
    Me, too, and cumin.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/22 08:03:55 (permalink)
    ces1948

    I looked for Rice a Roni fried rice mix the other week at Publix. It seemed like it was the only flavor they didn't have. Hope they haven't stopped making it.


    I think they still make it, hope so its one of our favs.  If not we have 5 boxes left for the rest of eternity ;)
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/22 10:14:19 (permalink)
    They still make it:
    http://www.ricearoni.com/Products/Rice-A-Roni/Classic_Favorites/Fried_Rice
     
     I just bought some in the last few weeks at both Stop & Shop and ShopRite in the NYC Metro area when it was on sale for a buck a box. The customer service number off the box is 800-421-2444.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/22 11:01:15 (permalink)
    I'll use Lipton onion soup mix when making a roast beef (makes for really good gravy), and once in a while a chili mix, but other than that, I really don't keep much of anything like that in the house.
    I find it's just as easy to saute some fresh green beans in olive oil as it is to make a packaged pasta side dish, so I don't get those either. Well, I do like to keep a couple boxes of mac and cheese lying around, just in case.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/22 13:03:26 (permalink)
    Kraft Macaroni and Cheese!  Funny, I didn't even consider that.  Love that stuff and I usually have a couple of boxes in the pantry.
     
     
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/22 14:15:55 (permalink)
    mar52

    Kraft Macaroni and Cheese!  Funny, I didn't even consider that.  Love that stuff and I usually have a couple of boxes in the pantry.




    One of my weaknesses is boxed mac and cheese topped with chili or a meat/tomato  sauce, so I also keep a couple boxes for when I make either of those. I like Kraft, but I usually get Wegmans store brand, which is as good to me.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/22 14:48:14 (permalink)
    From the "Did You Know" Department:
  • A commercial version of Kraft Mac & Cheese is manufactured for restaurant distribution that is a frozen, fully prepared product which is designed to be heated in a microwave. The product can be found at Burger King & Applebee's.
  • Kraft Mac & Cheese was launched during the Great Depression for 19 cents a box. Sales last year were $802 Million, up 8%. (Up 25% over the last 4 years.) Does this mean we're in a Depression????
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/22 15:05:39 (permalink)
    Foodbme 
  • Kraft Mac & Cheese was launched during the Great Depression for 19 cents a box. Sales last year were $802 Million, up 8%. (Up 25% over the last 4 years.) Does this mean we're in a Depression????

  • I think it must! Especially since I can buy it right now for less than a dollar more than that, and it quite regularly goes on sale 2/$1.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/22 16:07:43 (permalink)
    I like to use Chili-O as a starter for making chili.  After that, I add my own ingredients to taste.
    Kraft Mac and Cheese is good too.
    I like the Bear Creek Vegetarian Chili mix and some of the soups are good.  We try to keep some on hand for easy meals.
    I use either Martha White or Jiffy corn bread mix. 
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/22 17:11:45 (permalink)
    I was in my 30s before I learned that I'd grown up eating macaroni and cheese. I'd never heard of macaroni and cheese, but that's because my mother always served something called Kraft Dinner.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/23 17:55:43 (permalink)
    Betty Crocker Gluten free cake mixes. About the only way to get a good gluten free cake. Course, several ingredients are added to the mix.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/25 22:19:49 (permalink)
    If I'm not up to making chili from scratch (about an hour and a half prep, then 6 hours in the slow cooker), I use McCormicks' Tex-Mex chili mix, adding some cumin, Mexican Oregano (really a species of thyme) and a teaspoon or two of masa harina. About 30 minutes form frozen ground beef to dinner, which is fine by me.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/27 07:30:09 (permalink)
    I use Wyck Fowler's 2 Alarm Chili mix, and Zatarain's Red beans and rice.
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    Re:Packaged Mixes 2011/08/27 11:04:24 (permalink)
    Zatarains rices are about the only packaged mix we use, although we find even the low salt versions are quit salty so we cut them about half with regular rice.
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