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mar52

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Packaged Mixes Sat, 08/20/11 9:39 PM (permalink)
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 Sat, 08/20/11 9:41 PM (permalink)
    Nope...
     
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      felix4067

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      Re:Packaged Mixes Sat, 08/20/11 9:51 PM (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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        mar52

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        Re:Packaged Mixes Sat, 08/20/11 10:19 PM (permalink)
        That is sort of what I was thinking.  Tonight's dinner was a nice change from the norm.
         
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          CajunKing

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          Re:Packaged Mixes Sat, 08/20/11 11:07 PM (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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            Foodbme

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            Re:Packaged Mixes Sun, 08/21/11 12:47 AM (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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              mar52

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              Re:Packaged Mixes Sun, 08/21/11 1:18 AM (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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                ann peeples

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                Re:Packaged Mixes Sun, 08/21/11 7:25 AM (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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                  cavandre

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                  Re:Packaged Mixes Sun, 08/21/11 8:43 AM (permalink)
                  We always have a packet of El Paso Taco seasoning in the pantry.
                   
                  #9
                    NascarDad

                    Re:Packaged Mixes Sun, 08/21/11 1:34 PM (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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                      ces1948

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                      Re:Packaged Mixes Sun, 08/21/11 6:10 PM (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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                        Michael Hoffman

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                        Re:Packaged Mixes Sun, 08/21/11 6:45 PM (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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                          ann peeples

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                          Re:Packaged Mixes Sun, 08/21/11 7:54 PM (permalink)
                          Carroll Shelby's chili mix is the best, in my opinion. It a must when I make chili.
                           
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                            hatteras04

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                            Re:Packaged Mixes Sun, 08/21/11 8:05 PM (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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                              ann peeples

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                              Re:Packaged Mixes Sun, 08/21/11 9:38 PM (permalink)
                              Me, too, and cumin.
                               
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                                NascarDad

                                Re:Packaged Mixes Mon, 08/22/11 8:03 AM (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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                                  David_NYC

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                                  Re:Packaged Mixes Mon, 08/22/11 10:14 AM (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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                                    SeamusD

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                                    Re:Packaged Mixes Mon, 08/22/11 11:01 AM (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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                                      mar52

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                                      Re:Packaged Mixes Mon, 08/22/11 1:03 PM (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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                                        SeamusD

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                                        Re:Packaged Mixes Mon, 08/22/11 2:15 PM (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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                                          Foodbme

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                                          Re:Packaged Mixes Mon, 08/22/11 2:48 PM (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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                                            felix4067

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                                            Re:Packaged Mixes Mon, 08/22/11 3:05 PM (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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                                              dimmie2

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                                              Re:Packaged Mixes Mon, 08/22/11 4:07 PM (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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                                                Michael Hoffman

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                                                Re:Packaged Mixes Mon, 08/22/11 5:11 PM (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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                                                  mbrookes

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                                                  Re:Packaged Mixes Tue, 08/23/11 5:55 PM (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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                                                    bartl

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                                                    Re:Packaged Mixes Thu, 08/25/11 10:19 PM (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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                                                      ChrisOC

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                                                      Re:Packaged Mixes Sat, 08/27/11 7:30 AM (permalink)
                                                      I use Wyck Fowler's 2 Alarm Chili mix, and Zatarain's Red beans and rice.
                                                       
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                                                        mjambro

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                                                        Re:Packaged Mixes Sat, 08/27/11 11:04 AM (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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