For Merchandising Director, Jaime Hollander, the first story she reads in every issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray is Express-Lane Suppers. So when she saw the recipes in our July/August issue, she finally decided to try her hand at making all the meals and, yes, fitting her entire list’s worth of groceries in one bag. We asked Jaime a little about her experience and we hope it inspires you as much as it inspired us!
RR: What was your favorite recipe between the Steak Tacos with Corn Salsa, Fresh Corn & Ricotta Pasta and Asian Steak Salad?
JH: We liked the tacos the best, hands down – I made some with hot salsa and some with mild salsa for my 2-year-old.
RR: Did you learn any new cooking techniques from this experience?
JH: I never think to marinate steak as I’m cooking – I always think of that as an overnight process, so the quick 15-minutes or so for the taco marinade was great — quick and delicious.
RR:Did you make any additions, substitutions or changes to the recipes?
JH: For the salad, I also tossed in some edamame – we always have some in the freezer, and it was a nice addition. I also ended up making way too much of the corn salsa mixture, but it was actually a good topping for a lot of foods. I put it in a turkey wrap and even on top of a baked potato with some beans. Why not?
RR: So, did it really all fit in one grocery bag?
Your supermarket run just got easier. Speed through the 10-items-or-less lane and still dine deliciously.
10-Ingredient Shopping List:
4 Large Ears of Corn
6 Large Tomatoes (about 3 1/2 pounds)
1 pound Yukon Gold Potatoes
1 bunch Tarragon
1 log (4 oz.) Goat Cheese
2 pounds Skinless, boneless Chicken Breasts
1 loaf (1 pound) Crusty Bread (such as a boule)
1 package (1 pound) Medium Pasta Shells
1 1/2 oz. Pitted Olives from the olive bar
Pantry Items: Salt and Pepper, Cayenne, Milk, Butter, Garlic, Onions, EVOO and Chicken Broth
Get the recipes:
Grilled Chicken over Panzanella
Swap it! Try an herbed boule, like rosemary, to layer on more flavor, or a whole grain one for more nutrients and fiber.
Creamy Chicken & Corn Chowder
Make this summer soup when you’re craving a hearty meal.
Shells with Fresh Tomato-Tarragon Sauce
Save time! Coarsely chop the tomatoes instead of grating them for a quicker (and chunkier) sauce.
More Meal Planning Tips:
When I’m pressed for time and planning dinner drops to bottom of my to-do list, I reach for our Express-Lane Suppers. Our time-saving meal plans, featured in most issues of the magazine, consist of a customized shopping list and three specially paired recipes that can be made in only 10-ingredients plus a few pantry staples.
The customized lists, which I now call my Monday-night-supermarket-shopping-secret weapon, have given me the power to fly through the express lane and then make great meals throughout the week.
Does this all sound too good to be true? Well it gets better. In addition to the free and downloadable shopping lists saving me time, they’ve also helped me save money by sparking a laser-like focus in me while shopping. Goodbye, pricey impulse buys! If it ain’t on the list, I’m not buying it!