This if for me, myself, and I since I can't seem to convince anyone else in my family to eat grapefruit. But I love it and boy is this easier and less messy than cutting up grapefruit, especially for a busy mom.
When the individual packets are on sale, I will pick some of these up too. Fresh and fast!
Another shortcut snack I go to is almonds. I often buy the large bags of plain almonds, but my mom knows I love these Wasabi and Soy almonds that have a serious kick, and she bought me some the other day when she saw them buy one, get one. (Ice cold bottled Coca-Cola is optional, but definitely a good paring on a hot summer day! Don't worry - my main beverage is water. These are just my occasional and very much enjoyed treats!)
Another shortcut I use is this squeeze from the tube, reduced sugar jelly. I never thought I would use such a thing! But somewhere along the way, probably as I was making my 987th peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I thought I would give this a try and never looked back. It saves a little time, a lot of stickiness, and has half the sugar of the regular Welch's jelly. Probably costs a few more cents, but worth it to me.
I love to bake, as you know, and always enjoy trying new recipes. But sometimes I go to muffin mixes for a shortcut, and the Fiber One Blueberry Mix is absolutely one of our family favorites! The house smells amazing when they are baking and come out of the oven. These don't last long in our house, and are a quick and easy breakfast.
I would like to give whoever invented steam-in-the bag vegetables a hug!! This is another shortcut I use all the time, and is worth a little extra money to me. No pot to clean and delicious, perfectly steamed veggies in a few minutes! My very favorite is the broccoli florets. Though I still can't convince my kids to eat broccoli (I continue to make valiant efforts), Jimmy and I eat these all the time. We also like the mini corn on the cob, regular corn, peas, and have even made the rice a time or two.
And speaking of frozen foods, every now and then I will trust the Gorton's fisherman for dinner. This is what I call a "Better Than McDonald's" meal. If we are in a super hurry, I'd rather throw in some fish sticks, tots, and sweet potato fries than make a fast food run. Fruit, canned green beans, or applesauce make for convenient side dishes. It's not fancy, or grown in my backyard, but it works.
Another shortcut meal I make now and then are sandwiches using Hormel Italian Beef. Jimmy and I both love Italian Beef sandwiches and though these aren't as good as homemade or getting one from Portillo's in Chicago, they are actually pretty tasty. All you have to do is microwave the meat for four minutes. I then put the meat on French hamburger buns with some of the au jus and provolone cheese, and put them in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes. The buns get crispy, the cheese melts, and my husband is super happy!! One package makes 6 sandwiches and is around $5 at Walmart or when it goes on sale at Publix.
I made a quick corn casserole, then also added steam in bag broccoli and canned green beans on the side.
Not only do I rely on these types of shortcuts, but also simple recipes like these that I have shared here before...