14 Winning Food Hacks to Try ASAP
Hands down, the best part about cooking is eating. That's why we're always looking for smart shortcuts in the kitchen — so we can spend more time savoring life (and dinner!). These genius food hacks result in scrumptious, creative meals that will delight you and those you show them off to. Scroll on to see more!
Microwave Jam: If you can eat peanut butter and jelly all day, every day, then you're in for a super sweet treat that will save you money to boot. For this recipe, all you need is strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, a mason jar, and microwave, of course. (Photo via Brit + Co)
Jackfruit Burrito Bowl: Try subbing canned jackfruit for pulled pork in a burrito bowl. Slathered with barbecue sauce, the vegetarian-friendly option has a similar texture to the meat. (Photo via Brittany Griffin / Brit + Co)
Beef Chili Skillet Lasagna: The days of using multiple sauté AND roasting pans are over. Just whip up this overloaded beef recipe and slip in a couple of lasagna sheets for a one-pan meal. (Photo via Nicky Corbishley / Brit + Co)
Braided Crescent-Roll Cornucopia Cheese Plate: No art degree is needed to make this beautiful (and edible) cornucopia. Just weave the strips of pre-made crescent dough into one another to make a fun cheese plate centerpiece that's sure to become Instagram-famous. (Photo via Chris Andre / Brit + Co)
Individual Hasselback Caprese Salad: Who can turn down a personal salad that looks as good as this, with thick slices of mozzarella and fresh basil? (Photo via Becca Heyes / Brit + Co)
Smashed Potato Nachos: Using smashed potatoes provides a sturdy base that will hold alllll the toppings you want — jalapeño, cheese, avocado, sour cream, and whatever else your heart desires. (Photo via Karen Cohen / Brit + Co)
Mini Cheeseburger Muffins: Get dinner on the table in minimal time with these mess-free (and adorable) cheeseburger muffins that are assembled and baked in a muffin tin. (Photo via Kurt Andre / Brit + Co)
Cashew Milk Alfredo: Are you in search of a light *and* tasty Alfredo recipe? Grab cashews and garlic for a hack that's full of flavor, not fat. (Photo via Raven Ishak / Brit + Co)
Pizza in a Mug: The whole pie sounds like a good idea, but sometimes all you need is one serving. This mug recipe is filled with the fresh basil, soft dough, and irresistible cheese of the pie you know and love, just perfectly portioned for one person. (Photo via Brit + Co)
Hawaiian Salmon Burger: To keep salmon burgers from sticking to a grill, try this pro tip: Dip half of an onion in oil and brush onto the grill. (Photo via Nicky Corbishley / Brit + Co)
Baked Churro Chips: When you're in the mood for a warm churro, you don't have to go to the freezer aisle or a street cart. Just buy a pack of naan for soft and sweet churro chips. (Photo via Kurt Andre / Brit + Co)
Wine Sorbet: Put that glass of wine to even better use and make any of these homemade sorbet flavors. (Photo via Brittany Griffin / Brit + Co)
Dango Donut Holes: These cute little donut holes might be colored, but not with any food coloring drops. The bottom row is colored with matcha powder, the middle one with lemon juice, and the top with raspberry juice. (Photo via Vickie Liu / Brit + Co)
Champagne Ice Cream: You can't tell by just looking at these boozy scoops, but they're made with cream cheese. So if you're looking for rich ice cream, toss softened cream cheese into the base. (Photo via Kurt Andre / Brit + Co)
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Yasmein James is a food writer living in New Jersey, but her heart’s on the other end of The Lincoln Tunnel. When she isn’t writing, you can find her eating her way to the most authentic ethnic restaurants in her travels. And writing all about it on her lifestyle blog, She’s Facing Freedom.