Simmer it or skillet: tasty one-pot dishes for back-to-school …

The lapse to propagandize calls for easy family dishes that broach vast on flavor. This fall, McCormick is portion adult tasty one-dish dinners done with rational reduction families can feel good about, like spaghetti squish and quinoa. And, since these recipes move all together in a baking image or skillet, there’s reduction prep and cleanup, and some-more time for reconnecting around a cooking table.

“Back-to-school deteriorate is a one of a busiest times of year for families, and it’s tantalizing to strech for a processed image or takeout menu,” pronounced McCormick Executive Chef Kevan Vetter. “Instead, chuck a discerning skillet image together regulating baked quinoa, belligerent turkey, uninformed tomatoes and corn. Season a reduction with organic taco seasoning and shower with Mexican cheese and you’ve got a tasty kid-friendly cooking that cooks in 30 minutes.”

Mexican Skillets

• Quinoa Taco Skillet: McCormick Organics Taco Seasoning Mix adds kid-friendly deteriorate to this skillet cooking of quinoa, belligerent turkey, uninformed tomatoes and corn.

• Tex-Mex Macaroni Casserole: This dainty south-of-the-border skillet stew combines whole pellet bend macaroni, cheddar cheese, uninformed tomatoes and belligerent beef for a tasty cooking even a pickiest eater won’t resist.

Seasonal Skillets

• Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Lo Mein: Load adult on veggies with this weeknight chronicle of an Asian takeout favorite. Carrots, bell peppers and shrimp are flavored with soy sauce, ginger and garlic. Try a x-ray by-pass to prepare a spaghetti squish and have it on a list in no time.

•  Fall Skillet Pot Pie: Rotisserie or leftover chicken, refrigerated biscuits and an oven-proof skillet make this comfort food favorite a weeknight reality. Add honeyed potatoes, peas and deteriorate with thyme, cinnamon and garlic powder.

Quick Simmers

• Chicken Fajita Soup: Warm adult with a one-pot consternation that gets a Tex-Mex spin from McCormick Organics Fajita Seasoning Mix. Let a family customize with toppings like avocado, cheese, immature cream and tortilla strips.

• Chicken Chili with Apple and Sweet Potato: Say goodbye to beans and make a discerning tumble chili a whole family will love. Kitchen Basics Organic Chicken Stock gives a discerning image a rich, simmered-all-day flavor.

Comforting Classics

• Creamy Tomato Italian Parmesan Chicken:  Tender duck simmered in a tawny red sauce, uninformed parmesan and creatively belligerent Italian spices make for a ideal weeknight dish. Whether we offer with pasta, atop Italian bread or let a duck be a star, this image is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

• Chicken Noodle Casserole: The ultimate comfort soup gets a stew treatment. Pasta, chicken, vegetables and slimey cheese come together with a flavors of garlic and Italian seasoning. The ideal stew for weeknight leftovers.

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Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Lo Mein


Serves: 7

Serving Size: 1 cup

1 (about 2 1/2 pounds) spaghetti squash

1/4 crater reduced sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons garlic powder, divided

1 1/4 teaspoons ginger, ground, divided

2 teaspoons unfeeling oil, divided

1 1/2 cups matchstick carrots

1 middle red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 bruise shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/4 crater thinly sliced immature onions


Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 20 mins

Cut spaghetti squish diagonal into 1-inch thick rings. Remove seeds. Place rings on microwavable plate. Pour 1/4 crater H2O in a plate. Cover with cosmetic wrap. Microwave on high 7 mins or until tender. Let mount in x-ray 10 minutes. Carefully mislay from microwave. Peel a skin off a squash, afterwards fragment a flesh, regulating fingers or a fork, into prolonged skinny strands. Place squish noodles in vast bowl. Discard a skin. (Should produce about 5 cups of squish noodles.)

Meanwhile, brew soy sauce, honey, 1 1/2 teaspoons of a garlic powder and 1 teaspoon of a ginger in tiny play until good blended. Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of a oil in vast skillet on medium-high heat. Add carrots and pepper; stir-fry 3 minutes. Add shrimp and salsa mixture; stir-fry 2 mins or only until shrimp spin pink. Remove shrimp reduction from skillet.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in skillet on medium-high heat. Add squish noodles, remaining 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon ginger; prepare and stir kindly 1 notation to feverishness through. Return shrimp reduction to skillet; toss kindly with squish noodles. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with immature onions.

Cooking tip:

Substitution: Prepare recipe as directed, substituting 5 cups spiralized zucchini or yellow squish for a spaghetti squish noodles.

Test Kitchen Tip: Spaghetti squish has a tough skin and is really organisation when raw. Carefully cut with a vast pointy knife, or cut prep time by microwaving your spaghetti squash.

Fall Skillet Pot Pie


Serves: 5

1/4 crater butter

1 crater chopped onion

1/4 crater flour

2 cups duck stock

1 crater milk

1/2 crater apple cider

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon belligerent cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves

1/4 teaspoon counterfeit belligerent black pepper

2 cups cubed baked chicken

1 vast honeyed potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups)

1 crater solidified peas

1 can refrigerated biscuits (10 biscuits)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Melt butter in vast ovenproof nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add onion; prepare and stir 5 mins or until softened. Sprinkle with flour. Stir with drive until reduction is good blended. Add stock, milk, apple cider, garlic powder, cinnamon, thyme and pepper; drive until reduction is smooth.

Stir in chicken, honeyed potatoes and peas. Bring to boil. Reduce feverishness to medium; prepare and stir 15 mins or until honeyed potatoes are tender.

Place biscuits on tip of duck mixture. Bake 10 mins or until biscuits are golden brown.

Cooking tip:

Test Kitchen Tip:  Wrap a skillet hoop in foil if your skillet is not ovenproof.

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