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Make-ahead Meals Save Dinnertime Tonight

With today’s busy schedules, families often do not think about what’s for dinner until it’s time to eat. Wouldn’t you like to come home from work either to a meal ready to bake - or to the aroma of a slow-cooked meal. We can help you!

Make-ahead Meals Save Dinnertime Tonight
Baking Master Mix

Is anything better than fresh baked muffins or warm banana bread? Wouldn’t they taste even better if they were made in a fraction of the time? Consider making this Baking Master Mix so you can make fresh-baked goods in a snap. The mix uses common ingredients such as fl our, baking powder, sugar and salt. This recipe includes white and whole-wheat flour, so it will help make half of your grain choices whole grains.

Beverage Mixes in a Jar

Enjoy these beverages at home or give as gifts to friends and family for birthdays, holidays or other special occasions. Consider these beverage mixes a fun and easy way to make delicious drinks without breaking your budget.

Cornmeal Master Mix

You will be able to make cornbread or corn muffins quickly and at a lower cost than store-bought mixes. Cornmeal Master Mix uses common household ingredients such as cornmeal, flour and nonfat dry milk. Always use good-quality ingredients and measure carefully when making a mix. To save money, shop for ingredients when they are on sale, and label ingredients with the date of purchase.

Meat Mixes

Homemade mixes can save time and money. You can make meat mixes ahead of time and freeze them for future use in spaghetti, casseroles and tacos. Adding ingredients such as onions and celery improves flavor and nutrition. To stretch your budget, shop for ingredients when they are on sale. Label with date of purchase.

Milk Master Mix and Magic White Sauce

Making your own mixes can save you money and time. Milk Master Mix combines nonfat dry milk with other common ingredients. You can use Milk Master Mix to make soups, puddings and Magic White Sauce. Use Magic White Sauce in a variety of main dishes and desserts. For example, try the white sauce in macaroni and cheese.

Rolled Oats Master Mix

The mix featured in this handout uses common household ingredients such as rolled oats, a good source of fiber. Always use good-quality ingredients and measure carefully when making a mix. To save money, shop for ingredients when they are on sale. Label ingredients with the date of purchase.

Soup Mixes in a Jar

When the holiday season rolls around, many family budgets become strained. With a long list of family and friends, finding enough money to go around may be challenging. To help reduce the stress of your next holiday season, try making gifts instead of purchasing them.

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