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Shortcuts to Supper (Hint: It Involves the Freezer)

- Ralph Anderson / Styling Lisa Powell Bailey / Food styling Pam Lolley
Ralph Anderson / Styling Lisa Powell Bailey / Food styling Pam Lolley

Jump-start hearty casseroles by prepping and freezing the main ingredients ahead.

Stock your freezer with cooked ground meats, cubed chicken or turkey, and shredded cheese, and you can assemble family-pleasing main dishes in a snap. In fact, if your freezer is stocked, our recipes boast prep times of only 15 minutes. Add a tossed salad and bread, and you have an impressive menu. And as a handy guide to some sure shortcuts, see "Easy Measuring, Easy Freezing"--then enjoy your time to unwind.

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Easy Measuring, Easy Freezing

"Shortcuts to Supper" is from the February 2007 issue of Southern Living.

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