Simmer It or Skillet:
Delicious One-Pot Meals for
Back-to-School Season
HUNT VALLEY, Md. (August 4, 2016) – The return to school calls for easy family meals that deliver big on flavor. This fall, McCormick is serving up delicious one-dish dinners made with wholesome ingredients families can feel good about, like spaghetti squash and quinoa. And, because these recipes bring everything together in a baking dish or skillet, there’s less prep and cleanup, and more time for reconnecting around the dinner table.

“Back-to-school season is the one of the busiest times of year for families, and it’s tempting to reach for a ready-made meal or takeout menu,” said McCormick Executive Chef Kevan Vetter. “Instead, throw a quick skillet dish together using cooked quinoa, ground turkey, fresh tomatoes and corn. Season the mixture with organic taco seasoning and sprinkle with Mexican cheese and you’ve got a delicious kid-friendly dinner that cooks in 30 minutes.”

Mexican Skillets:

  • Quinoa Taco Skillet: McCormick Organics Taco Seasoning Mix adds kid-friendly flavor to this skillet dinner of quinoa, ground turkey, fresh tomatoes and corn.
  • Tex-Mex Macaroni Casserole: This flavorful south-of-the-border skillet casserole combines whole grain elbow macaroni, cheddar cheese, fresh tomatoes and ground beef for a delicious dinner even the pickiest eater won’t resist.

Seasonal Skillets:

  • Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Lo Mein: Load up on veggies with this weeknight version of an Asian takeout favorite. Carrots, bell pepper and shrimp are flavored with soy sauce, ginger and garlic. Try a microwave shortcut to cook the spaghetti squash and have it on the table 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 sweet potatoes, peas and flavor with thyme, cinnamon and garlic powder.

Quick Simmers:

  • Chicken Fajita Soup: Warm up with a one-pot wonder that gets a Tex-Mex twist from McCormick Organics Fajita Seasoning Mix. Let the family customize with toppings like avocado, cheese, sour cream and tortilla strips.
  • Chicken Chili with Apple and Sweet Potato: Say goodbye to beans and make a quick fall chili the whole family will love. Kitchen Basics Organic Chicken Stock gives the quick dish a rich, simmered-all-day flavor.

Comforting Classics:

  • Creamy Tomato Italian Parmesan ChickenTender chicken simmered in a creamy red sauce, fresh parmesan and freshly ground Italian herbs make for a perfect weeknight dish. Whether you serve with pasta, atop Italian bread or let the chicken be the star, this dish is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
  • Chicken Noodle Casserole: The ultimate comfort soup gets the casserole treatment. Pasta, chicken, vegetables and gooey cheese come together with the flavors of garlic and Italian seasoning. The perfect casserole for weeknight leftovers.

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