Skip to content

2017 Taste of Home Best Loved Brand Awards


October 13, 2017

Taste of Home

Sometimes there’s no time to cook from scratch. But what are the best go-to timesaver ingredients? Our Test Kitchen experts announce their favorite shortcut superstars right here.


These a.m. all-stars are ready quicker than you can say “drive-thru.”

Recipe Ideas
Lasagne Chilaquiles: For a multicultural spin on breakfast, crumble eight Barilla Oven-Ready Lasagne noodles into 16 oz. of salsa; simmer 10 minutes. (No precooked pasta required!) Top with Wholly Guacamole Classic and fried eggs; sprinkle with cilantro. Makes eight servings.

Apple Danish Bites: Craving apple Danish? Give in to the urge by pressing a tube of Pillsbury Crescents into eight greased muffin cups. Dollop the dough with Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling; add apple slices, McCormick Apple Pie Spice and Diamond Shake and Spoon chopped pecans. Fold pastry edges to form bundles; bake at 375° for 11-13 minutes. Makes eight bundles.

Yogurt with a Buzz: Kick morning into high gear by stirring 1 tsp. of Nescafé Taster’s Choice instant coffee into a bottle of Drink Chobani Vanilla Bean Yogurt. It’s a whole new day! Makes one serving.

Shortcut Superstars

Wholly Guacamole Classic: Add a luscious finishing touch to fish tacos, salads, breakfast burritos and burgers.


Here’s your ticket to a home-cooked meal, even on those crazy days that just won’t stop.

Recipe Ideas
Italian Sub Zucchini Boats: Sail into dinnertime with these pizza boats. Halve three zucchini lengthwise; hollow out the centers and stuff with slices of Johnsonville Three Cheese Italian Style Chicken Sausage. Top with Contadina Pizza Squeezeand strands of Galbani String Cheese. Bake, covered, in a greased 13×9-in. baking dish at 350° for 25 minutes. Uncover; bake for 15 more minutes. Makes six servings.

Super Fast Zuppa Toscana: Make soup 1-2-3! In a Dutch oven, mix one package each Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Sausage Crumbles and Simply Potatoes Diced Potatoes With Onion; simmer with 3 Tbsp. Better Than Bouillon Roasted Chicken Baseand 8 cups water. Cook until reduced slightly, stirring in 1/2 cup cream and 10 oz. fresh baby spinach or kale at the end. Makes 12 servings (3 qt.).

BBQ Chicken Supper Pie: Bring the barbecue indoors: In an 8-in. square baking pan, combine a 16-oz. tub of Lloyd’s Seasoned Shredded Chicken in Original BBQ Sauce with a package of Green Giant Roasted Corn. Top with Alexia Waffle Cut Sweet Potato Seasoned Fries; bake at 425° for 25 minutes. Great smoky flavor! Makes eight servings.

Shortcut Superstars
Lloyd’s Seasoned Shredded Chicken in Original BBQ Sauce: Skip the slow cooker and add a smoky note to BBQ pizza or nachos.