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Summer is fast approaching, and I can definitely tell in New Mexico.  It was over 100 degrees on 3 different days this week, and in the 90s the rest of the week!  I do love the sunshine and warm weather, but pretty much the last thing I want to do after work is spend an hour in the hot, stuffy kitchen to make dinner.   This time of year, I am all about quick and easy cooking that doesn’t skimp on flavor.  

One of the easiest ways to save on time is to whip up fresh sauces using Hunt’s canned tomato products.  Why Hunt’s specifically?  Because of the way they process their tomatoes.  Their California-grown tomatoes are processed using a unique flashsteam peeling method, that removes the need for lye.  Their tomatoes go from farm to can in 10 hours – which is pretty impressive.  As an advocate for healthy eating, I also prefer Hunt’s tomatoes because their tomatoes are free from artificial preservatives. 

This week I wanted to create some robust and freshly made sauces, without laboring in the hot kitchen.  Here is what I came up with. 

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

barbeque sauce

I love grilling in the summer, mostly because it’s my hubby’s job, and gives me a little break from the kitchen!  Barbecue chicken is one of my favorite dishes.   Did you know that it is incredibly simple to make your own tasty and fresh bbq sauce?  Here is my favorite go-to recipe: 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/4 cup Hunt’s tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup Hunt’s tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice from 1 lemon 
  • 2 tbsp butter

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan, and warm over medium-high heat.  Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium, simmering for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat.  

This sauce is great to baste on pork or chicken before grilling, or even to use as a dipping sauce. 

Enchilada Sauce

enchiladas

Living in New Mexico, I am programmed to love Mexican food.  I love enchiladas, but I don’t want to over-heat the kitchen cooking a whole pan of them.  I can create this rich and robust enchilada sauce in 5 minutes, pour it over cheese or meat-stuffed corn tortillas, and top it with a little cheese.  5 minutes in the oven at 450 degrees on an oven-proof plate, and I have perfect red chile enchiladas! 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 cups vegetable stock 
  • 1 cup Hunt’s tomato sauce 
  • 1/4 cup Hunt’s tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 
  • 1 tsp cumin 
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Warm olive oil over medium heat.  Add in garlic, and saute for 30 seconds.  Sprinkle in flour and chili powder, and whisk vigorously.  Slowly pour in vegetable stock, whisking constantly, so no clumps form.  Add in remaining ingredients, mix well, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer an additional 3 minutes.  That’s what I call #DinnerDone!

Fresh Salsa

Salsa

Fresh salsa is oooh-so-tasty.  It’s also one of those ingredients where I wonder why I ever buy it, when it’s so incredibly simple to make from scratch!  With the addition of Hunt’s flashsteamed tomatoes, you can have restaurant-quality salsa in under 2 minutes.  

Ingredients: 

  • 28 oz Hunt’s whole peeled plum tomatoes (you can also try their fire-roasted tomatoes!)
  • 2 jalapenos, stems and seeds removed
  • 1 small onion
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until desired chunkiness.  For a pico de gallo, roughly chop the tomatoes, jalapenos, garlic and onion, and combine the rest of the ingredients, stirring well.  

Where to Buy It

We usually do our weekly grocery shopping at Walmart, where I have found their canned goods to be the lowest priced around our area!  They have an assortment of Hunt’s products, including tomato sauce, tomato paste, whole plum tomatoes, and my personal favorite, fire-roasted tomatoes.  Yum!

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I am very excited to see what incredible dishes other bloggers from #CollectiveBias come up with!  If you’re on social media, search the hashtag #DinnerDone to find more inspiring spring and summer dishes to try!   You can also find more recipes on www.hunts.com and http://www.readyseteat.com, and everyone’s favorite recipe place, Pinterest



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