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Need a shortcut tonight? Combine store-bought staples with fresh ingredients for a quick and delicious meal in less time.

1. Loaded Mac and Cheese

Start With: A box of macaroni and cheese

Add Fresh: Veggies (chopped broccoli or peas) and meat (cooked ground beef or turkey)

Make: Prepare macaroni and cheese as directed on the box, using low-fat or fat-free milk, then stir in the veggies and cooked meat. Top with fresh herbs for extra flavor.

Time-Saving Swap: Use veggies and chopped rotisserie chicken from the Publix Deli. Be sure to remove the skin before preparing.

2. Pizza Salad

Start With: A frozen cheese pizza

Add Fresh: Chopped arugula or spinach

Make: Bake the frozen pizza as directed; toss the arugula or spinach with balsamic vinaigrette and chopped tomatoes. Top the pizza with the salad and cut into slices. Cool and serve.

Time-Saving Swap: Use a salad kit (with dressing included) to top your pizza.

3. Chicken Stir-Fry

Start With: Shredded rotisserie chicken from the Publix Deli. Be sure to remove the skin before preparing.

Add Fresh: Red, orange, and yellow sweet peppers

Make: Sauté the chicken and sweet peppers with olive oil and reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce. Serve over brown rice and garnish with green onions.

Time-Saving Swap: Use microwavable instant brown rice.

4. Barbecue Pork Sandwiches

Start With: Shredded barbecue pork

Add Fresh: Shredded cabbage

Make: Heat the pork as directed on package. Toss the shredded cabbage with your favorite vinaigrette-style salad dressing or a little mayonnaise, low-fat yogurt, or sour cream with a hint of mustard to make an easy coleslaw. Spoon pork onto rolls and top with the slaw.

Time-Saving Swap: Use coleslaw from the Publix Deli.

5. BLT Salad

Start With: Bagged romaine lettuce or spring mix

Add Fresh: Chopped tomatoes

Make: Combine the bagged lettuce and tomatoes with crumbled turkey bacon and cubed, toasted chunks of French bread or croutons. Serve with your favorite salad dressing.

Time-Saving Swap: Use microwavable turkey bacon.

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