Meals in a Flash Lamb Shank

Dinnertime Made Easy with Meals in a Flash

This recipe and photography was provided courtesy of local cookbook author and chef, Carla Snyder. Learn more about Carla and discover her recipes at

I love to cook, but there are times when my busy life just doesn’t allow the time to shop and prepare a meal, let alone the time or energy to clean up the kitchen. Even cook book authors need a little help getting a meal on the table sometimes. That’s when I make the decision to feed my hungry horde from the Heinen’s Prepared Food Case. Behind that glass counter are countless meal combinations and variations. There’s always a dish to make everyone at my table happy to sit down to dinner.

With so many options, it can be confusing to match dishes for that perfect meal. That’s where the Fall Meals In A Flash Chart comes in. Each season Heinen’s gives me a list of their prepared food dishes and it’s my job to create the chart, matching them up with other prepared food items to make a complete meal, but that’s not all. The chart also includes the best method for reheating the dish and optional serving suggestions.

Fall Meals in a Flash Chart

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Here’s an example, for a match made in heaven, the Two Brothers Salmon is paired with creamy Sweet Potato Mashers. To reheat, microwave potatoes for 1 minute. Add salmon to the plate and microwave 2 minutes, then in 30 second increments until warm. The optional serving idea is to drizzle the fish with Two Brothers Mandarin Orange Sauce. The orange flavored Asian style sauce is the perfect foil for the rich fish and potatoes, adding a touch of flair and sweetness.

The new Meals In A Flash Chart is loaded with mealtime options, including a number of meatless or vegetarian main courses. As you know, the American diet is changing fast. Many of us are trying to eat less processed food and animal products and adopting diets that are heavy in veggies and grains. Some are adopting the label flexitarian applies to those who eat mostly vegetables, but who also incorporate meat or fish into their diet. Whether you want to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, lose weight, save money or help lessen the negative environmental effects of factory farms, eating less meat is something Americans of all ages are embracing. Heinen’s is  making it easier than ever to serve your family delicious, vegetable-based meals.

The goal of the chart is to take the guesswork out of meal preparation and make weeknight dinners less difficult and more delicious. If you haven’t discovered the Meal In a Flash Charts yet, you can find them on the counter near the food case. If you’re looking for a few suggestions from the chef herself, check out a few of my favorite plant-based and comfort food combinations from Heinen’s Fall Meals in a Flash Chart.

Print Heinen’s Fall Meals in a Flash Chart.

Carla Snyder
Posted by: Carla Snyder
Carla has spent the past 30 years in the food world as a caterer, artisan baker, cooking school teacher, food writer and author of 6 cook books including the James Beard nominated Big Book of Appetizers. Her passion is sharing fresh, cooked-from-scratch weeknight meals that cut prep time and practically eliminate that nightly sink full of dishes. Look for Carla on Facebook, Twitter (carlacooks), Pinterest and at where she blogs about everything from cooking for two to easy weekend entertaining for a crowd.

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