Cuisine…Add a saucy spark to everyday meals

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With busy school schedules and after-school activities, family life often becomes an even bigger balancing act. As a frazzled parent now faced with less time to get dinner on the table, the same meals easily become routine, and before you know it you’re stuck in a cooking rut. Spark up your meals with Pace Picante sauce—an easy twist to add veggies, texture, flavor and kick and get your dinner ready in no time. Try these simple tips and easy recipes guaranteed to bring excitement back to your family’s mealtime.

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SPICY SAUSAGE & LINGUINI

Breakfast

Spoon scrambled eggs or egg whites onto a warmed whole wheat flour tortilla. Add diced, cooked potato, crumbled bacon, cheese and picante sauce. Fold the tortilla around the filling and you’ve got a fast and exciting way to start the day.

Lunch

Adding picante sauce to perk up a lunch salad is a flavorful, low-fat alternative to creamy dressings. To make a quick dressing, mix a 1/2 cup of picante sauce with a 1/4 cup of your favorite vinaigrette and top your salad greens.

Dinner

Turn ordinary dishes into something “wow” by adding flavorful ingredients. One easy way to do that is by adding salsas and picante sauces, such as the ones offered by Pace Foods. With the twist of a lid you can add veggies, texture, and lots of flavor to chicken, beef, veggies and seafood.

For more simple recipes and serving suggestions, visit pacefoods.com.

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Spicy Sausages & Linguine

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
10 small pork sausage links, cut up
1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1 jar (24 ounces) Pace Picante sauce
3 peppers, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 package (16 ounces) linguine, cooked and drained

Grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, sausage and Italian seasoning. Cook until sausages are browned and cooked through.

Add picante sauce, peppers, onion and mushrooms. Heat to a boil. Cover. Reduce heat to low.

Cook for 25 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Serve over linguine and top with cheese.

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Picante Skillet Chicken

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Makes: 6 servings
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1-1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts (4 to 6)
1 jar (16 ounces) Pace Picante sauce
6 cups hot, cooked regular long-grain white rice

Heat oil in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for 10 minutes or until well browned on both sides.Add picante sauce to skillet. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.Serve with rice.

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Picante Chicken & Rice Bake

Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 45 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
1 jar (16 ounces) Pace Picante sauce
1/2 cup water
1 cup whole kernel corn
3/4 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Paprika
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Stir picante sauce, water, corn and rice in an 11 x 8-inch shallow baking dish. Top with

the chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with the paprika. Cover the dish.

Bake at 375°F for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender. Sprinkle with cheese.

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Picante Beef & Bean Skillet

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
1 pound ground beef
1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 jar (16 ounces) Pace Picante sauce
1 can (about 15 ounces) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
6 flour tortillas (6-inch), cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cook beef and onion in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until beef is well browned, stirring to break up meat. Pour off any fat.

Stir in picante sauce, beans and tortillas and heat to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cook for 5 minutes or until mixture is hot and bubbling, stirring often. Top with cheese.

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