If you have school-aged children, you’ve probably heard of Market Day. A monthly fundraiser for schools and other organizations, Market Day offers an extensive catalog of convenience foods that you order in advance and pick up at the school of your choice on a designated day. The selection is vast, ranging from meats and produce, to prepared meals, appetizers, snacks and desserts. While competitively priced, a portion of every purchase comes back to the host organization. At our school, a dedicated staff of volunteers unloads the delivery truck on pick-up day, organizes the food by category, and helps patrons fill their orders and load their cars.
My family and I have discovered several Market Day products that we can’t imagine life without. Lots of people swear by their meats, but I generally go for the products I can use for a quick meal because, face it, it’s nice to have something in the freezer you can turn to in a pinch. Here are our faves:
Cheese Lasagna Rollups: I will never make lasagna from scratch again. These come a dozen in a package, lasagna noodles rolled around the cheese mixture into cute little compact packages: place them in a baking dish with your own sauce (sometimes we add sausage), cover with mozzarella, and bake. No more mixing ricotta, parmesan and egg, boiling the noodles, layering, etc. With our own sauce, this tastes no different than the labor-intensive homemade version.
Breakfast Skillet: Scrambled eggs, cubed potatoes, pork sausage, onions and peppers; I love breakfast any time of day. These come frozen in two bags (the eggs are separate). Dump the first bag in your skillet, cover and cook five minutes; add a little water and the eggs, cover for another five minutes, and voila! If all six of us ate this (only four will), I might have to scramble an extra egg or two to bulk it up, but even that’s nothing when I consider all of the chopping and dicing I’m avoiding.
Philly Cheese Steak Kit: I may be from Chicago, but if I see a Philly Cheese Steak on a menu, I have a hard time convincing myself to order anything else. So I was thrilled to find this option, which has everything you need to make four good-sized sandwiches in a matter of minutes. Throw the frozen rolls (crusty sourdough!) into the oven at the same time you start the cheesesteaks in a skillet (they both take about five minutes). Then I add the onions, let them simmer a few minutes, and sprinkle on the mozzarella, letting it melt. There’s even enough meat here for us to make an extra sandwich on our own roll.
We have many other Market Day go-tos (like the Potato Skins, the Chicken Tortilla Soup, the Appetizer Loaf, many varieties of cookie dough, the PIES!), but I’d love to hear what your faves are!