Semi Homemade Meals Can Save You Time and Money

Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Ellen Christian

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Semi homemade meals can be a huge time saver on days when I am feeling frazzled. As much as I love to cook from scratch, there are still times when I am short on time. I struggle with finding something healthy and quick for lunch. Because I work at home, it can be tempting to just graze from the refrigerator. I don’t want to take time out from my work day to create a recipe from scratch but I still want something that is healthy and tastes delicious. On days like that, semi homemade meals can be a lifesaver.

So what is a semi homemade meal? A semi homemade meal is a meal that you make that starts out with a prepared food.  You add your own fresh ingredients and extras to take it from good to amazing.  When I am looking for a prepared food as a base, I try to find something that uses fresh ingredients.

Starting with fresh ingredients will make your semi homemade meal even better.  It’s also important to me that the prepared foods I start with are affordable.  We have a budget to stick to for groceries and I need to be aware of what I’m spending.

 Semi Homemade Meals

For lunch today, I started with a Michelina’s Authentico Fettucini Alfredo as my base prepared food.  Michelina’s Authentico Fettucini Alfredo is a delicious fettucini pasta in a classic creamy Alfredo sauce. This is one of my favorite semi homemade meals so far. Since we have tons of zucchini and yellow squash from the garden, I decided that the best way to make this my own would be to saute some zucchini, yellow squash and onions and add it to the Michelina’s Authentico Fettucini Alfredo.  I threw in a few chopped fresh basil leaves from the plant growing on my kitchen windowsill and in just a few simple steps, I transformed this into one of my favorite semi homemade meals.

Fettucini Alfredo with Sauteed Garden Vegetables
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  • 1 Michelina's Frozen Fettucini Alfredo meal
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • chopped onion
  • 2 fresh basil leaves


  1. Slice and saute the zucchini and yellow squash.
  2. Chopped one small yellow onion and saute with squash.
  3. Toss in two chopped, fresh basil leaf.
  4. Cook the Michelina's Frozen Fettucini Alfredo meal according to directions.
  5. Combine ingredients and stir gently to mix.

There are lots of different things you can add to a prepared food to make it your own:  vegetables, bacon, meat, fresh herbs, or extra cheese. Check out these recipe ideas:

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7 thoughts on “Semi Homemade Meals Can Save You Time and Money”

  1. I'm all about semi-homemade!! I never thought to use Michelina's as the base, though.  They're so reasonably priced where I am that I'm definitely going to try using Michelina's for this purpose.  All three dishes you show look like something you'd find in a restaurant!! 
  2. Great idea adding it to something prepared. I love semi-homemade. Sometimes it is cheaper for me (money and time) to use something prepared and make the rest!

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