Don't be afraid of prepackaged foods, use them to your advantage. Learn how to use prepackaged foods to make a quick meal when unexpected guests arrive or incorporate them into a dish for shortcut cooking.
We may take canned food for granted. Certainly, there's nothing simpler than popping open a can of chicken soup and nuking it in the microwave for dinner. But we owe this dinnertime solution to French chef Nicolas Appert.