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5 ways to pimp up your favourite weeknight winners

The one cooking hack that will transform your family favourites into a tasty new dish

By Alexia Dellner, 21 September 2016
5 ways to pimp up your favourite weeknight winners

Looking for some dinner inspo? We’ve got you covered. While it’s true that whipping up delicious new recipes or trying your hand at a novel cooking technique can be lots of fun, that’s not the only way to sample new flavours. Because we all have those weeknight staples that we rely on - the classic dishes that the whole family can enjoy and can be on the table in minutes - that could use a little boost. If your family favourites are feeling a little tired, then you need this one-step cooking hack that will transform your meals plus add lots of lovely, rich flavour. Time to spice things up with a range of American sauces!

If your family favourites are feeling a little tired, then you need this one-step cooking hack that will transform your meals

From barbecues and chillis to nachos and macaroni cheese, our friends across the pond know a thing or two about tasty condiments. So it's no surprise that American-inspired sauces are the perfect, no-fuss way to liven up some of our staple dishes.

Loaded with flavour, adding just a couple of dashes of sauce can make a big difference to your meal - even transforming it into an entirely new dish! Whether it's adding a hint of sweetness and spice to your usual chilli recipe with maple and ancho chilli cooking sauce, creating the perfect macaroni cheese bake with creamy Montery Jack sauce or giving a Cajun kick to your pepper and prawn jambalaya dish, you'll love this one-step tip for boosting the flavour in your favourite dishes. We've rounded up five classic weeknight dinners below plus five American sauces that will add lots of extra zing for little to no effort. 

Meatballs

Meatballs are usually a firm favourite with all the family. Whether it's lean turkey meatballs or tasty pork meatballs, think beyond spaghetti by smothering your dish in meatball marinara sauce and placing inside a soft Italian roll. Add some cheese and you've got a tasty sub sandwich! 

Chilli con carne

This no-fuss dish is perfect for feeding a crowd. To take your chilli con carne recipe to the next level, stir in some maple and ancho chilli sizzler cooking sauce to ramp up the sweetness and heat. Delish!

Baked macaroni cheese

Everyone loves comforting macaroni cheese but for a new take on the classic, incorporate a creamy Montery Jack sauce and bake it in the oven until crispy on top and goeey inside. This might just become the new family favourite! 

Chicken wings

Kids love sticky chicken wings and they'll love them even more when smothered with Memphis BBQ cooking sauce. This sweet and smoky tomato sauce is made with apple purée and plum jam for just a hint of sweetness. 

Spaghetti bolognese

It's the simple, quick, budget classic that everyone loves, but to give your usual spag bol recipe a bit of a kick, try adding a few dashes of meatball marinara sauce. Made with fish sauce, red wine and herbs, it adds lovely depth of flavour. 

Feeling inspired? Check out the full range of delicious American sauces here.