Who doesn’t love a quick & easy meal? Being a Mom I LOVE them, but not just Moms’ need quick and easy meals. I know how much I valued an easy meal that I could throw together after a stressful, busy work day. We all have those CRAZY days where the thought of making dinner sounds like absolute torture.
I love those meals in which you usually have all of the ingredients in your kitchen. Can’t beat not having to run to the grocery store on your way home or in the middle of the day. Although I cannot tell a lie, I enjoy just browsing the aisles…at least I used to. Before Gabriella. If she is being a good girl, sometimes she will sit in the cart with me for a while before getting to be little Miss Fussypants.
Oh gosh, yesterday she was TERRIBLE. I mean TERRIBLE with a capital T. But I blame myself, I wrote about how wonderful she was yesterday…and then CRAZY lady showed up. EEK! No more good talks about Gabriella for a while. I would like to save what little sanity I have left.
Without further a do, I present you one of the quickest meals…EVER!
-1/2 package of frozen fully cooked tortellini (most frozen packages are 19oz. – that was the size I used)
-1 tsp minced garlic
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp black pepper
-3/4 cup feta (I used tomato & basil flavor)
-5-6 fresh basil leaves, diced (or 1/2 tsp dried)
-15 oz. can cannellini beans, drained & rinse
-1 cup diced tomato
-Fresh spinach (I used baby spinach)
1. Cook tortellini according to package.
2. While you are waiting for the water to boil, and then the tortellini to cook, heat a skillet over medium high heat. Spray with cooking spray & add garlic, salt, pepper, feta, basil & beans to pan.
3. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until feta starts to melt. Then add diced tomatos.
4. Cook for another two minutes & add cooked tortellini.
5. Serve atop fresh spinach & ENJOY!!
Did you notice that piece of bread in the first picture?? I MADE it!
I am on a ROLL (pun intended ) with making homemade bread. I actually really kind of love it. There is really nothing better than pulling out a nice big batch of fresh bread from your oven. I can’t even tell you how quickly the first loaf was devoured by Craig and I.
This time I decided to make ‘copycat’ Macaroni Grill bread. I don’t know if you have ever been to a Macaroni Grill, or if there is one near you, but it is some of the BEST bread! I think Panera may just have my #1 spot for favorite fresh bread.
But let’s be honest, one of the best parts of going to Macaroni Grill is eating plates & plates of their bread. By the time I get my entrée I’m stuff to the gills of bread…which I why I typically order a small salad. I’d rather fill up on bread. Carb-a-holic anyone?!
So when I found a recipe for a knock off of Macaroni Grill’s bread, I was ALL OVER it.
If you decide to try this recipe, I would just suggest increasing the amount of salt (to maybe 2 tsp- with more sprinkled on top) & the rosemary. (to about 3 tbsp)
Someone else, besides Craig & I, couldn’t keep her hands off of it either.
We won’t mention any names though
Have a wonderful Thursday! I’m hoping for a happier Gabriella today, especially since we are get to see our friends today. YAY for Thursdays- one of my favorite days of the week!
Favorite quick dinner?? Feel free to link away, I could use some more quick meals in my rotation.
Favorite place to get fresh bread?? I think my top HAS to be Panera.