BLT Alfredo Skillet Ravioli

Bacon, spinach, tomato, and Alfredo sauce makes this easy skillet dinner a family favorite.  This BLT Alfredo Skillet Ravioli got a thumbs up from our kids when we served it for dinner.  Add it to your menu rotation and see why it got rave reviews.

Alfredo, ravioli, and BLT flavors make this 30 minute skillet dinner a winner every time!

Seriously, I am not usually the brains behind our dinner meals.

All day long I work on desserts, so when it comes to dinner time I just kind of space out.  I can be staring at an entire fridge or cupboard full of ingredients and still have no clue what to make.  Thank goodness my husband loves to cook, otherwise it would be cereal and mac & cheese most nights with the occasional pizza or corn dog thrown in there!

Although, lately I have been rocking out the pasta dishes.   Earlier this year I made this Chicken Supreme Pasta Bake, and now I can’t stop making pasta dishes.  You don’t mind, do you? #pleasesayno

Alfredo, ravioli, and BLT flavors make this 30 minute skillet dinner a winner every time!

The other day I was walking through the grocery store and spotted ravioli.  It has been forever since we had that as a dinner, so I picked up two bags of the frozen ravioli.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them and when, so I opted for frozen over fresh.  You can use either in this recipe though.

When I got home, I happened to see a jar of Alfredo sauce in our cupboard and thought it would be a nice change from red sauce for the ravioli.  Although I still wasn’t sure what else to do with it.

Alfredo, ravioli, and BLT flavors make this 30 minute skillet dinner a winner every time!

Then a few days later we were cutting up some veggies for a Veggie Salad, and I started thinking about how cherry tomatoes might work with the Alfredo and ravioli.

From there my brain went wild thinking about flavor combos, but the one that stuck out the most was BLT. I love me some bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches, so why not add that to ravioli, right? Of course lettuce doesn’t cook so well, so I used spinach in place of it.

This skillet dinner is perfect for busy nights.  I used mostly prepackaged items to save a little bit of time, but feel free to do any of it homemade if you want. Cook the ravioli according to your package directions and keep them warm. While they are cooking you can cut up the cherry tomatoes and spinach. We also have a big bag of bacon crumbles in our fridge, so I totally cheated and used that in place of fresh bacon. Go with whatever works for you! I just happen to be a total recipe cheater when it comes to making dinner!

Saute the veggies and bacon, toss in the cooked ravioli and sauce, and top it with a little cheese.

Boom! Dinner is ready in about 20 minutes! Gotta love easy meals that everyone loves!!! My kids keep asking for this again…so, it’s a good thing I bought 2 bags of ravioli!!!

Alfredo, ravioli, and BLT flavors make this 30 minute skillet dinner a winner every time!

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BLT Alfredo Skillet Ravioli

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 5-6 servings

BLT Alfredo Skillet Ravioli

Adding spinach, tomatoes, and bacon to Alfredo sauce makes a delicious and easy dinner when added to cheese raviolis.

Ingredients

1 - 25 ounce bag frozen cheese ravioli
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 - 10 ounce container cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup chopped spinach
1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1 - 15 ounce jar Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook the ravioli according to the package directions. Drain and keep warm.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the halved tomatoes and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the spinach and bacon and cook for another minute or until the spinach wilts.
  3. Toss the cooked ravioli with the veggies. Stir in the Alfredo sauce and heat for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Top with cheese and let melt. Serve immediately. Makes 5-6 servings.
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Seven Layer Burritos

These Seven Layer Burritos are an easy dinner meal that your children can get in the kitchen and help you prepare.

Today I am partnering with Uncle Ben’s to show you an easy way to use their Ready Rice for dinner prep.

This easy burrito recipe is perfect for getting your kids in the kitchen to help with dinner.
It’s that time of year when everyone is trying to get back into a good routine with school, sports schedules, and dinner times. We are constantly on the go running between different soccer, volleyball, and dance practices. With our busy schedules, it is great to spend some quality time in the kitchen preparing easy meals that we can enjoy together.

Our kids have grown up helping us in the kitchen. They love to be involved in all the steps. Did you know that studies have shown that cooking with your children teaches them to have better eating habits later in life? Cooking can also be a fun time to catch up on the day with them too. Let them handle the little things like mashing and stirring while you do the chopping. Then start asking questions about what they learned in school and who did what.

Seven Layer Burritos ingredients
When Uncle Ben’s® contacted me about using one of their rice products in a recipe, I couldn’t wait to make something easy that our kids could help out with.

We all enjoy Mexican food, so we chose the Spanish Style Ready Rice® for in our burritos.

Kids Helping with Seven Layer Burritos Kids Helping with Seven Layer Burritos
Seven Layer Burritos have always been one of my favorites. Our daughter made the Spicy Guacamole for our dinner, while our son cooked the rice.

The Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice® is so easy to make. Tear one corner and pop it in the microwave for 90 seconds. My son couldn’t believe that was all he had to do for it.

Kids Helping make Seven Layer Burritos
Once you have all your toppings ready, give everyone a plate with a warmed tortilla and let them have fun spreading everything on.

You might want to give them some guidelines on how much is too much though. Some of their burritos ended up too big to fold at first, but they quickly figured out how to not over fill them.

Seven Layer Burritos ingredients
This easy burrito recipe is perfect for getting your kids in the kitchen to help with dinner.

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Seven Layer Burritos

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 10 burritos

Seven Layer Burritos

Using Uncle Ben's Ready Rice makes these Seven Layer Burritos so much easier to put together. Have you kids help you in the kitchen with all the prep work.

Ingredients

10 - 8 inch flour tortillas
1 - 15 ounce can refried beans
1 package Uncle Ben's Spanish Style Ready Rice
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 - 15 ounce can diced tomatoes and chills, drained
1/2 cup sour cream

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Uncle Ben's Ready Rice according to the package directions.
  2. Open the can of refried beans and spoon into a glass bowl. Heat in the microwave for at least 1 minute or until heated through. Heat the tortillas for 20-30 seconds too.
  3. Spread a layer of beans down the middle of the tortillas. Top with a little bit of rice, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and guacamole. Roll up and serve immediately. Makes 10 burritos.
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Cooking with your children makes for a great beginning! Visit www.unclebens.com and click on The Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest page to learn more!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Uncle Ben’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

Veggie Supreme Pasta Bake

Need a quick and easy dinner for those busy after school nights?   This Veggie Supreme Pasta Bake will have you sitting down to dinner with your family in no time.

Today I am partnering with the American Dairy Association, Mideast again to show you how to add more healthy dairy to your life.

Veggies and melty cheese will make this pasta dinner a family favorite. #cheese #dinner #recipe #dairyfuel

I don’t know about your school year, but ours is extremely busy the first month and a half.  Our two boys are playing soccer, and our daughter is playing volleyball and learning tap dance.  Talk about a crazy schedule trying to juggle all those practices and games with our work and life schedule.  I’m still trying to figure out where homework is going to fit in.

Even with the craziness of the sports schedule, we still try to sit down for dinner as a family as much as possible.

Obviously there are going to be some nights where we just grab something quick as we drop off the school bags and go right back out the door for a game.   Those days might even be easier if we hit the drive thru.  What?  There are some healthy options there too.

Veggies and melty cheese will make this pasta dinner a family favorite. #cheese #dinner #recipe #dairyfuel

Pasta and cheese gets thumbs up from everyone here just about every single time we put it on the menu.   Doing all the prep work the night before definitely gets a thumbs up from me on nights when the hungry monsters want to devour everything in sight as soon as they walk in the door.

I like that I can add so many different dairy products into this cheesy dish.   Milk, yogurt, and 2 kinds of cheese packs a big protein punch.  That protein power will keep everyone full and energized as we moo-ve on to the next thing on our schedule.

Experts recommend that everyone should be consuming 3 servings of dairy per day, but did you know that most people only eat 1?  By getting more dairy into your diet, you are paving the way for a healthier lifestyle later in life.  Who doesn’t want strong bones and healthy teeth as they get older.

Veggies and melty cheese will make this pasta dinner a family favorite. #cheese #dinner #recipe #dairyfuel

Prepping your vegetables and pasta the night before will help you have dinner ready faster.

I like to cut all the veggies and place them in containers or ziplock bags while my kids are getting ready for bed.  You can also cook your pasta and stir some olive oil into it after it drains to keep it from sticking together.

Another great thing about this dish is that you can customize your veggies to suit your taste.  I happen to like hiding mushrooms in mine…my kids never know until after the fact.  Although they are getting wise to my tactics.

Veggies and melty cheese will make this pasta dinner a family favorite. #cheese #dinner #recipe #dairyfuel

Start by sautéing the butter and onion, then add more of the veggies and some flour.  Make sure you cook that for another 1-2 minutes to get that flour cooked down.  Whisk in the milk and cook until it thickens slightly.  I use skim milk, so it never really gets too thick.  Let it cook about 2 minutes and then add the cheese and yogurt.  It’s an moo-velous sight to see all that thick and creamy sauce.

Stir in those noodles and the cans of tomatoes and green chilies.  Now if you are in a hurry just add the extra cheese on top and cover the skillet for a few minutes to melt the cheese on top.  BUT…if you can stretch dinner time for another 20 minutes, I recommend baking it in the oven to melt the cheese.

Then set it on the table and watch everyone’s eyes light up as they see all that melty cheese goodness!

Veggies and melty cheese will make this pasta dinner a family favorite. #cheese #dinner #recipe #dairyfuel

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Veggie Supreme Pasta Bake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Veggie Supreme Pasta Bake

Use your favorite veggies and cheese to make this cheesy pasta bake for dinner. Easy prep the night before makes it a fast dinner to serve on a busy night.

Ingredients

16 ounce box pasta (I used cavatappi)
1Tablespoon olive oil
3 Tablespoon butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped green peppers
1/2 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
1 - 2.25 ounce can sliced black olives, drained
1 cup chopped spinach
3 Tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup plain greek yogurt
3 cups shredded Italian blend cheese, divided
1 - 4 ounce can diced green chilies
2 - 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
salt and pepper
1-2 teaspoons oregano

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta to al dente following the package directions. Drain. Spoon back into hot pan and stir in olive oil. Cover and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, green pepper, mushrooms, olives, spinach, and flour. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the milk and cook until it thickens slightly. Stir in the parmesan cheese, yogurt, and 2 cups cheese. Stir until melted.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes, green chilies, and cooked pasta. Season to taste with the salt and pepper.
  5. Spoon into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese and sprinkle with oregano.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Broil for 2 minutes to brown the cheese. Serve immediately. Serves 8-10.

Notes

*Use your favorite veggies in place of ones you may not like.

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Spicy Chicken Panini

This Spicy Chicken Panini recipe is a great dinner or lunch idea when you are running short on time.  The gourmet sandwich can be made using leftovers from a previous dinner.

Spicy Chicken Panini - easy chicken panini sandwich recipe with spicy cheese and guacamole

A few months ago we bought a panini press.  Now sometimes when we buy an appliance or item, the novelty of it wears off with in a month or so, and then we wonder why we ever needed it.

We used the panini press to make this Cheesy Beef Panini, and a few other sandwiches in the first week.   And I am happy to report the sandwich maker is still going strong.  Our oldest son loves using this little machine.  I love that the plates can come off and are easily washed.  It’s a win win for everyone.

Spicy Chicken Panini - easy chicken panini sandwich recipe with spicy cheese and guacamole

The other day we had some leftover grilled chicken breasts, so I pulled out the panini press and looked through our fridge to see what else we had for sandwiches.

There was some spicy cheese in the deli drawer, some tomatoes in the crisper, and a bowl of Spicy Guacamole leftover from taco night too.  Why not put it all in one crispy sandwich for a quick and easy lunch?

Butter your bread and put the chicken pieces and cheese inside first.  I wanted my tomatoes and guacamole to stay cold, so I waited to put those on after the cheese melted.

Talk about gourmet grilled cheese!  This easy sandwich had a slight kick from the cheese and guacamole.  You could easily alter this sandwich to fit your taste.  Use your favorite cheese and meat to change it up.

Now I just need to buy the waffle iron plates that are available for the griddler.  Then we can use this appliance for breakfast too…or cookies.  I see waffle cookies in my future :-)

Spicy Chicken Panini - easy chicken panini sandwich recipe with spicy cheese and guacamole

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Spicy Chicken Panini

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Spicy Chicken Panini

Spicy cheese and guacamole make this chicken grilled cheese a gourmet sandwich to enjoy for dinner.

Ingredients

4 slices bread
2 Tablespoons butter
2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced
4 slices pepper jack cheese
8 tomato slices
1/2 cup guacamole

Instructions

  1. Spread the butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  2. Place 2 slices of bread butter side down on a hot panini press. Top each slice with one sliced chicken breast and 2 slices of cheese. Place the extra 2 pieces of bread on top, butter side up. Close panini and heat for a few minutes or until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.
  3. Open each sandwich and top with tomato slices and guacamole. Cut each sandwich in half. Serves 2.
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 A few more easy chicken recipes you may like:

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Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake

Turning your favorite pizza toppings into a delicious and cheesy pasta bake is a delicious dinner option.  This Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake disappeared quickly when it was put on our dinner table.

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Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake - your favorite hawaiian pizza turned into a delicious cheesy pasta dish

Are you ready for this?

I turned another one of my favorite pizza toppings into a delicious pasta bake.  I know, you are just as surprised as me.  Ha!

This pasta obsession of mine hasn’t gone away yet, even in the heat of summer.   Of course most days we are grilling out or eating salads.  But then a random day will come, and I just have to have pasta covered in lots of cheesy goodness.

Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake - your favorite hawaiian pizza turned into a delicious cheesy pasta dish

Last week when the pasta craving came over me, I decided to come up with another pizza inspired pasta bake.  Now this is one that you will have to trust me on!

Hawaiian pizza is one of my favorites, but for some reason we just do not order it that often.  A few weeks ago we had some friends over that love ham and pineapple pizza too, so we all enjoyed a large Hawaiian BBQ pizza for dinner.  It was the first time I had one with barbecue sauce on it, and I have to say I was loving it.

So now I have a pasta craving that needs satisfied and a pizza flavor still fresh in my head.  Why not combine the two and see what happens?

Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake - your favorite hawaiian pizza turned into a delicious cheesy pasta dish

Cheesy goodness that is out of this world!  That’s what happens.

My kids devoured this pan of pasta!  Usually I will get some sort of “bad” feedback from at least one picky child, but not this time.  Everyone loved the dinner and went back for more.

Woo hoo!  Dinner success is mine!

Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake - your favorite hawaiian pizza turned into a delicious cheesy pasta dish

When you are making a pasta dinner and you want it on the table faster, make sure to prep some ingredients before hand.  You can chop the veggies and ham the night before and have them in containers in the refrigerator.   Or you can chop them while the pasta is boiling.  There are not that many in this dish, so you can easily have everything prepped while you wait for the noodles to cook.

Another time saving tip is to buy bags of frozen already chopped veggies.  I have a few of those in my freezer for nights when I am in a hurry.  You can buy packages of cubed ham in the deli section of the store too.  See?  I just saved you 10 minutes of chopping time.  You are welcome :-)

There is no need to dirty a thousand pans while making dinner.  Make sure you reuse pans as you are cooking.  This dinner needs two pans.  Three if you count the baking dish at the end.

After the noodles are done cooking, drain them and put them right back in the same pan.  Drizzle the noodles with a little bit of oil to keep them from sticking.  Saute the veggies and ham in a large skillet.  When these are finished cooking, spoon them right on top of the pasta.  Now reuse the dirty skillet to melt the cheese in.  All of these ingredients will be in one dish sometime, so it is ok to reuse the pan.   But if you absolutely love washing dishes, go for it and get a clean pan out.

After the cheese is all melted, stir it into the pasta.  You can go ahead and eat it now if you are in a hurry.  BUT…if you have time to wait another 20 minutes, bake it with more cheese on top.

There is always time for extra cheese here!

Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake - your favorite hawaiian pizza turned into a delicious cheesy pasta dish

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Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake

Ham, pineapple, and barbecue sauce add a delicious pizza twist to this cheesy pasta bake. My kids went nuts for this dish.

Ingredients

8 ounces pasta noodles
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 cups cubed ham
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained (20 oz. can)
1 - 12 ounce can evaporated milk
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon oregano

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta al dente according to the package directions. Drain and put back in pan. Stir in 1 teaspoon oil and cover. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet saute the onion and pepper in 1 Tablespoon oil for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, ham, and pineapple and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Spoon the ham mixture into the pasta and cover again.
  3. Pour the milk and barbecue sauce into the skillet. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to simmer. Add 2 cups mozzarella cheese and stir until melted and creamy. Pour over the pasta and ham in the other pan. Stir together. Season to taste with the salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon the mixture into a greased 8x8 pan and top with the remaining cheeses. Sprinkle with oregano. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Then broil for 2-3 minutes to brown the top. Serve immediately. Serves 6.
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Chicken Nacho Supreme Skillet

*I have been selected by Kraft Foods to be a spokesperson for VELVEETA Cheesy Skillets.  While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own.

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Some of the things I like to look for when shopping in different kitchen stores are fun baking pans.  I have started to accumulate quite a collection of different types of pans.  There are pans for making donuts, whoopie pies, and cheesecake stored in totes in our basement.  Those pans come out every so often when I have a fun baking idea.

On the shelves in my basement are also a few different sizes of skillets.  I tend to forget those pans are down there when I make dinner.

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Recently VELVEETA contacted me about trying their new Cheesy Skillet dinners for my family.  These are a delicious and easy way to put those unused pans back into play.

Apparently there are quite a few other people out there that have forgotten about their skillets too.  VELVEETA noticed that there are thousands of skillets listed for sale on online auction sites.   All of their owners have forgotten how to use these skillets for dinner.  VELVEETA purchased more than 1,000 skillets and returned them to their owners with a box of VELVEETA Cheesy Skillet.  #whatmyskilletisfor

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I was very excited to watch for my new skillet and boxes of Cheesy Skillets to arrive.  That box was opened immediately, and the first one I noticed was the Nacho Supreme Skillet Dinner staring back at me.  I have a slight weakness for any and all things nacho related.  A plate of nachos can not be anywhere near me, or I will devour it all.

Seeing that dinner on top was a sign to me that I needed to make this one first for our family.

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The only thing you need to add to these boxed dinners is the meat.  Now the Nacho Supreme does call for ground beef, but chicken nachos happen to be my favorite.  So I substituted a pound of chicken for the beef.    I love that these dinners are easy to make, and that you can change up the ingredients based on what you like or have on hand.

I cooked the chicken in my skillet and then added the water, noodles, and seasoning and waited for it to come to a boil.  After the noodles finished cooking, I also added one can of drained corn and one can of rinsed black beans.

Now it is time to add that Liquid Gold!

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I think stirring in the packet of cheesy goodness was my favorite thing.  I mean look at the Liquid Gold covering all the noodles and meat.  This is definitely what those unused pans in my basement need.

Now to set the table and add one more nacho inspired topping.  I had bowls of chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, and diced avocados ready for anyone who wanted to take their dinner to another level.  This Chicken Nacho Supreme Skillet got thumbs up from everyone around the table.   Our skillet will definitely be used again for more meals.

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Chicken Nacho Supreme Skillet

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 5 - 1 cup servings

Chicken Nacho Supreme Skillet

Chicken, beans, corn, and nacho toppings turn this VELVEETA Cheesy Skillet into a delicious nacho experience.

Ingredients

1 pound chicken, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 box VELVEETA Nacho Supreme Cheesy Skillet
2 cups water
1 can corn, diced
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
lettuce, diced tomatoes, and diced avocados for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until completely cooked through.
  2. Add the water and the bag of noodles and seasoning to the cooked meat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until most of the water is gone, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Stir in the can of beans and corn. Open the cheese packet and stir into the pasta. Drizzle the top of the skillet dinner with the salsa packet.
  4. Serve with lettuce, tomato, and avocado if desired. Makes 5 - 1 cup servings.
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*I was sent a new skillet and boxes of VELVEETA Cheesy Skillets to review.  I also was compensated to create a recipe and blog post.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

Cheesy Beef Panini

Cheesy Beef Panini - roast beef, melty cheese, onions, peppers, and garlic toasted in a toasted panini sandwich

We have added a new member to our family.

Now before you start thinking we have a new baby or puppy, let me set you straight. We bought a panini press. And it has been love at first use. Honestly, I think someone has made a sandwich on it every day for the past week. My oldest even told me he was kidnapping the machine when the time comes for him to move out.  I think it is safe to say this new purchase is going to get lots of use in the next few years.

Another thing I’m thinking is thank goodness for a machine that is so easy to use that our kids can make their own lunches this summer.

Cheesy Beef Panini - roast beef, melty cheese, onions, peppers, and garlic toasted in a toasted panini sandwich

And hooray for easy to use products from Mezzetta to jazz up those summer sandwiches. They were wonderful enough to send me some jars of product to get our sandwich making started. These products are also available in the condiments aisle of your local grocery store.

I decided to start with some roast beef and add some peppers and onions. As I looked at the jars on my counter, I stopped on the Savory Garlic. This spread is a blend of olive oil, parmesan cheese, and garlic. It was the perfect thing to spread on the outside of my bread before putting the sandwich in the panini press. If you do not have a panini press available, you can use a griddle or a pan on the stove to grill it to perfection.

Cheesy Beef Panini - roast beef, melty cheese, onions, peppers, and garlic toasted in a toasted panini sandwich

Look at all that goodness inside the sandwich. Who can turn down a sandwich loaded with meat, melty cheese, peppers, and garlic?

Cheesy Beef Panini - roast beef, melty cheese, onions, peppers, and garlic toasted in a toasted panini sandwich

I think it’s time to get my sandwich love on again for lunch and dinner today. My family shouldn’t have a problem with that…I hope. At least it’s better than cold cereal for dinner.

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Now for some fun in the kitchen. Mezzetta is hosting a “Make That Sandwich” contest. Do you have a sandwich idea that could win? The grand prize winner will come home with $25,000 and two runners up will receive $1,000. You need to include at least two Mezzetta products in your original creation. Contest details are available here. Now get in the kitchen and start creating sandwich fun. I would love to say one of my readers won this contest.

Cheesy Beef Panini

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Cheesy Beef Panini

A delicious blend of roast beef, cheese, peppers, onion, and garlic in a toasted sandwich.

Ingredients

4 slices thick oat bread
6 slices deli roast beef
4 slices smoked Gouda cheese
2 teaspoons Mezzetta Savory Garlic Spread
1/4 cup Mezzetta Roasted Bell Pepper Strips & Caramelized Onions

Instructions

  1. Spread the outside of the bread slices with the Savory Garlic spread. Place a slice of bread spread side down. Top it with 3 slices roast beef, 2 slices cheese, and 1/2 the peppers and onions. Place another piece of bread on top, spread side up. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  2. Place sandwiches on a panini press or griddle that has been preheated to medium high heat. Cook for a few minutes or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted. Cut in half or quarters and serve. Makes 2 sandwiches.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/06/cheesy-beef-panini/

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Tomato Basil Beef Pasta

Tomatoes and basil give this easy beef pasta a delicious flavor.  It is the perfect 20 minute meal you can enjoy any day of the week.

Tomato Basil Beef Pasta - cherry tomatoes, basil, and beef makes this pasta dinner a delicious meal in under 30 minutes
The answer is yes.

What?  You weren’t going to ask if I was officially obsessed with making pasta dinners?

Well, I will just admit it now before you start wondering.  I am officially and totally in love with creating new pasta dinners.

Tomato Basil Beef Pasta - cherry tomatoes, basil, and beef makes this pasta dinner a delicious meal in under 30 minutes

The idea for this pasta came from a magazine I was reading at my son’s orthodontist appointment.  Now here’s the problem.  I have absolutely no idea what magazine it was.  All I remember is there was a dinner with pan roasted tomatoes and basil.

And the dr.’s office is an hour away, so I can’t just pop in one day to see if that magazine is still sitting there.  Even if I could…I don’t remember what the front cover looked like.  So, let’s just pretend I came up with this entire meal by myself :-)

Ok, fine.  Let’s just talk about something I do remember.  And that is just how good this pasta was.

This “sauce” for this dish comes from sautéing the tomatoes and basil in olive oil.  Then toss it with already cooked pasta and cooked beef fajita meat.  You can buy the meat at Sam’s Club, but any pre cooked beef fajita mix from any store would work.  Sprinkle the warm pasta with some shredded parmesan cheese before serving.

A dinner that is easy, delicious, and ready in 20 minutes.  Perfect for those busy (or lazy) days of summer

Tomato Basil Beef Pasta - cherry tomatoes, basil, and beef makes this pasta dinner a delicious meal in under 30 minutes

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Tomato Basil Beef Pasta

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Tomato Basil Beef Pasta

Tomatoes and basil sauted in olive oil creates a delicious and light dressing for pasta and beef. This dinner can be ready in about 20 minutes.

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups frozen, precooked beef fajitas meat (I buy a 24 ounce bag from Sam's Club)
12 ounces pasta
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 ounces fresh basil leaves, chopped
6 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
salt and pepper
shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Saute the meat in 1 Tablespoon oil over low-medium heat until heated all the way through. Remove from the heat, cover, and set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the al dente package directions. Drain and toss with 4 Tablespoons olive oil. Cover and set aside.
  3. Heat 1 Tablespoon oil up. Add the tomatoes and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the chopped basil and cook for 1-2 more minutes. Stir the meat and tomatoes into the pasta. Stir and season with salt and pepper. Serve with shredded parmesan cheese. Makes 6-8 servings.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/05/tomato-basil-beef-pasta/

 More pasta recipes that get rave reviews in our house:

Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake 5

 Chicken Sausage Pasta

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake 3
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake

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Pizza Pasta Salad

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas

These Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas topped with lettuce and tomatoes have quickly become a new family favorite meal in our house.  They are easy to make and can be on the table in 30 minutes.

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas - these spicy chicken and bacon enchiladas have become a family favorite meal

So apparently I have become quite forgetful in my “old” age.  Yes, I am getting up there in age despite the fact that I look very young.  Or at least that is what everyone kept telling me last weekend at the conference :-)  Thank goodness for good genes and good skin to make me appear to be young…or maybe just thankful for good makeup that hides those wrinkles.  Either way, I must admit I was loving all those sweet comments on my age.  Keep em coming.  LOL!

Forgetful much?  I can’t even get through the beginning of a blog post without getting side tracked.  You only thought you were getting this dinner recipe.

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas - these spicy chicken and bacon enchiladas have become a family favorite meal

So, the other day I wrecked my husband’s mountain bike.  And by “wrecked” I really mean just scraped it slightly on a sign.  In my defense (and it’s really not a great one) I was in a hurry to get my boys some food so we could head to the ball park for games.  Not a great excuse, but I’m sticking to it.

My husband had gone for a bike ride the other day and had left the bike attached to the roof rack on the van.  He did remind me that it was still there multiple times, yet I still forgot and went through the McDonald’s drive thru that afternoon.  Out of sight, out of mind is apparently a great way to describe my memory!

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas - these spicy chicken and bacon enchiladas have become a family favorite meal

You would think that the guy behind me could have jumped out of his truck when he saw the crazy lady with the bike on her van headed into the drive thru.  At least maybe after he saw this said crazy lady hit the first sign.  Good thing the first sign was on a hanging chain.  I didn’t even realize we had gone under it.  Then I ordered and started to go forward only to hear this awful scraping sound.  At first I thought something was happening to the sign beside me…then it hit me.  Crap!  The bike is on top!

I had my oldest son get out and make sure the bike was still standing.  Thank goodness for tall drive thru signs here!  The handlebars only scraped the bottom of the sign.  My son did say he noticed the guy behind us laughing.  Yeah, thanks a lot for the help mister!!!

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas - these spicy chicken and bacon enchiladas have become a family favorite meal

At least I haven’t become too terrible forgetful in the dinner making scene.  In fact, I am kind of loving this “new” area of blogging.   I promise there are still way more desserts to share.  But since we all need to eat real food now and again, I figured why not branch out and share the dinners we eat.

These enchiladas are so easy to make.   Use leftover cooked chicken, bacon, cheese, and green chilies to make a filling for the tortillas.  You can even do this the night before.  If you want to save some time, buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store deli.  Keep the mixture in a sealed container in the refrigerator until you are ready to start.

When it is time to cook dinner, wrap the filling into 8 flour tortillas and lay them in a 9×13 baking dish that has a little bit of alfredo sauce in the bottom.  Then smother the tops of the enchiladas with the rest of the sauce.  It only takes 20 minutes in the oven to heat everything through.  You can use this time to chop the lettuce and tomatoes and to set the table.

Go ahead and turn your oven to broil for 2-3 minutes at the end of the baking time.  It helps to brown up the tops of the cheese.  Just don’t forget about it and burn dinner!

Crispy, melty cheese dinners always get rave reviews here!

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas - these spicy chicken and bacon enchiladas have become a family favorite meal

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Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 8 enchiladas

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas

A spicy chicken and bacon filling gets rolled into flour tortillas and then baked with a creamy Alfredo sauce. Lettuce and tomatoes on top add a fresh texture to the delicious dinner.

Ingredients

1 - 16 ounce jar ready made Alfredo sauce (I used Ragu)
1/2 cup milk
2 cups cooked, chopped chicken
1/2 cup diced cooked bacon
1 - 4 ounce can diced green chilies
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
8 flour tortillas
diced tomatoes
chopped lettuce

Instructions

  1. Stir together the Alfredo sauce and milk. Spread out a few spoonfuls on the bottom of a 9x13 pan.
  2. Combine the chicken, bacon, green chilies, cheddar cheese, and 1 cup mozzarella cheese in a bowl. Divide the mixture onto the 8 tortillas. Roll each one up and place in the prepared pan. Pour the remaining Alfredo mixture on top. Sprinkle with the leftover mozzarella cheese.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Then broil on high for 2-3 minutes to brown the cheese. Remove and serve hot. Top with lettuce and tomatoes. Serves 5-6.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/05/chicken-bacon-alfredo-enchiladas/

 A few more dinner recipes that have gotten rave reviews from our family: 

Loaded Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake

Loaded Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Fajita Queso Dip

Chicken Fajita Queso Dip

Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake

Looking for a pasta dinner to make in under 40 minutes?  This Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake is full of meat, veggies, and ooey, gooey cheese.

Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake - meat and pasta topped with lots of ooey, gooey cheese for a comfort food dinner Do you ever lose time in stores?

If I go into Target, it will be a good hour before I come out…and that’s a quick trip.  Seriously, I think they put something in the air vents to keep you looking at all the cute stuff.

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake

This Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake is an easy and delicious dinner for those busy week nights.  You can have a hot dinner that everyone will enjoy in under 40 minutes.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake - a delicious and cheesy pasta bake that will satisfy everyone at the dinner table

Pasta has always been my all time favorite meal choice.  For years it was my go to choice when we would go out to eat.  Lately I have become braver and have started to order different things when we eat out.

Pasta will always hold that number one spot though.   [Read more...]

Ham and Broccoli Pasta Bake

Adding meat and veggies to a homemade macaroni and cheese and then baking it with a cheese and cracker topping is a favorite meal in our house.    This Ham and Broccoli Pasta Bake is an impressive comfort food dish that everyone will love.  Plus, dinner that is ready in 45 minutes or less is always a bonus.

Ham and Broccoli Pasta Bake - ham, broccoli, and plenty of cheese make this a dinner that disappears every time

 I am definitely enjoying sharing some of our favorite comfort food dishes here.

And judging from the amount of response and traffic on the few recipes I have shared so far, you guys are loving them too.   I still have a few more delicious pasta recipes up my sleeve.  Well, actually they are in my belly and on my computer just waiting for the right day.

Dinner is something that everyone has to eat, so why not share the ones that are kid approved in our house.     [Read more...]