At least once a week there is a rush to put dinner together. Agree?
Some how the after work, after gym, after errands time goes into super speed mode and leaves us with little to no time to prep dinner let alone to think of a creative dish to serve. My menu board always includes a few quick and easy recipes to help out in times like these. This is when the ravioli toss is put into action. I love this meal because it is fast and simple while letting me use up any vegetables that are about to hit the dust.
Truthfully, this Meal Share Monday is so simple it hardly counts as cooking, but it will be devoured by your family and you have every right to pat yourself on the back for a meal well (and quickly) made!
Here is what you need:
*Remember I normally cook for two so one package of ravioli is enough, but for a family I would do two. Adjust accordingly!
1 (9-ounce) package of whole-wheat ravioli in the flavor of your choice. Some of my favorites are spinach or four-cheese.
2-cups of cut green beans
1-cup of sliced mushrooms of any variety. I love baby bella!
1-cup of cherry tomatoes cut into halves
1-tablespoon of olive oil
1.5-tablespoons of red wine vinegar (I plan to incorporate my balsamic garlic mix from my Foodie Pen Pal package the next time I make this!)
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese (depending on what “theme” you go with you can change up your cheese. Feta or goat would be fabulous!)
A dash of salt and pepper to taste
Get cooking! Boil your pot of water and cook your ravioli per the package ingredients. While the ravioli is cooking saute your garlic, green beans and mushrooms until lightly browned. Toss in the cherry tomatoes for the last thirty seconds. Put all of your sauteed ingredients into a bowl and mix with the olive oil and red wine vinegar.
After the ravioli is cooked and your veggies are mixed you combine them together and gently mix. Ravioli is a very tender pasta so I find it breaks easily. Usually adding half of the cooked ravioli at a time and slowly mixing with a rubber spatula keeps the pasta together.
I complete basically every meal with my not-so-secret ingredient Garlic and Wine Seasoning created by The Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant at locations across North America. Lucky for you, you can buy my favorite seasoning of all time online for only $4.95 and get it delivered to your kitchen. I HIGHLY recommend you do this and use it for every meal. No joke.
Like I said, the best part about this meal is you can vary the vegetables and herbs that you put into the mix. Try a combination of your favorites like squash, zucchini, and eggplant. Do a mix of peppers, Or go completely green with spinach, broccoli and asparagus. Really you can’t go wrong with your veggies of choice. Top with parmesan cheese and serve with garlic bread!
Pick up your fork now for your virtual bite! Mmmm!
What is your favorite quick and simple recipe? I want another go-to meal to add to my menu board!