An evening of CONVENIENCE!
Now, I know we all intend to make nice healthy meals from scratch (or mostly scratch) every day of the week. This week I had a very grand plan of wonderful meals for each and every night. Unfortunately, my plans were foiled between running my oldest to Karate, baseball practice and my one night out for Bunko. So, along comes Friday night and we have no particular plans and I just don't have the ambition to make anything too impressive for dinner. Also, when my Youngest asked if he could choose dinner and help make it, I couldn't say no. Could you say no to that face?
So, my sweet little man planned a menu that anyone who has a bit of kid in them could love: Dinosaur chicken nuggets, Macaroni & Cheese (the stuff in the blue box) and corn. So, I let him help me make the mac & cheese and he selected the Dinosaurs to be baked and poured the can of corn into the pot. You can imagine the happiness at our dinner table tonight.
Now, I just wasn't into the kid's menu tonight... although mac & cheese is a favorite of mine. I couldn't totally blow my workout at the gym earlier today. I found a package of Artichoke Tortellini I had picked up from Trader Joe's awhile back. I just love Trader Joe's and it seems I am not alone. I have to tell you, this tortellini was wonderful! I just tossed it with a bit of EVOO and dug right in and enjoyed my dinner. Now, as I was biting into each one I was thinking that they were nice and creamy and I loved the flavor of the artichokes... that perfect part of the artichoke in each and every one. I was curious what kind of cheese was in them as I couldn't pinpoint the flavor. Well, that was for a good reason, there was NO cheese in the ingredients! The ingredients included potato flakes and bread crumbs. I never would have thought that they would have potato flakes in them and that has to be what created the creamy texture. Next time you are at Trader Joe's pick up a couple packages of these and you won't be sorry.
Oh, and a bit of fun arrived today! I received my "winnings" from dishing about Top Chef over at Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy. Head on over every Thursday and share your thoughts on the most recent episode and you could win some cool Top Chef stuff! I won this cool oven mitt! Thanks, Susan!