Oh, Friday, how I love you!
Life lately has been kind of hectic. This weekend will be the first one in two weeks where I’ll be able to just sit around in PJs all day with no obligations. I. can’t. wait. Don’t get me wrong, I loved visiting family over the past two weeks, but there’s nothing quite like waking up in your own bed and drinking a cup of coffee in your own mug on your own couch. Am I right?
Anyway, I was going through old blog posts recently, and, man, do I miss all the free time I had in college! I was cooking and baking up a storm those days and I really wish I could figure out a way to get back to that with a full time job and a jam-packed schedule.
Jeff and I have been eating out a lot lately and I’m finding myself yearning for the time I used to spend in the kitchen when I was a broke college student and that’s all I could afford to do.
Somebody take me back!
Recipe Ready comes chock full of pre-sliced vegetables with a recipe included on the bag so busy people like me can save time in the kitchen.
Personally, I love chopping vegetables; I find it therapeutic. My father used to be a chef and I’ve watched him chop onions in two seconds with his eyes closed.
Me? I’d probably chop my hand off if I tried. Chopping vegetables is easily the most time-consuming part of meal-prep for me.
So I sent an email back to Birds Eye letting them know that I’d love to try Recipe Ready, and, within a couple days, I had this lovely bag of frozen veggies in my possession.
Ignore that it says chicken. I’m a vegetarian. I do what I want.
I think it’s pretty cool that Birds Eye includes a recipe on the bag, but I decided to use the veggies to spruce up one of my go-to, easy-peasy weeknight recipes: Baked Cheesy Pasta.
Adding Recipe Ready to this old favorite was really simple. I just threw the veggies in a pan while the pasta was cooking.
Then combined the pasta, sauce and veggies in a baking dish…
…topped it with cheese and popped it in the oven (350 degrees F–covered with foil) for 25 minutes. Then removed the foil and baked it for another 10 minutes.
So ridiculously easy and delicious!
I loved that the package included veggies that I wouldn’t normally think to chop up and add to my pasta! The zucchini and squash were my favorite additions.
I also picked up a Recipe Ready bag for tacos, but haven’t had a chance to try it yet. I’m sure it will be just as tasty!
Recipe Ready Giveaway
Because I love you all so much, I want to give you an opportunity to try Recipe Ready, too! Birds Eye offered me five coupons to give away for free packages of Recipe Ready. I’ve decided to split them up so more than one of you can win!
One reader will win three coupons and two runners up will each win a coupon.
This giveaway will run until 11:59 EST Monday night (December 9) and is open to U.S. residents only (sorry to those of you reading outside the U.S.)
Full Disclosure: Birds Eye provided me with coupons to try out Recipe Ready. The opinions stated here are my own.