I can’t believe how fast this summer is going by! Lately I’ve been seeing more and more people pinning holiday-related ideas (like this cute idea for Halloween Shepherd’s Pie) on Pinterest and I’m starting to panic a little!
Before we know it the holidays will be upon us! Of course that means lots more cooking, eating, and celebrating!
Luckily I have discovered a new source of food inspiration!
It’s called The Dish and it’s an online resource created especially for bloggers (but anyone can take a peek!) that includes seasonal recipes, cooking advice, kitchen tips, the latest food trends, and it even has a team of experts to answer your food questions.
One of their experts you might recognize, Celebrity Chef George Duran (remember Food Network’s “Ham On The Street”?). In one of his videos, “Meals For Two”, he shares great advice on how to avoid the drive-thru or the closest takeout menu when your weeknights get hectic. (I think we can ALL relate to that…whether there’s TWO of us or MORE).
His tips for “dressing up dinner” by keeping just a few key pantry items on hand inspired me! I mean who would have thought you could take Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli, Hunt’s tomatoes, gooey cheese and fresh spinach and make something fabulous in minutes? George is pretty much a genius. :-)
Check out his video on how to make “Ravioli Lasagna” in minutes!
Put into microwave-safe bowl: 1 can Chef Boyardee Ravioli, 1 can Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes (drained), and 1 teaspoon italian seasoning. Mix together carefully, making sure not to break up the ravioli. Microwave for 3 to 4 minutes. While that is in the microwave, mix together approximately 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1/2 cup frozen spinach (thawed and drained) and 1/2 tsp. black pepper.
To assemble: coat an 8 by 8 inch casserole dish with some cooking spray, layer 1/2 the ravioli mixture in the bottom of the dish, followed by 1/2 the cottage cheese & spinach mixture, and 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Repeat all three layers. Place in a 375 degree oven for approximately 5 to 10 minutes or until the cheese is nice and bubbly.
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As a blogger, let me tell you it’s nice to have a little inspiration to turn to once in awhile. :-) “Bloggers block” is a real thing!
So if you’re looking for a little food inspiration for your blog…or your LIFE…check out The Dish! Or you can follow @ConAgraDish on Twitter. And if you’re a blogger…do yourself a favor and become a member of “First Look, First Taste“.
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