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You know me…. I’m ALL ABOUT super simple meals!  It seems like the days get so busy that at 6pm I’m scrambling to pull something together while a screaming toddler is grabbing my legs.  My husband makes fun of me because every month I make a dinner menu for the month and then I forget to follow it.  That is why I ALWAYS have tortellini or ravioli in the freezer—I can always whip together a quick meal as long as I have those.

10 Minute Tortellini with Peas, Ham, & Sun Dried Tomatoes:

tortellini

Ingredients:
1 cup diced ham (I like to buy a large ham during the holidays when it’s on SUPER SALE and dice it up and freeze it so I always have some on hand—I separate it into 1 cup portion sizes in Ziplock freezer bags so I can pull it out and add it to all different recipes).
1 bag frozen peas
1 cup Roma tomatoes
1 bag tortellini
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (you can also use milk if you don’t have cream—it will just be thinner)
1 1/2 cups Italian Blend Shredded Cheese
2 TBS Butter
2 TBS Flour

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Directions:
Dice the Roma tomatoes in half- spritz with a little olive oil and broil for about 5 minutes= instant sun dried tomatoes!

Cook your tortellini as instructed on the package and add in ham and peas to cook along with it.

In a separate sauce pan melt your butter on LOW and add in the flour to make a roux (basically a thick lump sauce like substance- I had to Google it the first time I saw it in a recipe!).  When you make a roux you need to constantly stir so it doesn’t scorch .  Now, add in your cream and shredded cheese.  Let that cook on low for about 10 minutes so it can all melt and thicken.

Bye for now! Where I Shop- (1)
Thrive Market - It's like the Costco of organics...this is where I get all of my sugar, flour, baking supplies, kids snacks, etc.
Zaycon Foods- This is where I buy most of my meat products in bulk.  The quality is amazing and the prices just can't be beat!  I mean, $1.89 a pound for boneless all-natural chicken breasts!!  It is bulk but you can always split with a friend or make up a bunch of freezer meals like I do!
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Melissa Llado
Melissa is a busy mom trying to survive the preschool years. She loves a good Pinot Grigio and cuddling up on the couch for the latest super hero movie. Her kids enjoy getting in the kitchen and helping make a mess trying new recipes! Even though she's constantly creating new and delicious treats she usually winds up buying grocery store treats when it's time for her to take snacks for school-- at all of the teachers' dismay.
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