Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Easiest Veggie Ravioli

My guess is that many of us made a goal to eat better in 2016. Maybe you did, maybe you're doing great! ... maybe not so much. It's never too late friends, persistence is they key to achieving goals!

Sometimes, KC and I are just plain busy... and we need something fast, but something that's not awful for us... well, this recipe, is SUPER EASY, QUICK, and overall decently healthy. Eat a reasonable portion and serve it with a salad.... you're good to go!

*this recipe comes with some very specific veggies, but you can really use whatever you want! Spinach, onion, peppers... whatever sounds good to you!*

Veggie Ravioli

Serves 6-8**

18 oz. of refrigerated cheese or veggie ravioli (we tried a mushroom one last time...NOM!)
4 oz. mushrooms, sliced (you can use canned, drain first! Or use fresh!)
14 oz. canned artichoke hearts (in water), chopped
4 oz. canned sliced black olives (you can buy non-sliced, and slice them FOR SO MUCH CHEAPER!)
29 oz. jarred pasta sauce of choice
1 pkg. shredded mozzarella

1) Cook ravioli according to package directions. Prep. veggies while ravioli is cooking. Drain and return to pan. Add pasta sauce, and prepared veggies. Stir to combine.
2) Spray 9 X 13 baking dish, and put pasta mixture in pan. Top with cheese. Bake at 400 Degrees F. for 15-30 minutes or until cheese is melted. (ours only took 15!)
3) Serve with salad and enjoy!

Substitution Ideas: Like I mentioned above, any veggies would be great in this! If you choose raw veggies, you may want to sautee them to soften them a bit before baking... or let bake for the longer amount of time. You can also substitute other types of pasta/ravioli. You could use cheese, mushroom, squash, meat... etc. Even tortellini would work! Any sauce would be great here too!

**6-8 servings is a lot for some, but is convenient in terms of packaging of the ingredients. We each eat a serving the first night, save individual servings in 2 cup pyrex for lunch the next day, then we freeze whatever's left in individual serving sizes! So easy to pull out of the freezer on a day you need a lunch in a pinch!**

What's your favorite meal that's easy and healthy?!



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