Hi there! Happy Halloween! I hope all of you had a great weekend! I personally think that this weekend went by way too quick! What did you do this weekend? Did you dress up? If you did, what were you? Sadly, I did not dress up or do anything festive for Halloween. I think this is the first year that I didn’t do anything for the holiday and it’s definitely one of my favorites. I’m not even sure why either. We got Halloween candy over the weekend. I’m hoping some kids come around. Last year, we didn’t get any kids which was very disappointing. So we only got 3 bags of candy. Once those are gone, the light is going off. I hope we at least get a few kids. I like looking at their costumes especially the little kids. They are so cute! Do you give out candy?
So yesterday after blogging, I finally got myself together and Mike and I ran some errands and then went food shopping. We ended up getting some great deals and only spending $40 which was great. It was a lot less than what I was anticipating so that was a good thing.
I had been thinking the entire day for something good to make for dinner last night. It was really stressing me out. However, thanks to the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program and Newman’s Own I had a pretty good idea of what I was going to make. Last week, I received a VERY generous package of Newman’s Own products to try out along with my very own Flip Video Camera! I had been dying for one of those cameras but couldn’t bring myself to by one. I am very excited to try it out!
I decided that I was going to make an Italian dish for dinner. I had been craving Italian and I thought it was the best chance to have some.
I decided to use the Newman’s Own Roasted Garlic Sauce for the meal.
The thing that I really like about Newman’s Own products is the fact that they are all natural. You can pronounce and know every single ingredient that they use in their products. I like this much better than not knowing what an ingredient is and better yet, not even being able to pronounce it! I also like that they donate their profits to Charity. I really admire that.
For our pasta, I decided to use Ronzoni Garden Delight Fettuccine.
I started off this quick and easy meal by sautéing some fresh broccoli, yellow squash, green squash and fresh asparagus in cooking spray, garlic salt and pepper just until tender.
The last time I made turkey meatballs I had frozen some. So I added them to the vegetables once they were cooked. Then I added the fettuccine when it was al dente. I tossed everything in the Newman’s Own Roasted Garlic Sauce.
I also roasted up some string beans and acorn squash to serve on the side which I used garlic salt and pepper on as well.
I made us a salad to start our meal off by chopping some Organic Romaine lettuce, along with cucumber and carrots. I tossed everything in Newman’s Own Lighten Up Caesar Dressing.
I wanted this dressing to be good but it just didn’t do it for me. I liked that it wasn’t a creamy caesar dressing. I also liked that you could taste hints of parmesan cheese. I didn’t like that it was so heavy on your palate. It was very peppery and spicy. At one point, it was burning my lips. I have a high spice tolerance and for a dressing this was a bit too much for me. I don’t know that I would buy this particular dressing but I am excited to try Newman’s other dressings.
I really loved the Roasted Garlic sauce. I thought it was just the perfect amount of garlic. It wasn’t overpowering and it wasn’t a heavy sauce. It was perfect. It blended great with the fettuccine and the vegetables and turkey meatballs. It enhanced the flavor of all of the vegetables and I really liked that. This meal was super easy and quick to put together in 30 minutes or less. I think it’s kid friendly too because of the colored pasta and the vegetables mixed into the sauce and pasta. This meal would be great for any night of the week.
I would like to thank the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program and Newman’s Own for allowing me to try such great products! It was a pleasure. :)
Have you ever tried any Newman’s Own products? What are your favorites?
So I’m curious to see if anyone at my work will be dressed up today. I didn’t dress up. Are you planning on dressing up for work? I will be wearing my festive Halloween socks, although no one will notice. ;)
Have a great Halloween!! Trick or Treat! :)