Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.
A recent conversation with my husband went something like this:
“So Reid has soccer on Monday nights and Ryder has language therapy on Tuesdays. They both have swimming on Wednesday nights and on Thursdays, don’t forget Ryder has martial arts…”
Sounds like your family too? Weeknights are hectic, I know. In fact, I spend an inordinate amount of time fussing over what to serve for dinner, only to fall back on tried-and-true favourites that I know the boys will eat (preferably, but not always, without complaint). My standby is pasta; spaghetti, macaroni, penne, rotini, fusilli… pair it with a great-tasting pasta sauce and I know they’ll clean their plates.
But kids cannot live on pasta alone.
The good news? I’ve found three new recipes to add to my repertoire thanks to Great Value Pasta Sauce. I know what you’re thinking – more pasta? Nope! These affordable dishes incorporate the deliciousness and versatility of pasta sauce in inspiring new ways. Plus, the recipes are easy to follow and ready in just 20 minutes or less. They’re perfect for crazy weeknights when time (and patience!) is limited!
Easy, Affordable Recipe #1: Cheesy Chicken Nachos
Kids love nachos, so this one’s a no-brainer. However, when was the last time you made nachos with Alfredo sauce? (I just blew your mind, didn’t I?) It’s creamy and pairs perfectly with Mexican-inspired grilled chicken and crispy blue corn tortilla chips.
Hero Product: Great Value Alfredo Pasta Sauce
Hero Tip: Use fully cooked chicken strips to save time!
Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 20
Cost per serving: $5.10
2 boneless chicken breasts
1 tbsp (15 ml) Tex Mex seasoning
1 large bag of blue corn tortilla chips
1 ½ cups (375 ml) Great Value Old Cheddar, shredded
1 ½ cups (375 ml) Great Value Alfredo Pasta Sauce
½ cup (125 ml) tomatoes, chopped
2 jalapenos, sliced into coins
4 green onions, chopped
½ cup (125 ml) black olives
Heat grill to medium high. Season chicken breasts with Tex Mex seasonings. Grill for four minutes on one side, flip, and grill for another four minutes (or until internal temperature is 165F [75C]). Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
In a medium saucepan, heat Alfredo Great Value Pasta sauce over medium heat. Chop chicken into cubes and add to sauce. Keep warm.
On a microwave safe platter, place tortilla chips in a single layer, top with ½ cup (125 ml) of chicken and Alfredo sauce, then ½ cup (125 ml) of shredded Cheddar. Repeat for two more layers.
Microwave for 90 seconds or until cheese is melted.
Remove from microwave and top with tomatoes, jalapenos, green onions and olives. Serve with sour cream.
I honestly never thought to microwave shredded cheese until melted. Not only does it save time and energy – it works! Using leftover chicken breasts that I grilled over the weekend, I was able to assemble and serve this delicious dinner in under 10 minutes.
Easy, Affordable Recipe #2: Shakshouka Goes to Italy!
Shakshouka is a traditional Israeli or Tunisian dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, peppers and onions. While it’s normally served at breakfast or brunch, we absolutely love eggs for dinner and the Italian twist on this recipe really elevates it to comfort food status.
Hero Product: Great Value Garlic & Onion Pasta Sauce
Hero Tip: This is a one pot meal! Serve Shakshouka with garlic toast or slices of fresh baguette.
Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 20
Cost per serving: $2.35
1 tbsp (15 ml) canola oil
½ cup (125 ml) white onion, chopped
½ cup (125 ml) sweet peppers, chopped (red, orange or yellow)
1 650 ml jar Great Value Garlic & Onion Pasta Sauce
4 large eggs
Salt and pepper
½ cup (125 ml) fresh basil, chopped
In a large skillet, heat canola oil to medium high. Add onions and peppers and cook for three minutes, stirring often.
Add Great Value Garlic & Onion Pasta Sauce and stir to combine with onions and peppers. Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Make four indentations in the sauce and break in the eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until eggs are set.
Remove from heat, top with fresh basil.
With a large serving spoon, transfer two eggs to a pasta bowl. Divide remaining sauce evenly between bowls. Serve with grilled garlic toast.
I was worried about the “kid-friendly” aspect of Shakshouka but the boys gobbled it up! They enjoyed dipping slices of toasted baguette in the rich-tasting sauce. This recipe has officially entered our rotation for easy weeknight dinners.
Easy, Affordable Recipe #3: Powerhouse Pizza Rollups
They’re bite-sized, made of buttery puff pastry and allow mom to sneak in some colourful veggies, too. Could Powerhouse Pizza Rollups be the most perfect food? Plus, with a robust four-cheese sauce for dipping, they’re a savoury treat that doubles as a late-night snack when the kids are in bed.
Hero Product: Great Value Four Cheese Pasta Sauce
Hero Tip: Switch it up! Try pepperoni and mozzarella, broccoli and cheddar or asparagus and asiago.
Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 20
Cost per serving: $2.50
Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Separate crescent rolls into eight triangles and space evenly on baking sheet.
At the wide end of each triangle, place a generous teaspoonful of Four Cheeses Great Value Pasta Sauce. Top with three or four baby spinach leaves. Add three or four pepper strips and one teaspoon of feta to each triangle. Roll up each triangle loosely. Careful not to overload contents, as it could result in improperly cooked rolls.
Transfer sheet to oven and bake for 11-13 minutes. Serve with remaining Great Value Four Cheese Pasta Sauce for dipping.
I know I’m supposed to reinforce the importance of eating together at the dining table, but the truth is, what I love most about these pizza rollups is that they’re portable. Having dinner on the way to practice is a reality for our family, so we all give this meal two thumbs up!
So, what do you think? I bet you didn’t know you could do so much with pasta sauce! Great Value Pasta Sauce is only $2.27 for a 650 mL jar and made with quality ingredients you can actually read. Whether you’re looking for weeknight dinner solutions or just want to move away from the every day, I hope you try these inspiring new recipes featuring Great Value Pasta Sauce!
All of these recipes can be found at Walmart.ca/recipecentre.
To help you create a school weeks’ worth of meals, one lucky Listen to Lena reader will win a $100 Walmart Gift Card! To enter, simply fill the form below with your qualifying entries.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada as part of the Great Value Pasta Sauce program. In exchange for this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.