I remember when I was a kid and my mom would make homemade, from scratch, ravioli. It was one of my favorites, and I've made it with my kids - but there's only so much time in the day, and lately - the homemade ravioli hasn't happened. I'm still making the sauce - especially since I still have tomatoes in the garden, whipping up a fresh sauce is super easy - but I've skipped the homemade pastas.
My kids are pretty adventurous eaters. They are great fruit and veg eaters, a bit less on the out of the typical meats - but good eaters overall. When the opportunity came to try Monterey Foods new offerings, and have a "cook with the kids" night - we were all in. I've often discovered that by having them cook with me, the kids are more apt to try new foods, even foods that aren't typical "kid fare" - like, say, steamed dumplings or spinach pasta. We try to focus on healthy, natural meals - but keep it fun for everyone.
We were sent a selection of gourmet pastas to try - missing from this picture is the four cheese variety (my oldest boy commandeered it immediately upon unpacking the box and ate the entire thing in one sitting. I'll have to take his word for it that it was yummy.)
The kids picked out a variety and we got busy.
She takes her cooking responsibilities very seriously, yo.
One thing that I really appreciate about Monterey Foods is their all natural philosophy - with fresh foods, there's no need for additives or preservatives, things with long, chemical names that I can not pronounce - just yummy, healthy foods. They meet my super insanely high standards of flavorful, natural and high quality ingredients. In fact, Monterey Gourmet Foods takes great pride in their products, as dictated by their own, “Generally Natural Principles.” They offer a wide variety of products, which all have distinct flavors and are perfect for a family on the go – especially a family whose mother has super high standards.
We boiled up the ravioli and pan fried the dumplings and served them in a smorgasbord type style - but everyone had to try one of everything.
SOMEONE wasn't thrilled to try spinach - even though her brothers and sisters promised that it was really yummy - and we let her put extra cheese on top.
Once she tried it, though, she was a fan - and ate four more.
Not pictured - the salad and apple slices. Please to note the incredibly stylish Mason Jar of Chocolate milk.
The pastas and dumplings were delicious, cooked quickly and left us pleasantly full and satisfied. We ate all three packages, leaving no leftovers for my poor, overworked husband - but having satisfied kids who weren't existing on chicken nuggets was an awesome feeling. And, as a bonus - the people who cook have to clean up, so I had lots of full tummies washing the dirty dishes.
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