Saturday, July 31, 2010

Buitoni Ravioli Blind Taste Test

When Foodbuzz asked me to make two vegetable side dishes to go with Buitoni's new frozen meals for two I jumped at the chance. Foodbuzz gave me 10 coupons for free Buitoni meals and a stipend. My middle son's birthday was just in time to take advantage of this. Plus, my little foodie wanted a fancy birthday dinner for himself and his friends. Done!

First, the side dishes. I made a salad with spinach and arugula mixed about 50/50.

I bought some glazed walnuts at teh store and used the bag.

Then, I sliced some strawberries.

I chunked off goat cheese from the log and put it in the salad.

Then, I made a simple vinaigrette: 1/4 c. white balsamic vinegar, 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil, shallots, salt and pepper.

I whisked it together and mixed it in with the salad.

Guest starring in this blog post is Grandma Mary Cooks! She chopped the vegetables for me.

In olive oil, I sautéed zucchini, summer squash, asparagus, red bell pepper, shallots, and cherry tomatoes with some white wine.

After all of the vegetables were crisp-tender I sprinkled some parmesan cheese on top.

I cooked all of the raviolis and their various sauces.

We made three types of Buitoni raviolis:

Shrimp & Lobster Ravioli

Four Cheese & Spinach Ravioli

Chicken & Mushroom Ravioli

The Tween rings the triangle for his friends to come to the dinner table:

The spread!!

Everyone really loved the Four Cheese & Spinach ravioli and the Chicken & Mushroom ravioli. I was surprised that the Shrimp & Lobster ravioli was not hit harder but I liked it a lot. As usual, I cooked so much food! No one knew I had heated up the sauce instead of cooking it myself! Score! Buitoni's stuff is spot on as usual. The preparation was so easy. As the water was heating up, I put the sauce packets in the pot. Once the water boiled, the sauce was ready to come out and the ravioli went in. Easy peasy.


Here's where we get to a difficult part of the blog. Mr Mary Cooks unexpectedly passed away just two days before we had this birthday dinner. I mention this because we had to buy a cake from the store. We will all miss the awesome cakes that he made (along with every single thing about him).

All in all, The Tween had a good day surrounded with his friends, their families, and love.

Special thanks to Foodbuzz and Buitoni!!


Katherine said...

Great post as always and I'll have to try one of the Buitoni Raviolis next time I have a hankering for some ravioli. I'm all for easy and quick!

Meal Replacement Diets said...

I can't find these raviolis at my grocer, I have him looking into getting them for me. Hearing only good things now from a few people that have tried and now I really want to try them.

Sarah said...

So sorry about Mr. Mary Cooks. It still is so unbelievable - I'm sure for you especially. ((((HUGS))))

Medifast Coupon Code 2011 said...

That salad looks incredible. What a nice spread of food.