$100 visa giftcard giveaway

Entertaining does not need to be crazy stressful.

Case in point.

This past weekend, I ended up doing an impromptu lunch on Saturday with friends.  Being me, and the crazy schedule that is often my life, I had somehow also booked plans for breakfast out with my small group from church beforehand and then a late afternoon wedding afterwards.  Which pretty much left me with 30 minutes to prepare a meal for friends.  But hakuna matata!  I had some new Monterey Gourmet Foods™ ravioli pastas in the fridge that I was stoked to try.  So whipped up a batch of their “Creamy Ricotta Florentine”, some “Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Sugar Walnut Sage Butter” (recipe below), paired it with some simple pesto stuffed mushrooms and a salad, and voila — a super delicious meal was literally ready to go in less than 30 minutes!

Definitely my kind of meal.  Classy, quick, and oh-so-delicious.  And the best part was that my friends completely enjoyed it!  They went on and on about the delicious flavors of the ravioli, and the decadent (although secretly super-simple!) sauces that had everyone asking for more.  And they really loved the bright green “Basil, Almonds & Pine Nut Pesto” that was served with the ricotta ravioli and the stuffed mushrooms.  So fresh and vivid!

I also loved the fact that the food my friends were enjoying was all natural.  I have learned that all of Monterey Gourmet Foods‘ pastas and sauces are actually all natural, which is a definite priority in my kitchen.  (And makes me, as the cook, feel better about enjoying the meal as well!)

All in all, definitely a great Saturday with even greater friends.  And a needed reminder for me that some of my favorite meals can be quick and easy, saving time to be enjoyed with the friends I’m privileged to have in my life.

So to celebrate many more great meals to come, we are going to be giving away a $100 Visa giftcard and some rockin’ Monterey Gourmet Foods VIP coupons this week!  Read below for giveaway details, and to also learn how to make these yummy recipes!

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Sugar Walnut Sage Butter Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces butternut squash ravioli, cooked per package preparation
  • 3/4 cup walnut pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage or ≤ teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 1-2 Tbsp. cream

Method:

Prepare pasta as directed.  While pasta cooks, start the sauce. Have all ingredients ready as this comes together quickly.

Using a large wide sauce pan or skillet, toast walnuts on medium heat until just fragrant and beginning to color.  Reduce heat to low, add butter and stir.  Add brown sugar, salt, cayenne and sage.  Stir until butter is completely melted.  Whisk in cream, add cooked ravioli and enjoy.

Ali’s Tip:

This would also be terrific with some grilled chicken, bacon, or chicken sausage mixed in!

Source:

Recipe from Monterey Gourmet Foods.

$100 Visa Giftcard Giveaway

Giveaway Rules:

To be entered for a chance to win, please tell me what you would make using a Monterey Gourmet Foods pasta or sauce product. If you’d also like to share a recipe, feel free to post it on your blog/website and include a link to it in your comment.

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  • d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
  • This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
  • The Official Rules are available here.
  • This sweepstakes runs from 4/2/2012-5/31/2012.
  • Be sure to visit the Monterey Gourmet Foods page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win
Monterey Gourmet Foods™ is a registered trademark of Pulmuone Foods USA, Inc.

Cookin' up a storm. Oh, and we may have also had some Bailey's Chocolate Cookies (recipe on the blog) for dessert!

The deliciousness.

The beautiful Lindsey getting ready to dive in.

And...Yours Truly. Cheers!!!

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  1. Livivua Chandler — April 2, 2012 @ 12:05 pm (#)
  2. Susanne — April 2, 2012 @ 12:28 pm (#)

    Pizza Caprese:)

  3. Rosa — April 2, 2012 @ 1:12 pm (#)

    I will make ravioli with sauce

  4. Krista — April 2, 2012 @ 2:10 pm (#)

    I would love to try their shrimp and lobster ravioli!!

  5. Courtney Mac — April 2, 2012 @ 2:24 pm (#)

    Would love to whip up some cajun chicken pasta, especially with some Monterey shredded parmesan cheese!

    Thank you!

  6. EmilyC — April 2, 2012 @ 2:29 pm (#)

    Ravioli with pesto!

  7. Ronda — April 2, 2012 @ 2:33 pm (#)

    I would make a pesto pizza with chicken.

  8. Joanna — April 2, 2012 @ 3:44 pm (#)

    Vege pasta with Pesto

  9. Hannah — April 2, 2012 @ 3:55 pm (#)

    I’d make gnocchi with a yummy pesto sauce. Perfect for summer!

  10. Casey — April 2, 2012 @ 4:33 pm (#)

    I would make that Butternut Squash Ravioli with the pesto sauce!! YUM that looks so good

  11. Lindsey Gerson — April 2, 2012 @ 5:37 pm (#)

    ravioli!

  12. Susan G — April 2, 2012 @ 5:40 pm (#)

    The Creamy Ricotta Florentine Ravioli looks amazing. Or something using the Cilantro Lime Pesto, that just looks like a fun flavor.

  13. Kelly D — April 2, 2012 @ 6:36 pm (#)

    I would make a Tortelloni salad

  14. Kelly D — April 2, 2012 @ 6:37 pm (#)
  15. Holly — April 2, 2012 @ 6:51 pm (#)

    I would make Balsamic Brown Butter sauce paired with ravioli

  16. Jessica N. — April 2, 2012 @ 7:21 pm (#)

    I guess I may try and make fried ravioli. Ive never attempted it before, but I think the different flavors would be yummy for an appetizer!!!

  17. Dee — April 2, 2012 @ 7:28 pm (#)

    I would make use it to make some lobster ravioli or a delicious tomato pizza!

  18. Katie — April 2, 2012 @ 7:31 pm (#)

    I would make a pesto pizza using their artichoke pesto! Yum :)

  19. Dee — April 2, 2012 @ 7:34 pm (#)
  20. Kim — April 2, 2012 @ 7:36 pm (#)

    Pasta salad

  21. Caitlin — April 2, 2012 @ 7:45 pm (#)

    The pesto looks great! I would use it on pizza in place of the regular red sauce.

  22. Tina Williams — April 2, 2012 @ 7:46 pm (#)

    Butternut squash ravioli sounds awesome.

  23. anna pry — April 2, 2012 @ 8:29 pm (#)

    i’d make Red Pepper Pesto and Arugula Pizza
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  24. Kathleen — April 2, 2012 @ 9:01 pm (#)

    I would really like to try the butternut squash…sounds great!

  25. Sue — April 2, 2012 @ 9:50 pm (#)

    Recipe looks great, so quick and easy! Thanks for entering me in the contest!

  26. Amy Tong — April 2, 2012 @ 11:27 pm (#)

    I would love to create a Creamy Ricotta Florentine Ravioli with Alfredo sauce using Monterey Gourmet Foods products. Sounds yummy and couldn’t be any easier. I can’t wait to try this combination.

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

  27. Amy Tong — April 2, 2012 @ 11:28 pm (#)

    tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/uTry_it/status/187048806670532608

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  28. melle e. — April 3, 2012 @ 7:04 am (#)

    Honestly, I checked the site and thought tortellinibor cheesy ravioli…

    But I’ve always wanted tontey butternut squash ravioli. I have never been able to figure out what kind of sauce though. Now I know! Definitely going to try the butternut raviolis and I’m making your brown sugar wage butter sauce to go with! Omgosh that sounds so good its making me hungry!

  29. Cheryl — April 3, 2012 @ 9:12 am (#)

    I would love to make the recipe you gave – the butternut squash ravioli with the sage sauce!

  30. Helen — April 3, 2012 @ 9:21 am (#)

    I would love to try that butternut squash ravioli!

  31. Lindi — April 3, 2012 @ 9:22 am (#)

    That pesto looks amazing. :)

  32. Denise L — April 3, 2012 @ 10:06 am (#)

    Veggie Lasagna using the pesto sauce -yum!

  33. Denise L — April 3, 2012 @ 10:07 am (#)
  34. Jeannette — April 3, 2012 @ 10:28 am (#)

    i would swap regular noodles for the ravioli in my cajun shrimp pasta. yum!!

  35. Mia — April 3, 2012 @ 11:17 am (#)

    I would love to use the roasted garlic chicken ravioli with my favorite browned butter alfredo sauce…yum!

  36. JenP — April 3, 2012 @ 11:43 am (#)

    Ravioli!

  37. Kim — April 3, 2012 @ 11:48 am (#)

    I love me some butternut squash with brown butter sauce!

  38. Sona — April 3, 2012 @ 12:26 pm (#)

    perhaps try their ravioli in making ravioli lasagna … been meaning to try it out. Here is the plan … Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brown ground beef over medium heat. Layer Monterey sauce, ravioli, ground beef and cheese. Repeat. Cover and bake for 40-45 minutes. … Enjoy!

  39. Karina Lee — April 3, 2012 @ 12:59 pm (#)

    i would make the ravioli

  40. Karina Lee — April 3, 2012 @ 12:59 pm (#)
  41. Michelle — April 3, 2012 @ 2:25 pm (#)

    I would make a grilled chicken and pasta with pesto sauce.

  42. sophie — April 3, 2012 @ 2:42 pm (#)

    I would mix the pesto zwith some ricotta cheese and serve if with some bread as a appetizer ! Yumm !!

  43. Jenny — April 3, 2012 @ 2:53 pm (#)

    I would use the Monterey Roasted Chicken and Mozzarella and top it with my homemade cilantro pesto (cilantro, garlic, lemon juice, toasted walnuts, asiago cheese, and olive oil) – the cilantro is taking over my garden!

  44. Catharine @BakingChemist — April 3, 2012 @ 3:53 pm (#)

    I love raviolis! I would eat it as is with a touch of pesto! Yum-o!

  45. Angela — April 3, 2012 @ 4:02 pm (#)

    i have been meaning to make some butternut squash ravioli. when i actually do, i’m going to use your recipe for the sauce!

  46. Twila — April 3, 2012 @ 4:22 pm (#)

    When there’s the box, why cook at all?! I’d go straight for that ravioli and pesto!

  47. Jen — April 3, 2012 @ 4:42 pm (#)

    I would use the ricotta floretine ravioli to make a cold chicken pasta salad.

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