New Parent-Friendly Menu at Chuck E. Cheese’s

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s.

If you suggest a trip to Chuck E. Cheese’s to my children, it’s like someone just threw a handful of sparkle confetti in the air. The kids simply can’t believe their luck that they are heading towards a magical afternoon at Chuck E. Cheese’s.

Let’s face it. They have prizes, tickets galore, lights, music, endless arcade games, and none other than a giant Chuck E. Cheese who dutifully emerges regularly to toss tickets in the air and dance with his devoted fans.

While my kids love nothing more than running around with ticket collecting determination, I’ve discovered their new food offerings which has added a splash of adult sparkle confetti to our visits.

With an innovative new menu, Chuck E. Cheese’s has been launching new parent-friendly menu items including a thin and crispy pizza crust and a gluten-free pizza. Since becoming a mom eight and a half years ago, I’m pretty sure that I have had about 7,500 slices of specifically cheese pizza. And while I’m happy to support my children’s taste buds, I was thrilled to see their delicious new specialty pizza flavors including a veggie option, BBQ Chicken and a Cali Alfredo with chicken, sausage, creamy alfredo, and my personal favorite, spinach. If a limited time offer gives you a little fear of missing out, be sure to try the Mac Cheesy Pizza, which basically looks like a dream come true with a creamy cheese sauce and macaroni, all smothered in a delicious variety of cheese.

For those who have kids who wait until right before you order to tell you that they don’t actually eat pizza anymore, there are plenty of other offerings including wraps, cheesy bread, my personal favorite pretzel bites, an endless salad bar and traditional and boneless wings.

You won’t want to miss the dessert choices either with churros, a giant chocolate chip cookie served warm or the Cinnamon Dessert Pizza. These choices are enough to get you to go reload a few game cards while you sit back and dig in.

There’s a turning point for every family where you realize that although at one point it was sufficient, as your family grows, you’ll be shocked to realize that cooking a pound of pasta is no longer enough. It’s with these hungry people in mind that Chuck E. Cheese is offering handmade pizzas, fresh salads and their incredible cinnamon dessert pizza at an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet which is available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at participating locations.

So go ahead and make your kids day with the magic of Chuck E. Cheese’s. Come hungry and dig in!

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe

Easy recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken that makes a quick and delicious dinner for busy nights!

Easy recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken. Makes a quick delicious dinner for busy nights. How to cook tender chicken breasts in a pressure cooker.

Tender and Juicy Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken!

With school in full force, it’s time to think about what to make for dinner and this amazing Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken should definitely be on your recipe list! I’m seriously obsessed with making Instant Pot dinners and I know your family will love today’s new recipe.

We had such a great summer as you can see in my photos on Instagram. It’s hard to believe school has started. It’s even harder to believe that I have one child who started middle school and another in high school! It seems like yesterday they were just starting kindergarten.

After dropping off my son for his first year of high school I flashed forward in my mind to dropping him off at college. Eeek! I’m so not ready for them to grow up.

The next photo was taken during our incredible trip to Scotland. They are my world and I just love them to pieces!

I want to enjoy as much time I can with my kids, so I’m excited to start back to a routine of cooking family dinners. We traveled and ate out pretty much all summer, so it’s taking me a while to get back into meal planning.

With this girl on a new all-star competitive cheer team, life starting to get very busy! The first thing I thought to do was get out my Instant Pot to make dinners easier. I tried making Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken and the recipe was a huge hit with even my super picky son!

These sweet 11 year olds have been neighbors and close friends since they were three years old! I’m excited after all of these years of going to the same school, they finally have classes together.

You’d think her mom and I would talk about what is happening in middle school with them, but no… all we can discuss is how much our Instant Pot has changed our lives. NO JOKE! ha! We love coming up with new Instant Pot recipe ideas and I can’t wait to share a bunch on the blog this year.

Today, I hope you enjoy this easy and super tender Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken recipe!

How to make Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

What you’ll need:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt and fresh ground pepper
3 tablespoons minced garlic (about 8 cloves) This sounds like a lot, but it’s not a strong garlic taste at all.
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon fresh minced thyme
1 large lemon
1/4 cup white wine

  • Turn your Instant Pot on sauté and while waiting for it to heat and the “hot” button to show, brush both sides of the chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place the chicken in the Instant Pot and sauté on each side for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. This will seal in the juices and keep it tender!
  • When the chicken is golden brown on both sides, remove from Instant Pot.

  • Add olive oil, minced garlic, oregano and thyme. Sauté and stir for 1 minute.
  • Add wine and broth, then squeeze the juice from the lemon and stir.
  • Place the chicken back into the Instant Pot, lock the lid, make sure the steam valve is closed. Push the poultry button and set it to cook for 15 minutes.
  • When done, release the pressure then remove your Instant Pot lid. Let stand for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve this Instant Pot lemon garlic chicken with a salad, rice or your favorite pasta.

I like to toss pasta in butter and spoon the juices from wine, broth and chicken over the pasta.

Easy recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken. How to cook tender chicken breasts in a pressure cooker. Quick dinner recipe idea.

I hope your family enjoys this chicken as much as mine. Good luck with the new school season!

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe
 
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Easy recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken. Makes a quick delicious dinner for busy nights. How to cook tender chicken breasts in a pressure cooker.
Recipe type: Chicken
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic (about 6-8 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced thyme
  • 1 large lemon
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Turn your Instant Pot on sauté and while waiting for it to heat and the "hot" button to show, brush the chicken breasts on both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Place chicken in the Instant Pot and sauté on each side for 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
  3. When chicken is golden brown on both sides, remove from Instant Pot.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the minced garlic, oregano and thyme. Sauté and stir for 1 minute.
  5. Add wine and broth, then squeeze the juice from the lemon and stir.
  6. Place chicken back into Instant Pot, lock the lid, make sure the steam valve is closed. Push the poultry button and set it to cook for 15 minutes.
  7. When done, release the pressure, then remove your Instant Pot lid. Let stand for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Serve this Instant Pot lemon garlic chicken with a salad, rice or your favorite pasta. Toss pasta with butter and spoon the juices from the wine, broth and chicken over the pasta.

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Easy recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken. Makes a quick delicious dinner for busy nights. How to make cook chicken breasts in a pressure cooker. Fast and simple recipe! LivingLocurto.com

 

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10 Minute Baked Potato Soup in the Instant Pot

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 Instant Pot Banana French Toast Recipe!

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Easy Instant Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip baked in only 10 minutes!

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip baked in only 10 minutes! A great Instant Pot pressure cooker recipe when you need a simple, fast and delicious appetizer.

This Instant Pot Lasagna is amazing!

Instant Pot Lasagna is quick, easy and delicious! Try this healthy Turkey Spinach Lasagna recipe in your pressure cooker for a delicious dinner.

 

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What You Need to Know Before Buying an Instant Pot

I managed to make it through last Christmas season without buying myself an Instant Pot. That’s when I first heard of the Instant Pot and everyone was raving about it. It’s a pressure cooker! It makes yogurt! It’s a rice cooker! It’s a slow cooker! And then a dozen other exciting features all in one. I resisted though. And I pushed it back to the bottom of my needs list. After all, I can easily cook rice on the stove top and I have two slow cookers already.

But then my large, 6 qt. slow cooker pooped out on me. I was left with my small slow cooker. Me, with my first world problems, thought the timing was ideal. The Instant Pot shall come forth to replace the lost small appliance. With Prime Day deals, I gave in and did it. I bought the damn thing. Not at half price but as good as it was going to get until next Black Friday. When the thing showed up, it was a thing of beauty. And it was just like Christmas in July.

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The thing was huge. It’s a 6 quart so I knew it was going to be a good substitute for my broken slow cooker but it was substantial. It was then that I just wanted to jump right in. After all, I’d seen a billion recipes using your Instant Pot. You  know, dinner cooked in 5 minutes and all. And this leads me to my point. There are a few things I’d like to share with you before you buy an Instant Pot.

In case you weren’t aware, it’s a pressure cooker. A PRESSURE COOKER. You know the thing we heard about when we were young – scary stories of blowing up kitchens. Yeah, that kind of pressure cooker. Of course, I knew this but I didn’t KNOW it. Let me elaborate a bit. So, there I am scrambling to put together my 5 minute dinner. Because that’s what the recipe promised. 5 minutes people. Of course I’m going to fall for it. Just like I fell for that article about cleaning your entire fridge in 10 minutes. Back to the pressure issue. This is when I discover my husband is legit afraid of the Instant Pot. Like, he’s going to have to leave the room. First of all, I botched the recipe because I didn’t realize that the five minutes that the recipe promised does not account for the actual time it takes your Instant Pot to heat up.

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Lesson 1: If cooking using the pressure cooker function, your Instant Pot needs time to warm up and reach the desired pressure/temperature. This may sound really elementary and is quite clear in the owner’s manual but for the love…all of those tempting, quick Instant Pot recipes on Instagram and Pinterest are proclaiming the cook time, not the entire process. Just know it takes a few minutes. Don’t be confused by all those recipes telling you that you can have a meal ready in 5 minutes. It’s not READY in 5 minutes. It may take 5 minutes to cook (once your Instant Pot is ready) but dinner is not ready in 5. Read that manual, friends. And this leads me to…

Lesson 2: Not only do you have to give yourself an allowance of time to let the Instant Pot heat up if you are pressure cooking, you’re gonna have to do one of two things to bring release that pressure so you can safely open the lid (remember the exploding kitchen thing). One option is the “quick release” method. Here’s an example of what it looks and sounds like:

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Okay so that’s the quick release method. And if you have small children, pets or a husband who has fears of pressure cookers, you’re going to want to announce before hand that you are doing it so that they may cover their ears or leave the room. It’s a safe appliance, don’t be scared off. And, there’s also the natural release method. And that can take an additional 10 minutes or so. So again, more time people. I’m not saying the Instant Pot isn’t magical because it is. Just know there’s a little before and after that you need to account for.

Pro tip – don’t set your Instant Pot on a counter where your lid vent can shoot straight up into cupboards above. When I went to attempt the quick release, I realized all the shooting steam would go straight up into my cupboards so I had to do the natural release which takes much longer. Sure, I could have unplugged it and moved it but I was too scared what with all those childhood stories of shooting lids.

Lesson 3: I learned quickly that some of these Instant Pot recipes have not been properly vetted. Maybe stick with the recipe bloggers that you know and trust. For instance, I just tried to find a quick paella recipe. I just searched and found one that I could make in…you guessed it…5 minutes. Now let me sing the virtues of the saute function on the Instant Pot. It’s amazing. Truly. That is one huge advantage over a slow cooker. I always hated using the stove top to brown or saute something and dump it into the Instant Pot. But back to the paella recipe. Basically, it instructed me to saute onions and spices before putting the water, broth and rice in. And then I could throw in frozen shrimp on top. Done. Like over done. If I had taken a moment to think, I would have realized that the Instant Pot was cooking rice and although it took only 5 minutes in pressure cook mode, that there shrimp was also going to be in there that long. Shrimp basically takes 3-5 minutes to cook in boiling water or in a pan on the stove top. And Instant pot recommends 3 minutes to cook frozen shrimp. So, the recipe wasn’t accurate with the cook time for the shrimp. The result – pretty perfect rice and super over cooked shrimp. Now, going back, I’d just saute the shrimp first, remove and then pressure cook the rest of the ingredients separately. Just know that not all the Instant Pot recipes are going to be spot on.

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Lesson 4: One of the great advantages of the Instant Pot is how quickly you can cook using the pressure cooker function. So, it’s super awesome that you can cook spaghetti squash in 7 minutes versus 60 minutes in the oven. I thought it would be fun to try hard-boiled eggs too. It only takes…say it with me…5 minutes! Here’s the thing, by the time it warmed up and pressure had built up, cooked the eggs and then waited for it to release, it wasn’t 5 minutes. And boiling those eggs would have taken about the same time. The exception on that would be if I needed to cook a dozen or so eggs. If that were the case, I’d probably opt for the Instant Pot. Sometimes, we (meaning me) get so excited about a shiny, new appliance and all the cool things it can do, I don’t realize it was easier and quicker doing it the old way.

Sooo…now you’re wondering if you should buy one. Truth be told, I’ve had more failures than triumphs at this point. But I shall persevere. If you choose to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon just know there’s a bit of a learning curve. Maybe don’t invite the neighbors over for dinner to test out a brand new Instant Pot recipe. Give yourself a little room to learn and it’ll all be good. You’ll like it a lot.

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Pizza Party Ideas | How to Make a Pizza Bar

Make everyone smile at your next celebration or family dinner with these easy Pizza Party Ideas. Learn how to make a quick pizza bar and download free printables for your party decorations! A fun dinner buffet idea for a small crowd.

Easy Pizza Party Ideas! How to make a pizza bar with frozen pizza. Buffet idea for a family dinner, birthday party or graduation. Free printable quotes.

Enjoy these fun and simple Pizza Party Ideas!

I love creating food bars for celebrations and happy to share these easy pizza party ideas with you today.

With so many spring time celebrations happening now, you need something quick to feed your guests. A pizza bar is the perfect solution for a graduation party, a big family gathering on a holiday, a birthday party or quick and easy family pizza night!

May is Celiac Awareness Month, and I’m excited to partner with Freschetta and add the new Freschetta Gluten Free Pizza into my pizza party ideas!

Easy Pizza Party Ideas! How to make a pizza bar with Freschetta Gluten Free frozen pizza. Buffet idea for a family dinner, birthday party or graduation.
When Freschetta asked me to partner with them, I was very happy to try their gluten free pizza. This great tasting pizza is perfect for me, because I’m trying my very best to cut back on carbs, but I love pizza way too much! Now I can eat pizza and not feel guilty!

Whether you are allergic to gluten, or just want a pizza you can feel a little better about like me, this is a must try pizza! It comes in thin and crispy pepperoni or four cheese variety. I love that they only use 100% real cheeses such as rich mozzarella, asiago, fontina and Parmesan. Find it in your frozen food section and add your own toppings.

Today I’m sharing a great idea for a pizza party! Freschetta’s Gluten Free Pizza is great to serve along side of regular pizza for those in your family who want to join in the pizza fun, but can’t because of their allergy.

Make everyone smile at your next celebration or family dinner with these easy Pizza Party Ideas.

 

How to Host a Successful Pizza Party!

A pizza bar is such an easy idea when you need to feed a crowd or just want to do something fun and different for dinner. It’s easy to do with frozen pizza, you just need to follow a few tips.

Easy Pizza Party Ideas. Learn how to make a quick pizza bar and download free printables for your party decorations! A fun dinner buffet idea for a small crowd.

 

What you’ll need:

  • four or more frozen pizzas, such as Freschetta
  • your favorite pizza toppings
  • several baking pans
  • pizza cutter
  • parchment paper
  • paper plates
  • pencil or sharpie marker
  • spatula

 

Easy Pizza Party Ideas. Learn how to make a quick pizza bar and download free printables for your party decorations! A fun dinner buffet idea for a small crowd. Freschetta Gluten Free Pizza.

Set up the table with small bowls of each topping.

Thaw the frozen pizza slightly so you can cut into slices.

Have pre-cut semi-frozen slices ready to go on a baking sheet or parchment paper before your guests arrive.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

At the beginning of the bar, provide guests with paper plates so they can add toppings to their pizza slices.

Fun pizza party ideas! Easy Pizza Party Ideas. Learn how to make a quick pizza bar and download free printables for your party decorations!

At the end of the bar, have several baking sheets lined with parchment paper ready for the oven.

When guests are done, have them place a slice on the parchment paper and write their name next to it with a pencil or sharpie marker.

Easy Pizza Party Ideas! How to make a pizza bar with frozen pizza. Buffet idea for a family dinner, birthday party or graduation.
Bake a pan full of pizza slices for about 5 minutes or until brown.

Place baking sheet on table with a spatula for guest to grab their slice.

Easy Pizza Party Ideas! How to make a pizza bar with frozen pizza. Buffet idea for a family dinner, birthday party or graduation.

Make sure to have some appetizers on the table for people to snack on while they wait for their pizza to get hot and crunchy.

Mason jars full of salad is always a fun grab and go treat!

Easy Pizza Party Ideas! Salad in mason jars. How to make a pizza bar with frozen pizza. Buffet idea for a family dinner, birthday party or graduation.
Instead of flowers as a centerpiece, I added mozzarella, fresh basil and cherry tomatoes to skewers. I put them in a small vase and added the left-over basil for the greenery.

Easy Pizza Party Ideas! Tomato, mozzarella and basil skewers centerpiece. How to make a pizza bar with frozen pizza. Buffet idea for a family dinner, birthday party or graduation.
I designed some cute party printables for my table too! You can scroll down to download them and print for free.

Easy Pizza Party Ideas! Free Printables for a Pizza party. How to make a pizza bar with frozen pizza. Buffet idea for a family dinner, birthday party or graduation.

My kids loved creating their own pizza! Everyone really liked the delicious Freschetta Gluten Free Pizza. It’s nice to know there is a good gluten free alternative.

Easy Pizza Party Ideas! How to make a pizza bar with frozen pizza. Buffet idea for a family dinner, birthday party or graduation.

 

Download the Free Party Printables for a Pizza Party

Free Pizza party printables - Easy Pizza Party ideas.

 

Get two 5×7 Pizza Party Quotes to frame!

  • All You Need is Love and Pizza
  • You Can’t Buy Happiness, but You Can Buy Pizza

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Pizza Party Ideas | Easy Pizza Bar
 
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Easy Pizza Party Ideas! How to create a quick and easy make your own pizza bar with frozen pizza. Simple buffet idea for family dinners, a birthday party or any kind of celebration.
Recipe type: dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 4 Frozen Pizzas

  • Topping Ideas:
  • red peppers, diced
  • green peppers, diced
  • yellow peppers, diced
  • red onions, diced
  • fresh basil
  • fresh spinach
  • pepperoni
  • hamburger, crumbled
  • ham, diced
  • pineapple, diced
  • sliced olives
  • shredded mozzarella
  • feta cheese


  • Supplies:
  • several baking pans
  • parchment paper
  • pencil or sharpie marker
Instructions
  1. Slightly thaw the frozen pizza so you can cut into slices.
  2. Have pre-cut semi-frozen slices ready to go on a baking sheet or parchment paper before your guests arrive.
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  4. Set up table with small bowls of each topping.
  5. At the beginning of the bar, provide guests with paper plates so they can add toppings to their pizza slices.
  6. At the end of the bar, have several baking sheets lined with parchment paper ready for the oven.
  7. When guests are done, have them place a slice on the parchment paper and write their name next to it with a pencil or sharpie marker.
  8. Bake a pan full of pizza slices for about 5 minutes or until brown.
  9. Place baking sheet on table with a spatula for guest to grab their slice.

This post was sponsored by Freschetta. Thank you for supporting brands that make this website possible.

Easy Pizza Party Ideas! How to make a pizza bar with frozen pizza. Buffet idea for a family dinner, birthday party or graduation. Free printable pizza quotes.

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Favorite Sheet Pan Dinner Recipes | Easy One Pan Meals

Sheet Pan Dinner Recipes are quick and easy meals for the family! Enjoy some of my favorite one pan recipes that you can pop into your oven for a fuss-free, delicious week night meal!

Best Sheet Pan Dinner Recipes for quick family meals! One pan chicken, seafood, meat and vegetable recipe ideas to pop into your oven for an easy meal.

I love making dinner for my family, but let’s face it, with our crazy schedule of basketball, robotics and cheer practices, my kids are often just lucky to get a grilled cheese sandwich!  To make life easier, I’m always searching for super fast and simple weeknight dinner ideas.

Sheet pan dinners have become my favorite thing lately! Now I’m addicted to putting the entire dish on a baking sheet and popping into the oven to bake all at once. With a sheet pan dinner, you just line your baking sheet pan with foil or parchment paper and your clean up is a piece of cake!

I’m excited to start sharing more dinner recipes here on Living Locurto along with our usual party food and drinks. Here are some of my go-to sheet pan dinner recipes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
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Meal Plan for the Week!

If you are a new reader to Living Locurto, you might not know about my delicious Free Weekly Meal Plans from the past. I have six months of weekly meal plans with free printable grocery lists. They are a life saver when you need some meal ideas fast!

Free Money Saving Weekly Meal Plans. Printable Plans with family recipes & a grocery List. LivingLocurto.com

This week, I’m happy to be a special guest sharing a dessert with some of my favorite bloggers who also share great weekly dinner ideas! I’m sharing an easy Strawberry Pie Recipe with only 4 ingredients. It’s so good and perfect for parties! Be sure to scroll down to get some meal planning ideas for the week.

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The One Pan Dinner Trick That Will Make Your Day

What’s your go-to dinner? The one that you can pull out of your hat at a moments notice because the supplies are easy to keep stashed in your fridge and pantry? Is this magical meal a one pan dinner?

Mine wasn’t.

My go-to was a version of spaghetti and meatballs.

Pasta + sauce + meat = HAPPY FAMILY.

But this family favorite was hardly a one pan dinner. On my best day, this was three. One pan for cooking the meat, one pan for the pasta, and one for the sauce. It was pretty quick, but what time I gained in getting a hot meal on the table, I lost in toiling through clean up.

Did I mention that my dishwasher is broken?

But spaghetti is my husband’s FAVORITE meal. He’d eat it twice a week. If we kept to his schedule, I would have just cleaned up the dishes from the previous spaghetti dining experience when it was time to whip it up again.

I’ve been working on finding a middle ground between full-blown scratch cooking (read: hours in the kitchen) and takeout (read: the kids and me eating breadsticks in my car) so one pan meals have been on my radar.

But what about the old stand by? That the family begs for? I had to hack spaghetti and meatballs.

Have you seen this box?

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It’s Barilla Pronto and it makes spaghetti and meatballs look like this:

 

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One pot dinner. (And I know that’s Penne. Work with me.)

It gets better. A one pan dinner that took 20 minutes from start to finish.

Here’s how you do it.
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Pour dry pasta in pan.
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Add 3 cups of cold water. Turn burner to HIGH. (I added salt.)
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Let it do it’s thing for 10 minutes. Stir. Don’t drop your camera in a pan of boiling pasta. (Like I almost did.)
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When the water is absorbed, add your favorite jar of pasta sauce. Stir.
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Also add thawed (but previously fully cooked) meatballs and cook over medium heat until the meatballs are warmed through (about 10 minutes.) Add chopped fresh basil at the last minute and give it a stir.
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Serve with grated parmesan cheese. Maybe a salad for good measure. What the heck. Serve it on paper plates…as my husband helpfully suggested.
Barilla Pronto has earned a recurring spot in my pantry.
Also…if you need any pasta colanders, you can have mine. I won’t be needing them anymore.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Barilla®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Dinner Conversation Starter Cards & $250 Party Giveaway!

With school starting back up, it’s a good time to start thinking about family routines and meals! I’m happy to be partnering with Ristorante Pizza to bring you a fantastic Fancy Pizza Party Giveaway (valued at over $250!), along with some fun Free Printable Dinner Conversation Starter Cards to help with family meals or dinner parties!

48 Free Printable Dinner Conversation Starter Cards. Perfect meal idea for your family or dinner party! by @livinglocurto

Who doesn’t love an easy and delicious dinner plan? I’m happy that Ristorante’s pizza is available to make that happen! Their pizza tastes about as close as you can get to homemade (you’d never guess it was frozen), and it comes in nine different gourmet flavors, including Mozzarella, Pepperoni Pesto and Quattro Formaggi.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party with friends or finally sitting down to a family meal after a hectic summer, this yummy pizza and free printable conversations starters are perfect!

48 Free Printable Dinner Conversation Starter Cards. Perfect Ristorante Pizza meal idea for your family or dinner party!

Dinner conversation starter cards are simple to print, cut and have handy for any meal! I’ve got 48 cards to keep you busy for many meals. It’s so much fun to draw a card and find out the answers from your family and guests! One of my favorite questions is, if you had to be trapped in a TV Show, which one would it be and why?

As a kid, I used to dream about being on Fantasy Island and having different fantasies come true each week. I’d have to say that is where I would want to be trapped! Plus, the 70’s style was pretty fun and I love to disco dance. ha! I bet my kids would answer Full House. I swear… that is on our TV all of the time around here.

Grab some Ristorante pizza, salad and conversation starter cards below to have a fun and simple night in!

48 Free Printable Dinner Conversation Starter Cards. Perfect meal idea for your family or dinner party! by @livinglocurto

Check out the Ristorante Store Locator to find this frozen pizza near you. If they don’t currently sell Ristorante at your local supermarket, you can put in a request with the store manager.

Ristorante Pizza Party Giveaway!

Enter the Giveaway!

One lucky winner will get a Fancy Pizza Party Pack that includes:

  • 4 Ristorante pizza coupons
  • A Williams-Sonoma wine opener 
  • 8 Pier 1 wine glasses
  • A Williams-Sonoma pizza cutter 
  • 8 Crate & Barrel placemats and matching napkins
  • 8 Crate & Barrel fancy dinner plates 

Valued at over $250! Giveaway ends August 24, 2015. U.S. Residents only.

Follow the directions in the widget below to enter (click here if reading from an email).

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