April 20, 2014

Meal Plan || Number Three

Meal Plan, recipes included - The Graffitied Gardenia blog
Meal Plan || Number Three 

Monday ~ 30 Minute Meal
Red Sauce with shells, garlic bread, sliced apples
This is my favorite red sauce recipe! You can serve it with any noodles, I think I like the shells best it creates little pockets of sauce in the shell. The sauce also freezes well. Make a double or triple batch of the sauce at a time. Then portion out how much sauce you'd need for a dinner and freeze. Next time you plan red sauce and pasta, you can defrost the sauce in the fridge the night before. Day of, you will boil the noodles and warm the sauce. You also can use leftover sauce for calzones or garlic bread pizza later in the week.

Pasta with Tomato Sauce 

Prep Time: 10 Min
Cook Time: 20 Min
Total Time: 30 Min
Serves: 4


  • 3 tablepoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar


  1. Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot.
  2. Cook oil, garlic, and pepper flakes in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, until fragrant but not browned, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in crushed tomatoes and diced tomatoes and simmer until slightly thickened, 15-20 minutes.
  4. Add pasta and 1 tablespoon salt to boiling water and cook, stirring ofter, until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain pasta and return pasta to pot.
  5. Remove sauce from heat, stir in basil and sugar, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir sauce into pasta and add reserved pasta cooking water as needed to loosen sauce. Serve immediately.
  6. Recipe credit America's Test Kitchen 30 Minute Meals Cookbook

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Zesty BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, The Graffitied Gardenia Blog
Zesty BBQ Chicken Sandwiches 
Corn on the cob with Unicorn holders, The Graffitied Gardenia blog
Corn on the Cob & Unicorn Holders 

Tuesday ~ Slow Cooker Meal, 30 Minute Meal, Rotisserie Chicken Leftovers, Hot Weather Meal 
Zesty BBQ chicken sandwiches and corn on the cob (don't you love my unicorn holders!)
This is a good simple BBQ chicken recipe, the zesty is italian dressing in the sauce - Yum! I've actually never tried the slow cooker version, I usually mix the sauce and warm it with leftover shredded rotisserie chicken or boil chicken in water and shred then add it to the sauce. Simmer on the stove in a sauce pan for about 15 minutes. I used the frozen rolls that I like for the buns, but if you do this it will not be a 30 minute meal anymore because of rising time needed for the rolls. I topped the rolls with butter and coarse sea salt. 

Wednesday ~ 30 Minute Meal
BLT, green salad, raw carrots
Loves: Bacon - Farmland 

Thursday ~ 30 Minute Meal

Date Night

Easter with the hubby's parents, delicious as usual! A really fun dessert that I will be making next month and posting, red velvet poke cake! 

Happy meal planning and cooking!

{you are beautiful and wonderfully made} 

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