April 3, 2014

Long Days

“You know it’s been a long day when you’re cooking dinner and 10 minutes into it you realize you forgot to turn on the burner and the oven so absolutely nothing is cooking…”

We’ve ALL walked through the door at the end of not just a long treatment day, but a hard, difficult, challenging treatment day. We’d rather collapse into our beds without even taking the time for the luxury activities of getting out of our clothes, brushing (and forget flossing) our teeth, and going through the steps of our skin care regimens let alone the essential activity of eating dinner.

One of the most thoughtful gifts that a family member or friend can do for us at the end of one of THESE days is to provide dinner without any expectation of a quick chat during the drop or a handwritten thank you note within a week’s time.

Today, I am sharing one of my favorite recipes given to me by my cousin, Christy of 11 Magnolia Lane¬†as my heart was failing. During that season of my life, I was on the hunt for 5 ingredient, low to no sodium, and zero prep time recipes. This one was and still is a “go to” dinner for our family.

Red and White Tortellini Bake

Ingredients:

18-20 ounces of the tortellini of your choice

  • 3 cheese is my personal favorite

32 ounces of your favorite marinara sauce*

  • I use 2-15 ounce cans of no salt added tomato sauce by Muir Glen, 120mg sodium/can

1 cup of water

1 small (8 ounce) jar of Alfredo Sauce

1-2 cups of Mozzarella Cheese

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350F

Combine first 3 ingredients, then pour into a prepared 9 X 13 casserole dish.

*On occasion, I will add a tablespoon or so of basil pesto for an extra flavor pop.

Take dollops of the Alfredo Sauce and dot throughout the casserole. Do not stir Alfredo into the mixture.

Cover with Aluminum Foil and bake for 1 hour.

Remove from oven and top with mozzarella cheese.

Serve with a side salad (Bagged Caesar Salad) and warm Italian bread.

Ba-BAM: dinner!

Whether a friend drops this one off or you keep it in your back pocket for long, hard treatment days, it will not disappoint.

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