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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and like I mentioned this time last year, we do not get out to celebrate this holiday very often just Jake and me. Like many of my readers here, I have two kids and a husband who works nights. This means I am pretty done most of the time. Jake sleeps during the day and I am doing everything I need to do as well, so date nights are spare. This Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fun to show you all how you can still celebrate the holiday with your partner. You won’t have to leave the house, and total- this meal takes about a half hour.
We are big Italian food fans, so I for this meal I stuck to what I know. The Caprese Bruschetta I am sharing is super simple. Like, stack things on a piece of bread simple. The pasta is Jake’s favorite Bertolli® Frozen Meal: Shrimp Scampi and Linguini Pasta. So if this is something you think you can take the time to do, keep reading!
What you’ll need:
- Fresh baguette
- grape tomatoes
- mozzarella cheese
- pesto (store bought, or make your own!)
- olive oil
- Balsamic Vinaigrette
Like I said, this is the way Jake and I like them. I love pesto, but some people don’t so if that is you, skip it and put fresh basil in place of it.
I love getting my bread from the bakery at Kroger. It’s always fresh, and it’s delicious. I slice it into decent size pieces. Once you’ve sliced the bread, brush it with olive oil and place on a griddle or hot pan. Lightly toast each side of the bread. Don’t toast for too long, you don’t want hard to eat pieces.
Once it’s been toasted, it’s time to assemble. Traditionally, Caprese Salad is basil, mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. Like I said above, pesto is my love language so I opt for a basil pesto and spread it on each slice.
After the pesto, layer on thin slices of mozzarella cheese and sliced grape tomatoes. Then, drizzle a bit of balsamic vinegar over the top if you like it, if not you can use a vinaigrette as well.
Pro tip: if you like your cheese a little melty, you can throw these in a warm oven for a bit to melt the mozzarella down. I would just add the pesto to the bread after you’ve done this.
Voila, you. are. done.
I told you it would be simple. The other half of your meal literally takes 11 minutes in a pan on the stove. You don’t add anything, you simply cover the pan and let the Bertolli® Frozen Meal do it’s thing. I am obsessed with these Bertolli meals for two. They make it easy to have a nice dinner together every once in a while and give Jake a break from his usual sandwich on the run.
I don’t know about you guys, but date night has never been easier for us. We even sneaked this in right before Jake went to work. No fuss at all, and we got quality time on top of it. As an added bonus, in February, Bertolli Frozen Meals will be at their lowest price of the year. You can get them and everything else you need for the meal at your local Kroger store.
Tell me below, how do you fit date night into your busy schedule?
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