* This post is sponsored by Michael Angelo’s but all opinions are our own.
Holiday time is in full swing in our house, and we actually just headed out on the road for an awesome family vacation. Before we left, my youngest wanted to have a pre-Christmas dinner holiday celebration, so we headed to our local grocery store to pick up all the goodies we would need to create a healthy, but quick and easy holiday celebration meal!
We started with an appetizer and a meal from Michael Angelo’s – Chicken Piccata and Baked Ziti with Meatballs. I know that the high quality of Michael Angelo’s meals will make a great main dish, and they are quick and easy, which frees me up to make some awesome side dishes. Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods is a family owned and operated business, and their CEO, Michael Angelo Renna, and chef and mom, Sara have been cooking Italian food for years, bringing traditional Italian cooking methods to single and multi-serve frozen meals.
I started our side dishes with a side of yummy Balsamic bruschetta. This is SO easy. You split a loaf of French bread, and top with chopped onions and tomatoes that you mix in a bowl with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and spread over the split bread.
Then you top with mozzarella cheese and broil in the oven on high for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese begins to melt and the crust browns. Drizzle balsamic vinegar (just a little!) over the top and enjoy!
Next, I set out to make a green bean casserole that will knock your socks off. I know green bean casserole is sort of a holiday tradition, but this takes it to the next level. Start by frying around 4 slices of bacon and then chop into roughly bite-sized pieces. Chop a red onion, and mince three cloves of garlic. In a skillet, sauté the garlic in olive oil until it starts to brown, and then add the onions and sauté until soft. Then, add 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and stir in the chopped bacon until well incorporated, then set aside. Fill an 8 x 8 casserole with 1 can of green beans, and mix in your bacon and onion mix. Spread over 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, and top with fried onions. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes at 350 degrees until heated through. This has SO much flavor and your kids will GOBBLE down these green beans!
Once my side dishes were going, it was time to set a beautiful holiday table. The centerpiece would obviously be the yummy Michael Angelo’s baked ziti. Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods offer an easy, nutritious, and delicious meal, but they are also really beautiful and YUMMY looking main dish!
We added some beautiful plates, napkins, and quick decorations, and we were ready to eat!
I can always feel good about feeding my family Michael Angelo’s products – they are free of additives and made of the same ingredients you would find in your own kitchen.
You can find Michael Angelo’s meals at grocery stores, natural food stores and warehouse club stores nationwide. To find a store near you, visit Michael Angelo’s store finder. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest! You won’t be disappointed – I know my family wasn’t!
And here’s the best part…one lucky winner who enters on Parent Palace will have an opportunity to receive $25 in vouchers to try your own Michael Angelo meals! Be sure to come back and enter every day!
Which Michael Angelo’s meal would you buy if you won?