Review *Great Value Lean Cafe Cheese Ravioli*

Sometimes you just need an easy meal right? The kids wanted peanut butter sandwiched and grapes for dinner but I wanted more. I gave into them and that’s what they had. I try not to eat a big meal with them because hubby does not get home till 10:30 and I like to eat with him. I look in the freezer and pull out Great Value (Wal-Mart Brand) Lean Cafe Cheese Ravi0li.

I should not of done this!

The picture on the box looks appetizing enough and it only has 220 calories. I wish i had thought to take a picture of it. Not good! I know I am on a diet but I need sauce with my pasta. If I had been thinking strait I would got out some of the left over Lazy Crock Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce to put on it. Again, I am aware I am on a diet but I would like more than FOUR ravioli! I also prefer to have taste. Over all it was very bland and yuck. I ate it because I spent my money on it and I spent my time cooking it.

It did have some good credits. I paid less than $2 for it and it had microwave directions. Before  you ask, I used the hour-long oven directions because I don’t own a microwave. So if you want cheap, fast, and bland cardboard go for it. Otherwise spend  little more and get a name brand meal or better yet just cook or eat left overs. I know what I will do next time.

 

**This post was in no way sponsored by Wal-Mart or Great Value Brand.

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Crock Pot Turkey Meatballs

Everyone loves meatballs! I must admit I was a little worried about these because my swears he is not a turkey fan but he says its the best meatball he has had in a very long time. I scoured the internet and found a few recipes so I combined what I thought I would like. This recipe made about 20 ping pong ball size meatballs. I will make double next time. The family loved them!

Serving Size:5 Meatballs ** Calories 211 **  Fat 8 g ** Carbs 13.6 ** Fiber 1 g ** Sugar 4 g ** Protien 18 g ** 478 mg

 

  • 1 lb ground turkey sausage
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup parmigiana  cheese
  • Herbs: Parsley, basil, thyme, rosemary
  • Chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper 
  1. Put herbs onion and garlic cloves in a food processor until paste like.  Hiding such items from my picky family. If you want you can just cut them all in small pieces.
  2. Poor all ingrediants in bowl and mix well with hands.
  3. make ping pong size balls. 
  4. Add to your favorite spaghetti sauce in the crock pot. 
  5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
If your family is picky don’t tell them its turkey. My husband swears turkey taste funny and LOVES these. He did know it was turkey because we shopped together.  Have a good dinner! I will be having the leftovers from these on a 100 calorie sandwich round. Love meatball sandwiches!

Lazy Crock Pot Spaghetti & Meat Sauce

All I can say is YUMMY! I had never made homemade spaghetti sauce. The thought had crossed my mind but I thought it would be daunting. Easy as can be. I started with a recipe from SkinnyTaste and made it my own. This is really simple and feeds a lot. I will have left overs and some to freeze for this family of 5.

Serving Size 1/2 cup **Calories 120 **Fat 4g**Carb 9.5 g **Fiber 2.5 g ** Sugar 4 g** Protein 15 g** Sodium 457mg

  • 2 Large Cans (28oz) of crushed Tomatos
  • Fresh Herbs: Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, Parsley
  • 7 Garlic Cloves
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 lb Turkey Sausage
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • Chopped Onion
**Note on the items with no measurements its more to your own taste and wont really mess with the calories.
  1. In a skillet brown the turkey sausage and ground turkey with onion and herbs. I also added a minced garlic clove to the meat as I browned it. Drain
  2. In crock pot add both cans of tomatoes. If you think it is too chunky for for family blend one can till smooth in the blender.
  3. Add herbs and onion. This is to your own taste. Again if your family is like mine you can take 1/2 or all (I did half) and but in the blender with some sauce till smooth. Same great taste and the picky family never knows. 🙂
  4. Toss in the garlic. Make sure you peel the outside off.
  5. Add meat.
  6. Let cook on low for 6-8 hours.

I am not a tomato fan so I worried if I would like this and I LOVE it! Watch tomorrow for the recipe to make the meatballs pictured. Enjoy!

 

Note: Please forgive the picture. My camera is missing and I had to use my phone