I prefer to use fresh and homemade ingredients. They taste better, they’re healthier, and they’re free from nasty preservatives. Except most of the time sometimes, I don’t have the time to make all of the parts from scratch before I make dinner. I would like to, but it’s not realistic. For that reason, I keep some premade, commercial products in the pantry to use in a pinch. Yesterday was one of those in a pinch days. I had a doctor’s appointment (still treating my back injury from the car crash on May 1), so we didn’t get home until almost 6 pm. Joe was working overtime, so he wasn’t home, either. Grace and I made dinner, but we got a very late start. For these occasions, our pantry holds an assortment of commercial pasta (Ronzoni Healthy Harvest or Barilla Pasta Plus because they’re healthier than the regular stuff), our homemade canned tomato sauce, and commercial sauces (alfredo, cheese, and a refrigerated pesto). Because we used a box of pasta and the refrigerated pesto, we threw this primavera together in under a half hour. It would have been less if Grace hadn’t tossed the snow peas so vigorously, but she got a little carried away with the washing. We had to collect them from all over the kitchen floor.
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