As much as I try to avoid processed foods, some times convenience takes over. This happens especially on nights when I’m home alone with David, we’ve had a really busy day, or when we have a babysitter coming over and I need something a little more glamorous than PB&J!
One of my favorite go to meals is my Jazzed Up Weeknight Ravioli. David adores butternut squash “ralioli” with any sauce (I’ve even mixed it with peanut butter!), but to me plain boiled ravioli just isn’t quite a meal. So I make it “fancy” by adding kid friendly ingredients—apples and raisins, and adult friendly onions for extra flavor. You can serve it with a big green salad, or just on it’s own—remember that it’s got fruits and veggies!!! Best of all, it comes together in under 30 minutes—probably more like 20, which is perfect for a busy mom on the go!
David can out eat me with these little raviolis—easily finishing an adult portion in mere minutes! Hope your little ones—and you—like this as much as he does!
Jazzed Up Weeknight Ravioli, makes 4 servings
1 family sized package of butternut squash ravioli (I like Rising Moon Organics—vegan, organic, and a relatively short ingredient list)
1 T olive oil
1 apple, chopped
1 onion, sliced
½ c pistachios, chopped
½ c raisins
salt and pepper
optional: garnish with parsley to be really fancy!
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. While you are waiting for it to boil, chop your onion, apples, and pistachios.
Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add onions and reduce heat to medium. Allow the onions to brown and caramelize. Once they are browning, add the apple, raisins, and pistachios.
Meanwhile, add the ravioli to the now boiling water. Give them a gentle stir to keep them from sticking to the bottom. When they are ready, they should float to the top. Once they are floating, scoop them out with a slotted spoon and transfer them to the sauté pan. Mix them in with the onions and apples, coating them with the olive oil. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Let them sit a few minutes. I like my ravioli to get a little brown and crispy, sort of like a potsticker! Flip them around to let the other side toast up and then remove from heat.
Transfer to individual dishes and serve.
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