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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tomato and Basil Pesto Penne with Garlic Shrimp

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. 
All opinions are mine alone. #OnePanPronto #CollectiveBias
Tomato and Basil Pesto Penne with Garlic Shrimp. September is upon us: back to school. This is the time of year when we go back to the old routine, back to normal, andwhy not say it back to happiness! My two boys started school last Monday, and I feel like I can do whatever I want... having an easy meal even my fourteen-year old son, Andrés Ignacio, could make by himself.
This is why I decided to give Barilla® Pronto™ a try. Not only is it the easiest way to cook pasta, but there is another good reason to have it. For every box of Barilla® Pronto™ purchased at Walmart between 7/31/2016 and 10/31/2016, Barilla®will donate 10 meals to kids in need through their No Kid Hungry campaignup to half-a-million meals.*
In my house, we all kill for a good pasta. We love tomato sauce, we love pesto. I’m the one doing everything from scratch, but I’m also in the process of training my high school boy in the culinary arts.
By learning how to cook, he is growing independent. Cooking is a tool for life, and can open so many doors (as it did for me.) Food and recipes are excellent icebreakers and conversation starters...
Even if my son is the one who cooks, he's also the one looking forshortcuts (come on, he’s a teenager!)
So for him, Barilla® Pronto™ ready-to-use Barilla Tomato and Basil Sauce, and ready-to-use Barilla Traditional Basil Pesto are simply perfect. They're not even hard to find: buy them at my local Walmart.

He can make a full meal in just a couple of minutes without sacrificing flavor.
This tomato and basil penne with garlic shrimp is hearty, yummy and easy to make! There is no need to wait for the water to boil, to cook the pasta and strain it. You just put the pasta in a pot, add water, and when it's done, it's done! The only step left is adding some ready-to-use tomato sauce and some pesto to make it even more flavorful.
What can be better than that?
Well, for protein purposes, and so we can have a whole nutritious meal, my son added some garlic shrimp. Here is his recipe; I hope you like it!

Tomato and Basil Penne with Garlic Shrimp  | Ingredients for 4 portions
16 large shrimp with tails, deveined
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 Barilla Pronto Penne
3 cups of water
1 Barilla Tomato and Basil Sauce jar (24 oz)
8 tablespoons of Barilla Traditional Basil Pesto
Coarse sea salt

1.     In a bowl, put the shrimp, olive oil, garlic, and some salt. Stir.
2.     Preheat a grill skillet to medium heat.
3.     Cook the shrimp for 3 minutes. Turn them over and cook for 3 minutes on each side.
4.     In the meantime, pour the pasta into a large skillet. Add 3 cups of water, ½ teaspoon of salt and cook on high heat for 9-10 minutes, stirring regularly until the water is absorbed.
5.     Add the tomato sauce and stir.
6.     Serve the pasta, adding the pesto on top, and garnishing with 4 shrimp.

*$1.00 can provide a child 10 healthy meals. This amount is based on individual experiences of grant recipients. Contributions will be used to reach the highest number of children facing hunger in America. Share Our Strength is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Shrimp Tacos with Hot Sauce

Shrimp Tacos with Hot Sauce is brought to you by DiMe Media and TabascoThank you for supporting the brands Savoir Faire collaborates with, so I can keep 
creating and sharing recipes that are fun, colorful, and delicious 
Shrimp tacos with hot sauce. When I was invited to participate in Tabasco's #TaquizaTabasco campaign, I thought of Tabasco's chipotle sauce, one of my all-time favorites, and the one that turned me on to the power of a smoky jalapeño flavor.

My first thought was empanadas: some stuffed with black beans, others with shredded beef, and some with white cheese. I wanted to serve them with guasacaca, mojo, and alioli, with each sauce containing touches of Tabasco: garlic, habanero and, of course, chipotle.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Passion Fruit Mojito

Passion fruit mojito. It's Friday. I've had a few weeks now where I feel like a disgruntled employee waiting for the weekend, waiting for Friday since early Wednesday, and wanting to get a drink. Strike that: wanting to get a mojito, with a lot of ice, spearmint, and passion fruit juice. Don't lie and tell me such an acidic sharp-tasting fruit wasn't born to be blended together with a good rum.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Arepas Filled with Tuna Salad and Mayonnaise

Arepas filled with tuna salad and mayonnaise. Ever since Abel came into our life, arepas have become a daily fixture of our table. When I say daily, I mean DAILY: when we don't eat arepas for breakfast, we eat them for dinner. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Bryce Dallas Howard Talks Pete's Dragon, Fulfilling Childhood Dreams, and Robert Redford

Photos courtesy of Disney Studios
Pete's Dragon. Premiering this Friday, August 12th, Pete's Dragon is a remake of a classic 1977 Disney film. Shot entirely in New Zealand, this feel-good is set to be the family hit of the summer. With it's outstanding animation, captivating story, and message of the importance of believing the impossible, this film will put you and yours under its spell, or at the very least make for a feel-good afternoon as a family. 
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