Quick and Creamy Alfredo Sauce & Monterey Foods Sweepstakes

 
 
 
 

Is it just me, or is everyone healthy these days? I mean, suddenly everyone is an expert on health food and I have lots of friends and family successfully losing weight.  Go us, humans.

I have a sister-in-law getting married in about 11 weeks. So, needless to say, we are on the weight loss train, too. We even have a challenge that we started to help us stay motivated to work out more often and eat less junk at night. So far, it’s working. We were trying to lose baby weight anyway, but now it’s on!

Here’s the problem: I am running out of steam. The closer we get to the holidays, the more we get stressed, and busy, and the less time we seem to spend on meal planning {I’m sure you’ve even noticed my slowed food posts…}. I have started writing on the schedule, “freezer meal” for at least one night a week now, because it just doesn’t make sense to make a meal from scratch daily.  I just know I will not have the energy on one day, so if I do, I switch it up, if it’s just before or after a workout, I need a quick one!

So, Monterey Gourmet Foods sent us some yummy food to try and I was super excited because they couldn’t have come at a better time! We love food at our house. We like making food at our house, but we also like our sanity. So having meals in the freezer to bust out when we need a quick one so the kids can go down and we can have us time, is a must. And these are healthy, made from natural ingredients, and feel like we are getting some variety and culture in here.  The pastas are internationally inspired, so they were not all your typical Italian meal.
  

 

 

We decided to try the spinach and cheese ravioli first, because my mom had a quick and easy alfredo sauce to try. Then of course we tried the chicken dumplings because they are Korea’s take on gyoza {Japanese potstickers}, which we love. Both meals were completely tasty and much needed. When we eat before 7, we consider it a successful night here! Both nights, we whipped up some veggies and a sauce and it was 10 minutes from start to table. Boss loved them!

The idea with this sauce is that is should be mostly stuff that you have on hand at your house already. I practically keep half and half in my fridge these days, and I would say you’ll want the real grated Parmesan, not the powder stuff. 

quick & easy alfredo sauce
from my mom, peg moffat

  •     1/4 cup butter
  •     
2 cloves garlic, pressed
  •     
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  •     
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  •     
2 cups half and half
  •     
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  •     
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  •     salt & pepper to taste


Melt butter and garlic in a skillet add flour and garlic salt.  Cook till bubbly.  Add 1/2 and 1/2 and parsley flakes.  Stir and cook on low till sauce thickens.  Stir in parmesan and salt and pepper and serve over pasta.

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I am Meg, a photographer and designer and a wish-i-owned-a-house-er. My husband and I are self-declared foodies and LOVE projects. We blog about food and DIY adventures from sunny San Diego with our two cutie kids and have an apparel line at colormeapparel.com to keep us busy. Email me at colormemegblog@gmail.com to work with me!

77 comments on Quick and Creamy Alfredo Sauce & Monterey Foods Sweepstakes

  1. Sandy H
    November 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm (4 years ago)

    I would make a sauce with lots of garlic and cream

  2. Elena
    November 18, 2013 at 8:43 pm (4 years ago)

    I would serve them with a side salad and marinara sauce<br /><br />elena150980@yahoo.com

  3. goldfixe
    November 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I would sauté some spinach with garlic. Love it!

  4. Unknown
    November 18, 2013 at 10:35 pm (4 years ago)

    I would serve it with an alfredo and serve grilled broccoli on the side. My kids eat grilled broccoli like it is candy. SO good!

  5. Mara Yager
    November 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm (4 years ago)

    Hmmm this is hard maybe some kinda pasta!! Thank you! Now I&#39;m hungry 🙂

  6. franknsense
    November 19, 2013 at 12:11 am (4 years ago)

    Alfredo!

  7. Mami2jcn
    November 19, 2013 at 12:11 am (4 years ago)

    I would serve a side salad.<br /><br />mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  8. akronugurl
    November 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm (4 years ago)

    i would make a side salad

  9. kellyr78
    November 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm (4 years ago)

    I would serve their pasta with a side dish of steamed asparagus.<br />kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

  10. Jessica
    November 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm (4 years ago)

    a cream sauce with white wine and mushrooms sounds great with this<br /><br />jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  11. Lisa Brown
    November 20, 2013 at 7:45 pm (4 years ago)

    i would serve them with Hearty Garden Marinara Sauce<br />jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  12. Lisa Brown
    November 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm (4 years ago)

    tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/403247823501537280<br />jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  13. D Schmidt mummytotwoboys
    November 20, 2013 at 11:35 pm (4 years ago)

    I would serve the dish with the Basil Pesto with Almonds &amp; Pine Nuts, a side green salad and some Mediterranean couscous.<br /><br />mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

  14. chambanachik
    November 21, 2013 at 2:24 am (4 years ago)

    I&#39;d like to serve the ravioli with a rosa sauce and some breadsticks!<br /><br />chambanachik at gmail dot com

  15. One Frugal Girl
    November 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm (4 years ago)

    A healthy green salad. I eat one with almost every dinner.<br />onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  16. JC
    November 23, 2013 at 4:29 am (4 years ago)

    I would serve with kale salad.<br />tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  17. JC
    November 23, 2013 at 4:29 am (4 years ago)

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/404104230065033216

  18. susan1215
    November 23, 2013 at 8:24 pm (4 years ago)

    I would serve a fresh salad of lettuce, carrots, tomatoes cucumbers and croutons.<br /><br />s2s2 at Comcast dot net

  19. Amy
    November 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm (4 years ago)

    I&#39;m with Susan, I&#39;d service a fresh salad, but I&#39;d do spinach instead of lettuce and add some cubed cheese. Everything tastes better with cheese.

  20. Susan
    November 25, 2013 at 3:16 am (4 years ago)

    Alfredo sauce is my fav…that&#39;s what sauce I would serve with. Thanks.

  21. Kristen
    November 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I would serve pasta with a nice green salad.

  22. L&M
    November 30, 2013 at 11:18 pm (4 years ago)

    asparagus on the side, our favorite!

  23. Tina
    December 1, 2013 at 1:05 am (4 years ago)

    I would serve them with Creole Potato Salad<br />tina19820115@gmail.com

  24. rachel
    December 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm (4 years ago)

    I&#39;d try the chicken dumplings and make a side of fried rice!

  25. Julie
    December 5, 2013 at 7:32 am (4 years ago)

    Bacon-wrapped green beans!

  26. AnnaZed
    December 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm (4 years ago)

    I think I might just toss them with some pesto and serve them with roasted carrots and mushrooms.<br />~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<br />margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

  27. Kelly Massman
    December 7, 2013 at 9:49 pm (4 years ago)

    I&#39;d pair broccoli with the Rainbow Five Cheese Tortelloni!! thanks for a chance to win! kmassman gmail

  28. Analisa M.
    December 8, 2013 at 6:16 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh I&#39;d definitely use your creamy alfredo sauce. That looks so yummy!

  29. MCantu1019
    December 9, 2013 at 8:04 pm (4 years ago)

    A side salad sounds good.<br />MCantu1019 at aol dot com

  30. Madeline B
    December 11, 2013 at 12:39 am (4 years ago)

    I&#39;d serve it with sauteed green beans with pine nuts.<br />madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

  31. jakiesmom
    December 11, 2013 at 2:10 am (4 years ago)

    I&#39;d like the shrimp and lobster ravioli with an alfredo sauce<br />nannypanpan@gmail.com

  32. ms-texas
    December 12, 2013 at 4:49 am (4 years ago)

    i would serve it with a garden salad<br /><br />debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  33. noreen
    December 12, 2013 at 4:52 am (4 years ago)

    Baby greens salad and sautéed mushrooms

  34. Ashley
    December 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm (4 years ago)

    I would serve mixed veggies.<br /><br />hewella1 at gmail dot com

  35. Kerry
    December 15, 2013 at 2:48 am (4 years ago)

    I&#39;d love to make the tortelloni with garlic bread and a salad.<br />nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

  36. Rebecca Graham
    December 15, 2013 at 9:28 am (4 years ago)

    I would make an alfredo sauce. <br /><br />rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  37. Lisa Garner
    December 16, 2013 at 3:34 am (4 years ago)

    I would serve this with homemade garlic twists and marinara.<br />lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  38. Erica Best
    December 16, 2013 at 5:10 am (4 years ago)

    bread and salad

  39. LAMusing
    December 16, 2013 at 8:14 am (4 years ago)

    A side salad and gooey garlic bread!<br />adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

  40. angie lilly
    December 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Potato &amp; Cheese Pierogi with sauteed wild mushrooms and fresh baked sour dough bread!<br />Angie<br />14earth at gmail dot com

  41. Amanda Sakovitz (mandy83)
    December 16, 2013 at 5:02 pm (4 years ago)

    I would serve salad and rice with it<br /><br />pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  42. Betty C
    December 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm (4 years ago)

    I would add a marinara sauce, a mixed green salad, oven roasted veggies and garlic cheese bread.<br /><br />willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

  43. Thomas Murphy
    December 16, 2013 at 9:31 pm (4 years ago)

    I would serve them with a side salad<br /><br />rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  44. Tabathia
    December 16, 2013 at 11:46 pm (4 years ago)

    I would serve with asparagus or garden salad<br /><br />tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  45. Mari
    December 17, 2013 at 12:34 am (4 years ago)

    I&#39;d make a side salad.<br />runningmatey at hotmail dot com<br />

  46. Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com
    December 18, 2013 at 5:58 am (4 years ago)

    I think it would be amazing with pesto and sprinkled with parmesan. Yummmers! I&#39;d also serve it with broccoli. Mmmm. 🙂