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Easy-to-make Italian meals

Published: Wed, January 29, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Family Features

In an effort to squeeze in valuable time together, more families are zooming past the drive-thru and heading home to the table for simpler, satisfying and more wholesome dinners.

Busy schedules can make dinnertime a challenge for many families.

With sports practices, dance rehearsals and after-school activities galore, many parents are doing well by just getting their little ones to the right place at the right time.

These days, with so much time spent outside of the home, the time spent around the dinner table is priceless.

Bring everyone together with an Italian feast

With its savory blend of cheeses, sweet garlic and rich sauces, it’s hard to deny the delicious flavors of Italian cuisine.

By combining a few simple, scrumptious elements, you’ll find it’s quite easy to bring the taste of Italy into your own home.

Gather the family together with the many flavorful options available at your local grocery store, such as Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, which offers prepared Italian meals boasting homemade flavor without the fuss.

Here are a few authentic Italian meal ideas to incorporate into your next weeknight routine, so you can deliver a dinner that satisfies every family member.

Serve up a salad

A crispy, crunchy salad is the perfect starter for an Italian meal and can be tossed together in a matter of minutes.

For a simple take on salad, just combine fresh greens — such as chopped romaine hearts — thinly sliced red onions and croutons.

To add more flavor and texture, throw in fresh mozzarella, chopped radicchio, cherry tomatoes and pepperoncini.

Don’t forget to finish with a generous splash of savory Italian dressing.

Fuss-free entrees

There’s nothing more comforting than a warm dish of flavorful pasta at the end of a long day.

When such flavorful dishes can be created with the touch of a button, everyone wins.

Serve up the delicious combination of vine-ripened tomatoes, sauted onions, 100 percent semolina lasagna pasta, ground beef and premium cheeses in Michael Angelo’s Meat Lasagna.

Or, try their Eggplant Parmesan, made with farm-fresh eggplant, imported olive oil, Italian spices and a blend of imported Pecorino and Parmesan cheeses.

Warm, garlic goodness

A plate of hearty, wholesome Italian food would not be complete without a side of fragrant, warm garlic bread.

Heat up an easy, pre-made variety in the oven, or make your own by simply topping your favorite variety of sliced bread with butter, garlic, Parmesan cheese and oregano.

Fill your kitchen with ingredients and products that allow you to fix easy meals that bring the whole family together.

They’re the perfect dinnertime solution for busy parents who want to serve a wholesome, better-for-you meal to their family, but don’t always have the time or skills to cook from scratch.

For more information and meal ideas, visit www.michaelangelos.com.

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