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You all know (probably because I complain about it often) that our household is a very busy one. Two things that results from this hectic lifestyle are ordering takeout far more often than we should and serving the same easy dinners week after week. Even though those meals are favorites around here, we are in desperate need of new dinner ideas to help us get out of this rut, especially for those weekdays when we don't get home until 7pm after being at Taekwondo classes for two hours.
Recipe creation is not my strong suit. I usually need some inspiration from something I see on another blog, on Pinterest, or a new product that has caught my attention, like Campbell's Sauces. These sauces come in several varieties both for skillet pan dinners and slow cooker dinners. It's meal solutions such as this product that get my brain working on new ideas for quick dinners that my husband and I can prepare for our family. Checkout our latest recipe for a meal you can mostly prepare ahead of time and have for dinner tonight with very little prep time . . .
Recipe: Shrimp Scampi Tortellini Kabobs + Dipping Sauce
Campbell's Scampi Skillet Sauces (1 pouch for every 3 people)
2lbs large uncooked shrimp (shelled and deveined)
10oz whole Bella mushrooms (halved)
20oz package of fresh rainbow tortellini
1lb cherry tomatoes (washed and dried)
shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 Tbsp butter
6" bamboo skewers
|Campbell's Skillet and Slow Cooker Sauces at Stop & Shop|
Tip: The tortellini, shrimp, and mushrooms can be prepared ahead of time. If you choose to cook some or all of those ingredients in advance, store them in the refrigerator tightly covered on or off the skewers. Then simply warm them in the microwave before serving.
Step 1. Boil water and cook tortellini per package instructions. (Do not overcook so that the tortellini will stay intact when skewered.) Then drain and set aside.
Step 2. Put 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp butter into a skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic. Saute over medium heat until garlic is fragrant. Add shrimp and saute for approximately 5 minutes or until shrimp becomes opaque. (Do not overcook.) Remove shrimp from heat and set aside.
Step 3. If you haven't already done so, wash the mushrooms and cut them in half. Then in a separate skillet (or wash the one you used for the shrimp) melt 2 Tbsp of butter and saute the mushrooms for approximately 10 minutes over medium-high heat. Remove from heat when mushrooms are tender and set aside.
Step 4. Using your 6" skewers, create kabobs of shrimp, tortellini, mushrooms, and uncooked cherry tomatoes. (You can customize your kabobs to each family member's preferences. Our youngest son doesn't like mushrooms, so I made several kabobs without mushrooms.)
Step 5. Pour the contents of your Campbell's Scampi Skillet Sauces pouch (or pouches) into a saucepan. Over low heat and while stirring, heat the sauce until warm and smooth. Remove from heat and spoon into individual dipping bowls. Allow sauce to cool for 5 minutes. Then sprinkle shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese on top.
Step 6. Briefly rewarm skewers in the microwave and serve immediately with the Scampi dipping sauce on the side.
This meal is great served with garlic bread or a salad. The whole family enjoyed it (young picky eaters included). The best thing is that you can make the skewers ahead of time, so all you'd need to do is heat the dipping sauce on the stove and warm the skewers in the microwave to get this delicious and quick dinner on the table on a busy night. The garlic bread and salad are optional. For those, we almost always opt for frozen garlic bread and Caesar salad in a bag.
Of course, you can make your own variations of these Shrimp Scampi kabobs to fit your own family's tastes. What else would you add to your kabobs?
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If you are look for more dinner ideas, visit your local Stop & Shop or Giant Supermarket for an in-store demo on Saturday, May 3rd. The demos will take place in select locations, so be sure to call your local store to check if there is a demo scheduled in advance. Also be sure to checkout all the delicious-looking skillet pan ideas and slow cooker ideas from Campbell's Sauces on Facebook!