Annie’s Giveaway–What’s your favorite Annie’s Product?

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We have another fun giveaway all thanks to Annie’s Homegrown! You may have been familair with Annie’s Homegrown products the same way I was…by the little bunny/rabbit shapped Mac N Cheese, crackers, and even fruit snacks! As I became more familiar with healthy eating, I started buying Annie’s salad dressing (I think I may have tried every flavor by now!). Annie’s Homegrown products are all natural, wholeseome, and organic. They are also launching all kinds of new and exciting products such as: new salad dressing flavors, frozen pizzas, entrée meals, and mini snack size treats! You will all have to and try at least one of these products out, so be sure to look for the little bunny logo the next trip you make to the grocery store!

One lucky winner will be receiving the following:

• 1 box each of mac + cheese (white cheddar, aged cheddar, GF pasta)
• 1 box of cheddar squares
• 1 box of fruit snacks
• Chino Bag (so cool!)
• Annie’s Homegrown Coupon
• Spork

HOW TO ENTER: enter the Giveaway Widget on the right side of my blog and be sure to let us know what your favorite Anne’s product is! 1 random winner will chosen next Monday August 11th. Go enter!

Below is one of my favorite Annie’s recipes to make:
Asain Sesame Kale, Mushroom, and Aspargus Quinoa Salad:
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Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 bunch of aspargus, sliced into 1 inch pieces
1 bunch of kale; coarsley chopped
1 cup mushrooms; sliced
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Tbsp Annie’s Homegrown Asain Sesame dressing

Steps:
1. In a medium sauce pan bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add quinoa and let simmer for 15-20 minutes until water is absorbs and quinoa is fully cooked.

2. In a medium frying pan add in olive oil asparagus, kale, mushrooms, and sprinkle salt and pepper. Saute for 7-10 minutes and then add to cooked quinoa. Pour dressing onto salad and mix until everything is combined to perfection. Optional: top with avocado! Easy peasey! 🙂

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Italian Mac and Cheese

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Growing up we would always have some type of homemade pasta dish on Sundays as an Italian tradition. We had everything from Spaghetti and Meatballs to Raviolis…you name it we had it. It was my favorite meal of the week! This recipe just sounded so good on this rainy day and it was. I actually got this recipe from one of my favorite Food Network stars, Rachael Ray and added my own twist to it! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Yield: 10

Ingredients:
1 pound ziti rigate, penne rigate or cavatappi (ribbed, hollow corkscrews)
1 pound Italian sweet sausage; casings removed
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups crimini mushrooms, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup milk (I used low-fat)
2 1/2 cups, shredded Italian 4 cheese blend (Trader Joe’s has a great one!)
1 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Steps:
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt water and cook pasta until al dente (still chewy), about 10-11 minutes.

2. In a non-stick frying pan or skillet, brown the sausage for about 5-7 minutes or until it is no longer pink. Drain cooked sausage and set aside. In the same pan add olive oil, butter, garlic and sliced mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and sauté for 4-5 minutes or until mushrooms look golden.
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3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add flour to mushrooms and stir, cooking 2 minutes. Whisk in stock, then stir in milk. When sauce comes to a boil stir in 4 cheese blend. When cheese has melted into sauce, add marinara sauce. When sauce comes to a bubble, remove from heat.
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4. Combine cheese sauce with sausage and pasta, transfer to baking dish. Add one layer of pasta and then sprinkles more cheese in the middle. Add second layer and top with remaining cheese and parmesan. Bake for 20 minutes and enjoy!
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