The Perfect Pairing for your Lasagna #BalanceYourPlate
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Stouffer’s. The opinions and text are all mine.
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve walked the supermarket aisles wondering what in the world am I going to cook?! I hate it when I’m stuck in a rut when it comes to cooking homecooked meals for my family. We either cook something Mexican or we cook something Filipino. But there are times in between in which I wish we could change things up a bit. So, how do I do it?
My go-to meal has always been delicious frozen meals from Stouffer’s. Especially the Family Size Lasagna with Meat & Sauce. Did your mouth water? Mine did. It’s just so, so good! Our family dinners for the last 19 years that I have been married and of course the 18 years that I’ve been a mother have been balanced. In the end, my husband and kids have full tummies and my heart is content. My kids love lasagna. I love lasagna. There’s just something about a comfort food that is easy to take out of the freezer and put it into your oven, and BAM, you have dinner.
Pasta is one of the best meals I serve, but it’s also one that I have to take into consideration. If you’ve been following the blog or you follow me on social media, you know that I have shed some pounds. I am almost at my goal weight for this year, which means obviously that I had to let go of some of the foods that I love, pasta included!
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But just like any diet I was allowed one cheat day and what do I do my cheat days?? I eat! Yes, that’s right! I eat a meal that is balanced but at the same time, I eat what I want.
When we eat Lasagna, what do I pair with it? Garlic bread? Veggies? I love salad. The kids don’t really like salad, in fact, I think I’m the only one who actually eats the salad which is fine because it means I get to eat a yummy salad by myself? I mean where is the bad part in that sentence right?
One of my favorite, favorite, favorite salad is a cranberry and some sort of nut salad. With my diet, I have been able to learn how to adjust and balance my plate so that I am able to eat a full meal without having to pile on the carbs and essentially break my diet. This salad is easy to do and when they’re in the mood, my entire family loves it too!
It’s sweet, it’s crunchy, it is absolutely delicious and it goes perfectly well with your lasagna. Here is the recipe:
Low-Fat Cranberry Salad
1 pack of your favorite spring salad
4 tbsp of dried cranberries
3 tbsp of feta cheese
4 tbsp on low-fat raspberry vinaigrette
3 tbsp of sliced almonds or your favorite nuts
Rinse and add the salad to your favorite serving bowl. Add all of the dry ingredients and toss. Top with the dressing. Okay, I don’t know about you, but my mouth is watering.
I can’t wait for the weekend to come that way I can eat this salad again!!!
Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!