January 22, 2013

Mom Meals with Dave’s Gourmet & Giveaway

Dave's Gourmet Butternut Squash Sauce

Today I am writing with a hot tip for new parents, or anyone needing to rely on a little prepared food this winter. I am usually an advocate for making nearly everything from scratch but even I, someone who cooks for a living, know it isn’t always possible. While I like to make my own tomato sauce there is nothing wrong with picking up a jar or two of delicious sauce when I simply don’t have the time. When selecting my jarred sauces I always follow two important criteria: the sauce must be organic and can’t contain any funny sounding ingredients or preservatives. These are two of the reasons I love Dave’s Gourmet and was thrilled when they reached out to me about trying some of their delicious pasta sauces.

With baby on the way there was really no better time for me to give their sauces a fair shot. Despite being completely depleted of energy didn’t mean I wasn’t interested in good food at all – I just didn’t have the energy to cook completely from scratch! Dave’s sent me a great variety pack of their organic sauces including Butternut Squash, Roasted Garlic & Sweet Basil, Red Heirloom, and Wild Mushroom. Armed with these jars I knew I would be good for several meals and could even keep a few in the cupboard for later this winter when I really need them!

Since my family and I adore anything with butternut squash it was the first sauce we tried. We decided on a simple preparation of Cavatelli with Dave’s Gourmet Organic Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce and Pancetta. We felt that the sweet sauce would do well with a salty accompaniment like pancetta. Bacon, tempeh, or salted cubes of tofu would also work nicely. While I’ve made plenty of butternut squash sauce from scratch I have to admit, opening a jar and heating it slowly on the stovetop was a welcome relief. There was no squash roasting or pureeing involved. I just combined the heated sauce, cooked pasta, and freshly fried pancetta and our dinner was served.

Ravioli Lasagna with Dave's Gourmet

The next jar of sauce we decided to try was the Red Heirloom. I have been dying to try making ravioli lasagna and since my daughter was game we decided to give it a go. We also had her friend over for dinner so it was kind of a little kid dinner party! Again, instead of having to make my marinara – which is fairly simple to do – this time I just poured our Dave’s Gourmet Organic Red Heirloom Sauce over the lasagna and pushed the pan straight into the oven to bubble and bake.  Easy-peasy! (And, trust me, I was doing this at forty weeks pregnant, so easy-peasy was the only option!)

Since the ease and natural flavors of Dave’s Gourmet completely won us over we decided to wait to use the Roasted Garlic & Sweet Basil, and Wild Mushroom until later this winter when I am really in a bind. The infant fog is bound to take its toll at some point and knowing these jars of delicious organic sauce are in my cupboard will honestly save the day at least twice – if not more!

Today Dave’s Gourmet has generously offered to give away the same selection of sauces they sent me! To enter to win:

1) Leave a comment below sharing which sauce you’d like to use and in what dish.

2) Visit the Dave’s Gourmet site and like them on Facebook.

3) Subscribe to The Naptime Chef newsletter in the box on the upper right hand corner.

4) Contest runs from January 22nd at 7am through January 29th at 7am. Winner will be announced in the Friday February 1st newsletter! Winner must claim prize within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Shipping within the continental US only please.

*This is a sponsored post by Dave’s Gourmet. I was sent their products to try but the opinions expressed are entirely my own. Thank you for reading and supporting sponsors of The Naptime Chef.