Disclosure: This Caprese Pasta Salad has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BaronessPatches #CollectiveBias
Even as a stay-at-home mom, life is constantly go-go-go. I remember when I got pregnant with our first that Andrew and I decided I wouldn’t be going back to work. It wasn’t the easiest transition, but we worked hard to make sure it was possible. I didn’t think it was going to be easy. However, I definitely didn’t think it would be as hectic as it is. We are constantly on the go. Add in the fact that I run a small business from my home and we homeschool and the hectic level goes from 80 to 110 with a quickness.
The dishes pile up faster than normal, the laundry is never ending, something always needs fixed, and there’s always a mess to be cleaned up. Sometimes, I swear a fairy comes behind me and helps them throw every single thing off of their toy shelves because there’s a mess again faster than I can clean it up sometimes. On top of everything, I have to educate my pre-schooler and make sure she’s actually learning and “Netflix and chill” apparently doesn’t mean I can sit her in front of the TV and watch LeapFrog all day long.
And then, for some crazy reason, they need fed three times a day.
One of the best things that I’ve found to help my sanity is meal planning, simple, wholesome dinners where we can come together as a family and have a moment where the chaos is at bay for a few minutes. Sometimes, when I actually have life together, I love getting in the kitchen with our kids. We love making a delicious meal from scratch. Other nights though, I’m scrambling when my pre-schooler comes to me and says she’s ready for dinner. Often, I realize I never thawed out meat. It’s night like these that I’ve grateful for Red Baron and my list of simple side dishes to go alongside it. One of my favorite side dishes with Red Baron is a simple Caprese pasta salad.
One of my favorite side dishes is this Caprese Pasta Salad
- 12 oz tri-color rotini
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella balls
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chiffonade
- 2 tbsp, up to 1/4 cup, balsamic vinegar
- In a pot of boiling water, cooked the rotini according to the packaging
- Drain from water and let cool.
- Add in cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil.
- Toss together.
- Drizzle 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar over pasta salad. Taste and add more vinegar as desired.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve alongside Red Baron pizza.
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