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How Do You #ShareTheTable with Barilla?

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla, but opinions are my own.

Our family, like so many others, is busy. Mike and I often find ourselves on opposite schedules as he is on shift work. Once Sam was born, we realized that we needed to make an intentional effort to share meal times. {I’m embarrassed to admit how many meals I’ve eaten standing up or while driving.} Carving out family time has become one of my top priorities, especially as Sam gets older. We both want Sam to have great memories of our family gathered for dinner. 

#ShareTheTable Pasta Recipe with Barilla

As we have made this effort, I’ve enjoyed cooking even more. Being able to serve my two favorite guys something healthy and delicious brings me great pleasure. I also love that Sam has become such a happy and able little helper for me. It’s great bonding time for us. 

Barilla #ShareTheTable No Sauce Pasta Recipe

Our family is very blessed to be able to sit down and enjoy meals together. Not every family has the guarantee of where their next meal comes from. Dinner time for us has become about so much more than food — it’s about bonding, talking about our day, our dreams, our hopes. The thought of not having that reality motivates me to get involved and help other families enjoy what we do.

Barilla #ShareTheTable

That’s why I think it’s fantastic that Barilla has started their Share the Table program. They have partnered with Feeding America:the nation’s largest organization dedicated to fighting domestic hunger through a network of food banks. Barilla supports that goal.

Not only are precious memories made around the dinner table, it offers families the chance to connect with one another. We’re designed to work together and live in community with each other. This program helps bring us back to our roots. Studies show that when families connect, everyone benefits. The parents will become happier and more satisfied. Kids improve their attitudes and their schoolwork. The whole family becomes physically healthier. With our busy lifestyles, it’s easy to skip these important traditions. But the impact and benefits are too great to do so.

Barilla #ShareTheTable Pasta

Get online and share what happens when you connect with your family with the hashtag #ShareTheTable. For every social media post using the #ShareTheTable hashtag, Barilla will help provide the monetary equivalent of ten meals ($1.11) to Feeding America, up to one million meals. One dollar helps provide 9 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks now through April 30,2014. For mealtime inspiration visit SharetheTable.com.

Barilla No Sauce Pasta Recipe #ShareTheTable

Recently, Sam and I made this tasty and simple pasta dish with Barilla. I know your family will love it as much as we do!

Barilla #ShareTheTable Pasta Recipe

Sausage Pasta Recipe with Barilla

Ingredients

  • 2 sausages
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 tsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 box Barilla pasta
  • pinch red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. take sausages out of casing
  2. fry medium heat until cooked through
  3. chop peppers
  4. fry med-low heat in oil and garlic until well done
  5. combine sausage and peppers
  6. prepare pasta per package instructions
  7. add to sausage/pepper mixture
  8. add pinch of red pepper flakes to taste

Plate and enjoy! We love adding goat cheese to the top after plating.
This recipe serves four.

Barilla No Sauce Pasta Recipe

How does your family make time for family meals?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla. For every post using #ShareTheTable from now until 4/30/14, Barilla will donate a monetary equivalent of ten meals ($1.11) to Feeding America®, up to 1 million meals. Barilla will donate a maximum of $110,000.  One dollar helps provide 9 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.