Surviving Dinner – Tortellini & Veggie Dippers

Lots of recipes claim they can be cooked in 20 minutes or less.  Some nights are so busy, even that’s too long.  “Surviving Dinner” is a series that is not about good wifeing, mothering, or cooking.  It’s about surviving.  It’s for those nights when you’re tempted to write “fast food” on the menu, but cooking at home will save you a few dollars, a few hundred calories, and loads of mommy-guilt.  Recipes found here can be cooked quickly and have minimal prep and clean-up.  Some may require a little pre-planning, but many won’t.

This menu idea is super easy and very kid-friendly.  What kid doesn’t love dunking pieces of their dinner into various sauces?  Just a heads-up, when I originally planned (and photographed) this meal, everything was intended to be on skewers.  Turns out, skewering those things are an absolute pain and surprisingly time-consuming (though it IS a fun activity for one’s toddler).  Don’t bother with it.

Survival Menu:

  • Tortellini
  • Fresh veggies
  • Dipping sauce


  • Tortellini
  • Raw veggies (grape tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli etc.)
  • Fresh mozzarella (cubed)
  • Ranch dressing
  • Marinara sauce

1.  Cook tortellini according to package directions.

2.  Meanwhile, chop mozzarella and veggies into large chunks.  Chop extra if you have a little broccoli thief assisting you.

3.  Serve with ranch and marinara dipping sauces.  Have fun!

"Mommy! Take a picture of my dinner!" Be assured M&M's are not a usual presence on the dinner plate. But if you've read one particular post of mine, you know exactly what they are for. 😉


Wondering what I’m doing here?  Learn more about the idea behind Surviving Dinner.


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