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BONUS: Two Easy Dinner Recipes

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Not one, but TWO easy dinner recipe ideas: Salsa Avocado Chicken and Basil Tomato Shrimp Pasta. With the help of Walmart Grocery Pick Up and Delivery, we’ve put together two fast (and delish) dinners that are a breeze. Use a combination of fresh + convenience ingredients from Pace® and Prego® to make mealtime simple.

P.S. Make your life even easier and stock up on SpaghettiOs® for the kids, too.

Salsa Avocado Chicken and Basil Tomato Shrimp Pasta - Two Easy Dinner Recipes with Pace, Prego and Spaghettio's.

Make Meal Time Easier with Pace®, Prego® + Spaghettios® from Walmart.

I think you are going to really enjoy both of these EASY dinner recipes. The goal? To make mealtime less stressful with less mess. With busy routines and lifestyles, we all need more recipes that are simple to prepare as well as wholesome and nutritious for the entire family.

Pick up everything you need at your local Walmart. You can find all of the products used either in store, or, like me, add them to your Walmart Grocery Pick Up order. (The easier, the better, right?)

Easy Dinner Recipe 1: Salsa Avocado Chicken with Pace® Salsa

Pace Chunky Salsa - Easy Dinner Recipes

Straight from Texas, Pace® has been a long-time staple in my home. I can remember as a kid enjoying chips and Pace® Picante and Salsa. And Taco Night doesn’t really exist without it, right?

This baked chicken recipe features Pace® as the star of the show, and the bold kick of flavor takes all the guess work out of dinner. Baked along with fresh avocado and melty cheese over chicken, salsa makes this meal shine.

Ingredients Need to Make Salsa Avocado Chicken:

  • 2 pounds chicken breast cutlets boneless, skinless
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 2 avocados
  • squeeze lime or lemon juice
  • 1 small pinch salt
  • 1 small pinch black pepper
  • 24 ounces Pace® Chunky Salsa or other Pace® variety
  • 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 1 tablespoon chives chopped
overhead picture of ingredients to make salsa chicken

How to Make Salsa Avocado Chicken:

  1. First, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a baking dish with non-stick spray. Spoon 1/2 cup of Pace® Salsa on the bottom of the dish and set aside.
  2. Next, sprinkle the chicken cutlets on both sides with taco seasoning. Arrange the chicken on top of the salsa.
  3. In a small bowl, mash the avocado with the lime juice, salt, and pepper using a fork. Then spread the avocado mixture evenly over the chicken.
  4. Pour the remaining salsa on top, spreading evenly to cover.
  5. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, sprinkle the shredded cheese on top. Return to the oven for 5 minutes.
  6. When the cheese is bubbly, remove from the oven. Sprinkle with chives and serve.
How to Make Salsa Avocado Chicken

My favorite part about this easy chicken recipe is how the avocado combines with the salsa while it bakes. It is mouthwatering, and this makes a filling meal when served with black beans or over cooked rice.

chicken with cheese over rice, with a side of fresh avocado

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Easy Dinner Recipe 2: Basil Tomato Shrimp Pasta with Prego® Sauce

Shrimp Pasta + Prego Sauce

Prego® has that signature homemade taste that is always on point. From simple pasta dishes to more sophisticated entreés, Prego® is a must-have for your pantry. You can find so many recipe ideas at prego.com to help plan your weekly menu.

I regularly use Prego® to sauce-up meatballs, chicken and fish. Plus, from Traditional to Three Cheese to Garden Chunky and more, there is a taste for everyone.

Ingredients Needed to Make Basil Tomato Shrimp Pasta:

  • 16 ounces penne pasta dry, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 zucchini halved lengthwise, sliced
  • 12 ounces shrimp uncooked, peeled, deveined, tail off
  • 24 ounces Prego® Garden Harvest Chunky Tomato Sauce or other Prego®  variety
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves fresh, loosely packed, rough chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shredded, plus additional for serving
Prego Garden Chunky Pasta Sauce

How to Make Basil Tomato Shrimp Pasta:

  1. First, prepare penne pasta in boiling water to package directions for al dente. Drain (do NOT rinse), set aside.
  2. Next, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high. Sauté the sliced zucchini until crisp tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Then, stir in the uncooked shrimp. Cook and stir frequently until the shrimp is pink. This will take about 5 minutes (more or less depending on the size of the shrimp).
  4. Reduce heat to low and carefully pour in the Prego® Garden Harvest Chunky Tomato Sauce sauce. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the fresh, chopped basil and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese.
  6. Fold in the prepared penne pasta and heat through.
  7. Serve immediately with more Parmesan cheese if desired.
How to Make Basil Tomato Shrimp Pasta - Easy Dinner Recipes

Seafood lovers, this one is for you. The tender little shrimp simmered in the delicious basil-tomato flavors …perfection. Every bite of pasta and shrimp is coated with savory sauce that is irresistible. Add this recipe to your keeper file for a quick-fix dinner.

close up picture of penne pasta in sauce - easy dinner recipes

Effortless Meals with Pace®, Prego® + SpaghettiOs® – Tips + Ideas

  • Use Walmart’s convenient grocery pick up service to help you meal plan. Just pick everything you need on the app, select a pick up time and drive by to pick it up.
  • Think of all the easy dinners you can create with the variety of Pace® and Prego® sauces. More than just tacos and pasta, right?
  • Super busy and don’t feel like cooking? SpaghettiOs® are a lifesaver for back to school. Plus, they make an easy lunch at an affordable price. This wholesome fave is always a hit with the kids.
  • Forgot to meal plan? No worries. These recipes are quick-fix solutions to make your life easier.

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4.34 from 3 votes

Salsa Avocado Chicken

Fast, easy, and DELICIOUS, this baked chicken recipe features zesty salsa, fresh avocado, and Monterey jack cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword avocado chicken, easy dinner recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 419kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken breast cutlets boneless, skinless
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 2 avocados
  • squeeze lime or lemon juice
  • 1 small pinch salt
  • 1 small pinch black pepper
  • 24 ounces Pace® Chunky Salsa or other variety
  • 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 1 tablespoon chives chopped

Instructions

  • First, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a baking dish with non-stick spray. Spoon 1/2 cup of Pace® Salsa on the bottom of the dish and set aside.
  • Next, sprinkle the chicken cutlets on both sides with taco seasoning. Arrange the chicken on top of the salsa.
  • In a small bowl, mash the avocado with the lime juice, salt, and pepper using a fork. Then spread the avocado mixture evenly over the chicken.
  • Pour the remaining salsa on top, spreading evenly to cover.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, sprinkle the shredded cheese on top. Return to the oven for 5 minutes.
  • When the cheese is bubbly, remove from the oven. Sprinkle with chives and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 1171mg | Potassium: 1230mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 966IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 260mg | Iron: 2mg
Basil Tomato Shrimp Pasta
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5 from 1 vote

Basil Tomato Shrimp Pasta

Tender shrimp simmered in an easy tomato-basil sauce with fresh zucchini, penne pasta, and Parmesan cheese.
Course Pasta, seafood
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy dinner recipes, shrimp pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 283kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces penne pasta dry, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 zucchini halved lengthwise, sliced
  • 12 ounces shrimp uncooked, peeled, deveined, tail off
  • 24 ounces Prego® Garden Chunky Sauce or other red variety
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves fresh, loosely packed, rough chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shredded, plus additional for serving

Instructions

  • First, prepare penne pasta in boiling water to package directions for al dente. Drain (do NOT rinse), set aside.
  • Next, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high. Saute the sliced zucchini until crisp tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Then, stir in the uncooked shrimp. Cook and stir frequently until the shrimp is pink. This will take about 5 minutes (more or less depending on the size of the shrimp).
  • Reduce heat to low and carefully pour in the Prego® Garden Chunky sauce. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the fresh, chopped basil and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese.
  • Fold in the prepared penne pasta and heat through.
  • Serve immediately with more Parmesan cheese if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 1172mg | Potassium: 553mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 727IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 4mg

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