Meez Meals – Day 5 – Sicilian Pasta + GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

I prepared our final Meez Meal for dinner last night.  Just like the first four meals, the Sicilian Pasta with Cauliflower and Herbed Oil was easy to assemble and completely delicious.  I have leftovers for lunch today and I’m already getting hungry!

This week has been a lot of fun for me.  The folks at Meez Meals enjoyed seeing their service profiled on my site, so they made couple generous offers for Homemade Mothering readers in the Chicago area:

1. Meez Meals asked me to host a GIVEAWAY!  One lucky Homemade Mothering reader will win three meals semi-prepared and delivered to his or her home. To enter: visit the site And click “Where We Deliver”. Enter your zip code. If they deliver to you, leave a comment on the blog letting me know what your favorite meals is by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, April 25.  Easy!

2. If you’d like to try out the Meez Meal semi-prepared meal delivery service, contact them via their website  Let them know you heard about it on Homemade Mothering and they will give you a FREE meal with your first order.  Pretty nice, eh?!

Sicilian Pasta with Cauliflower and Herbed Oil

2 heads cauliflower florets

2 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained

12 oz whole wheat pasta

1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)

½ cup sliced almonds

Small handful of raisins

Small handful of capers

Herb oil (1/4 cup olive oil loaded with chopped fresh parsley, tarragon, thyme)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Put the cauliflower and chickpeas onto a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Toss well and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender and lightly browned.

While the cauliflower is roasting, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt (it should taste like salt water) and the pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 to 12 minutes depending on the kind of pasta you’re using. Drain and return to pasta pot.

Heat a large skillet over low heat an add 2 T butter or olive oil.  Add the panko and toast for 1 to 3 minutes, until it’s a little golden brown and delicious.  Remove from the pan and add the almonds next. Cook them for 2 to 3 minutes, then set aside.

Stir cauliflower/chickpeas into cooked pasta.  Toss in raisins and capers.  Pour in herbed oil and stir very well to evenly coat the pasta.  Spoon into bowls and top with bread crumbs and almonds.

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8 Comments for this entry

  1. Molly Allen says:

    Maureen- thanks for promoting this service! Can’t wait to try it even if I don’t win the giveaway. My favorite meal would be a good risotto, but everything on the Meez Meals website looks delicious!

  2. katie says:

    The meals sounded good all week and they deliver to my area! Especially the roasted artichoke and cherry tomato paella. I’d love to try them.

  3. Missy says:

    Spring Panzanella with Asparagus and White Beans sounds delish. Trying to eat healthy and be creative with 2 toddlers and working and…and…and.. I think you you know what I mean!

  4. Meghann says:

    I would love to try this service! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  5. Kelly says:

    I’m due with kiddo #2 on Friday and SO excited for a good excuse to try this service. The orange sesame noodles this week sound delightful!

  6. Rachel says:

    What a great idea! The Broccoli & Walnut Pesto Lasagna Rolls meal sounds absolutely delicious.

  7. Kathleen says:

    What a fantastic service! You are the second person I know to recommend them this week. I would love to try the Coconut Rice with Black Beans & Roasted Mango. Thanks, Maureen!

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