Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I Made Dinner Tonight!!

I know there are people out there all the time making dinner every night for the family or yourself. I just have not felt like it. So I am doing the happy dance that I did do it. Well until Avery wouldn't eat the smallest piece of chicken ever! That story can be for later. Stay tuned!!! LOL. 

This is what I made. Creamy Bow-Tie Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli. YUMMY!! F.Y.I. Please read the whole blog post before making! 

Don't you just love my plates? 
They look so nice next to the broccoli. 

Here is what you need:
3 cups (8oz) bow-tie pasta(or the whole box)
4 cups broccoli florets, (I used half of a 10 oz bag)
3 Tbsp. Italian Dressing, (use what ever one is on sale!)
1.5 lbs. of Chicken, 
   (I do not like touching chicken so I got the tenders. 
    Then most of the cutting it done! Woot!)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 can of Hunt's four cheese pasta sauce, (.88@Walmart!! Hello!)
8 oz of Cream Cheese (yes you can used the low fat one, party pooper)
1/4 cup of Parmesan Cheese

I cut up my chicken a couple of hours before dinner and put it in a dish with some of the salad dressing, then put it back in the refrigerator. 

COOK pasta as directed on the package. In the last three minutes throw in the broccoli. (This is where I take some of the pasta out before the broccoli and make buttered noodles for Avery)

While that is cooking start chicken. I heated my pan and put in a little of Wild Tree's Grape Seed Oil with the garlic. Once that looked good I scooped out the chicken and put it in the pan. It shouldn't take more then 10 minutes to cook. (Make sure it reaches, 160F)

While the pasta is cooking and the chicken is cooking put the pasta sauce in a sauce pan and put on the stove. Cube the cream cheese and throw that in with the sauce. (This is really something I do first just because it takes a little bit for the cheese to melt into the sauce)

Drain the pasta and broccoli. You can put this into a serving dish or save yourself dishes and use the pot you cooked it in. Don't forget the trivet for your table. Once the the chicken is cooked the sauce should be done. Bring everything to the table. Enjoy!!! 

Now in all reality I don't think that my hubby ate anything all day and this did not fill him. So salad as another side might be a good idea. You could add more chicken. I only used that amount because I have an Avery that doesn't eat the chicken. Nice segway huh? 

So little miss I don't eat chicken, "oh but you kind of do because you eat nuggets. Now I know you wouldn't if you only knew what was in them....well never mind! You like chicken!!"

I told her at the beginning of dinner that she had to try my chicken. Not even a whole chunk half of that. She said no, shocker right? So everyone is done with dinner, plates are cleared, lunches are made, dishes had been started. Whitney took a shower. Avery, she is still at the table, with the smallest piece of chicken ever! She screamed, she stomped, she "cried", she plotted. (Her plan was to wait until everyone was asleep then she was going to bed and still not eat the chicken!!) She finally ate it and then wanted more!! 
OH. MY. GOSH!!! 

I hope you like it, let me know if you have questions. Good luck if you have small people in your life! 

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