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I am a wife, mother and grandma who enjoys the many aspects of homemaking. A variety of interests and hobbies combined with travel keep me active. They reflect the importance of family, friends, home and good food.
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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Chicken & Pasta Dinner

Sometimes the toss-it-together and see what happens meals just work. I think everyone has some type of version of these meals. Our new granddaughter now just 3 months old has been visiting, helping (ok her mom aka my daughter) me get the house in order for the perspective buyers. We spent a good portion of Wednesday decluttering and organizing. So when dinner came close I casually mentioned that I'm trying to make that meals use up ingredients from the freezer and canning rack. Honestly, the less stuff we have to move the better. Then the fun started!

Chicken & Pasta

Looking around we came up with a package of Italian pasta, homecanned mushrooms, homecanned roasted tomato sauce, frozen peas and frozen chicken legs. Lemon pepper and fresh grated parmesan cheese looked like it would work too. And thus the meal was in the works.

I fried the chicken in a little olive oil and seasoned it with lemon pepper then drained. At the same time the pasta was cooking until el dente. Once the chicken was cooked, I drained it then returned to the pan, poured in the frozen peas and mushrooms. Then I drained the pasta and put into a large bowl. The pasta was mixed with a pint of roasted tomato sauce then added to the chicken and vegetable mix. Topped with fresh grated Parmesan cheese, the meal was quite delicious, just what we needed - good old fashion home cooking, nothing fancy but soothing after a day well spent!

Oh and I should mention, once again meals are about family. Between the three of us we managed to put a good meal on the table using what was on hand but the family bonding time was the best. At 3 months my grand daughter is being well acquainted with the kitchen!

2 food lovers commented:

Mr. Anthrope said...

granddaughter is one word - hth

Garden Gnome said...

Noted and corrected :)