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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Easy Dinner Night

Tonight we were supposed to go out to dinner with another couple from Matt's work, but Matt came home about 3pm and told me that was off . . . and he was hungry. So I had to force thaw some chicken in hot water. Night's like this, though, make me really appreciate recipes like this one: simple, quick, and filling. I got this off the back of a can of diced tomatoes:

6oz dried bow tie pasta
12oz skinless boneless chicken breast halves, cut into strips
1tbs olive oil
1 can (15oz) tomato sauce
1 can (14.5) diced tomatoes with Italian herbs (or regular diced tomatoes and you season them yourself to your tastes)
1 can (15oz) sweet peas, drained
1/4 cup whipping cream

1. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain
2. Meanwhile, cook chicken in hot oil in large skillet over medium-high heat, 2 to 3 minutes or until no longer pink
3. Stir in tomato sauce, un-drained tomatoes, and peas. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes or until thickened. Slowly stir in cream. Serve over hot pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.

I always have to add more spices,usually garlic salt, black pepper, and Italian seasonings, also good are crushed red peppers if you like some heat in your sauces. This makes enough food to be a one dish dinner, or you can serve it with salad if you are needing another vegetable serving for the day.

I wish all my friends would start blogs and share their favorite recipes! Sometimes it feels like I have the same six or seven meals over and over again here, and I'm dying for something new to try my hand at. I honestly love cooking, but there is only so far googling "chicken recipes" will get you.

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