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Penne with Chicken and Vegetable Medley Goodness

ian and i get together sometimes to catch up on Boardwalk Empires.  the show is for the most part good but it does have some boring moments.  regardless, when i cook, i normally make waaaaaaay too much food for one sitting.  it’s not a bad thing because it is good for leftovers and an extra mouth.  in this case, i fed an extra mouth AND had a ton of leftovers.  win-win.

I also rediscovered my love for my cast iron pot and i’ve been wanting to use it and have been.  my pot was the perfect vessel for this dish.

i used the following:

  • garlic, chopped
  • carrots, chopped
  • red onion, sliced
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • whole wheat penne pasta
  • broccoli florets, frozen
  • white wine
  • pad of butter

bring a pot of salted water to a boil.  in a big pot (or sauce pan or cast iron pot!) drizzle oil over medium heat and toss in the carrots, garlic and onion.  when the pot of water comes to a boil, toss in the pasta.  about three minutes before the pasta is done, toss in the frozen broccoli.  drain pasta and broccoli together.  when the carrots and onion are soft, add the cubed chicken.  when the chicken is cooked, add the butter and wine, simmer for a few minutes.  toss in the pasta and broccoli and toss everything together.  let the pasta warm up a bit and serve with Parmesan cheese and a glass of wine.

thank goodness i like leftovers for lunch because it filled my pot up to the top.  this dish was delicious and quite a simple thing to make!  i will make this again for sure.


what’s this?!  no photo?!?!?  I KNOW!  and i’m SORRY! you think i would have taken a photo of this yummy dish before i ate it all but… i didn’t!  i’m ashamed but it was bound to happen at some point.  i hate posting without a photo but sometimes it will happen.  i think you should make the dish and send me your photos!  🙂



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baked macaroni & cheese with broccoli

something easy, something a little more healthy, something different.  the recipe calls for low-fat or fat-free cheddar cheese but it’s best to go with full fat.  never skimp on flavor when it comes to cheese.

  • 12 oz uncooked pasta, gemelli or other twisted pasta (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • salt
  • 2 1/2 cups broccoli
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1/3 bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 2 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 3 cups low-fat shredded cheddar cheese (or full fat!)
  • tsp dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Coat a shallow 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package directions, adding broccoli to water 3 minutes before pasta will be done; drain pasta and broccoli and return to pot.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; add bread crumbs and cook, stirring often, until light golden, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer crumbs to a small bowl; stir in 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese and set aside.

In the same saucepan, whisk together milk and flour until blended; add onion. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking frequently. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and whisk in cheddar cheese, mustard, salt, pepper and remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese. Pour over cooked, drained pasta and broccoli; toss to mix and coat.

Transfer to a baking dish and sprinkle top evenly with bread crumbs. Bake until bubbly at edges, about 20 to 25 minutes.  serves 8.

this was a simple dish, great for the weeknight.  try experimenting with other cheeses.  next time i make this i will use american cheese.  i find that it has more flavor than cheddar in these kinds of dishes.


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a call to summer – the hamburger

i decided to keep it somewhat easy today.  95% lean ground meat was the key to this hamburger.  made four patties (only cooked three!) on my stove top grill.  i sauteed left over red onion from the bucatini all’amatriciana for a topping along side with ketchup and mustard, of course.

to make things easier, i bought pre-made mac and cheese – ok, ok. while i like to make my own, this is WAY, WAY better than the boxed crap when you don’t want to stand over a stove.  try it for yourself.  you’ll thank me later.

i steamed some broccoli and voilá – summer dinner on a very rainy monday.

this made everyone a little bit happier today.


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