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Baked Chicken and One-Pot Pasta

One Pot Pasta

Date: March 18th

Recipe:

Pasta: http://www.apronstringsblog.com/one-pot-wonder-tomato-basil-pasta-recipe/

Chicken: I can’t find the recipe anymore, but I coated it in melted butter, and then put in a mixture of panko and parmesan and baked until done. Pretty easy!

Modifications: None really, but I did break up the spaghetti so it was all pretty much submerged in the liquid.

Time to table: 45 minutes

Servings: A TON of the pasta! We could have easily had it for 2 meals.

Ben: Like

Erin: Like

Annie: Loved the chicken (as usual) and tolerated the pasta

Luke: Loved the chicken and broccoli, had to be forced to try the pasta

Notes: I really enjoyed the one pot pasta! I didn’t think it would really be filling enough so we had chicken with it (plus I KNEW the kids would not eat it, despite it being basically PLAIN NOODLES). They love noodles but definitely want sauce on it. Both the chicken and pasta turned out great and I’d definitely make it again!

One Pot Pasta

Crispy Baked Chicken

One Pot Pasta

One Pot Pasta

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli-Rice Casserole

Broccoli Chicken Brown Rice Casserole

Date: December 30th, 2013 (last meal cooked in 2013!)

Recipe: http://iowagirleats.com/2013/10/02/skinny-cheesy-chicken-and-broccoli-rice-casserole/

Modifications:  I didn’t modify TOO much, but used regular sour cream and 2% milk, thus negating the “skinny” in the original recipe title. I also made it way earlier in the day so instead of just a quick broil, we baked it for about 30 minutes.

Time to table: 60 minutes prep (but some of that time was just the wild rice being made), 30 minutes baking

Servings: 13×9 pan, so quite a bit

Erin: Like

Ben: Like

Annie: Like+

Luke: Like+

Notes: Next time I’ll definitely steam the broccoli separately, steaming it in with the rice definitely didn’t get done, so then I added more water and then the rice got slightly overdone. I’d also chop the broccoli up a lot more, which is just a personal preference. That would be the only thing I’d do differently – this was a great comfort food meal, the kids ate it really well. It wasn’t something they devoured or asked for seconds of, but it was a solid family meal. (Also, can you tell we found a new favorite food blog?? Good to have some more variety!!)

faces at dinner

faces at dinner

Broccoli Chicken Brown Rice Casserole

Chicken, Bacon, and Artichoke Pasta with Creamy Garlic Sauce

Pasta with garlic cream sauce, chicken, artichokes, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, bacon

Date: November 7th, 2013

Recipe: http://iowagirleats.com/2013/10/28/chicken-bacon-and-artichoke-pasta-with-creamy-garlic-sauce/

Modifications:  We used ziti instead of penne, so effectively no changes.

Time to table: 60 minutes

Servings: About six adult dinners, we had Liz and Jono over for this meal and there was a solid tupperware of leftovers.

Erin: Love

Ben: Love

Steve: HATE

Notes: This was an adults-only meal when Liz and Jono came over. My brother Steve was over the next night babysitting and he was not a fan. Didn’t know what the sun dried tomatoes were. We thought this was delicious, the garlic sauce was excellent. It’s a little more involved to make than our typical meals, but we didn’t really start making it until the kids went to bed, so it was fun to cook a bit a fancier meal.

Chicken and Rice

Chicken and Rice

Date: June 17, 2013

Recipe: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/chicken-and-rice-for-beginners/

Modifications:  Added a red pepper since we had some, and used one large onion. We did also have asparagus (as you can plainly see) but broiled it instead of mixing in as suggested in her commentary. Used chicken thighs.

Time to table: 45 minutes total, 20 minutes prep

Servings: Probably 5 adults

Erin: Like

Ben: Like

Annie: Like

Luke: Like

Notes: This is a good base recipe, easy for weeknights. It wasn’t anything too exciting, but we all liked it and there were no complaints from the kiddos. I always find it difficult to think of things besides burgers, hot dogs, brats, etc for summer meals. Hate to turn on the oven and on some nights even the stove is too much. Pasta salads are always good, but beyond that I draw a bit of a blank. Any suggestions for summer meals (VERY easy) are welcome!

 

Meal plan this week:

Monday: Chicken & Rice with Asparagus
Tuesday: Tortellini Garden Bake
Wednesday: Disappearing Zucchini Orzo
Thursday: Curry
Friday: Sloppy Joes

Crock-Pot Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli

Crockpot Chicken and Broccoli

Date: February 20th, 2013

Recipe: http://clippingmoney.blogspot.com/2012/07/crock-pot-cheesy-chicken-brocolli-over.html

Time to table: 30 minutes prep, 6 hours cook time.

Servings: Two dinners

Ben: Dislike

Erin: Dislike

Annie & Luke: Like

Notes: This meal was a case of the kids liking it, but us not so much. This just tasted a little bland to us, and I didn’t really care for the cheesy flavor. I can’t put my finger on it, but it didn’t sit right with me. This was a very easy meal to make and a good week night option if you can spare the time in the morning to get it in the crock pot.

Sad sick Luke

White Bean Chicken Chili

Crockpot White Bean Chili

Date: February 13rd, 2013

Recipe: http://www.erinsfoodfiles.com/2012/11/slow-cooker-white-bean-chicken-chili.html

Modifications: We used chicken thighs instead of breasts because they’re cheaper. We also threw in some onion, celery, and garlic to add some veggies.

Time to table: 30 minutes prep, 6 hours cook time.

Servings: Dinner with the neighbors and two lunches

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Love

Notes: This chili was awesome and incredibly easy. I chopped up the veggies the night before so in the morning I just had to dump everything into the crockpot and turn it on. We brought this next door to eat with the neighbors and still had plenty leftover for our lunches, even after having second helpings for dinner.

Mia and Annie eating chili

Chicken enchiladas with avocado cream sauce

Chicken enchiladas with avocado cream sauce

Date: February 10th, 2013

Recipe: http://hannahholzmann.com/cilantro-lime-chicken-enchiladas/

Modifications: None, but we used some frozen shredded chicken and turkey that was leftover from a previous meal.

Time to table: 60 minutes

Servings: dinner and three lunches from leftovers

Ben: Like

Erin: Like (did not like the leftovers)

Annie: Like

Notes: I made the cream sauce earlier in the day, which made dinner time go a little smoother. Despite the long list of ingredients and instructions, these are rather simple enchiladas. I used salsa verde instead of red salsa, just a personal preference. I really liked the avocado cream sauce, we had not had that before and it was really good. Erin did not care for the way these reheated for lunches though, they were too soggy and kind of grossed her out.

Chicken enchiladas with avocado cream sauce

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Date: January 28th, 2013

Recipe: http://iowagirleats.com/2009/11/16/a-few-of-my-favorite-things/

Modifications: None, actually.

Time to table: 15 minutes prep, 6 hours cook time

Servings: 5 adults

Ben: Like

Erin: Love

Annie: Like

Notes: This was made way easier by the fact that we had shredded chicken in the freezer leftover from a previous meal, so I literally woke up and dumped everything in the crock pot (I chopped the veggies the night before). Crock pot meals are obviously handy on weekdays, and this one worked out great. Annie particularly enjoyed crushing chips into her soup.

Annie eating chicken tortilla soup

Chicken Tamale Pie

Chicken tamale pie
My mom was over, and she is not a cilantro fan :)

Date: October 8, 2012

Recipe: http://pinchofyum.com/chicken-tamale-pie

Modifications:  Used regular milk, an egg (not egg substitute) and a can of regular (not creamed) corn. May have used slightly more than 8oz of corn muffin mix since I eyeballed it. Used chicken thighs instead of breasts. Used cheddar cheese. Forgot to add taco seasoning to the chicken. Did I even make this recipe?? :) Ha, I still think it was pretty similar at least!

Time to table: About an hour in total, would go faster if you had the chicken ready in advance. 20 minutes is to bake the corn mix.

Servings: Exactly served 4 adults and 1 toddler.

Ben: Like

Erin: Like

Annie: Like

Notes: Probably due to my “modifications”, the corn crust was a little more done than she indicates in the original post, but I liked it that way.

Chicken tamale pie

Burrito Bowls

Burrito Bowls

Date: August 25th, 2012

Recipe:

Chipotle cilantro lime rice: (I got the recipe from a website, but I cannot remember where, apologies)

Long grain brown rice, cooked according to directions

When the rice is done, add 1 T of butter, 1 T of lime juice, and 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro. Stir to combine.

Burrito bowl filling:

This was an ad-lib on our part, we intended this meal to simply use up some staples we had at home:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 cup of frozen corn
  • 4 green onions, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, diced
  • guacamole to taste
  • cotija/cheddar cheese to taste
  • salsa to taste
  • various seasonings
  1. Saute the chicken in a skillet. Remove and dice into bite sized pieces
  2. Saute the garlic, onion, green onion until translucent
  3. Add salt, pepper, oregano, paprika, chili powder, cumin, red pepper to your liking
  4. Add the black beans, corn, and chicken back to the pan until warmed through
Spoon some rice into a bowl. Top with the black bean mixture. Top with salsa, guacamole, cheese, as desired. Mix it up and enjoy.

Time to table: 1 hour

Servings: 6 adult dinners

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Like

Notes: For a meal that was planned last minute, this was amazing. We had our friends Maggie & Pat come over, and Pat made some guacamole for us, which certainly enhanced the meal quite a bit. There was enough leftovers for Erin to bring for two lunches.

Guacamole

Chicken, Black Beans Veggies