Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What's For Dinner? Chicken.....and hidden veggies

What's for dinner?  Ah, the question of the day.  My son asks this question starting somewhere around 9 AM.  You would think I would post a nice little schedule on the fridge of my plans for the week for dinner.  Yeah, no.  Too often I am scrambling somewhere around 3 or 4 PM about what to make.  Sure, I'm on the ball a couple of times a week and take something out the night before or get something in the crock pot first thing in the morning.  But, this blog post (I think it's becoming a series so check out the one from last week) is for those times when I'm not sure what is going in my family's tummy and it's already 5 PM.

Here we go.....dinner was Herb & Garlic Chicken with Garden Veggie Pasta Parmesan, and a mixed veggie salad with homemade vinaigrette.

So, here's how it went down...Heat about 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil and 2 fresh pressed garlic cloves in a deep pan.  Add the chicken and brown lightly on both sides.  Add a packet of Lipton Recipe Secrets Herb and Garlic that was mixed with about 1/4 cup of water (or wine) and about 2 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice.  Just pour it over the top and then cover the sautee pan.  Go back and turn the chicken in a few minutes and re-distribute the sauce.  It will thicken.

While the chicken is simmering, cook up a box of Ronzoni Garden Delights Fettuccine.  This stuff is great.  It has lots of flavor and packs a full serving of vegetables in a 4 oz portion (hidden veggies!).  When it is done, drain it well, toss it with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top.

The veggies was a mixture of what I had in the fridge....grape tomatoes, broccoli, red bell pepper, and carrots.  I made a dressing with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and some fresh pressed garlic.

Voila!  Dinner is served.  It took me a little less than 30 minutes from start to table.  We all ate it up and my son wanted seconds of the fettuccine even after I confessed that it was made with tomato, carrot, and spinach!  Of course, hubby took the leftovers the next day for dinner!