Saturday, August 24, 2013

Weeknight Fare

If you want a quick meal to share (or have leftovers for the week), these two recipes are a great choice. Who doesn't love pasta? It is the perfect comfort food. Paired with cheesy mashed cauliflower, this is a great home cooked meal.
Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Pasta
Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Pasta
8 ounces dry spaghetti
1 pack (4 cups) of frozen broccoli
2 cups milk
1 cup sliced onion
2 cups sliced mushrooms
3 tbsp flour
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized cubes
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Saute the onions, mushrooms, and chicken in a pan, using oil as needed. Cook the pasta and broccoli according to the package’s instructions. Mix the pasta, chicken, and veggies together and set aside. Whisk the flour, seasonings, and milk together. Pour this into a pot and stir continuously over medium low heat. Once it’s thick (about 10 minutes), add in the cheese. Stir well, pour the pasta and veggie mixture into the bowl, and toss to coat. Serve with extra parmesan cheese.

Mashed Cauliflower
5 cups frozen cauliflower
2 wedges Laughing Cow cheese or cream cheese
1/4 cup milk
salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

Steam the frozen cauliflower in the microwave for 6-8 minutes. Combine everything into a blender. Blend until creamy.
I made these foam pancakes for Harper's American Girl Doll café. Originally they were supposed to be her Christmas present, but she spotted them on my craft table. After she went on and on about how cute they were, I just had to give them to her. She's just a bit spoiled.

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