For so many people, cooking dinner is just another chore added to their long list of to-do’s during the day. I enjoy cooking dinner. Let me rephrase that… I enjoy cooking dinner if I don’t have three children under my feet bugging me to do things for them while I am trying to navigate the kitchen to cook something all 5 of us will like. On my best nights, my husband comes home from work and sweeps the kids away for awhile so I can make dinner in peace. Cooking dinner under those circumstances is my "me" time. It’s the time where I can be in my element. Where I can think about my day without the distraction of the children interrupting my thoughts. It’s great, but I know my husband has his limitations. He’s usually been at work for 10 hours and would probably like some "me" time as well. On nights like those, I feel a little oomph of success when I can have my "me" time in the kitchen and it takes roughly 30 minutes from start to finish to create a nice meal.
Last night was one of those nights. I tried a new recipe from one of those free Kraft Food and Family magazines that shows up in our mail on occasion. The recipe was for Fiesta Chicken Pasta. I used all of the light versions of the ingredients and it came out great. The entire family, including the baby, really enjoyed this dish. My 5 year old son had three "loads", which is his terminology for servings.
If you are a parent that dreads making dinner each night, give this quick, simple and tasty recipe a try. It is a nice change from the normal rotation of spaghetti, tacos or sloppy joes. Sit down to dinner relaxed, with a new found love for quick and easy recipes.
Fiesta Chicken Pasta from Kraft Food and Family Magazine
|2||cups rotini pasta, uncooked|
|1||lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces|
|2||cups chopped red peppers (about 2 medium)|
|1/4||cup Italian dressing|
|1||tablespoon chili powder|
|1/2||cup sour cream|
|1/2||cup shredded cheddar cheese|
- Cook the pasta as directed on package.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken. Cook and stir 6 minute Add peppers, dressing and chili powder; cook 3 minute or until chicken is cooked through, stirring frequently. Stir in salsa and sour cream.
- Drain pasta. Toss with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with cheese