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I sat down at 2pm this afternoon to write an article for Her Life Magazine. At 10:42pm this evening, the article still is not written. It has nothing to do with the fact that the article is a difficult one to write. The story is fascinating and I pretty much have how I want it to go all planned out in my head. The problem is… I keep getting distracted! Hubby came home with chocolate…so of course that distracted me right from the get go. Then the kids wanted to go to the swimming pool so of course I couldn’t turn that down. The Pedi Egg Blogher add grabbed my attention (and yes… I was swayed enough to buy one get one, plus the lotion and the upgrade to the Deluxe – what a deal!), etc. Just about everything sounds better to me right now than sitting down and writing the article I am supposed to be writing. So what do I do? Sit down and procrastinate some more by writing a Dine and Dish blog post!

Are any of you out there like me? You go to get the mail and notice weeds in your flower bed, so you stop to pull the weeds and completely forget to get the mail. You go to grab your address book so you can sit down and write a thank you note and when you open the drawer to find your address book you notice that you stashed a bill in there when company was coming last week, which reminds you that you forgot to finish downloading your Quicken transactions so you head to the office to do that… moving the thank you note to the next days to do list, once again. You head to your freezer to pull out a roast to thaw for dinner, and by the time you search through your freezer you completely forget what you are looking for and end up closing the door without pulling anything out? I think FlyLady calls us “Sidetracked Home Executives“… I know that term sums it up very well for me.

There is one appliance I am very thankful for that really helps with my distracted brain, and that is the microwave. I rarely use the microwave for anything other than the defrost function, but the letters on that button are barely legible because I use it so often. I love the defrost function. I can just picture the focus group who sat around and determined that microwaves needed a defrost function. A room full of “Sidetracked Home Executives” who feel like they really accomplished something that day if they remembered to take the meat out of the freezer to thaw. I seriously feel like I should be awarded or something on those days! “And Kristen gets a medal today for actually making it to the freezer, pulling out the meat and having it thawed in time to cook it for dinner without having to turn to the defrost button on her microwave for assistance.” <applause, applause>

Thanks to my microwave defrost button, we still get to eat pretty good around here. I have been wanting to share this recipe with you for quite some time now, but I keep getting distracted by other things to post. Lemon Chicken Spaghetti Toss is probably one of the most regular recipes on our menu. We have it at least once or twice a month, and have been for the past several years. This is a recipe that I can even pull through without getting too distracted by other things. I typically have all of the ingredients on hand and my entire family enjoys it.

Now – I’m going to share it with you immediately because as I was going to pull the recipe from my Zaar account, I got distracted by a chocolate cake recipe I want to go and check out. Enjoy!

Lemon Chicken Spaghetti Toss (adapted from a past issue of Quick Cooking magazine)

5 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
1 (7 ounce) package thin spaghetti
  1. In a large skillet, saute onions& garlic in butter& oil until tender.
  2. Stir in the chicken, lemon juice, parsley, seasoned salt& lemon-pepper.
  3. Saute for 15-20 min or until chicken juices run clear.
  4. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain.
  5. Add to chicken mixture& toss.



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Comments

  1. I made Lemon and Broccoli chicken last month, adding Noodles sounds great to me, all in one meal!:)

    Happy Monday!

  2. This looks delicious! Love your beaded utensils too!

  3. OK, so you are going to have to let me know how you like the Pedi Egg. I think it’s a brilliant idea, but I have to admit that the commercial made me a bit sick to my stomach when I first saw it!!

    This spaghetti sounds amazing!

  4. Sounds great. But OMG… You are so ME! All I do allllll day long is get distracted. I cannot even clean up a whole pile of dumped crayons at once before heading to something else and by the time I come back to it, “someone” has redumped the bit I started in the first place!

  5. Yes!! That is me. My memory just randomly disappeared a few years ago, which made it so much worse… “Today’s the 31st, why is that date significant? Oh crap, the RENT!” Haha. It usually isn’t a big deal, but it can be disastrous when, for example, I make a sandwich with cream cheese and then walk away before putting the cream cheese back in the fridge. Or even worse, leave the oven on all night *cringe*.

  6. I try so hard not to be that sidetracked person, but working at home, I can’t help but see the dust bunnies and weeds to be pulled, and cookbooks to browse through and phone calls to answer when I forget to look at caller ID…. It’s easier for me to stay on task early in the morning, before the rest of the world wakes up!

  7. I know exactly what you mean Kristen. If I open my Google Reader when I’m looking for something specific, I get totally sidetracked! This dish looks delicious, I love lemon and chicken together. :)

  8. Oh, I’m a S.H.E. of the first degree. Constantly distracted by one thing or another, I’ll take out the trash and decide to clean out the back seat of the car on my way past the driveway, back to my front door. And then yowl out loud because I forgot I was baking biscuits at the time.

    This sounds like a simple summer recipe, and the addition of some slender asparagus tips will give it some green, which sounds tasty to me tonight. Thanks!

  9. I understand about procastinating when it comes to the writing but I don’t think that I am side-tracked home executive :)

  10. How lovely and I am the QUEEN of sidetracked. It takes me forever to just write a blog post becuase I am distracted by 10 to 20 shiny and pretty things in between!

  11. Ha! Sidetracked? Distracted by pretty, shiny things? Why do you think it takes me 2 hours to go through the grocery or a department store when it should only take 20 minutes? My kids hate shopping with me. Now you know why!

  12. I love your new site! As for sidetracked, girl, it doesn’t go away. Today I even missed the street to turn on to get my hair cut. I like to think my Bug was going to Mom and Dad’s…..yeah, that’s it.

    Keep up your good work! I look forward to your writings and recipes.

  13. I think you’ve just described my mom to a T. She gets a lot of things done — but not necessarily the things she set out to do in the first place. The older I get, the more I’m like that too! I guess I’m in good company ;-)

    Yummy-looking recipe, as usual!

  14. I’m going to try the Lemon Chicken Spaghetti Toss tonight! sounds great!

    I see you don’t have recipetips.com on your links, you should go look at it, it is one of my favorites. I’ve also added a few of your favorites to my bookmarks.

  15. Hey there, just saw the pedi egg at Wal Mart for under $10. It was by the registers! Let me know!
    whit

  16. I am trying the Lemon Chicken Spaghetti Toss now……but I’m wondering if the 7oz. of pasta will be enough….to be continued….

  17. OH YA! I was VERY happy with the recipe. My husband and I both enjoyed the freshness and its simplicity.

  18. I can’t say anything about being distracted that hasn’t already been said. Thank you so much for the recipe–I’ve been wondering all day while I sit here at almost 2 pm, still in my nightgown, about what to cook for dinner, and up popped this marvelous -sounding recipe from Gojee. I clicked on the link and it brought me here. I can hardly wait to try it.

  19. I am your kindred spirit on this Girl! I like your name for it so much better thou! ;) now pray with me that my I have patience with my computer & Blogger! Ugh!

  20. this recipe sidetracked me from my work. typical.

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