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Company for dinner? Looking for an easy to fix and interactive main dish? Chicken Veggie Skillet is the perfect one!

I have used a variation of this recipe so many times. I know that originally I found it on the back of a pasta box, but that box is long gone and now I love making my own take on the basic recipe. What I love about the recipe is that you can use whatever vegetables are in the fridge and whatever kind of pasta is in the cupboard and you can make it meatless or with meat!

The added bonus is that you can cut the veggies up ahead of time and store in the fridge, making the actual prep time much shorter. Or, like I did tonight, I recruited some guests to come cut veggies and chicken in the kitchen with me!

Here is what I did tonight. Feel free to edit/delete/add to the main ingredients. I knew I had 2 large skinless chicken breasts, pasta, veggies and some fresh herbs, so I pulled it all out and began to cut! This recipe serves at least 6 people–so add or subtract based on the number of guests. I like to have enough for lunches later in the week, so I usually use the whole box of pasta.

1. Heat 3-4 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet.
2. Saute one large sweet onion for 3-4 minutes, until translucent. I coarsely chop the onion.
3. Peel one garlic clove and break it with the side of a knife. Add it to the skillet and cook for a minute or two.
4. Add chopped veggies and saute for about 5 minutes or until tender.
1 large Red Bell Pepper (thinly sliced and chopped)
3 medium Zucchini (I add these later so they stay crisper–sliced and quartered)
1 bunch of Asparagus (cut off dead ends. Slice diagonally to ensure more even cooking)
(you can add small cherry tomatoes or mushrooms, but add last and cook only 2 minutes)
5. Remove garlic clove. Season with salt and pepper or seasoned salt.

MEANWHILE — Boil water in a large pot. Add 13 ounces of pasta and cook. Tonight I used a whole grain pasta. Cook til tender. Drain.

IN ANOTHER SKILLET– Heat 2 Tablespoons butter. Saute bite-sized pieces of chicken breast til brown. (I started the chicken after I finished sauteing the onions. This helped everything finish at the same time).

RIGHT BEFORE SERVING– Combine pasta, veggies and chicken. Toss with 4-5 leaves of cut up basil or your favorite herb. SERVE! ENJOY!

Start to finish – maybe 25 minutes.

This dish is also great served without the meat. And it is a delicious leftover meal- even without heating.


Diane Hidey —  February 19, 2012 — 18 Comments

Have you ever sat and watched a digital clock move from one minute to the next? Sometimes I do it when I am so tired and CAN’T fall asleep. Sometimes it is waiting for a friend to show up for a meeting. Time never stands still and it never speeds up! Right now our family is waiting on a BABY! My godchild is one week shy of her due date. The waiting has begun. We had a Baby Shower! She has finished the baby’s room and it is beautiful. The baby has moved into position. She feels ready, but doesn’t feel any contractions! And so we wait…

Looking Good!!

What are you waiting for today? Is there a friend you want to see? Do you have a hard appointment coming up this week and the anticipation is eating at you? Are you hoping and waiting for good news? Are you excited about an upcoming trip/vacation? Whatever it is, remember this….we can’t hurry time. We can’t let anxious thoughts consume us. Take a deep breath. The baby will come! Wait. God is in control!!

After a whirlwind of Christmas activities, I am back home. Now for most people, that is probably a really good thing, but for me, it just means I have been working crazy trying to catch up on all the things that didn’t get done during my 2 week vacation. Mind you, I am not complaining about the 3 day trip with my two sisters or the extended family holiday celebration…..BUT, no one did any of my work while I was gone. You know what I mean, the Christmas decorations are still up. The basement is still a wreck. The laundry is waiting, the dishwasher is full….I could go on and on 🙂

Whew! But really, isn’t that life? Life is what you make it. I LOVED being with my family and I LOVE my job. So, I am heading into the fast paced work week with a smile. There were so many laughs, so much fun and lots of loving memories made during two weeks in December. I think that will get me through the next 12 months! Life is to be lived with no regrets. I don’t mind the extra work around the house, after all I got to see sites like this for 3 days in Williamsburg.

And there was a wonderful performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens great-great grandson. A one man show and an incredible 5 course meal! Love!

And, the best thing of all was the celebration of Jesus’ birth. A perfect time to show and share love with the family….and we did it for a whole week! I think this picture of Mom with her kids sums up the week!

I am working through a long To Do list, but the smiles from my pictures make it easy to work a little longer, make a few extra trips to the basement and watch the laundry pile grow! I hope you are settled back into your routine with memories of all the great things of the Christmas celebration.


PS–the tree is still up and may stay up for another week or two–why take it down til the needles start falling off!? ! I love Christmas!

Fall Doodlings

Diane Hidey —  November 6, 2011 — 5 Comments

I love anything with Pumpkin, so Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love a brisk morning and a sunny afternoon. I love the smell of a good Pumpkin bread. I love the colors of the leaves on the tree, but today as I pulled into my driveway, a sudden fear gripped me!

LEAVES! Everywhere. So many still in the trees. Lots on the ground. There are enough leaves that I can’t ignore it. I have to do something about it. For the past 8 years I have had a work day at the house. It’s always a brisk, but sunny day. The purpose is to gather as many people as I can….to spend 4 hours raking and hauling and bagging and trimming. It is a HUGE project, but there is something so fun about seeing the yard ‘clean’.

For now, I will watch the leaves fall and wait for the ‘crew’ to arrive in a few weeks to help me rake and rake and rake.

Who takes care of your fall yard work?

My nephew spent the weekend with me and we had lots of fun doing a few fall crafts! I am grateful to my friend Angela at Fab Find Foodie who told me that Wal-Mart was carrying a new Kraft Marshmallow product Pumpkin-Spiced Mallows! Wow! In my world, anything Pumpkin is a Winner!! So first, we had to go on a search for these delish treats. We hit up the closest Wal-Mart–NOOOOO! They were out. So we headed to the next Wal-Mart (good thing I live in a metropolitan area!). The next one had lots–so I bought 5 bags. You never know what recipe will need a sweet, pumpkin, marshmallow flavor!

We followed the simple recipe on the bag for Pumpkin Spice Crispy Treats

What You Need
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 bag mallows
6 cups crisp rice cereal

 Line a 13×9 pan with tin foil and spray with Pam.

Microwave butter in a large microwaveable bowl on High for 45 seconds or until melted. Add Marshmallows. Stir to coat with butter. Microwave 90 seconds or until melted. Stir well.

Add the cereal and mix well.

Press the mixture firmly into pan and let cool. (the hardest part, since it looked so yummy!) Store in an airtight container at room temperature–as if you will have any left over!!!

Remove treats from pan using the tin foil edges. Put on countertop and cut into squares or use a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter. OK, so I don’t have a pumpkin shaped coolie cutter, but I did have a drinking glass. I sprayed the lip of the glass with Pam and used it to cut out circles. Then I added a piece of the treat to the top to make the stem. We decorated with M&M’s because Garon likes them better than candy corn!


PS–I have heard that these sweet mallows are only available at Wal-Mart…and while you are there be on the look out for the M&M Candy corn white chocolate candies. 🙁 Neither of my Wal-Marts had the M&Ms.