Family Dinner # 4

Wednesday's are a wee bit tricky for me. I usually work at one of the restaurants till about 3. After work, I race home, pick up Biggie, make a quick dinner, help the boy off the bus, feed both kids, drive to Solon for ballet & Kumon, and drive home after dark. Yes, I totally am a soccer mom.

That quick dinner I spoke of is a super serious quick dinner. I normally have about 30 minutes to prep, cook, & feed. Today I was perusing my fridge and saw some broccoli that was getting a little close to be unusable. I steamed it, boiled some pasta, added some already cooked chicken from Trader Joe's, & VOILA, dinner was served and my kids liked it.

For all of you who left me comments on how you can't possibly have enough time to NOT microwave your kids dinner every night, this one's for you.

Broccoli & Chicken Pasta

Chicken & Broccoli Pasta is my go to when I know my day is full and my time to cook the kids dinner is limited. I cheat on this one usually because I use Trader Joe's already cooked chicken breast. I like to keep a package of this in my fridge for quick dinner moments like these.

This recipe is crazy easy and so not gourmet. But it's healthy, the kids like it and eat it all, and it's quick. All three requriments for my crazy Wednesday are met.

  • Whole Wheat Pasta (3/4 box if dry)
  • Head of Broccoli
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic micro-planed
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Chicken Breast (I use about four strips of chicken breast, but you can alter this amount to what your children prefer. If you go to low you can always add more especially if you are using Trader Joe's cooked chix.
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Dash of milk or water
  • Parmesan cheese
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add pasta. Cook till al dente.
2. While pasta is cooking, steam broccoli.
3. In a large saucepan sautee olive oil and garlic over medium heat till aroma is heavy.
4. Add chicken and steamed broccoli. Stir and cook for about two minutes.
5. Add pasta to broccoli and chicken combo. Add water or milk and let simmer and mix. Add s & p to taste.
6. Plate and top with parmesan cheese.
7. Enjoy!