From the Homestead
Life is moving forward with baby steps. My son is home from the hospital and getting stronger each day, praise God!! He has a follow up appointment in a couple of weeks and then we will plan for surgery. Thank you all for your kind words and prayers.
It has been a busy stressful week for sure. I mentioned in my last blog post about quick easy meals. I really could not do fast food for my family. We are not fast food people and the cost would have been ridiculous. So I was scrambling to come up with quick food to prepare in the short amount of time I had at home. One meal that I learned about from a friend is called, Summer Pasta. This meal was so easy and quick. In fact I've made it a couple times now. You can find the recipe here: http://penniesandpancakes.blogspot.com/2013/06/easy-one-pot-pasta-recipe-and-cooking.html#.U8nkjbHa8dW What I liked about the recipe was that I could have dinner on the table in 20 minutes. The one big change I made to the original recipe was adding chicken. I added about 3 or 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs that I had cut up into small pieces. I also used ½ chicken broth and ½ water to cook the pasta.
Basically you bring your water (or water/chicken broth) to a boil, add your pasta, cut up veggies (just use whatever you have in the fridge). Add some crushed garlic and salt and pepper. Boil it all until the pasta is done and strain it. Serve with garlic bread and (if your pushed for time and energy) salad from a bag. Just make sure whatever veggies you add will cook in the time it takes your pasta to cook. I used spaghetti noodles.
The second super easy meal I made was Crockpot Orange & Garlic Chicken... seriously ladies it does not get any simpler than this. Put one large whole chicken in your crockpot, cover it with chopped up onions and garlic. Mix together 1 cup orange juice concentrate and 2T vinegar. I used white wine vinegar but I'm guessing anything would work. Pour over the chicken, cook all day on low until the meat is falling apart. Serve with whatever you would like! ~smile~
I'm sorry I don't have pics to share, just have not had a lot of time for that. I hope to have my life back on track soon! For sure meal planning is on my list this weekend!!
If you have an easy, quick dinner meal that is your “go to”.. I'd love to hear about it!!