I really really like to cook. I love making big fancy meals, and making sure the food we eat is healthy and delicious. Unfortunately I don’t really have time for any of that these days. We’ve been eating a lot of grilled cheese (surprisingly time consuming!) and takeout. I do have a few simple and delicious recipes though, and here is my favorite:
Super easy chicken pasta:
1 package whole wheat penne
1 package baby spinach or spinach/kale mix
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon dill
3 green onions
1 package traditional crumbled feta (lowfat is fine too)
2 cooked chicken breasts, or leftover rotisserie chicken, shredded
Olive oil (about 1/4 cup)…you want enough to make it feel saucy, not so much that it’s gross. It’s best to add it after the lemon so you get a better feel for the amount of liquid you need.
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Boil the pasta according to package directions. While the pasta cooks combine all other ingredients (except the spinach) in a mixing bowl. In the last minute of boiling add the spinach to the water to wilt, then drain the pasta. Return the pasta to the pan, and mix the prepared “sauce” into the pasta. Serve warm or chilled.
It’s really simple and delicious. I usually take this to my friends when they have a new baby because it’s light and nutritious (don’t worry, I supply cookies as well), feeds two adults (or even two adults and a young child or two) for two meals, and it reheats well or tastes good cold if you don’t have time to do anything but stand in front of the refrigerator and shove things into your mouth in-between newborn nursing sessions.