Since it seems everyone is busy this time of year, I thought I'd share my favorite quick dinner. It takes four ingredients and is ready in the time it takes to cook pasta. My favorite part about this dinner is that it's easy to keep all the ingredients on hand for a dinner emergency.
I ususally buy chicken when the big packages go on sale for a good price. Then I dump the whole package in the crockpot with an onion, cook for 5-6 hours until chicken is done, and freeze individual breasts. Then I always have cooked chicken ready for recipes like this one.
Italian Chicken and Pasta with Vegetables2 cooked chicken breasts or 2 cups diced ham or whatever you have on hand
1 bag frozen California-style vegetables
16 oz. pasta of your choice (I prefer thicker varieties like penne or shells)
Start water boiling and cook pasta. Cook vegetables in microwave according to package directions. When the pasta is done, toss in vegetables and meat. Add enough italian dressing to coat everything and you've got yourself a delicious, nutritious dinner!If you have more time and less ingredients, you could try making your Italian dressing from scratch. Here's my favorite recipe:
1 TBSP garlic salt
1 TBSP onion powder
1 TBSP sugar
2 TBSP oregano
1 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil
1 tsp parsley
1/4 tsp celery salt
2 TBSP salt
Mix dry seasonings together. Store in an airtight container until you're ready to make dressing.
1/4 cup vinegar
2/3 cup olive oil
2 TBSP water
2 TBSP dry seasonings mix
Whisk all ingredients together before serving.