I love to cook (and even more so love to eat!) but as a working Mom I often don’t have as much time as I’d like to have for planning and cooking meals. So, one of the tricks I’ve developed over time is to keep ready to use ingredients, so the prep-time of cooking is shortened, without a loss of flavor.
I’ve found one of the easiest ways to be prepared for whipping together a quick dinner is to have ready to use herbs in a tube. They are handy – and you don’t have to worry about a big clump of herbs going bad quickly in the fridge.
Here is tonight’s dinner that I put together using all ingredients I had handy which took under 20 mins from prep to table:
- Quick cook chicken breasts
- 250g Spiral pasta
- Sun dried tomatoes, sliced
- 1 cup aged parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons Gourmet Garden minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons Gourmet Garden minced basil
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
For the Pasta:
Cook your pasta per the directions and your own tastes. I generally add a dash of salt to the water when cooking, my spiral pasta takes approx 13 mins to cook. Cook and drain.
For the Red Pesto Sauce and Chicken:
At the same time, start 1 pan for the red pesto sauce and another to cook the chicken. Divide the olive oil and Gourmet Garden minced garlic between the pan for the pesto sauce and the chicken – turn both to medium heat.
Once the two pans with olive oil and Gourmet Garden garlic are heated do the following:
Red Pesto Pan (in which there is heated olive oil and garlic)
add the sun dried tomatoes, stir, and then add the can of chopped tomatoes and stir. Add in the Gourmet Garden minced basil and 2/3 of the grated cheese, stir and turn heat to low.
Chicken Pan (in which there is heated olive oil and garlic)
add the chicken, cover, after about 4 mins turn the chicken over and cook another 4 mins until fully cooked and golden brown and the internal temp of the chicken is 165 F or 71.1 C
On your plate put one chicken breast, pasta with red pesto sauce and garnish with the remaining parmesan cheese and you can add a breadstick.
Total prep time, about 2 mins. Total cooking time, about 13 mins.
Disclosure: While the recipe, opinions and cooking are all my own – the Gourmet Garden herbs were provided to me free as part of a cooking competition.