Italian Sausage and Pasta

I realized today that we are apparently way behind on the Christmas decorating. There is already an inflatable snowman at the end of the street. The girls are ready for their elves to come back too. They ask about them daily. So now my only issue…how in the heck am I going to get 2 trees and a million boxes down from the attic when I have a hubby that has thrown out his back??? I have a feeling that by the end of the day there will be 2 of us with bad backs.

Megan’s usual meal request…pasta, broccoli and chicken. I decided to switch it up and give her 2 out of 3. She’s learning to branch out a little.

16 oz Mini Farfelle Pasta
18 oz Italian Sausage Links, casings removed
12 oz Frozen Broccoli Florets
1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1/8 tsp Pepper
1/8 tsp Garlic Salt
8 tsp Parmesan Cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions, adding the broccoli florets after the first 2 minutes.

While pasta is cooking, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Crumble the sausage and drop it into the skillet. Cook sausage until browned. Remove from heat and drain.

Add pasta and broccoli to the pot.

Mix 1/4 cup olive oil and garlic together in a small bowl. Salt and pepper to taste. Toss into pasta mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

8 servings
Calories 525
Total Fat 29.98g
Total Carbs 44.83g
Dietary Fiber 2.5g
Protein 18.07g

Today’s Leopard Print Find: 20″ Plush Wild Red Christmas Stocking with Leopard Print Trim

Chicken Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

Early voting – check! Don’t forget to do your part!! Unless you are voting for the wrong person – In that case you can stay home. :) It was pretty painless. Except that there were only about 25 parking spots and about 100 people. It took about an hour. It probably wouldn’t have taken so long but there were A LOT of people that didn’t know how to work the machine. I’m glad to have it out of the way!

Megan was happy with this one! 1 point for me!!! But of course that means Taylor didn’t like it. I think she was just trying to prove a point though. She ate it anyway because I told her if she didn’t she wouldn’t get any of her special request Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie (which I’ll post tomorrow).

2 Tbs Olive Oil
1 lb Chicken Breast, diced
1/8 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper
16 oz Elbow Macaroni Pasta
2 cups Broccoli Florets
3 Tbs Butter
3 Tbs Flour
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Paprika
2 cups Whole Milk
1 cup Chicken Stock
3 cups Sharp Cheddar
1 Tbs Dijon Mustard

Start boiling water for pasta.

Meanwhile, heat a medium pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and chicken, salt and pepper. Cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Turn off heat and set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions, adding broccoli for the last 3 minutes.

While pasta cooks, heat a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add butter and melt. Add flour, cayenne pepper and paprika. Whisk together until simmering. Whisk in milk and chicken stock. Raise heat to bring the sauce to a quick boil. Simmer until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.

Drain pasta and broccoli florets. Put back into the pot and combine chicken with the pasta and broccoli.

Add mustard, salt and pepper to sauce. Stir in cheese until melted, about 2 minutes. Pour sauce over chicken, broccoli and pasta. Stir to combine.

Servings: 8
Calories 604
Fat 27.2g
Carbohydrates 48.9g
Dietary Fiber 2.9g
Nutrition Grade B

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Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

We went to the Spirit store today to get the girls their “scary fog machine”. Apparently I’ve never been in one of these before. I had no idea they even made that kind of stuff!!! They had animated stuff from every scary movie ever made. The Exorcist one with the spinning head really freaked me out.

I don’t think I’d sleep knowing that was in my house, yard or attic. This is now the girls favorite store. I guess my days at American Girl and Build a Bear are over.

One of Megan’s only preferred meals….anything with chicken, pasta and nothing funny in it.

13.25 oz Linguine
12 oz Frozen Broccoli Florets
2 Tbs Butter
1 1/2 lb Chicken Breasts, boneless & skinless, diced
10 3/4 oz Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Garlic, minced

Cook linguine according to package directions. Add broccoli during the last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain.

While pasta is cooking, heat butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned and cooked thoroughly.

Stir soup, garlic, milk, cheese pepper, noodles and broccoli. Serve warm.

Servings: 6
Calories 542
Fat 19.4g
Carbohydrates 42.7g
Fiber 2.0g
Nutrition Grade B

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Look what Taylor found….a leopard Witch Hat – OMG!!!

Tarragon Chicken Pasta

Happy National Noodle Day! Or as Megan would say “Like, oh my God! Happy National Noodle Day!”  She has no idea what a Valley Girl is so I don’t know how she is suddenly talking like one. Usually she’s British. I just knew they would hate this meal but I was wrong…at least with Megan anyway.  She loved it. She even asked if she could have more before she went to bed and had it for leftovers last night. She didn’t even question the chopped up spinach. (Prince Charming didn’t either!)

14.5 oz Rotini Multigrain Pasta
1 cup Sliced Mushrooms
2 cups Broccoli Flowerets
1 cup Carrots, sliced thin
2 cups Non-fat Milk
2 Tbs Cornstarch
2 tsp Fresh Tarragon, chopped
1/4 tsp Salt
2 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
1 cup Spinach, chopped
1 lb Cooked Chicken, chopped
1 cup Swiss Cheese, shredded

Cook pasta as directed on package – adding mushrooms, broccoli and carrots when there is 4 minutes left. Drain.

While pasta is cooking, mix milk, cornstarch, tarragon, salt and garlic in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 4 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Stir in remaining ingredients until cheese is melted and spinach is cooked. Combine with pasta mixture.

Servings: 8
Calories 365
Total Fat 7.1g
Total Carbohydrates 45.6g
Dietary Fiber 5.0g
Nutrition Grade A-

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