Cooking has kind of taken a backseat to finishing up house projects before the baby gets here. It’s not that I haven’t been making dinner every night, just that it’s been super easy and mostly recipes you can find over at Supper for a Steal.
I have been working on adding molding to all of our doors and once that is finished we are going to start on a mini Master bathroom update. I still have to finish painting the front doors. And I think we can probably cross painting the house off the to do before May list. I have a few more projects to share coming up, but I wanted to actually share a recipe I made up recently.
This recipe is easily adaptable to use up whatever you have in the fridge, but broccoli is a veggie that both we and the baby like. A certain little one may have picked out the chicken and sun dried tomatoes, but you can’t win them all… one day she will come around and until then I will keep cooking all my favorite foods and attempting to convince her to try a bite.
I like to cook with veggie or wheat pastas. I don’t really know if they are much better than your traditional white pasta, but I figure that any bit of extra veggie in a kids diet is a good thing. Sometimes veggies can be a struggle. I mean everything is a struggle unless it’s noodles or bananas, she’s a toddler. Of course Hadley dove into this eating all her noodles first then asking for more, while leaving the chicken, tomatoes, and broccoli. We did convince her to eat the broccoli and then she proceeded to eat 2 more bowls of noodles and broccoli. I’m calling this one a win.
- 1 large chicken breast, cooked and cubed
- ¼ cup oil packed sun dried tomatoes, chopped
- 10oz pasta
- 1 head of broccoli, chopped
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup half and half
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup ricotta cheese
- 1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper
- In a large skillet warm chicken and sun dried tomatoes, set aside.
- Bring large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta. Add broccoli during last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and set aside.
- While pasta is cooking melt butter in a large skillet. Add cream and half and half and whisk to combine, continuing to whisk while bringing mixture to a simmer. Allow to simmer 5 minutes, whisking frequently. Add garlic and cheese and stir until incorporated. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Add chicken, tomatoes, pasta, and broccoli to skillet with alfredo sauce and stir to combine.