Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Let’s face it.  Life is busy.  We are busy.  Sometimes dinner doesn’t get started until 6:00 or later.  We run kids, we have jobs, life happens.  But I get tired of eating out.  I like a home cooked meal, even if it is a throw together.

That happened tonight.  Kids have gymnastics, kids have soccer, car is in the shop, lots of juggling.   So, I did what any other mom can do.  I threw together a filling, delicious meal, in about 15 minutes.  Yes, I did.

We happened to have some leftover rotisserie chicken, the Costco one.  Gluten free.

So, I put together some pasta, some chicken, some broccoli, and some Progresso cream of mushroom soup, top it with some cheese, and Voila!  I have to tell you though, the gluten free pasta makes or breaks your meal, so choose carefully.

This is our favorite brand of pasta.  It’s rice.  It is not mushy.  It tastes like “real” pasta.

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Here is the recipe: super easy, enjoy!

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Package spiral pasta
  • 2 cups shredded chicken (rotisserie is what I used)
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup (Progresso is cheap and gluten free)
  • 2 cups cooked broccoli, not mushy
  • cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Boil your pasta until tender, do not over cook.
  2. Shred your chicken, cook it first if you need to.
  3. Steam your broccoli.
  4. Mix all of the above and add your 2 cans of soup. Pour into a 9x13 pan. Top with cheese and heat it in the oven for about 15 minutes on 350 degrees.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6-8

 

 

Fresh Market $2.99 Tuesdays!

Did you know that every Tuesday in April you can get fresh ground chuck or boneless skinless chicken breasts for $2.99/lb. at Fresh Market and up to 4 gallons of milk for $2.99/gal. (excluding organic)?  This is a great deal.  The chicken is vegetarian fed and antibiotic free.   Sweet!

Thanks, Lil' Red Bird Big Deals!

 

Gluten Free Cashew Chicken


Gluten Free Cashew Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 pkg. rice noodles
  • ½ lb. carrots, julienne
  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 cup, chopped cashews (I used my processor)
  • ½-3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 5T coconut oil
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
Instructions
  1. Cook rice noodles and set aside
  2. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces, or slice
  3. Cook chicken in coconut oil, until almost cooked all the way
  4. Add carrots and broccoli
  5. Once veggies are cooked to desired tenderness, add chopped cashews, ginger, soy sauce, and noodles. Stir until heated thoroughly. You may want more soy sauce.

Slowcooker Pumpkin Chicken Stew

Slowcooker Pumpkin Chicken Stew
 
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Recipe type: Main Meal
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 small cans tomato sauce with roasted
  • 2 small cans diced chillies
  • 1 bag frozen shoe peg corn
  • 2 cups fresh spinach (added 30 min. before serving)
  • 2-3 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Dump all ingredients except spinach into crockpot and cook on high 6-8 hours.
  2. The last 30 min. dump spinach in and stir into stew.
Notes

I put whole chicken breasts into the crockpot. After it has cooked for 6 hours the chicken just shreds easily with a fork when you stir. If you would like, you can cut your raw chicken into bite sized pieces and put in the the crockpot like that.

So yesterday, I came across a Pumpkin Chilli recipe and thought that it looked pretty good.  I decided to give it a shot, but it ended up totally different from what the recipe was.  It turned out great!  My kids ate it right up.  I love it because you just dump it all in the crockpot and let it cook all day!  I wouldn’t call it a chilli, but more so a stew.

This recipe is linked up over at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday find many more great healthy recipes!

Gluten Free Meat Marinade

This is one of our all time favorite marinades for meat.  It works excellent on chicken, pork tenderloins, really good on pork chops and steaks also.  The oil in the recipe makes the meats so tender and juicy.  Hope you enjoy!

Gluten Free Meat Marinade
 
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I find that this marinade works pretty quick. I have marinated meat for 3 hours with it and 8-12 hours with it and it turns out beautifully either way.
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Recipe type: Marinade
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • This marinade works well with 6-10 boneless chicken breasts or 2-3 lbs. of meat.
  • Oil (any kind) 1 cup
  • Soy Sauce ¾ cup
  • Red wine vinegar ½ cup
  • Worcestershire sauce ¼ cup
  • Dry mustard 2T
  • Salt 2 t.
  • Parsley flakes 1½ t.
  • Garlic powder or minced garlic 1 t.
  • Pepper 1 t.
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a 1-gal. freezer bag. I like to double bag it, so there are no leaks in the fridge.
  2. Let marinate 3-8 hours for best flavor.
  3. Cook or grill until no longer pink and juices run clear
Notes
This marinade can be frozen. Just make it as directed, add the meat, seal and freeze. This works best on the grill.