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One Pot Pasta

I know a few ladies have been waiting ever so patiently for this recipe after my sister posted it on facebook. This is a restaurant style meal without the bill and with little work. My husband and kids cleaned up their plates and actually wanted leftovers the next day. We love pasta but are picky that its not to dry and this recipe wasn't.

12 ounces linguine
12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes (halved or quartered if large)
1 onion thinly sliced
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2-3/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish
2-3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt & black pepper
4 1/2 cups water
lots of freshly grated parmesan cheese, for serving

Combine pasta, tomatoes, onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, basil, oil, 2 tsp. kosher salt, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, and water in a large straight sided skillet. Bring to boil over high heat. Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 9 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper, divide among 4 bowls and garnish with basil. Serve with parmesan.


Man Catching Chicken

I know it was the name that caught your eye not the picture right??? Well if you want to read the story behind it you will have to check out I do however know it is a great title for this recipe!! I made this the other day and I made the mistake of letting the kids see what was in it. It was a struggle to get them to try it but once they did they loved it....especially my pickiest son. My husband wasn't home when we had it so I packed the leftovers for him for work. I told him I had him a lunch but I wasn't telling him what was in it until he ate it. He text me from work and said dang hon this chicken is good. I finally told him what was in it and said weird huh. His response, I don't care if it has weird ingredients it is sooo good :)

2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cup of Dijon mustard
1/2 cup of maple syrup
1 Tablespoon of red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon of dried rosemary

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

In a small bowl mix together your Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and red wine vinegar.

Place your chicken in a sprayed 9 by 13 pan. Pour your sauce on top of the chicken and sprinkle with dried Rosemary. Place it uncovered in your preheated oven. Let it bake for 20 minutes and then take them out and flip them over.

Cook for another 20 minutes or until your chicken is browned and cooked through.

Let the chicken cool for 5 minutes before serving. Spoon some extra sauce over the top when you put it on plates.


California Turkey Club Wrap

Am I the only person who hates to cook when is it so hot outside, yet want to provide something good for my family? About a month ago I was at a big hospital for a Dr. appointment and had 4 kids proclaiming they were starving. I told them we could have a little snack from the cafeteria since it wasn't dinner time and we were waiting for dad to go eat. When we went down and were looking around I seen the special of the day was a Cali club wrap. Just seeing that made me all of the sudden starving but since we had to wait I asked really nicely if the kids would like to share 2 of these :) (killing two birds with one stone... the kids got a snack and I got a sample of this heavenly thing) YUMMM!! It didn't take long for me to start making these around the house.

Are you ready for this? Its so easy its like making a sandwich :)

Spinach tortillas
turkey (can use ham too)
provolone or swiss cheese
spinach or lettuce
cooked bacon
red onion
ranch or café rio cilantro dressing (either one works great)

Layer in a spinach tortilla as listed wrap up and serve :) perfection!!

Somehow I always get the worst looking tortilla and its mine I take a picture of...sorry!