That’s right. I try and do my grocery shopping on Sundays- I usually don’t have plans, so it’s the best day. Unfortunately, I think it’s grocery day for, like, everyone else on the planet. I literally stood in line for 17 minutes to buy my food today. 1-7 minutes. Aah! It was awful. On top of the wait, I left the nice grocery list I wrote up at home on the dining room table. Fail.
Luckily, I actually remembered everything on my list. Yay!
When I can, I try to make a big batch of something yummy to feed me through the week at work. I love food and have a problem with buying too much when I go to the store, but not using up what I have at home. I’ve had a box of pasta in my cabinet for months, so I finally used it.
Balsamic Stir-fry Pasta:
1 lb chicken breasts, cut in to bite size chunks
1 red pepper, chopped
1 half of an onion, cut in to wedges
3/4 box of penne (I used whole grain Barilla)
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp minced garlic
Shredded cheese of choice (I have cheddar)
Pour one tablespoon of olive oil in to a frying pan. Cut up the pepper and saute it for about 15 minutes on medium- low and stir frequently. While the pepper pieces are cooking, boil water and cook the pasta to al dente (around 9 minutes). When the peppers are starting to soften, add the onion and garlic to the pan. Once the pepper and onion are soft, about an other 10 minutes, add the chicken and stir frequently to cook all the pieces. This shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes.
Put the cooked pasta in to a big bowl and drizzle with the other tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Dump all the chicken and veggies in to the bowl of pasta and stir. Drizzle in the balsamic to your liking. Serve and sprinkle with cheese.
I’m going to share some with my parents when I visit them today, but I’ll probably still get three lunches out of this dish.
Enjoy your Monday!