Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What's for Dinner Wednesday?

Normally, I know the answer to this question...but I lost my menu for the week so I've been winging it by trying to remember by looking at the ingredients in my cupboards...Anyways, today was easy because I remembered I had circled something in my Fix It and Forget It Lightly cookbook.
Phew! I did circle it! It's Chicken Italiano!

Now I really love cooking, but I have been hitting Starbucks to work on school stuff several nights a week, so I put a few crock pot recipes on the menu. I will try to plan a really good Rachael Ray recipe with like a thousand ingredients that must all be chopped soon (seriously, I do like those recipes).

First, gather your ingredients. You waste time in the kitchen wandering while trying to find that weird do-hickey that minces your garlic while you are burning the chicken. Here's what you need.
2 (or 3) large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in three pieces
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
2 bay leaves
26 oz. jar of meatless spaghetti sauce (make it light by getting low sodium)
Pasta (any kind)

I added a chicken breast so my hubby can have leftovers for work so I added a bit more sauce from an extra jar I had. I also substituted marjoram for the basil since I was out. Any Italian seasoning will work just fine. Marjoram is a fab seasoning if its not in your repertoire, its not Thyme, but its very good.

Now place your chicken in the bottom of the crockpot. sprinkle the seasonings on top of it.
Now pour the sauce on top. You're done. Yay!

You can cook this on low for 6 hours or if you are like me and threw this together at 1:30, on high for 3 1/2 - 4 hours. Serve over pasta. Oh and remember to PLUG IN the crock pot :)

Sauces are a great way to hide veggies for picky kids or even for picky you. Shredding some carrots and zucchini adds a lot of veggie power to your dishes and you cannot even taste it. Now that dinner is done, use the spare time to get some crafting done, like me :)

Tell me what you are having for dinner and share your recipe in the comment section!


Jeremiah Russell said...

we have a basil BUSH in the back yard. just go pick some. :)

Erin said...

Ya know I didn't think that it was still alive since its been so long since I have been back there, oops!

jaime said...

I'm making basicly the same thing just not n the crockpot. Its good!

Juleen Kenney said...

I am making this right now. I'm curious what you typically serve it with. I'm debating between pasta and potatoes.