Wednesday, May 19, 2010

For the mommies- Spaghetti e pollo cacciatorre

"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new." ~Rajneesh

Today, I did absolutely nothing. Here it is, 4pm, and I have yet to get out of bed to take a shower. Thank God for the need to pee first thing in the morning, or I may have yet to brush my teeth. Sigh. I have zero energy and zero motivation. Thank goodness that I'm not a mommy right now. My kids would be coming home to chicken that has yet to defrost, and a sleeping mother. I don't know if I would have even gotten up to open the door for them. (memo to self: make sure children have house keys). They would be hungry. They would be excited to tell mommy about their day, but mommy will want to sleep. Sleep like she has been doing allllll day. No, I couldn't do that to my children! I would not! I would just re-route them to aunty B's house, who would for sure listen to the stories and fill their bellies. Sigh. Thank goodness I'm not a mommy. Mommies have to get up when they don't want to; stay home when they don't want to; say no when they want to say yes. Mommies have to cook the dinner, iron the uniform, comb the hair, go to open school, make the project you told them about just today. They sacrifice their last dollar to give you money for the prom (thanks mommy), or pay your bills when you quit your job because you were unhappy (thanks mommy). They buy your twin sister more clothes than they buy you, but you are not mad because you know mommy loves you too. Sigh. Mommies are the bestest, aren't they? I am so so so thankful for mine. Although, she reminds me of that song by Jimmy Cozier that goes "she nags me, and complains a lot but I ain't letting her go, she's all I got". I think he was talking about his girlfriend, not mommies, but isn't it strange that it still applies? Wait, is mommies even a word? Whatevs, this is my damn blog! Today's recipe is one of my favorite fast recipes for a weeknight dinner. I dedicate it to the mommies who may not feel like cooking, but have to. Kids absolutely love it, and its an easy way to sneak veggies into their diet. If you add salad and breadsticks, it can serve as a great meal to have friends over as well (for all you non-mommies). Let's get started, shall we? P.S.- S/O to all my fav mommies: Tanisha, KB, Samantha,Cara, Tania, Tamika, Nay, Tracy, Cambry, and of course, my own mommy Vanya. LYMI

Spaghetti e pollo caciatorre Ingredients:
Chicken Breast (sliced into medium sized pieces)
1 red bell pepper (chopped into large pieces)
1 green bell pepper (chopped into large pieces)
2 plum tomatoes
1 package of spaghetti (any brand will do. For a healthier meal, use whole wheat pasta)
1 large jar of Prego mushroom spaghetti sauce ( I know, I know. The Delicious Diva using jar sauce? Well, mommies don't have time on a Wednesday to make sauce from scratch, do they?)
1 onion (chopped)
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 bunch of green onions
1 bunch of oregano ( or, you can use the dried kind)
Black Pepper
Olive Oil
Red pepper flakes
1 package of Texas Toast garlic bread (or, breadsticks. Kids seem to like those better)


Soak and season chicken as you normally would (see my other blogs to find out how)
In a large pan, add olive oil. Once heated, add onions and garlic. Sautee until onion is soft.
Add chicken to pan and brown on both sides. Turn down heat and let chicken simmer.
Add red and green bell peppers. Sautee.
Add jar of spaghetti sauce and turn stove down to a simmer. Sprinkle in a few red pepper flakes.
Boil a large pot of salted water. Add spaghetti and a bit of olive oil. Cook until al dente, then strain.
Once chicken/sauce has simmered for about 20 minutes (veggies should be soft), you can add spaghetti to sauce and mix it all together or you can plate spaghetti, then add sauce on top. Garnish with a sprig of parsley to make it pretty. Kids tend to like everything mixed in. The flavors from the chicken will blend with the sauce and make it delish! No one will tell that its not homemade.
This is a great dish to serve family style in a big platter. With the breadsticks/garlic bread on the side.

Quick Garlic Bread:
I know mommies are usually on a budget, so if you don't want to buy the garlic bread, you can make some yourself. All you need is 2 tbls of butter,slices of white bread, and a clove of fresh garlic. In a pan, melt butter and add garlic. Brush onto bread slices, and bake at 350 degrees until crispy.

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