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Friday, January 23, 2009

My favorite recipe...what's yours?

I'm so tired of trying to come up with food my family will eat. It's not just my son, though he's a picky eater, my husband is just as picky. Tanner (the son) eats very little meat. He lives on peanut butter. If he's hungry he'll go get a spoon of peanut butter. He knows it has protein and he's convinced me it's better than junk food. :0/ He's almost 10 and he's starting to talk about being a vegetarian. We'll see... My husband on the other hand loves meat, potatoes, and bread. I really shouldn't have so much starch so it's hard to find something we can all eat and enjoy.

We eat a lot of Mexican food, breakfast for dinner, grilled chicken, etc...Tanner can't eat rice so that's out. He literally can't eat it. Tim would eat steak or roast every day if I'd let him. Grrrr. I need help, people. :) Any ideas? I'm open to suggestions. :)

In the spirit of sharing, here's one of my favorite dishes I got from the Neely's that we all seem to be able to eat. I use half the lemons and a little extra olive oil and garlic. I also like it better with Angel Hair pasta, but the penne is good if that's all you have. :)

Easy Lemon Pasta with Chicken
Prep Time: 10 min Inactive Prep Time: hr min Cook Time: 25 min Level: Easy Serves:
3 to 5 servings 1 pound dried penne
2 chicken cutlets, cut into fingers
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
2 lemons, juiced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, until al dente. Drain well.
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large grill pan over medium high and add chicken. Grill until golden and completely cooked. Remove to a plate and slice.

Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to a saute pan with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and saute until fragrant. Add the cooked pasta and turn heat off. Mix all together.

Remove pasta to a large bowl. Add chicken to the warm pasta and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle in chopped parsley. Add the juice of 2 lemons and mix. Before serving top with Parmesan.
Now come on...share.


outdoorgriller said...

That lemon chicken sounds good.If you want more recipes or if you want to take a look at the collection of tips I have for grilling you can visit

Jennifer Tiszai said...

Okay, I think I'm going to blog about this. I was talking to Jenny about this very thing last night and I'm trying some new ideas to make meals less crazy. So later this week look for it on my blog and maybe we can discuss strategies other people are using.