Life as I know it is about to change, forever. My due date is rapidly approaching, and soon our family of two will become a family of three. To say my nesting instincts have kicked in is an understatement. I have lists upon lists (ok, spreadsheets – go ahead, call me a nerd) of things to buy, things to do, and things to prepare. One thing I did not want to have to worry about is what to cook for dinner, so I spent a long, rainy Saturday a few weeks ago preparing a bunch of freezer meals to have on hand. I also stocked up my pantry with quick and easy meal ideas and basic pantry supplies for things like spaghetti, mac-and-cheese, etc. Basically anything that can be made in 30 minutes or less.
When I was asked to try out the new Progressive Recipe Starters, I figured they would be perfect for my new role as a busy new mom. You have the benefit of a homecooked meal, but with a little help to get to get it on the table faster. The Recipe Starters are available in 5 different flavors, and can literally be used to create hundreds of recipes. The most impressive thing to me? Despite being a processed food, I can actually pronounce and recognize almost all the ingredients.
- 1 package Progressive Recipes Starters in Creamy Roasted Garlic
- 2 chicken breasts, butterflied and pounded in 4 thin pieces
- Olive oil
- ½ red bell pepper, diced
- ½ cup fresh spinach, chopped
- 8 ounces fettuccine or linguine
- Begin by butterflying the chicken and then pounding them in 4 thin cutlets. Season with salt, pepper and oregano, then cook in a skillet over medium heat. Brown the chicken until cooked through, then remove from the pan and set aside.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to boil, and cook your pasta as directed on the box.
- Reduce the heat to low-medium, add the diced peppers and spinach and cook until the peppers are soft, and the spinach is wilted. Add the creamy garlic sauce and stir until heated through, about 5 minutes.
- Drain the pasta, then serve your chicken over the pasta, and topped with the creamy garlic sauce.
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