Monthly Archives: August 2013

Pasta with Chicken, Tomatoes and Feta

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This is one of our favorites in the summer. Somehow it just seems very refreshing and not too heavy. It has everything in one dish which I of course love!

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I usually make this with orzo pasta. That would be my preference, it really is great. Alas, I have not found a high fiber orzo pasta. So this time I made it with mini rotini since it has fiber in it. I just have to prioritize how I want to eat my “empty” carbs. This time common sense and health won out!

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The boys all just love feta cheese. They even ate the tomatoes when I made it! They can be hit or miss when it comes to eating tomatoes.

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This combines all my favorites from a Greek tomato salad. The fresh basil, feta and lemon juice are so fresh and full of flavor. It tastes great leftover as a cold pasta salad, add cucumbers and it’s even better (leftovers may require a little added olive oil). I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Pasta with Chicken, Tomato and Feta
1/2 pound dry pasta
2 Tbs. olive oil
Juice and zest of one lemon
10 oz. cooked chicken, diced
1/2 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
1/4 c. red onion, chopped
1/4 c. fresh basil, chopped
5 oz. feta cheese, crumbled

Cook the pasta to al dente, time will depend on which size/shape pasta you choose to use. Drain the pasta. Put the pasta, oil, lemon juice and zest in a bowl, allow to cool for about five minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well mixed. Serve warm or cold. If serving cold cucumbers are a nice addition.

Yields 6 servings

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First School Lunch

Jack started Kindergarten Wednesday. After being a little scared he recovered well. He enjoyed his first day, especially since they made gingerbread men cookies! Here is his first school lunch: peanut butter and honey on homemade wheat oatmeal bread, carrot sticks, pineapple, grapes and homemade vanilla pudding.

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He came home and hardly ate any of it. Just the pudding, of course, and a couple bites of his sandwich. By day two he was better adjusted and ate his whole lunch.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Steel Cut Oats

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We are huge fans of steel cut oatmeal. Once we tried it a couple years ago we have not looked back. Jack in particular loves it. He will frequently ask for oatmeal for breakfast. For a while he loved it with cinnamon and brown sugar sprinkled on top. Then the favorite was with a spoon full of peanut butter on top. Continue reading