Other things keeping me busy are getting lunches packed and ready for the school day. With Bacon Jr. going to school every day and Little Miss Bacon going every other, I have a lot to keep track of. Packing snacks and lunches is no longer done in the morning, but started at night and assembled into the bag in morning. I just haven't had enough coffee to think straight, much less manage to send a good lunch while getting hair and teeth brushed and shoes tied before they are headed out the door. I think I need more of that mommy magic Mr. Bacon always tells me I must have in order to get everything done.
I picked up a few helpers to keep my days going a bit easier since back to school started. One was our lunch menu. Each day before bed the kids have to let me know what they would like for lunch and snack the next day and then go pick out clothes. We've always made a list of the things the kids would like to take for school lunches and let them pick what they would like. But we ran into the problem of not always having what they want for lunch from the list on hand in the house. And you know we don't make extra trips to the store around here! My solution? A dry erase board! I found these tucked in the dollar spot at Target the other day and picked up two of them.
Curly chicken and peas
(If you are wondering about the name, Bacon Jr named it when we created the meal when he was 3!)
1 lb chicken breast- cut up
favorite seasoning- I use Mc Cormick's garlic and herb
1tbsp olive oil
2.5 cups uncooked pasta(we use rotini)
1.5-2 cups frozen peas
1/2 stick butter
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
First start your pan of water to boil. Then saute the chicken with oil and favorite seasonings.
Once the water is boiling toss in your noodles and peas. Let the water return to a boil and then turn it down to med. heat and let the pasta cook until tender.
Do you notice anything in the right picture? Did you spy my mystery noodle?! Mr. Bacon recently started this when making dinner. Our kids sometimes seem opposed to eating certain noodles, so he thought a game would be fun while we eat. When we cook our pasta, we toss in a few of each noodle we have in the house. As we spoon dinner onto the kids plates, they have fun searching to see what kinds and how many mystery noodles they got. And they have fun eating them and deciding if they taste different from each other. Little Miss Bacon swears they do.
Once both the chicken and noodles are cooked it's time to assemble it. Drain the noodles and peas an then dump them in with the chicken (ok plan ahead here and cook the chicken in a big enough pan to hold the cooked noodles too). Add your butter and grated cheese to them and toss until the butter and cheese are melted. You can adjust the amount of butter and cheese used to your liking. Just try some after it's melted and see if it's enough.
Looks pretty good to me! A super quick dinner for those busy nights. I bet it takes less time than waiting in the drive-thru line too! Well at least it will taste better and be cheaper than the drive-thru food. Enjoy!