Watching the scale move is akin to watching a pot of water boil. Neither budges under a watchful eye. As you have probably guessed, there were no pounds shed this week. On the bright side, I am thankful that there hasn't been any weight gained either.
Here is a recipe that I found on Allrecipes.com for Penne with Chicken and Asparagus. Allrecipes is my favorite go-to site when I am in need of cooking inspiration. The reviews and ratings looked promising for this recipe so I gave it a go. Delicious and light and so easy to prepare.
1 (16 ounce) package dried penne pasta
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into cubes
salt and pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 bunch slender asparagus spears, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, and set aside.
Warm 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in chicken, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook until chicken is cooked through and browned, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken to paper towels.
Pour chicken broth into the skillet. Then stir in asparagus, garlic, and a pinch more garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cover, and steam until the asparagus is just tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet, and warm through.
Stir chicken mixture into pasta, and mix well. Let sit about 5 minutes. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, stir again, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
My big plans to sew over the weekend never quite materialized. This is all that I managed to accomplish before deciding to call it quits.
I have been in a major funk since returning home from vacation and am finding it difficult to get back into the swing of things. Sewing just doesn't seem to be at the top of my list at the moment. Actually, nothing really is. All I want to do is to sit in front of the t.v. and eat bonbons, err, uhm, I mean, raw celery and carrots and do absolutely nothing all day.
Have a nice day!