Check out all this beautiful produce from my garden:
It only made sense to turn them into a spectacular, and oh-so healthy dinner.
And I did:
Here’s the recipe:
-Pasta (I used whole wheat spaghetti, you can use whatever you have on hand)
-Onion (approx 1/2 cup, chopped)
-Chicken Breast (I used a breast and a half, because they were big, cut into bite sized pieces)
-Green Bell Pepper (1/2 large, or a smallish one similar to what I picked out of my garden will do, cut into strips and halved)
-Garlic Cloves (2, minced)
-Salt (to taste)
-Pepper (to taste)
-Zucchini (2 small or 1 large, cut into bite sized pieces)
-Tomatoes (4 peeled, seeded, chopped)
-Dried Basil (approx 2 tsp)
-Dried Oregano (approx 1/2 tsp)
-Shredded Parmesan Cheese (I used Italian mix because that’s what I had on hand
Start by boiling water and cooking your pasta. While this is happening, prep your veggies. The veggie and chicken mixture come together very quickly so it’s best to have everything prepped and ready to go.
Warm some olive oil in a pan, add onion. Cook 2-3 minutes.
Add chicken, green bell pepper, garlic and salt/pepper. Cook another 2 minutes.
Add zucchini, tomatoes, basil, and oregano. Cook 5-6 minutes.
Plate pasta (I prefer less pasta and more of the veggie/chicken mixture, but this is a judgment call), and top with herbed veggie and chicken mixture. Sprinkle cheese on top. Eat it up!
Remember that this is not baking so you can change up the recipe as suites your preference. I used less chicken and more veggies because I had veggies on hand (for free) and really enjoy them. You could also omit the chicken all together for a vegetarian twist on this dish. If you want more of the herb flavor, bump up those measurements. You might also want to try a pinch of parsley. The possibilities are endless so fee free to play with this one.
It’s even better leftover, after the flavors have had more opportunity to mingle.
It saddens me that Fall will be here before we know it and that will be the end of the fresh garden produce. Best to make the most of it in the time we have left.
Are your gardens still going strong?