Every night when I make dinner I am always thinking in the back of my mind if the recipe I am using could easily be converted to a bagged meal. As I made dinner tonight I knew I had the perfect recipe for a bagged meal. Every ingredient in the recipe had a dried food alternative. I was so excited to share it with you!
|Parmesan Chicken with Bow Ties|
Parmesan Chicken with Bow Ties
-12oz bow-tie pasta (I just dumped a 1lb box into the water)
-salt and pepper to taste (this + the garlic powder will go in a baggie)
-2 T olive oil (this is the only ingredient not in the bag. I have it in my kitchen and storage)
-2 C small broccoli florets (1 C freeze dried broccoli or dehydrated in a baggie)
-1 1/2lb chicken breasts or tenders, cut into 1/2" pieces (one jar home-bottled chicken or canned chicken)
-1 small onion, finely chopped (1/4 C dried onion in a baggie)
-2 cloves garlic (1 1/2 t garlic powder)
-1 C chopped tomatoes (1 can diced tomatoes)
-1/2 C grated fresh Parmesan (grated Parmesan in bottle)
-A couple bottles of water to cook the pasta.
Cook the pasta according to the package directions, about 10 minutes. Add the broccoli for the final 3 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 C of the cooking liquid. Toss the pasta and broccoli with 1 T oil.
Warm the remaining oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken, onion(reconstituted), garlic, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Saute for 5 minutes, add tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes more. Toss in pasta, broccoli, Parmesan, and 1/2 C cooking liquid. Add more liquid if dry.
I put the broccoli in one baggie and the onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper in another bag. I need to put the onion in a bag all by itself so I can reconstitute it without the spices with it. I am learning along side all of you :)
Here are all the ingredients ready to go in the bag, except for the water. I forgot to put it in the photo.
One Parmesan Chicken with Bow Ties ready for the storage room. I keep the recipe in a CD envelope on the front of every bag. This way my children or husband can also make the meal. Plus I wouldn't have a clue later on what all the bags in my storage room would be. This meal could also be prepared on a butane stove if you didn't have power. A complete powerless cooking recipe!!