Monday, January 25, 2010

Cajun Chicken Pasta Bake with a little Zest...

Good morning all! I hope you had a great weekend.
Thank you for all the prayers and get well wishes for my husband's family. His grandmother was released from the hospital to the nursing home last Tuesday, but had to be rushed back to the ER on Friday. They couldn't get her blood pressure up, so she was admitted. Please continue praying for her.

On a lighter note...
I found an awesome recipe for a quick Cajun Chicken Pasta on the Sister's Stuff blog.
(If you aren't a regular reader you should be! They have the cutest craft ideas and lots of quick easy recipes. Go check out their blog and you'll be hooked!!! Just click on Sister's Stuff blog above.)
I wanted to try to make it, but my hubby took it over. You can click on the link above for the Sister's Stuff version, which will be much quicker and easier than this, but here's my hubby's...

1 box Penne pasta
1 jar Alfredo sauce
1 pound boneless chicken breast or chicken tenders, sliced into thin strips
1 tomato, diced
2 tblsp Cajun Seasoning
1 tblsp Garlic powder
Fresh basil, chopped, about 5 leaves
1 tsp Grapefruit zest
1-2 tblsp Olive oil
Parmesan and/or mozzarella cheese

Cook penne pasta per directions on box, drain. Warm alfredo sauce in saucepan. In medium frying pan, add olive oil, cajun seasoning, and garlic powder, then add chicken strips. Cook chicken covered until done, mixing occasionally, drain any oil and/or fat from pan, then add tomatoes, basil, and grapefruit zest. Continue to cook covered on low, until tomatoes are warm. Mix alfredo sauce with penne pasta. Layer pasta and chicken mixture in a medium lasagna pan, cover with parmesan and/or mozzarella cheese. Bake on 350 for 10 minutes, or until cheese on top has melted. Enjoy!!!

Note: The amount of cajun seasoning, garlic powder, basil and grapefruit zest can be modified to fit your individual taste buds. The grapefruit makes this a very light tasting pasta. You could use this as an appetizer, instead of a full meal.

Hopefully, I can get back to posting more often. Life just seems to pass like a blur these days. It's funny how the older I get, the faster the days go by! I really wish we could slow life down...just a little, and enjoy it more. Losing Ricky's grandfather has been hard on everyone, it was definitely a surprise. We knew his grandmother was sick and probably wouldn't be around much longer, but his grandfather was pretty healthy for his age. He had to have surgery back last summer for lung cancer, but he got well after that and was doing great. It wasn't until a couple weeks before Christmas when he started feeling sick and was told he had pnemonia. When the pnemonia didn't want to go away, my mother-in-law took him to a different doctor. We didn't find out until after he passed that it wasn't pnemonia at all...he had emphysema. (sp?) Make sure you tell your family everyday that you love them, you never know when you may lose them.

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