Weeknight Pasta

I love pasta! I love to make it, and I especially love to eat it 🙂

My favorite pasta dishes usually take hours and a lot of love to make to perfection, but this weeknight pasta dish is quick, easy, and has a little bit of something for everyone! The beauty is you can totally make it your way with ingredients that your family enjoys. Here’s what I did, but feel free to add your own favorites, remove stuff you don’t care for and make it your own! I would love to hear what you did to make this recipe an original at your house. Also, I think this needs a name….any suggestions?

1 Rotisserie Chicken (meat removed from bone and chopped or shredded)
1 can black olives (I use the medium size olives cut in 1/2)
1 jar marinated artichoke hearts (chop to roughly same size as tomatoes and olives)
1 container of fresh cherry tomatoes (cut in 1/2)
1 small box frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained)
2 gloves fresh garlic (minced)
fresh basil, salt, and pepper (season to taste)
1 pkg of dry spaghetti (cooked and drained)
1 cup of fresh mozzarella (shredded or cubed whichever you prefer)

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Combine all of the ingredients except the pasta into large mixing bowl
Cook pasta according to package directions
Toss all ingredients together
Serve, and enjoy with garlic bread

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*I told you it was easy*


I’m Back!

It’s been an exciting few weeks for me 🙂 I have recently started a new job that I absolutely love!! After three weeks of training in Tempe, AZ and another three weeks in the field from home I am starting to feel more comfortable in my new role. While learning the specific skills and systems needed for success, I also learned so much from the wonderfully diverse group of professionals in my training class. I met people from all over the country, we shared our training experience in such a positive way I am forever grateful for that experience and the life lessons shared between us.

In addition to the new job, we as a family have also thrown ourselves into the full swing of spring sport season. My 17-year-old has been playing varsity baseball since early February, the 5-year-old has been playing t-ball since early March (Kevin and I are coaching the team, which is more like herding cats!), and my 13-year-old is taking dance lessons and acting like a typical teenage girl. Zayne apparently left One Direction-if this is the first you have heard of this tragic news, please feel free to stop by and learn all of the details from an obsessed teenage girl 😉

My family has been supportive of all of these changes, but I’m sure they are ready for life to stabilize a little and for mom to start cooking again. I hate to admit it, but I have not had the energy nor interest in cooking for quite a few weeks, but I do believe it’s back. Today is an unusually cool, cloudy day for Tucson this time of year, and a great day to do some meal prep and baking. I’m planning to try a new recipe this evening, and hoping to bake something yummy to carry us through the next week.