My sister told me something today that I will remember. Each Monday takes us one week closer to the summer break…well, my niece actually decided that we should take one step at a time and count down to Thanksgiving break first. Works for me. So, I will think of that on Mondays now. Each Monday brings us one week closer to Thanksgiving break. Not that I am trying to rush time, because I am definitely not. I just really, really, really love having my littles at home with me.
And, another great thing about this Monday…Hexbugs Nano. Until Ethan got one for his birthday yesterday, I had never even heard of them. Let me tell you…they are just about the cutest things ever. All three of the littles love them. They loved Ethan’s so much that I had to break my “no presents until Christmas” rule and go buy one for each of them today, in their colors (blue, green, and pink), so that they could all play with them together. I just could not help it. And, it was so worth it. Watching them play with them after school just made my day.
If it is possible for two things to make my day, the other one was Ethan’s visit to the pediatrician. We go to a big practice, where we can see any of the doctors. Summer had a great experience last spring with a wonderful, kind doctor, so I decided to have her see Ethan today. She was so incredibly great with him. I told her when she walked in that he was primarily non-verbal. So, he proceeded to “talk” to her, interact with her, and answer all of her questions. She was quite amused with him…more of that charming magic that he has. Before we left, she said, “To be non-verbal, he communicates quite well.” Oh, how that made me smile. I had been so worried about taking him to a doctor who did not know him…because….trust me, we have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. This one was good and beautiful in every way, just like my Ethan.
To top off this Monday…this Monday that puts us one week closer to Thanksgiving…we had pasta for dinner. Since Ethan chose spaghetti for his birthday dinner last night, my Monday pasta meal was thrown off a bit. But, as soon as I saw Pioneer Woman’s post on her Cajun Chicken Pasta, I knew that we would have a variation of that for dinner. I have made her Cajun Chicken Pasta before, and it was a hit. So, I adapted it according to what we had in the refrigerator and pantry, and I made it gluten and dairy free. It did not fail to disappoint a hungry family on this Monday.
Cajun Chicken Pasta Primavera
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1 cup broccoli, fresh or frozen
1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup soy milk
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
- Heat olive oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook for about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Once the chicken is almost cooked through, add the bell peppers, broccoli, and corn. Cook for another 3-4 minutes.
- As the chicken and vegetable mixture is cooking, prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with hot water.
- Mix together the chicken broth, soy milk, Old Bay Seasoning, and corn starch.
- Add the milk mixture to the chicken mixture, and cook until it starts to thicken, about 2 minutes.
- Pour the chicken mixture over the pasta and toss together. Add more salt, pepper, and Old Bay Seasoning, according to taste.
Adapted from Pioneer Woman’s Cajun Chicken Pasta
Enjoy your week!