My Inspiration . . .

I've always had a love for baking, but it wasn't until I was in college that I had a desire to learn how to cook. In 2009, I decided to start my own cooking blog so I could access my recipes from anywhere, and was born.

I love trying new recipes and finding ways to make them healthier & happier on the hips! I love everything about food: the taste, the smells, the presentation, the experimenting, etc. I love to entertain, so I figured this was a great way to bring people together. Hope you enjoy trying out some of the recipes. Happy cooking!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Farfalle with Chicken, Spinach & Cherry Tomatoes

{ Prep Time: 15 mins / Cooking Time: 10 mins / Difficulty: Easy / Yields: 4 servings}

12 oz farfalle pasta
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/4 lbs chicken tenders, coarsely chopped
5 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 egg
2 tsp grated lemon peel
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
7 oz grape tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup finely grate parmesan cheese
1 Tsp salt

1. Fill a large pot with water and 1 tsp salt, and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions, about 7-8 mins; drain pasta.
2. Heat oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat; cook onion and garlic, stirring occasionally until onion softens, about 5-7 mins. Add chicken and cook about 5 mins longer, or until cooked through.
3. In a large bowl, combine spinach, ricotta, egg, lemon peel and juice, tomatoes, drained pasta and chicken mixture. Toss gently to combine.
4. Serve warm with grated parmesan cheese.

Recipe borrowed from Best Quick Fixes Cookbook

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