Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lemon Spaghetti with Chicken and Spinach

I am home! Well I have been since Tuesday, but have been catching up on life. Here is a rundown of some things that happened last week. 
The day we got the news about my grandmother I had Emily's baptism to go to. Since I wasn't flying out until the next day and I was grieving alone (J was working), I decided it would be good to go. Boy was it ever. These 3Bs of mine are true Christian sisters, helping me through my deep sorrows. We rejoiced with Em as she publicly displayed her heart for Christ. I held Sarah tight as she comforted me with her SWEET heart! Megan and Sarah took me home to love on me until J got off work. Thank you sweet sisters, you mean the world to me!
 We had a rough week saying goodbye to Gongie. She was more than just a grandma to us, She was our best friend, Mother, and Matriarch. It was incredibly moving to see how many lives were touched by her. Thank you friends and family for all of your outpouring of love and support. We will miss Gongie but we are so glad that she gave us a life to aspire to. We love you!  
While in her hometown of Lamesa, TX we visited the hospital her father built. This is a picture of the mosaic that she did for the hospital. She was the most talented person I've ever met.

On to a more happy topic. My favorite little girl, Sarah. I kept her a few weeks ago. Along with painting fingernails, and watching Disney movies, we made this dinner together. I got a sense of what it would be like to have a toddler and try to do my blog. I think I can do it! I gave her some tasks to help me with and she was delighted. Here is the dinner we made (thanks to Katie and Brian for introducing the recipe to me).


Lemon Spaghetti with Chicken and Spinach
Seasoned Chicken:
3 Chicken Tenders
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion
1 Tbsp olive oil

Pasta:
1/2 Pound linguine
4 clove garlic
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
2 lemons
3/4 cup half and half
1 cup parmesan
1 cup baby spinach
3 Tsp olive oil

Mix together spices for chicken.Preheat oven to 350.
Season chicken with spice mix. 
Sarah wanted to help. She did a great job sprinkling the spices evenly over the chicken.

In a heavy saucepan, heat 1 Tbsp oil. Add chicken and sear for 2 mins per side. 
Remove pan from heat, cover with foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes.
Cook pasta according to instructions.

Zest both lemons.
Juice both lemons.
Grate parmesan
Measure out cream and chop garlic.
Remove chicken from oven and transfer to another plate. Use same pan to cook sauce. Add 3 Tbsp olive oil to the pan and minced garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook until it begins to sizzle.
Add half and half and lemon juice.
Add 2 Tbsp pasta water to the sauce. Turn heat to medium low and allow to simmer for a few minutes, until thickened.
Dice chicken.
Drain pasta, add pasta, chicken, parmesan and lemon juice to the sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
Add spinach to the pasta and stir to incorporate. Remove from heat.

Taking pictures with a 2 year old.
She wanted to eat it right then!
Got one in there.
There goes a noodle.
Watching her favorite, Beauty and the Beast!
Such a cutie!


1 comment:

Katie said...

Love you bunches! I'm so glad you had the 3Bs to hang out with before leaving town. xoxoxo