The following post is shared by Lunchbox Love® Mom Panelist Tina Seitzinger.
Summer is a busy time of the year between summer camp, visiting friends, swimming, and taking day trips. By the time we get home, I’m beat and usually don’t feel like cooking. Summer is about not using the oven and spending a lot of time stuck in front of the stove.
We cook a lot of our dinners on the grill. I love that we can all be outside together enjoying the warm weather. But there are times when it’s just easier to cook inside especially on rainy evenings.
On busy nights, I make meals that I can whip up in 20 minutes or less. One of my favorite dinners to cook is Pasta Primavera. My boys love pasta so it’s a winner in my household. You can adapt this recipe to fit your family’s preference. Choose vegetables that are in season or ones that your kids will eat. You can cook it with a red sauce or use chicken broth like I do. Don’t have chicken on hand? Pick up a rotisserie chicken at your local grocery store or throw in leftovers like sausage or steak.
1 box (12 oz) pasta – any type
2 tablespoons of oil
1 tablespoon of garlic
½ cup of parmesan cheese
1 cup of chicken broth
2 cups cooked chicken, diced
Favorite vegetables cut up
1. BOIL pasta – reserve 1 cup of water.
2. HEAT oil, add vegetables and chicken. Sauté for about 2 minutes.
3. ADD garlic – cook 1 minute.
4. STIR in broth, reduce heat, and cover. Simmer for about 3 minutes.
5. TOSS with drained pasta, Parmesan cheese, basil and reserved cooking water.
6. TOP with extra Parmesan cheese and serve.
Serve with a salad and fresh bread for a complete meal!
Tip: The dinner table is a great way to connect as a family. It’s an opportunity to spark up conversations with your kids, ask about their day, laugh together, and tell stories. My boys went to a summer camp for the first time this year. I surprised them with Lunchbox Love Camp cards to let them know that I’m thinking about them.
Back-to-School is also a great time to connect with your kids and there are so many new volumes of cards to choose from!
Then at dinner, we go around and tell everyone one good thing that happened to us that day. It’s the perfect way to take advantage of time spent with family. What is your go to quick meal for busy nights?
Tina Seitzinger is a mom of two very active boys and the voice behind Life Without Pink – a personal lifestyle blog focused on parenting and raising boys. Tina is also the Co-founder of Girls’ Lunch Out, a marketing company that hosts networking events for women in social media and is part of the social media team at Baby Center where she manages blogger outreach programs, strategy, and social media content.