Making dinner at Gavin’s is always an adventure. It’s kind of hard to make a good meal from pasta, salami, and milk. But if we go shopping, we need to eat something fast since it’s getting late. This was a perfect meal to make FAST and get some vegetables.
At the grocery, we bought a red pepper, some “Asian blend” frozen vegetables, and soy sauce. We utilized previously purchased frozen chicken, peanut butter, vinegar, and pasta. Piece of cake.
First, start some water boiling and then get working: cut up the bell pepper into strips.
Then put the bell pepper and the vegetables in a pan with a little oil.
As soon as the water starts boiling, cook the pasta. While the pasta and vegetables continue cooking, make the sauce. Stir together crunchy peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, and water. Mainly peanut butter, with soy sauce and vinegar to add the flavor. The water just makes it thinner so it will spread over the pasta and vegetables. I normally add cayenne, but Gavin didn’t have any and doesn’t like spicy foods anyway, so I left it out. You can add it if you like things with some heat. It looks totally horrible when you first start stirring, like it’s NEVER going to combine.
But it eventually does.
While the vegetables and pasta finish, cook the chicken. Ours was frozen, so Gavin microwaved it to thaw it out and then cooked it in a George Forman grill. After it was done, he cut it into bite-size chunks. You can cook yours however you choose, or use some kind of leftovers.
Once the pasta, vegetables, chicken, and sauce are all set, stir them together! We did the sauce, chicken, and vegetables first.
Then I added as much pasta as I thought it could handle. I’m terrible at estimating the amount of pasta people eat, so I inevitably cook too much.
All done! This is a great way to mix vegetables in with other foods in a tasty dish. You can make it with or without the chicken and can use whatever vegetables you have on hand.