When you don’t have time for prep or a long cook time but want to feed your family a healthy meal, pop into Grocery Outlet for a nice assortment of veggies ready for a quick sautee and organic, free range chicken to throw on the barbecue. This took all of 20 minutes from package to table and cost a total of $14 which fed hubby and me dinner and leftovers for lunch the next day.
Variations: I used quartered mozzarella balls because I wanted to cook with the herbed oil from the package and will use the other half of the container for appetizers, but you could substitute grated cheese and olive oil instead. You could also add sliced mushrooms and diced bell peppers (also available at Grocery Outlet) to make it a vegetarian meal, and omit the cheese to make it vegan. I like to add chopped tomatoes to the pasta sauce to give it more texture, but you could omit this ingredient to make it even easier and cheaper.
- Package of Butternut Squash “Rotini”
- Can or package of chopped tomatoes (optional)
- Jar of pasta sauce
- Container of Mozzarella Fresca
- Chicken thighs
- Dried basil and oregano or seasonings of your choice
- Heat 3 tablespoons of oil from the mozzarella fresca container in a large frying pan or wok. (Or use olive oil if you opt for grated cheese.)
- Add rotini and sautee over medium heat for 5 minutes, tossing to cook evenly.
- Combine chopped tomatoes and pasta sauce in pan and heat.
- Quarter mozzarella balls and place over cooked rotini; cover and cook for another 2 minutes until cheese is melted.
- Spoon a layer of sauce onto plate and top with rotini.
- For the chicken, I simply sprinkled the thighs with basil and oregano to complement the tomato sauce and had hubby barbecue for 20 min.
Go To Tuesdays are weekly recipes from products purchased at the Alameda Grocery Outlet, 730 Buena Vista Ave.
Please let me know if you made the recipe and liked it or would suggest changes. And also feel free to suggest future recipes.