I love to cook but there are times when 5:00 rolls around and they are looking at me, wondering what is for dinner and I think to myself: You JUST ate, like, yesterday. You want me to fix you another delicious meal? Again? If I don’t act fast I hear the sound of little people looking for snacks in the kitchen. It starts with a chair being dragged over to the pantry and then the crinkly sound of packages being rummaged in, boxes being opened and closed, bags of goodies being shifted around. I swear I can hear a fruit snack package being ripped open from the other side of the house. Once the rummaging starts, it’s only a matter of time before appetites are ruined. Gaa! the ruined appetites! For the love of Julia Child, can a girl get a break?
It is days like these when I need something simple, something that won’t mess up the kitchen too badly, something that makes me feel like I’m still giving something semi-healthy to the family without turning the kitchen into a cooking show. Something that is made in one pot.
I am in love with the concept of putting everything into one pot, including dry pasta, and then 20 minutes later an entire meal magically appears. This recipe is courtesy of Produce for Kids. There you will find tons of recipes and ideas to keep the kids happy and mom guilt at bay.
One Pot Chicken Lo Mein
- 1/2 pound boneless chicken breast, cut into small strips
- 1 (16oz.) box whole wheat linguini
- 8 ounces matchstick carrots
- 1 medium red bell pepper, julienned
- 8 ounces sliced white mushrooms
- 4 green onions, sliced into 1-inch strips
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 quart low sodium chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Add chicken and pasta, then carrots, bell pepper, mushrooms, onions, garlic, soy sauce, cornstarch, sugar, broth and oil to large stockpot. Cover, bring to a rolling boil over high heat and stir. Cook, covered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until most of the liquid is gone and the chicken is cooked through.
- Remove from heat, uncover and let sit 5 minutes before serving.
Before you head on over to Produce for Kids website to find other great recipes, take a minute to hear what else they are up to.
During the month of June, Produce for Kids has partnered with Homeland grocery stores to encourage families to get more fresh fruits and veggies into their shopping cart. When you purchase produce at Homeland, a portion of the proceeds will go to help fund the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank’s Backpack program. During the school year, Regional Food Bank provides backpacks filled with nutritious, non-perishable food to elementary children. Last year they gave out over 18,500 backpacks!
In Oklahoma 1 in 4 children struggles with hunger every day. ONE in FOUR. This isn’t just the “mom, I’m hungry. Can I have a snack?” hunger. This is serious, school lunch may be their only meal that day, hunger. This is just not acceptable. Thank goodness for the Regional Food Bank and the good work they are doing to provide food for families in need. Regional Food Bank provides food for 11,000 people…every week.
If you are in Oklahoma, please consider doing your shopping at Homeland during June. I’m a Target gal myself but I can switch over for the month knowing that it will help keep kiddos fed.