When I cook, I rarely follow a recipe. I mean… why should I? I find I have way too much fun being creative and doing my own thing!
This past Sunday, I decided to make a dish specifically with my daughter in mind.
She’s not vegan, although for the first six years of her life, she was. And yes, I prepare non-vegan food in our house. As she became older she was interested in trying other things. I let her. She still mainly eats vegetarian/vegan but she likes to mix it up with other things too…
Preparing non-veggie meals shows her that even if she isn’t veggie she can make healthy choices. You just need to make smart food choices. That rule applies to vegetarians/vegan too! Don’t get me started about the number of unhealthy veggies I’ve met.
I started with boneless chicken breasts, and cut it into small pieces. This was set aside in the refrigerator to marinate with a variety of herbs/spices. Hours later I brought it out so I could prepare the meal.
But what to prepare? Hmm…
Initially, I was only going add vegetables directly to the chicken dish, but I realized that I hadn’t made noodles in a while (my daughter loves noodles) and so I decided to prepare penne.
I was going to simple add lightly buttered garlic penne w/herbs to the chicken dish, but I thought it would be much tastier (and richer) if I made a white sauce to compliment the chicken. So… I grabbed some flour, milk, herbal tea, tomatoes, herbs and spices. I combined everything together and let it cook until it had thickened into a rich and thick sauce. My did it smell good!
I served the meal; the chicken was set atop the penne pasta (sorry I forgot to take a picture of that.) The results? My daughter loved it so much that she got a second helping immediately after consuming the first.
Food for dad
Since my mother was working, I made enough to share with my father. Although a man of few words (when it comes to giving compliments about food) he said it was really good!
Just because I don’t eat meat, doesn’t mean I don’t know how to prepare it. I do… 🙂 Although I didn’t eat the chicken, I did have some of the noodles and I must say it was delicious. The next time I prepare penne this way, I believe I’ll add mushrooms, grated carrots, and thinly sliced broccoli.
I was planning on posting pictures of the red bean burgers I’d made. But, I believe I’ll save those for another post. 😉