spinach chicken crockpot spaghetti.

I have been slacking on cooking lately.  Tommy isn’t home for dinner, so I’m completely unmotivated to cook.  Jack and I can make do with whatever.  But the problem is that Tommy comes home later and needs to eat, and I seemed to forget about that.  Poor man has walked in more times that not since he started working these hours to me saying eat what you can find.  In an effort to avoid this again one night last week, I scrambled through my kitchen looking for what I could fix using only ingredients I had on hand.  I needed to go to the grocery store, too, so there really weren’t a lot of options.  It also had to be a crockpot meal because I was busy that day and didn’t have time to cook around the 5-6 o’clock hour.

 

Using frozen chicken, spaghetti sauce, spinach, canned tomatoes, and spaghetti noodles I fixed up this dish.  It took less than 5 minutes of hands on time to get this together.  That alone will make me eat pretty much anything!

 

I will say that this is not my favorite dish.  It was okay but definitely not great or anything special.  It was easy, and it’s pretty healthy so I like those things about it and I will make it again because of that.  But it lacked flavor.  I would add some italian seasoning to it next time and maybe even one of those spice packets just to give it good flavor.  Another thing I did was to add the noodles to cook in the crockpot because I only wanted to clean up one thing.  This worked well, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if the noodles were separate and you put the sauce, chicken, and spinach on top of it.

 

 

ingredients

frozen chicken breasts or tenderloins [I used 6]

1 pound spaghetti noodles

2 cans Hunts spaghetti sauce

2 14 oz cans diced tomatoes

1 package frozen spinach

 

crock pot sauce ingredients

 

directions

1.  Place chicken, spaghetti sauce, and tomatoes in crockpot.  Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.

2.  About 2 hours before serving if on high, or 4 hours before serving if on low, add uncooked spaghetti noodles (if you want them mixed in)  If you don’t want the noodles mixed in, then cook them according to the directions on the package.

3.  Cook spinach according to directions on package then stir into pasta mixture.

 

crock pot sauce

 

Top with cheese if you want and serve!

 

Enjoy!

 

spinach chicken spaghetti

veggie chicken pasta bake.

I used to make this dish a ton pre-Jack.  It’s a little more time consuming because there are so many vegetables to cut up, but it’s totally worth it for the nutritional value.  I made this the other day – thinking our family was in need of a huge veggie boost.  Here’s the super easy recipe.

 

Ingredients:

Pasta [I used bowtie but penne and rigatoni work well, too]
1 jar of pasta sauce
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1-2 zucchini
2-3 yellow squash
1 red bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper

 

Directions:

1.  Cook pasta according to directions on package – cook pasta to al dente since it will be cooked more.
2.  Chop vegetables.  I cut to fairly decent size pieces to save time and because I like to get a bigger bite of vegetable.
3.  Cut chicken into strips or bite-size pieces.
4.  Place pasta, chicken, vegetables, and sauce in crockpot.  Cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours.

Top with low-fat cheese to serve.  This dish goes great with bread and a side salad.

 

This dish can also be cooked in the oven.  Just cook chicken at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Then mix pasta, chicken, vegetables, and sauce in a  large bowl.  Put in baking dish, top with cheese, and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes to heat.

 

Enjoy!

 

Vegetables

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