Taming the Blue Box

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”-Virginia Woolf

I arrive home after a long 10 hour day of work and I am exhausted. It is all I can do to trudge my way up the stairs, drop whatever happens to be in my hands on the nearest surface, and flop down into my favorite chair. The last thing I want to do is to get back up again and make dinner.

Italian bread with garlic and parsley;A big bold rich Italian Tomato Sauce is not complete without a thick slice of crusty Italian Bread.  This is no mere suggestion, but a prerequisite at dinner tables everywhere.  How else is every drop of the flavorful sauce to be accounted for?

Some days I luck out. Tim will offer to cook dinner and I sing hallelujah, with a sigh of relief and don’t complain too much when out comes the blue box of macaroni and cheese.  I know it is not the healthiest, but exhaustion wins out and fast food has it’s day once again.

Taming the Blue Box - I arrive home after a long 10 hour day of work and I am exhausted. It is all I can do to trudge my way up the stairs, drop whatever happens to be in my hands on the nearest surface, and flop down into my favorite chair. The last thing I want to do is...

Fortunately this time of year my pantry is brimming full with color. Sauces, salsas, vegetables, jams and jellies are all lined up beautifully in rows.

Herbs, peppers, onions and garlic are dried, salted and mixed together in tasty concoctions. The Freezer holds cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, green beans, carrots and peppers all ready at a moments notice.

I am not sure who made the decision that a rich Italian sauce, brimming with pure food tomato flavor, tender melt in your mouth meatballs , fresh mushrooms and topped with parmesan cheese could only be placed atop spaghetti noodles. Fortunately, I didn't get the memo.  So my delicioso Italian Tomato Sauce with Meatballs is firmly fixed upon farfalle noodles. Pantry and freezer are stocked full, but if I don’t know how to put it all together, when exhaustion sets in, the blue box will be way too tempting. 

Chicken breasts seasoned to perfection, seared to seal in every ounce of juicy flavor. Paired with a savory blend of harvest grains which include Israeli style couscous, Orzo, Baby Garbanzo Beans and Red Quinoa.  Drizzled over all is a spicy, tart Tomatillo Verde Sauce.  Sweet Perfection.

Chicken, artichokes and sun dried tomatoes are a knockout combination, but the sauce is what makes all the difference.  Flavor assaults your senses from the moment that first forkful reaches your mouth and leaves you sheepishly looking around after the last bite, praying no one is watching so you can lick your plate clean.  Yep, it’s that good.

I have compiled a few quick and easy recipes (even Tim can master), to help tame the blue box syndrome. If you made my Italian Tomato Sauce, Tomatillo Verde Sauce, or Hot Pepper Sauce these recipes will put those sauces to good use. If not, you can use store bought. Keep in mind that salt content will most likely be higher in store bought sauces and cut down on the salt in the recipe accordingly.

Pasta With Italian Tomato Sauce and Meatballs

Chicken Tomatillo Verde and Harvest Grains

Chicken, Artichokes and Sun Dried Tomatoes with Pasta

Italian Bread with Garlic and Parsley

This post shared with: Yesterfood: Treasure Box Tuesday

 

 

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