Monday, December 6, 2010

Easy weeknight meal.

I'm feeling a bit frazzled these days!  Only 9 school days left within which I must prepare our family and our home for the holidays! Scratch two of those days for class celebrations. Subtract one more for a field trip I'm chaperoning. And, finally, nix one last one for an obligatory "craft day" I'm hosting as little miss thang's room mom! Yikes - only 5 days left!

Of course, I also have the hub's Christmas party to {plan!} and attend, a ladies luncheon here and there, and a smattering of weeknight gatherings and celebrations. Oh, and I must gather and deliver coats to the local homeless shelter and purchase, wrap and deliver presents for our "adopted" family.

All this while consciously avoiding the hustle and bustle of the season and remembering the Christ in Christmas.

In order to keep the holidays merry and bright {and me from drinking myself silly}, I've determined that I must cut back in other areas I traditionally enjoy {and have time for}.

Those are:

1. Cooking family meals; and
2. Blogging.

But I leave you with this:  one of my favorite all-time easy-peasy weeknight dinners. We had it last week and I'll pull it out again this week and next. Shameless, I know. I make it with my eyes closed and the entire family partakes!

Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas


  • Cooking spray
  • 3  ounces  very thin slices prosciutto, chopped
  • 3  tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2  garlic cloves, mince
  • 1 lb. hot cooked fusilli 
  • 1  cup  (4 ounces) shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/3  cup  chopped fresh parsley (I skip this - kid issue)
  • 1  tablespoon  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  (10-ounce) package frozen peas (I do not cook them, but let the heat from the pasta do the work)

Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add prosciutto; cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan. Add oil and garlic; cook 1 minute or until garlic begins to brown. Combine prosciutto, oil mixture, pasta, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss to coat.

So easy, light and delicious!


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