The long days of summer are almost over and before you know it alarms will be buzzing, buses will be missed, and the grueling 20 minutes of reading every night will begin.
Once Labor Day passes and the first day of school starts, our house will finally be back on a schedule and I'll be doing my best to keep us in check. To make it easier on myself in the fall, I always try to cook a meal for Sunday dinner that will last long enough to give us a day or two of leftovers. Usually, I go for a slow cooker or casserole that can easily be reheated.
This week, I've partnered with Whole Foods Market for some back to school, back to basics meals. After spending 5 days at the beach, I came home last night to a completely empty refrigerator. So it was perfect timing when I received a delivery of groceries today to get me started on a delicious back to school dinner plus some lunch box ideas!
Back to Basics: Chicken Tetrazzini Dinner
Whole Foods sent me the ingredients and recipe card for Chicken Tetrazzini. Sounds pretty intimidating, right? I mean, you have to make your own white sauce for this! Don't let the recipe card fool you, it was actually super easy. However, it did require a few pans to get dirty. Most of the ingredients were 365 Everyday Value organic items -- the Whole Foods Market store brand.
Cooking oil spray
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 pound whole wheat or spelt angel hair pasta
1/2 tablespoon butter
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms
1 cup frozen peas
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoon flour
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup low-fat milk
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups chopped cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast
6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
4 tablespoons finely chopped chives, divided
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray; set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 5 minutes; drain well and transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, heat butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onions, mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in peas and cook 2 minutes more. Transfer to bowl with pasta and set aside.
Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth then slowly whisk in broth and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper and cook 1 minute more. Add milk mixture to bowl with pasta and mushroom mixture along with chicken, 4 tablespoons of the cheese and 2 tablespoons of the chives and toss gently to combine. Transfer to prepared dish, sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons cheese and 2 tablespoons chives and bake until hot throughout and golden brown on top, about 30 minutes.
Back to School: Lunchbox Ideas
As much as I love my child, there is nothing I hate more than rushing around in the mornings to pack his lunch. Yes, I could pack the night before but that would mean that I have to be an organized parent and not a procrastinator (I think I've managed to do this twice in my life). So, we fight the fight every morning to make sure that a lunch and snack are packed before he heads out the door.
Here are a few quick lunchbox ideas using Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value organic items:
Lunchbox 1: Colby Jack cheese stick, organic fruit punch, celery sticks, clementine, applesauce, Quack'n bites, and two slices of turkey rolled up.
Lunchbox #2: Half of an almond butter and strawberry jelly sandwich, dark chocolate chip granola bar, popcorn, carrots, banana and a mini water.
For more recipes and lunchbox ideas, follow #WholeFoodsBTS on Twitter and Instagram.
Whole Foods Market has several locations in Northern Virginia including Fair Lakes, Vienna, Ashburn, Springfield, Arlington, Old Town Alexandria and Pentagon City. To find the location closest to you, visit http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.
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