Oh! The lazy days of summer. I love it!
Although, that saying doesn’t ring true much anymore. Schedules are crazy and there is no structure or there is too much structure. Years ago you didn’t even need structure because life was just simple.
You got up, you went out to play, you came in for lunch and a little down time (mine was watching I Love Lucy and The Andy Griffith Show at 12:00 and 12:30 while I ate my lunch on the floor in front of the TV) and then you went back out until dinner time which was followed by a bath and a little more down time before you got in the bed.
You got up and did it again.
For 3 months. 3 whole months.
Life was perfect. And simple.
I really do feel sorry for today’s children, they will never know that sense of “easy”.
Makes me sad.
On another note something that is easy and makes me happy are simple things like one skillet meals. I have posted several on here and now I have another to add to the category.
These are perfect for those more hectic summer days.
BBQ Chicken Skillet Pasta
(adapted from Damn Delicious)
- 4 slices bacon, diced
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or more, to taste
- 3 cups rotini pasta
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, or more, to taste
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
In a large skillet or pot, brown bacon until crispy, then remove from pan reserving 1 Tablespoon of fat.
Add chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes or until browned on all sides.
Add garlic and onions and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes or until soft.
Mix in chicken broth, tomatoes, milk, red pepper flakes, pasta, salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce and simmer for around 15 minutes or until pasta is cooked.
Stir in BBQ sauce, bacon and cheese. Mix until heated through.