It has been for.ev.er. since I last did a Food for your Itty Bitty post. I have been busy and not too inspired by food, which is really weird for me. But, maybe just maybe, I will get back in the swing of things ;)
I have decided, documenting each step of the cooking process takes a little too much attention away from Delilah and trying to cook. So, in order to not have 52 burns on my fingers, arms, legs, etc, or burnt chicken, or a missing finger, or a couch covered in marker, I will photograph the finished product!
Pasta & Peas
This is one of the easier meals I have made, and since Delilah changes what she will actually eat on a minute by minute basis, I am hoping that this one should, should, have a pretty low failure rate.
I am not saying this is a healthy meal by any means, but it tastes good and includes Delilah's 3 main food groups: pasta, cheese, and peas.
Also, as I have mentioned before, dinner time is usually one of the more stressful times of the day. And by stressful, I mean after it is over, all I want to do is curl up in a ball, in a dark cave, and silently count to 10 back and forth, a few hundred times, just to decompress and recover from what has just happened.
Not to be dramatic or anything.
But I have found that while she is screaming to want to go outside, while water is boiling, if I pick her up and ask her, "Do you want to cook dinner?" she will say yes very loud and stop freaking out for the moment. I hand her the salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders one at a time and she ever-so-gently seasons the sauce. She loves helping and I swear she eats more knowing she had a part in the preparation. A little tip for you, you're welcome :)
(I have not mentioned that there may be another freak out after the seasoning process is over. There is a point where too much salt, is too much salt. But, we take each moment at a time, right?)
I hope you enjoy this recipe!
Pasta & Peas
1 lb of bowtie pasta
package of peas (I use the english peas in the produce section, they are so good!)
1 cup of half & half
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of cream cheese
1/2 stick of butter
salt & pepper
garlic & onion powder
Boil 2 pots of water: one for peas, one for pasta.
Cook peas for about 5 minutes, drain.
Cook pasta until tender, maybe even a little bit longer for bebe.
While the pasta & peas are cooking, melt the butter in a sauce pan. Once melted, add half & half, milk, and cream cheese. Once everything is melted, add your spices. If the sauce is a little thick or you want a little more, add some of the pasta water. Or milk. Or hell, more half & half. Feel free to add anything else you enjoy :)
Chicken would be good too.
Mix everything together and top with mozzarella cheese. Done! Bam!