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6 Ingredient, 15 Minute Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

Posted Jan 18 2011 8:42pm

omg I worked for 10 hours straight today! 8O

Ok, it might not sound like such a crazy feat, but I literally did not stop working once from 6:30am-4:30pm. Insanity. Got a millllion things done though, which is great because I couldn’t fall asleep last night thinking about everything I had to accomplish in my short, 3 day work week. Eek!

Although it made me a little nutty, the long day DID work like a charm in getting me motivated to go directly to the gym as soon as work was over (well, also all that cheese …) I was out of there like a shot. Destination: treadmill.

It was the weirdest thing – my treadmill seriously had an electric current running through it! My earbuds kept zapping my poor ears and the waist bar kept buzzing my waist when I bumped against it. What the?! I very gingerly, without touching anything, completed this 47 minute, 5.2 mile treadmill routine:

Time Speed Incline
0-2 4.0 1%
2-5 6.0 1%
5-10 6.5 1%
10-15 7.0 1%
15-20 6.5 1%
20-25 7.5 1%
25-30 6.5 1%
30-35 7.0 1%
35-40 6.5 1%
40-45 7.5 1%
45-47 4.0 1%
Total: 5.2 miles  

I was SO jazzed by the end of this run – I haven’t seen 5 miles in a hot minute! I’ve been hovering around it since summer, I feel, and this workout was challenging but also gave me enough rest periods so that I could go the distance. Followed up with 10 minutes on the step mill. Done and done!

In other news, I made the BEST dish tonight: Bruschetta Chicken Pasta. You are 6 ingredients and 15 minutes away from dinner, my friends! :)

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I started by sautéing 2 chicken breasts seasoned with garlic salt, dried basil, onion powder and pepper, in olive oil.

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I moved the chicken to a bowl when it was done, then cooked up chopped asparagus seasoned with garlic salt, in a tad more olive oil, in the same skillet. Just until it was barely tender. We like crisp asparagus in this house!

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The asparagus joined the chicken in the bowl when it was done, then I poured the contents of this Trader Joes’ Bruschetta Sauce in the skillet to warm up.

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YUM, right?!

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Fresh roma tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, basil, garlic and olive oil. Delicious, perfectly seasoned and all ready to go. :D

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Everyone joined 1lb of cooked penne pasta, then I pulled out the big guns…

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Tuscan Herb Olive Oil. :D

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Courtesy of my friends Lindsey and Sam who came to visit Ben and me this weekend! Isn’t that sweet of them?! 

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They picked it out at Old Town Oil in Chicago where there are a bunch of olive oils and vinegar barrels that you can taste, choose and fill your own bottles from. Isn’t that neat? I drizzled the oil over the warm pasta and the scent of tuscan herbs filled the entire kitchen. Fantastico!

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A big scoop filled my bowl, which I drizzled with my other secret ingredient balsamic reduction !

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Sweet, thick and so good you’ll want to put it on EVERYTHING. Trust me on this!

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Ahhhh!

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Total restaurant dish right here you guys! Easy, filling and exploding with flavor.

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The bruschetta was so juicy and the flavored olive oil and reduced balsamic vinegar seriously put it over the top. Check out that sauce pocket. ;)

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And how easy, right? Store-bought bruschetta sauce! Total once-a-weeker right there. :)

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10 out of 10 forks, for ease and flavor. Company worthy!

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There are 12-15 Trader Joe’s mini crispy chocolate chip cookies calling my name. I must go answer the call! Have a great night!

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How many hours do you usually work a day?

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I’ll admit – I just usually bring a bottle of wine!

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