favorite things about this dish...
...one pan. seriously. this is a big thing for me because i very much dislike doing dishes.
...everything can be kept in the freezer, making it easy to have on hand, yet still taste "fresh" when you whip it up later. so sometimes i buy a bag of peas, but i love it when i can use peas i've grown in my garden!
...the veggies are already in it. thus, not requiring any sides, which in turn means even less dishes to wash.
like a lot of my other recipes, this one is an "approxamate" measurement of things. i kind of go by what i have. if i have a larger bag of peas than usual, i'll just toss them all in. if i don't have a bell pepper, well, then i won't worry about it. all in all, use up what you have, don't worry about making an extra trip to the store if your short.
speaking of bell peppers, does anyone else feel like they are crazy expensive this year? i'm having a tuff time justifying almost $2 on a red pepper than my men can split 3 ways and down in 4 bites. yeesh!
anyway, back to the recipe
1/2 an onion
1/2 a bell pepper (i like red or orange, cuz it adds some fun color)
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
1-2 c. cubed or shredded chicken
1 bag of cheese tortellini
1-2 c. sugar snap or snow peas, fresh or frozen
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
chicken stock or white wine
minced herbs, such as marjoram, sage, basil or anything you like
salt and pepper
if you haven't already, cook your chicken in a little oil. set aside. saute onion & pepper in a little butter till they start to soften. add your peas, garlic, the frozen bag of tortellini & a little liquid (the stock or wine), cover with a lid and let everything thaw and steam. add back your chicken & a little more butter, if needed. season to taste & removed from the heat, topping it with your cheese & serve it right away.
extra note: i feel that the nice shredded Parmesan cheese way exceeds the shelf stable shaker stuff in this recipe, since it's a bit of a star in this dish.
my boys love the chicken & tortellini, but have to be encouraged to eat the peas. it's usually not to tuff considering they have cheese on them. though, we have had to break out the ketchup before to help them go down a little easier. my mom said that i used to be the same, hiding my peas under a hefty squirt of ketchup. oh, the things parents do for picky eaters. :)
p.s. sorry for the terrible pictures. i'm still having trouble figuring out how to deal with the lack of natural light in my kitchen. and i forgot to rotate things. double fail... so lets all tip our heads to the right and squint a little and it will all look just delicious! k? k!