What are the recipes that NEVER come out of your meal rotation? We all have our tried and true favorites — ones we know everyone in the family will eat, can be prepared economically with ingredients we almost always have on hand and are quick and easy to get on the table. Spaghetti is one of mine. If you’re like me, though, sometimes you just have to shake things up! 🙂 I not only get tired of cooking the same things over and over again, I get tired of eating them, too.
Springtime always seems to inspire me to get creative, expand the palates of my husband and kids, and lighten up some of our traditional recipes. Does that happen to you? I can’t be the only rebel who wants to put a new twist on a family favorite meal, once in a while. Last night, I not only “twisted” a traditional meal, I pretty much turned it upside down; and yet there were still a lot of familiar flavors, reminiscent of a typical spaghetti dinner. With the exception of a veggie-phobic twelve-year-old, my crew actually consumed my new creation with great enthusiasm and smacking of lips. No worries. I’m confident that lip smacking must surely be a socially acceptable compliment, somewhere in the world, right? So, I can now say that this dinner was elevated to new heights as a multi-cultural learning experience, besides being scrumptious. 🙂 Who knew spaghetti could be so inspiring?
My Farberware New Traditions pan set inspired a brand new recipe! Aren’t they gorgeous?
I did have just a little more inspiration for my “spring-y” new dish, as well. You know that feeling you get when you get a new dress or a haircut that turns out to be p.e.r.f.e.c.t. for you? — that lift in your spirit that makes you feel great, because you KNOW you look great? Well…I get that feeling from gorgeous new kitchen tools. 🙂 Weird. I know. I’m not gonna lie, though. I’m not a jewelry, or candy and flowers kinda girl. I don’t swoon over expensive perfume. But…you walk through my front door with enameled stoneware casserole dishes, a high-powered stainless steel food processor, or new kitchen faucets….it’s all over. I’m putty in your hands. Just sayin’! I LOVE kitchen “stuff”. lol Plus, I challenge any of you not to be just a little giddy over this beautiful set of pots and pans from Farberware. Meet my Farberware New Traditions Cookware in Aqua. Yup! My dream kitchen color. These were maaaade for me. Love! Love! Love!
The inside of each pan surface has a white, non-stick coating.
The trendy 12-Piece New Traditions Cookware set, from Farberware, is a Walmart exclusive and available in your choice of red or aqua. You can pick out your set online or at your local store. I think I mentioned in a post, earlier this year, that we are getting our house ready to sell, and hopefully making a move by the end of summer or early fall. This beautiful set of pots and pans will be the centerpiece of decorating inspiration for my new kitchen. They’re exactly the colors I’ve been waiting to put together in the room where I spend so much of my time!
Even the bottoms of this pretty cookware are decorated! I love the bell-shaped pots; and look close…do you see the scalloped surface in the aqua enamel? So beautiful!
The New Traditions Aluminum Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set is high-performance cookware, featuring unique, bell-shaped pots with a beautiful, subtly shaped scallop design on their porcelain enameled exteriors. These are so pretty, you could easily carry them to the table and serve directly from them. The insides are covered in a scratch-resistant white nonstick surface for excellent food release and easy cleanup. The contrast of the bright white inside against the aqua blue outsides is so striking, and coupled with the unique shape, gives this set the “retro” feel I’m excited to incorporate into my next kitchen. I also love the shatter-resistant glass lids, that make what I’m cooking easily visible without removing the lid. I never have to worry about releasing important heat and steam. And the branding on the lid handles is a nice decorative touch. Farberware double-riveted the comfy, rubberized handles, on the lids and pots, so they are tough enough for my heavy workload, comfortable to grip and I can grab them without worrying about burnt fingers. One other neat feature, if you’re fortunate enough to have a pot-rack in your kitchen, is that the pans are designed so they can be hung. What a beautiful accent they would be hanging near your range!
The rubberized handles on the lids are branded with the Farberware name.
Of course, I had to cook something in them imMEEEdiately. 🙂 Putting my own modern twist on a family favorite recipe was my assignment from Farberware. I knew I wanted a dish that mimicked some of the traditional flavors of spaghetti, but I wanted it to be a little lighter; and I wanted it to be gluten-free. The familiar ingredients I chose were tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic, olive oil and Italian seasoning. The spin on the pasta was to make zucchini spaghetti and instead of making a heavy sauce with beef, I decided to top the yummy “spaghetti” with a freshly grilled chicken breast. It was HEAVEN! And bonus….it’s easy! Enjoy!
- 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
- 4 medium zucchini
- 2 cups grape tomato halves
- 4 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 large red bell pepper
- 4 green onions
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- ¼ cup butter
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Season both sides of each chicken breast with salt and pepper.
- One at a time, place the chicken breasts into a gallon-sized zip-top bag and use the smooth side of a meat mallet, or even a rolling pin, to pound them to an even thickness.
- This will help the chicken breasts cook more evenly, plus it embeds the seasoning into your meat.
- Place the chicken on the grates of a pre-heated grill, set between 450 - 500 degrees. You will want to quickly sear the meat on both sides (2 or 3 minutes, per side). Use tongs, not a fork, to turn the meat, so you don't prick the seared surface and allow the juices to escape.
- Reduce the heat on the grill to about 350 degrees and allow the meat to cook until it reaches an internal temperature around 155 degrees.
- Move the chicken to a platter and cover it with foil. It will continue to cook on the platter and should reach 165 degrees by the time you are ready to serve it.
- Cut the four, washed but unpeeled zucchini into "spaghetti". (I picked up this fantastic spiral cutter on Amazon and I love it for making vegetable "spaghetti" or ribbons. You can definitely use a handheld spiral cutter, or if you're great with a knife, julienne your own veggies, but this is my solution for making my vegetable spaghetti, quickly and easily. If your family loves pasta, but must eat gluten-free, I would consider this tool to be a kitchen essential.)
- Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in the bottom of two different skillets.
- In one skillet, cook the finely diced bell pepper, sliced green onions, garlic and Italian seasoning over medium high heat until the vegetables are hot and tender crisp. not mushy.
- In the other skillet, add the zucchini noodles to the oil, over medium high heat.
- Zucchini has lots of water content and as it cooks, you will see your huge pile of zucchini quickly begin to shrink down into the pan and lots of moisture will be cooking off. Continue to cook over medium high heat until the "spaghetti" is hot and slightly tender.
- Drain the liquid that has cooked off the zucchini and then return the drained "noodles" to the skillet with your other vegetables.
- Turn the heat to medium high and add the butter and halved grape tomatoes. Stir until butter has melted and tomatoes are hot.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Pile a serving of your Zucchini Spaghetti in the center of a plate and top with a grilled chicken breast, sliced diagonally.
We love this lightened up “spaghetti”! You really get the flavor of spaghetti sauce from the lightly cooked vegetables and tomatoes and the zucchini pasta truly mimics that texture of traditional noodles! I hope you enjoy my new spin on a traditional family recipe!
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What are the reasons you might change one of your family’s favorite dishes and create something completely new? What are some of the easiest dishes for you to put your own “twist” on? What would you make? Do you have a dish you would like to see us “make over” on Busy-at-Home? I would LOVE for you to share some of your fantastic ideas in a comment. below!