Dream Dinners: Sweet Chipotle Chicken Cavatappi

As we move into November, its time to think of things that we are thankful for.  I am definitely thankful for Dream Dinners.  It is a really fun job and I have met some awesome people-both coworkers and customers.  In addition, it has answered the question, “What’s for dinner?”  I do love to cook, but cooking for 2 every night becomes a bit of a task and the amount of leftovers often seemed a bit wasteful.  I feel like we are eating and cooking in a way that makes much more sense for our family.  Yesterday was Sunday, but it was not a lazy one for us.  We started with a walk and breakfast.  Next, we headed to the dog park, where Lola was able to safely explore and run off a bit of her “terrier” energy.  Mike and I treated ourselves to lunch and drinks (both beer and coffee) at Redhorn.  The rest of the afternoon was spent catching up on chores and just relaxing before another busy week.  I was glad I defrosted a delicious Dream Dinners meal that cooked pretty quickly after our evening walk.   


I started by boiling water for the Cavatappi.  Once the water was boiling, I added the Cavatappi and cooked it for about 10 minutes.  After the Cavatappi had cooked, I drained it and returned it to the pot.  Meanwhile, I heated up some olive oil in a skillet and cooked my chicken breasts on 4 minutes on each side.  I added the sauce to the chicken and brought it to a boil.  Then, I reduced the heat and allowed the chicken to simmer in the sauce for 10 minutes, basting along the way.  When the chicken and sauce were fully cooked, I removed the chicken and added the pasta to the sauce, stirring to coat it.  I plated the chicken and pasta and we were ready to go.  Dream Dinners saved the day again!  We had a tasty, simple meal that took no time to make.  The chicken was cooked perfectly and paired nicely with the sweet and spicy pasta.  I would definitely make this meal again and I am looking forward to finishing up the rest of my October meals.