Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday's Menu

Here's today's recipe...

Easy Entree: Chicken-Bow Tie Pasta Salad

2 cups uncooked bow-tie pasta
1/2 cup Italian dressing
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
1/2 cup Colby & Mont. Jack Cheese Crumbles
2 cooked chicken breasts, diced
1/3 cup sliced black olives
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes or 1 whole tomato, diced
1/3 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Cook pasta as directed on pkg, adding broccoli to the cooking water for the last 2 min of pasta cooking time, drain.

Toss chicken, tomatoes, dressing, cheese crumbles, and olives in large bowl. Add pasta mixture; mix lightly. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.

You can make this ahead of time...just cover and refrigerate several hours. (I think it's best served warm) You can also omit any of the above items and it's good. I usually make it without the olives and tomatoes. To save time, you can use the pre-cooked chicken strips in the 6oz pkg. I've also made this using reduced fat cheese and dressing and I think it tastes the same. You can also use whatever type of pasta shapes and cheese you like.

Hope you enjoy and feel free to leave your favorite Easy Entree recipe!!

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