Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Have I mentioned I hate dieting? Not allowing myself to eat whatever I want whenever I want just sort of ruins everything. I find that I’m just sort of angry all the time. So really, it’s not fun for anyone. 

But I’m supposed to want a hot body. And I kinda do. I want to look in the mirror and like what I see. I don’t want to feel gross. But I also want mac and cheese. And cake. So much cake. I want to read books and watch Lord of the Rings for the hundredth time. I definitely don’t want to run or do push ups. So you can see my dilemma. 

Well, here’s one more mac and cheese for the road, I guess. Well who am I kidding? We all know that I won’t be able to keep up any sort of non-cheese regime. Instead, let’s make it special.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta is flavored with rosemary, and it elevates mac and cheese to something almost sophisticated. The flavors are subtle and oh so right. It’s a creamy, cheesy dream.

I used transformer chicken in my pasta, but you can use  rotisserie chicken or whatever you prefer. I also discovered that this pasta isn’t as good reheated as it was the first time around, so if you’re only serving a few people, you might consider halving the recipe.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let’s all eat and be happy. Maybe we eat a little less, but there’s no reason not to make it special. Just go ahead and make the Chicken and Goat Cheese Pasta and enjoy your life.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta
Serves 8
Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta is a sophisticated take on mac and cheese.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound rigatoni
  2. 1 quart cream
  3. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  4. 1 clove garlic, crushed and peeled
  5. 8 ounces goat cheese, chopped into cubes
  6. 2 cups shredded or chopped cooked chicken
  7. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Once it's boiling, add plenty of salt, and drop your pasta in, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn't stick together. Boil for 10 minutes, then drain and return to the pot.
  2. While your pasta is doing its thing, add the cream to a sauce pan over medium low heat. Add in the rosemary and garlic clove, and bring the cream to a simmer. Be careful not to let it boil. Let it simmer for a few minutes to reduce and thicken. Add in the goat cheese and stir until it melts.
  3. Once your sauce and pasta are both ready, add the sauce and the chicken to the pasta, and toss it all together to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot and happy.
Adapted from My Baking Addiction
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I think I’ve finally recovered from accompanying 11 young people on an overnight camping expedition that included an 8 mile hike each way. Don’t worry, I had four other amazing adults with me to keep me sane. But add in snow and the world’s most uncomfortable hiking boots, and hopefully you can see why I was a bit traumatized. At least I didn’t bring home any ticks this time.

This month we ventured out to see the Falkirk Wheel, tried a few new restaurants, including Smoak, which was pretty spectacular, and ate more bundt cake than is appropriate for a normal human.

Speaking of bundt cake, can I get a piece of this chocolate peanut butter bundt cake, please? 

Let’s follow it up with with these raspberry lemon meringue tartlets in the hope that spring will bloom forth in all it’s sunshiney glory.

And we can have one more dessert because this one is low fat. Dish me up some secretly healthier chocolate mousse

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Your favorite recipes this month were Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, Passion Fruit Green Tea, and Buttery Nipple Millkshakes. I think we might be in a party mood.

May is upon us, complete with two long weekends. I plan to relax to the best of my ability and smile whenever possible. Love it, kids. Every minute.

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Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You never realize how different the US and the UK are until you live for a while in the one you didn’t grow up in. You think to yourself, “We speak the same language. We share a lot of common history. How hard could it be?” It’s definitely easier than moving to a country where they speak Chinese, but there’s still plenty of culture shock to go around.

Of course, more of my cultural meltdowns revolve around food. I’m embarrassed to say that I really miss Sonic and Taco Bell. They have McDonald’s here, of course, but the recipe for the sausage is different, so a Sausage McMuffin is downright disappointing. And if you want to go out for a pancake breakfast, you’re screwed. Pancakes are either usually tiny and always tough. And for some reason they insist on covering them with ice cream and candy. That’s fun, but it’s not what I want for breakfast. Whipped butter and enough syrup to drown a horse, please. 

Buttermilk Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let me tell you how American pancakes are supposed to work. Buttermilk is required. If you’re shopping for this recipe in the UK, I suggest you check the Polish section. They should be at least six inches in diameter. They can be dinner plate size, but only if they hold onto their most important quality. Tenderness. 

Tenderness is, in my opinion, what makes pancakes fabulous. If you serve me tough pancakes with huge bubbles, I’ll be crying on the inside. It’s easy to accomplish perfect tenderness. You have to do less. When you’re mixing your wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, absolutely do not overmix. You might be tempted to keep stirring until all the lumps are gone. Resist the temptation. Fold it together gently, and try to get everything mixed in 10 seconds. Lumps are fine. Walk away and let your batter rest for five or ten minutes. Finally, make sure your pan is at the right temperature before you begin cooking your pancakes.

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Do these simple things, and you’ll be transported to your favorite American diner. Buttermilk Pancakes will cure your culture shock in no time.

Buttermilk Panckaes
Serves 4
Buttermilk Pancakes are an all-American joy.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 270 grams (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 42 grams (3 tablespoons) sugar
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 2 cups buttermilk
  8. 4 tablespoons (half a stick) butter, melted and slightly cooled
Instructions
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Mix the dry ingredients well with a whisk.
  2. In a small bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. Whisk to combine. Now step away from the whisk.
  3. Pour your wet ingredients onto the dry ingredients and quickly and gently mix them together with a rubber spatula. You should use a fold/stir hybrid method. Don't worry about getting out every little lump. Try not to stir for more than 10 seconds. This is the key to tender pancakes.
  4. Now walk away for five minutes to let the batter rest.
  5. Preheat your griddle to 350 (if you're lucky enough to have one, I don't.) or place of a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. You definitely want to have your pan preheated before you pour out that first notorious pancake.
  6. Add a small pat of butter to your pan or griddle. Use a paper towel to spread it evenly across your cooking surface. I use a third cup measure to drop my pancake batter into the pan, creating a medium-sized pancake.
  7. Cook about two minutes a side, turning when you see the bubbles start to subside and the edges start to change color.
  8. Keep pancakes warm by covering your stack with a clean dish towel.
  9. Serve yourself a big fat stack, three is about perfect, with plenty of butter and more syrup than is probably reasonable.
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