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Hubs Made Dinner… Twice!

My darling husband cooked dinner for us twice before my entire life started to crumble and this mean guy called Diabetes entered and demanded I feel like complete poo for the rest of ever.

Fragment sentence, much?

Just so that his efforts aren’t in vain (and so he knows how much I completely appreciate him and adore him), I’m posting the pictures of his delicacies below.

Enjoy!…. I sure did.

and this is what it looked like! Yum.

PRONTO PASTA AND SAUSAGE SKILLET
1 medium onion
1 medium green bell pepper
3 links mild Italian sausage
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
3 1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
3 1/2 cups water
1 26 oz jar marinara sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
2 oz cream cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 oz parmesan cheese, grated (1/4 cup)
1 tbsp chopped parsley

1. Dice onion and bell pepper. Remove casings from Italian sausage and cut in half lengthwise. Then cut crosswise into 1/2-in nuggets. Place sausage into 12-in skillet and cook over medium heat, 6-8 minutes or until golden brown.

2. Add onion and bell pepper to skillet; cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until veggies are tender. Add pressed garlic and pepper flakes, cook 10-20 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in pasta, water, sauce and salt & pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook 14-16 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.

3. Remove skillet from heat. Stir in cream cheese until incorporated. Top with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Cover and let stand 2-3 minutes or until cheeses are melted. Garnish with chopped parsley.

This meal was followed by a fun (free!) trip to the Cardinals game.

It was gorgeous outside too, definitely not a normal day in August in St. Louis. It was almost chilly and in the 70’s.

Absolutely the most perfect evening.

Did I mention the tickets were free? :D

The next night, the hubs made Chicken Fajitas.

Seriously, look at how good these veggies look!

RUSH HOUR CHICKEN FAJITAS
2 medium green or red bell pepper, or combination
2 medium onions
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 pkg taco seasoning (or 2 tbsp Chipotle rub)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup water

OPTIONAL:
flour tortillas
shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream
salsa

1. Cut bell peppers lengthwise into 1/4 inch strips, and thinly slice onions lengthwise. Slice garlic.

2. Slice chicken into 1/2 inch strips. Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a 12-in skillet, 1-3 minutes until shimmering. Add chicken, cook for 4-6 minutes or until cooked through. Add 1/4 cup water, vegetables and seasoning/rub.

3. Cover, simmer 3-4 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.

Calzones

Calzones

This isn’t my first time making Calzones, but I think it’s my best.

I went a little lighter on the cheese and added olives this time.

Don’t be afraid of that before picture, I promise it turns out to be all completely, incredibly, pizza-is-jealous kinds of delicious.

That’s a thing.

See?

I just love me a good dough covered in melted butter and parmesan cheese, then stuffed with sausage, cheese, pepperoni, olives (and did I mention cheese?), baked in a nice 375 degree oven.

Hoooo boy, it is a good combination.

Calzones

Guys.

My house smells so good.

Like 2lbs of cheese, meat and dough cooking in unison to make me a delicious dinner. An unhealthy dinner. But it will be fantastic, I’m sure of it.

Yes, I’m already blogging about it.

My house smells SO. GOOD.

Calzones

Yeeeeahhhhhhhhh, this was awesome.

It made 4 servings, so that’s good news for the hubs. We live so close to work that he comes home for his lunch and can just throw one in the oven. Unfortunately for me, all I have is a microwave at work that barely heats frozen dinners to warm.

I am making this again.

And again.

And again.