This weeks menu brought to you by my own laziness and the fact that I started my college classes.  Yes, back into school and taking Web Design.  Ish.  It is very strange to be re-attending college at this age. Lucky for me the classes are all online even though it is the local University.  I'm not sure how I would feel having to get up everyday and stare at all those young fresh faces!  No, just joshing.  I actually wish the classes were on campus as it is very distracting to take these at home.  I know, I've even written a blog about how not to get distracted and I've started using my own advice.  The only thing is , I still want to do this site and record videos.  I haven't been able to record lately and that makes me feel bad and sad.  I'm hoping to get back to recording next week.  
Ok, over the little sidetrack there.  This weeks recipes are going to be dealing with cooking for one or cooking in a dorm room.  I have some friends that are in college and dealing with not wanting to spend what little money they have going out to eat and not wanting to eat in the schools cafe.  I've actually found this more challenging then I had thought it would be.  First, the dorms only have the little fridges, so everything that I put here has to fit and dorm rooms have no sink.  Second, this recipe you are going to have to run to the bathroom or think outside the box to drain the water.  If you have a plastic tub that you can drain it into and then take that to the bathroom it would be better, as the water is going to be hot.  If you are just making this at home, no worries.  
Some of the items you will need. A larger soup bowl, a measuring cup OR if you don't have a measuring cup, use a mug and just do a 1:1 measurement of pasta and vegetables.
This item really is a must so that you don't burn yourself. You can pick it up at the 99¢ store.

Serves 1

1 cup GF Penne Pasta (or regular)
1 cup fresh or frozen Vegetables, I used a frozen stir fry mix 
1/4 cup  fresh Cherry Tomatoes, optional
1/2 cup Cooked Chicken*, optional
Butter or margarine
Salt and Pepper

Large Soup Bowl
1 Cup to measure with

Put enough water in the bowl that it fills just about 1/2.  Heat in the microwave on full for 3 minutes.
Remove CAREFULLY.  It will be very hot.
Add the Penne Pasta and let sit for 5 minutes.  After the 5 minutes stir to break it up
Place Back into microwave for 3 minutes on full
Heat another 2 minutes
Add Vegetables
Cook another 4 minutes
This is where you need to be extra careful as this is extremely hot.
Pour into a strainer to get rid of all the liquid
Place pasta and vegetables back into bowl and add butter or margarine to coat all
Throw in the chicken and tomatoes if using
You can also add cheese (I added Parmesan in the above picture)

If you don't want to use frozen vegetables, you can:

Instead of adding the vegetables at the 5 minute mark, continue to cook the pasta for another 4 minutes (8 minutes total but never let it go more then 3 minutes without stirring or it will bubble over.)  Take it out CAREFULLY and drain out the water.  Add butter, salt and pepper and your fresh vegetables and stir.  You can cook the vegi's if you like but the time will depend on the type of vegetable chosen.  Carrots would need to cook from the beginning, Spinach can go in at the last minute and everything else is in between.

You can also make this into a soup.  After draining the water:

Mix together 1 cup of fresh water with chicken or vegetable bouillon.  Microwave for 1 minute and add to the pasta.  Soup. 

You can also add other seasoning such as:
Powered onion
Lemon Pepper

*If you buy a whole cooked chicken but don't finish it, strip off all the meat.  Devide the meat into portion sizes and place each portion into a sandwich bag.  Once all meat is portioned and in baggies, place all into one larger freezer bag and evac all the air.  Place the date on the one larger bag.  This way you have chicken for soup, pasta, or to roll into a tortilla.
I used a StirFry frozen mix for this and left over chicken from the night before.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  If you did, leave a comment below.  I also have a YouTube channel where I feature many of my recipes.  If you would like to check it out, click on this link:  Bristlee One

Thank you for stopping by and remember, enjoy life.
It's the one you have,


Krista Banks
09/16/2015 9:14pm

Thanks Tammie! This one's going to my niece in her freshman year at NAU!!

09/26/2015 10:54pm

You are welcome Krista! I'm doing an entire series for dorm room cooking. Let me know if there is anything you would want me to try. Thanks for stopping by.

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