Dinner in under 10 Minutes

Change of plans!  Due to the torrential down pour that’s being dumped on us in northeast Ohio, there was no cooking out today.

Instead, I was left with the task of cooking myself a dinner using only ingredients I had in the house.  I opened up the pantry to find a bag of Carba Nada pasta begging to be eaten:


I also happened to have some grilled chicken breast leftover from Tuesday night’s cookathon, and in the deep dark depths of my freezer I was lucky to find a single serving of Classico Fire Roasted Tomato & Garlic pasta sauce.  Just another perfect example to validate my love and obsession for freezing foods in individual servings 🙂

Batch cooking your meats saves a TON of time throughout the week, but towards the end of the week the meat (especially chicken) can start to get a little dry.  When I make pasta sauce with any sort of meat, I like to steep the meat in the sauce, which makes it nice and juicy and tender.

So, while I was waiting for the pasta water to boil, I put the pasta sauce in small pan and added about 3 ounces of grilled chicken and my typical  pasta sauce barrage of spices:  S&P, Red Pepper Flakes, Dried Oregano, Dried Basil, Onion Powder, and Garlic Powder.  All you really need to do is open up your spice cabinet and toss in a few shakes of whatever sounds good to you 🙂


Once the water was boiling, I dropped a serving of the Carba Nada pasta into the pot.  Carba Nada only takes 5 minutes to cook (awesome!) and is only 140 calories (AWESOMER!), 24g carbohydrates, 12g protein, and 6g fiber.  And it ACTUALLY tastes good.

While the sauce and pasta were getting their grooves on, I made a small side salad with some lettuce, tomato, onion, and Ken’s Steakhouse Light Balsamic Dressing.


Dinner is served my friends!




Chow time!


Dinner in under 10 minutes… sure tastes good! 

Stats on dinner:  398 calories, 48g carbs, 8g fat, 32g protein, 13g fiber

If you are interested in trying out the Carba Nada pasta, I recommend ordering from Netrition because they have $4.95 flat-rate shipping.  (I also order my Mama Lupe low-carb tortillas, PB2, and Joseph’s Bakery products on this site)


QUESTION:  What’s your favorite done-in-under-ten-minutes dinner? 



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  1. I love netrition! 🙂

    I’ve seen the carba nada, but have not yet tried… thanks for reviewing – I may get some now 🙂 awesome dinner – looks great!

  2. ohhh your dinner looks so good! i have never heard of netrition before but i will have to check it out…..what’s your opinion of pb2? i have not tried, but i did try some stuff i think called, betternpeanutbutter? (not sure of exact name…..but i HATED it….) just curious how pb2 tastes….i am peanut butter whore….lol.

    1. I like PB2! I’ve tried both the regular flavor and the chocolate, and liked both. It’s not as thick as regular peanut butter, and it definitely doesn’t taste like JIF, but I think it tastes similiar to all-natural PB.

  3. A fast done -in-10-mins dinner that works well for me:

    green beans (leftovers heated up or frozen/defrosted)

    whole wheat pasta (whatevers in the pantry)

    spoonful of country crock (w calcium/D) amount depending on actual serving size

    2 shakes mccormick kick n’ chicken spice mix

    2-3 shakes parmesan cheese


    The parm/spicy/green bean combo I learned worked wll in a OMG what do I have to eat???? moment.