144.2…Chicken Cacciatore

I was really hungry all day yesterday. It seemed like nothing satisfied me. Don’t you hate that!?!

On the way to pick up my son from school, I brought a snack along with me because I was still hungry after my lunch and OTHER snack.

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Last night’s dinner rocked. Simple as that. My husband is a big fan of Chicken Cacciatore so I have made many recipes but this one was my favorite. Not sure if it was the new marinara I used or what.

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I bought this Giada De Laurentis Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce on a whim when I was at Target the other day.  The recipe for chicken cacciatore called for tomato basil pasta sauce so I decided to use it. From what I could tell from the recipe, it rocked! I have a bit left in the jar so I’ll have to use it by itself to see what I think.

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Chicken Cacciatore serves 4

Adapted from Cooking Light

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken evenly with oregano, dried basil, and red pepper. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add mushrooms, bell pepper and garlic to pan; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in pasta sauce and wine; bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in salt and black pepper. Sprinkle with cheese and fresh basil.


Here’s breakfast:

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I couldn’t help myself. I’m addicted to Teddie Super Chunky peanut butter.

I took the kids to school and went to Cardio Muscle class. I came home to change and whip up a batch of my Rice Krispy Treats. Several months ago my daughter’s old class started a book club and I’ve been once since. It’s my turn to host tonight so I made some treats for the kids. The kids come fed and in their pjs. They watch a movie and eat snacks while the moms have some snacks, wine and talk about the book. I choose The Help. I love that book and thought it would be a good one since the movie is in the theaters.

Lunch was a MONTSTER of a salad.

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My husband walked in while I was making it and said “WOW.” You cannot tell how big it is from the picture but it was the size of my head. I think I got a little carried away with it. I ate the whole thing and now my stomach is also sticking out like the size of my head. Oh well. At least all I got all my veggies in!

Ok gotta run….I’m getting my hair done at a new place today and my appointment is soon. Here’s to hoping they do a good job! Eeek!!

Have you tried any of Giada De Laurentis’ products at Target?

Have you read The Help? Seen the movie? I haven’t seen the movie yet but would love to!


  1. I think Giada is so smart, she knows how to market herself well!

    I saw the Help and loved it! The book is always better but I the movie really did a great job.


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