There usually isn’t much for me to do on Mondays. While I should really be working, I actually spent most of the beautiful Los Angeles day exploring Ventura Boulevard by foot.
One of my favorite stretches is near my apartment on Laurel Canyon. There are a lot of cool shops and amazingly, parking is no stress since there’s an ample lot at the back. I can browse at the Gap, pick up something at Starbucks or find a book at Bookstar. What I especially enjoy is the people watching.
But the day was not lost on Ventura. I actually had time to cook my one pot pasta. An easy project that involves a lot of chopping. While boiling the whole wheat noodles, I chop the chicken breasts into bite size pieces. Drain the pasta and brown the chicken in the same pot. As the chicken browns, I chop mushrooms, tomatoes, zuchini and open a can of sliced black olives. The chopped veggies are then tossed in with the cooked chicken and that I flavor it with tons of garlic. The noodles are added and it’s ready to eat after a sprinkling of grated parmesan and romano cheese.
Leftovers? Of course. The whole reason I invented it and enough to last me through a week of work.
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