Quick Meal Tips for Busy Mompreneurs - Pasta Salad & Grilled Chicken

"Hey Moms! It's BACK TO SCHOOL TIME!!! That means so many things for families, but we want to highlight one of those and that is QUICK & EASY recipes for busy Mompreneurs. Often times, busy doesn't always mean productive, but with a bit of help and organization, we become busy, BUT PRODUCTIVE Mompreneurs. To help me do this, I have enlisted the help of some very enthusiastic Moms! They have provided their family's favorite quick, easy, & healthy meals!"- Tamell Green

"Hey Moms! It's BACK TO SCHOOL TIME!!! That means so many things for families, but we want to highlight one of those and that is QUICK & EASY recipes for busy Mompreneurs. Often times, busy doesn't always mean productive, but with a bit of help and organization, we become busy, BUT PRODUCTIVE Mompreneurs. To help me do this, I have enlisted the help of some very enthusiastic Moms! They have provided their family's favorite quick, easy, & healthy meals!"Tamell Green

Ja'Quette Gilbert Back to School Meal Tips

Like many Moms, I am always looking for quick, healthy, and delicious meals--especially during the school year. When days are filled with work, gymnastics, homework, and everything in between, there is simply not always enough time to cook an amazing home-cooked meal. That’s why one of my go to meals is pasta salad and grilled chicken.

This quick dish is not only tasty, but is made for the health-conscious mom, too. If your children (or husband) are like mine, you can even substitute the bowtie pasta with a hidden veggie pasta. They’ll never know the difference! There are different variations of this recipe, and I recommend trying the different substitutions to find out which version suits your fancy! 

Pasta Salad & Grilled Chicken

  • 1 box of pasta (bowtie featured)

  • 1-16 oz bottle of Zesty Italian dressing

  • 3 Roma tomatoes (or substitute with cherry tomatoes)

  • 1 green pepper

  • ½ onion

  • 1- 2.25 oz can of black olives

  • 2- 5 oz cans of cooked ham (or substitute with 1 pk of turkey pepperoni or sausage)

  • Boneless chicken

Photos Submitted by Ja'Quette Gilbert

Photos Submitted by Ja'Quette Gilbert

Ja'Quette Gilbert Quick Meal Tips
Ja'Quette Gilbert Back to School Meal Tips

Directions for pasta salad

  1. Cook pasta according to directions listed on the box.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, wash and cut the tomatoes, green pepper and onion.

  3. Once the pasta is cooked completely, drain them and place them inside of a bowl. Then, mix all of the ingredients into a bowl (diced veggies, canned ham, black olives, and salad dressing). Although this may be eaten warm, it is at its best when chilled.  

Directions for chicken

  1. Wash boneless chicken.

  2. Season as desired.

  3. Place on George Foreman grill for 7-8 minutes.*

*If you do not have a grill, you can always opt to cook them in a skillet or baked them. 

ENJOY!

Photo Submitted by Ja'Quette Gilbert

Photo Submitted by Ja'Quette Gilbert

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JaQuette Gilbert is a wife and mother to three daughters, ages 10, 7, and 2. JaQuette is also an author and writing coach. When she's not writing, you can find her hosting impromptu dance parties with her three daughters or searching Pinterest for new recipes.