I was reading an article in the Boston Globe from 2012 about a study about Life at Home in the 21st century (click for link to article). It was interesting because I wonder in the 5 years since this article was published have things changed? Have we decluttered as we move toward a more minimalistic style (see the many articles about people trying to figure out what to do with parents possessions because they don’t want to keep them) and are we still screen obsessed? I know I actively try to not look at my phone when I am with others.
But, the one tiny line that stuck out to me was families using prepared meals because it saves them time. On average they found that they only saved 12 minutes by using frozen or canned foods. Twelve minutes. Hmmm. I began to think about that. Some days I am just too tired and need the convenience to open a can or bag but I know in the end I feel a tad guilty. Twelve minutes. As I made this sauce rather than used a jar that thought kept me going 12 minutes…..
This was a super simple and delicious meal. Even though it is almost summer everyone here was craving pasta. I think we are still looking for those comfort foods as the last day of school is Friday. Everyone is under a bit of stress and pressure for finals, recitals, and last-minute meetings this week.
You can use canned or fresh tomatoes and fresh basil or dried basil in this dish. In both cases the fresh is a bit better but both are good.
Garlic Basil Chicken in our To-Go containers with a piece of Foccacia bread.
Garlic Basil Chicken