I've been coping with all of this by experimenting with new recipes. I've managed almost an entire week straight of dishes my hubby and our friends love, which is amazing. One of my absolute favorites is this Crockpot Italian Chicken. I found it on Pinterest, but slightly adapted it to fit our tastes. The original recipe can be found here, but I'll share my altered version.
Crockpot Italian Chicken over Pasta
4 Chicken Breasts (I used two and had more than enough for three people)
1 packet dry Italian dressing
(1) 8oz. cream cheese, softened
1 can cream of chicken soup (can add more if you like, I just like mine ultra cheesy)
Italian seasoning to taste
1 box (or less...or more...up to you) bow tie pasta
Parmesan cheese to taste
Olive oil to taste
Thaw and score chicken using a knife, cutting about halfway into the chicken breast to let seasonings soak in (I make a tic-tac-toe board on my chicken)
Combine cream cheese and cream of chicken in saucepan and melt over low heat, stir in Italian seasoning
Ladle some of cream cheese mixture into bottom of crockpot, then sprinkle some of Italian dressing over it
Place chicken into crock pot, distribute rest of Italian dressing on top
Cover with rest of cream cheese mixture
Cook on low for minimum of 4 hours, can sit all day if needs to
Bring 2-3 quarts water to rolling boil in large pot (add tablespoon of oil to keep pasta from sticking)
Add pasta and cook 7 minutes until al dente
Drain pasta and put back into pot
Pour olive oil (to taste) over pasta and toss until well coated
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and mix well
Serve chicken over pasta. If the dressing is too thick after taking out the chicken, add some milk to thin it out. Chicken falls apart, so can be shredded, cubed, or just cut into thin slices (my preference is thin slices). Can sprinkle more parmesan cheese over top if you like!
Can also serve over rice, veggies, whatever you prefer. I'm a pasta girl, so that's my go to side dish.
Hope you enjoy. I'm so in love with this meal, I want everyone to experience it! I suppose I should be productive and keep going through the piles I've managed to build up in every room of our house. More recipes to come soon, along with some of my new favorite deserts.