My answer to James was: spaghetti. I could hear him roll his eyes over the phone. He is not a spaghetti fan. He does love a good pasta dish, even spaghetti, when it is topped with more than a jar of tomato sauce. But I think he knew that my quick answer meant that I was literally having to resort to a package of noodles and a jar of sauce. He asked, nearly begged, if he could pick anything up. Nope, I replied.
I opened the fridge and freezer and put my brain to work. A couple of pieces of chicken, half a bundle of asparagus, a jar of Alfredo sauce...it was coming together.
Half an hour of busying in the kitchen and I can readily admit I had created a masterpiece. I wish I had thought to grab a photo, because even the presentation was top notch.
First I sliced the chicken breasts into strips and marinated them in lemon, olive oil and garlic. Then I sauteed them in a pan. Meanwhile, I sauteed the asparagus in butter until they were soft. I piled some well-rinsed angel hair pasta on each plate, scooped some Alfredo sauce on top, placed a few chicken strips and then laid the asparagus in an X on top. Garnished with grated parmesan cheese, it was a veritable, delectable masterpiece. I love when a last minute dinner works out like that.