Quick What’s for Dinner Tonight – Link Up # 2


Hi there, we’re back for the second linky party of “Quick What’s for Dinner Tonight.” Last week I introduced this weekly “link up party” dedicated to recipes for dinners that can be made in 30 minutes or less.  As a reader I’m hoping that you will pop over to this page whenever you are seeking inspiration for that that inevitable question …. “What’s for dinner tonight?”. If you are a blogger or have a website I’m hoping that you will join in and add links to a recipe or 2 each week or when you can. (scroll down for the link up details) and to see what other people have for dinner too!  The more links the more ideas for all of us!

My contribution for this week is a really quick, easy & tasty Spaghetti with Grilled Chicken, Asparagus & Seeded Mustard.  I do have to admit that my kids pick out the asparagus as they don’t want “stinky wee” but I like it (asparagus, not stinky wee).  You could substitute it with green beans if they go down better.


If you have been reading the blog for a while you may have seen this one before but it is a winner, winner chicken dinner around here so wanted to share it again!

Spaghetti with grilled chicken & asparagus

Serves 4


  • 1 packet spaghetti
  • 3 chicken breasts or if you want to cook faster 400g tenderloins
  • Olive oil
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus (or a big handful of green beans)
  • 1 red capsicum, quartered
  • 1 large handful of baby spinach
  • Dressing
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs seeded mustard
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs dill leaves


  1. Boil the water for the spaghetti and cook as per packet instructions
  2. Heat a grill pan, BBQ or the oven griller, brush the chicken & capsicum with some olive oil and place on the grill. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes
  3. Boil a pan of water for the asparagus and blanch (only needs a minute or 2 until it goes bright green), drain and also place on the grill with the chicken & capsicum. Cook for a further 2 minutes turning the chicken over.
  4. Make the dressing by combining all the ingredients together with a whisk.
  5. When the spaghetti is al dente put the baby spinach in the saucepan and then drain together.
  6. To serve place the spaghetti into serving bowls. Slice the chicken, capsicum and asparagus into bite size pieces and place on top of the spaghetti. Distribute the dressing evenly over the pasta.

So now on to the linky part:


A bit of housekeeping first;

  • Please make sure your recipes can be made in 30 minutes or under,
  • please link a maximum of 2 recipes per week
  • don’t be a wallflower! To make it a socialible party please pop over and comment on fellow linkers and show some support
  • share the linky love and let everyone know about the party
  • “Follow me” if you like, by either subscribing to the newsletter, FB, Instagram or Pinterest so you don’t miss out each week on what’s new OR at least try out a new recipe this week and give your taste buds a thrill!. Thank you!


22 comments on “Quick What’s for Dinner Tonight – Link Up # 2

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    March 18, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Yum! This ticks all the boxes, quick, simple and delicious! I love the pop of colour too! Such a great idea for a link up!

    • Vicki
      March 18, 2015 at 8:21 am

      Thanks so much lovely lady and thanks for linking up too – yours looks delicious!

  2. Maxabella
    March 18, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I think my kids would probably run away if I introduced asparagus at dinner time. Which is why I’m going to make this tonight!



    • Vicki
      March 18, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Ha! That me made LOL! See there is some subversive parenting advice on this blog too!

  3. Nancy | Plus Ate Six
    March 18, 2015 at 11:41 am

    What a gorgeous, quick dinner – sometimes I faff around too much in the kitchen I need more recipes like this in my life.

    • Vicki
      March 18, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks Nancy. I love the faff but these days it’s all about getting something on the table in a hurry! Doesn’t guarantee it gets eaten though but that’s the next challenge!

  4. peregrinationgourmande
    March 18, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Your recipe looks yummy and mine goes perfectly with yours! haha, great minds… When I wrote that soba noodle recipe I thought of your link up. Finally, every kind of pasta recipe fits well in the less 30 min diner prep. Don’t you think? And of course, it’s easier to make the children eat veggies with pastas!
    xx cathy

    • Vicki
      March 18, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks so much for linking up I was hoping you would when I saw your post on Monday and yes I absolutely agree pasta is a great way to get veggies eaten and filling and quick!!!

  5. Jo @ You had us at hello
    March 19, 2015 at 9:43 am

    This is so the easy inspiration I need Vicky to get me over the finish line when it hits 5pm and I haven’t got a clue! Scrumptious! Bravo girl!! xx

    • Vicki
      March 19, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Thank you very much lovely lady. x

  6. Ellen @ Potential Psychology Blog
    March 19, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Mmm, that looks good! I’m trying really hard to cook meals that all four of us (two grown ups, two kids) can eat and I suspect they’d baulk at asparagus but i LOVE it so I’m going to put this one aside for a night when they get chicken nuggets 😉

    I love this series Vicki. So helpful 🙂 x

    • Vicki
      March 19, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      Ha. Yes mine won’t eat asparagus either. Thank you so much for stopping by. x

  7. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    March 21, 2015 at 8:03 am

    What a fabulous link up idea! This recipe looks divine!

    • Vicki
      March 21, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Hi there. Thank you so much. x

  8. Jess - A Little Part of the World
    March 21, 2015 at 8:52 am

    This looks so good!! I’ll give this a go with my little ones. My littlest is a struggle when it comes to anything green. She is usually such a great eater but I can’t get her over the green hump. I love this link up and will be sure to share. Jx

    • Vicki
      March 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you. I will be sure to do some without any green for you! x

  9. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    March 21, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I think you should put a claus in saying that 30 minutes can not be guaranteed is under the influence of alcohol! Those Jamie Oliver meals I could never get in the time frame. Not even close. After a bottle of wine only half the meal would arrive on the table in three times the advertised time. 🙂

    • Vicki
      March 22, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Ha Ha! It’s the mess afterwards that takes days to clean up too!

  10. Trish
    March 22, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I love this idea. I am a 30 min cook (or I like to be) ,

    • Vicki
      March 23, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you – yay for the real 30 minute cook!

  11. Dannielle@Zamamabakes
    March 22, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    I’ll be adding this to the dinner menu for this week, thanks for the inspiration Vicki.
    I’ll be back to check out next weeks round up. I must check to see if I have anything valid for shlinking with you. Have a great week.

    • Vicki
      March 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Thank you so much! Yes please share the dinner love!!!

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