Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Tweaked Recipe

Our family loves pasta! Whole wheat and whole grain pastas have been a great way to allow us to keep enjoying all of our favorite dishes with a little more healthful flair!
This week, the Today Show had a dietitian sharing tips for a balanced diet. She displayed a plate labeled similarly to this one:
I took one of our favorite recipes and tweaked it to match up more with the recommended servings of meat, whole grain, and vegetables. Enjoy!

Chicken and Vegetable Pasta

2 T. olive oil, divided
2 fresh skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into cubes
2 heaping cups sliced carrots
1 large head of broccoli, chopped into florets
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 box whole wheat thin spaghetti (approx. 13 oz.)
1 c. chicken broth
1 tsp. dried basil
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat; add chicken. Cook until chicken is cooked through, about five minutes. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.
Heat remaining olive oil in the same skillet. Add carrots to pan. Cook and stir for 4 minutes (carrots should be tender-crisp).
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Add garlic, basil, broccoli, chicken broth and chicken to pan. Heat and simmer just until broccoli is slightly steamed.
Drain pasta. Place in large serving bowl. Top with chicken and vegetable mixture. Top with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Here's what one of my biggest fans had to say about the dinner:


Erin said...

Mmmm. Sounds really yummy and great for a cold night. I'll have to try that soon.

Following The Fosters said...

ooh that sounds good and easy and healthy! yum!

by the way i love your new layout of your blog! looks like a pro did it!

peter marie said...

YUM! Seriously...gonna try this one soon!

une autre mère said...

Looks really yummy! Can't go wrong with chicken, pasta and broccoli! Will have to try this soon!

Amanda said...

You go girl... this is how I need to feed my family every day!

Looks great!

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Unknown said...

This looks really good other than all the veggies hee hee hee. I need a cheerleader like that at my table! Nice recipe! I'll post a healthy one for you, ok?