This Healthier Chicken and Broccoli Pasta is made is just under 30 minutes!
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Healthier Chicken and Broccoli Pasta
Welcome to #EatHealthy16 where over 30 bloggers are coming together to share recipes to help you with your start 2016 off on the right track with food that is nutritious and delicious. Brianne of Cupcakes & Kale Chips will have healthy snacks, Jamie of Love Bakes Good Cakes will have healthy meals, and Jenny of The Melrose Family will have healthy desserts, so make sure you follow the #EatHealthy16 hashtag throughout the month of January for tons of inspiration!
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Today, I am welcoming Nancy from TheBitterSideofSweet to share a recipe for #EatHealthy16. After you grab the recipe, be sure to head over to her blog and enter the awesome Blendtec giveaway for a chance to win! 🙂
I am so excited to be here helping Jamie kick off the New Year with healthier recipes! Today I am sharing with you this pasta. It’s easy to take a pasta dish and make it healthier for you to eat. First, I used whole wheat pasta, this helps us get our fiber and whole grains in. Second I use olive oil instead of butter and third I added some green vegetables to it. This makes it a wholesome type meal but you can feel good about eating it! And let me tell you my family ate it up!
We are big pasta eaters at our house. My hubby being from Italy, he would eat pasta three times a day if I would feed it to him. You see in Italy pasta is normally served as a first course. My mother in law weighs the pasta and sets the amount per person. Then when you eat it, it is just a small plate. Not like in my house when I serve pasta that is the only thing hitting the table so I cook at least a pound and a half.
Now you might be saying that is a lot of pasta but it’s cheap to feed a family of six. So because we eat it so often I have actually started using whole wheat, which honestly took some getting used to the taste. And I try not to overload it on sauces. It keeps the pasta lighter, healthier and it keeps my family asking for seconds! ENJOY!
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- 16 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
- 1 pound fresh chicken tenderloins, diced into small pieces
- 1/2 onion sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt, to taste
- 8 ounces frozen broccoli
- In a medium pan, add onions and olive oil. Sauté for 3 minutes or until onions become tender.
- Add chicken and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes or until done.
- Cook broccoli in microwave according to package directions. When cooled off dice and add to your chicken.
- Stir and set aside till pasta is cooked. In the meantime, cook spaghetti according to package directions.
- Drain and add to your serving dish. Add chicken and broccoli mixture and stir.
- Serve and ENJOY!
The smaller you dice chicken the quicker your chicken will cook so make sure they are diced small. Also when you drain your pasta leave some of the water in the pasta. This will help keep some of the moisture in the pasta so it does not dry out.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 778Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 711mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 35g